Accounting and bookkeeping

The prospect of bookkeeping is enough to strike fear into many people who want to start a small business. But record-keeping is a legal requirement.

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Q&A: Producing invoices

If you've never produced an invoice before, how do you know what to include? Chartered accountant Elaine Clark answers key questions about invoices.

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VAT

Most businesses will have no choice but to register for VAT once their sales reach £77,000 a year. Failing to meet deadlines will cause problems.

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Q&A: VAT registration

Kate Fisher explains the circumstances under which your business should be VAT registered, when you have to register and when you might choose to.

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Choosing and using an accountant

Unless you happen to be an expert on tax and finance, you need an accountant who should always be able to save a start-up business time and money.

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