self assessment tax return
Business Advice
Blue Spire

Are you ready for the self-assessment deadline?

The annual rush to complete self-assessment tax returns before midnight on 31 January will not have the same urgency this year after HMRC announced it would waive late filing and late payment penalties for one month. This will give those taxpayers affected by the pandemic extra time, if they need it, to complete their 2020/21

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sole trader accountants tax
Business Advice
Blue Spire

How to set up as a sole trader/self-employed?

Following the pandemic, an increasing number of people have chosen to go self-employed. If you start working for yourself, you’re classed as a sole trader. In this blog we look at the steps you need to take to set yourself up as a sole trader. Step 1 – Check if being self-employed is right for

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financial New Year's resolutions
Blue Spire
Blue Spire

Your financial New Year’s resolutions for 2022

The beginning of a new year is a really good time to think about creating some financial New Year’s resolutions to ensure that you remain on course for a successful and profitable year ahead. It is important to make the most of your business and personal wealth, and make sure you capitalise on any allowances

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Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant
Coronavirus Business Support
Blue Spire

Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

The Chancellor has announced that the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant will be available for businesses who have been impacted by the Omicron variant. The rise of the Omicron variant means some businesses are likely to struggle over the coming weeks so the government is providing one-off Hospitality and Leisure grants of up to £6,000

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Xero
Hot Topics
Blue Spire

Xero – our 6 most frequently asked questions

At Blue Spire, Xero is our preferred cloud-based accounting software, and we are very proud to have obtained Xero Gold Partner Status. In this blog, one of our in-house Xero experts, Kirsty Causer, answers some of the most frequently asked questions about Xero.    1. What exactly is Xero and how does it work? Xero

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self assessment
Tax Matters
Blue Spire

Guide to completing your self-assessment tax return

If you have never filled in a self-assessment tax return before, it can seem very daunting. However, once you understand the process and have all the information you need to hand, it is relatively simple. Follow our handy guide below to make it easier for you or get in touch with us today and we

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changing accountants Chichester
Business Advice
Katie

Changing accountant – when is the right time?

There are many reasons why a business may look at changing accountants, but they may be put off by the process. Making the switch can seem a bit daunting and scary, but it really is a lot more simple than you may think. But when is the right time to do it? Self-employed individuals may

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International Accountants Day
Hot Topics
Bridget

Celebrating International Accountants Day

Today is International Accountants Day and at Blue Spire, we are celebrating our staff and the important job they do to help our clients so they can focus on growing their own businesses. Here, we talk to Accountant, Kirsty Causer about how she got into the field of accountancy. What made you choose a career

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NLW Accountants Chichester
Business Advice
Blue Spire

Changes to the National Living Wage (NLW) from April 2022

In last week’s Autumn Budget, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced some changes to the National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW), which will come into effect from April 2022. Following the recommendations of the independent Low Pay Commission, the government will increase the NLW for individuals aged 23 and over by 6.6% from 1

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Autumn Budget
Hot Topics
Blue Spire

Autumn Budget 2021

Please find our full Autumn Budget 2021 Summary here. Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivered his 2021 Autumn Budget speech yesterday, outlining a range of changes, including reforms to the business rates system in England and a cut to the Universal Credit taper rate from 63p to 55p. Mr Sunak also announced significant changes to fuel duty

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Freeport Applications open
Hot Topics
Blue Spire

Freeport customs special procedure applications open

Applications are now open for businesses that are required to operate special customs procedures within a designated freeport customs site. Further guidance on procedures for declaring goods moving into and out of sites has also been published. Businesses that are planning to operate in the UK’s new freeports can now apply to HMRC. The tax

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Client Relationship Manager , accountants chichester
Staff Spotlight
Bridget

Alan Novitzki – Client Relationship Manager

What is your background? How did you get into Accountancy? I was born and raised in New York and I’ve always had an interest in Business. When I was a teenager, I did a day of work experience with my uncle who works in accounting in NYC. I was telling him about my interest in

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