Accounting and bookkeeping

You are legally required to keep financial records. Discover how to keep your 'books' and the options for electronic or manual bookkeeping.

Choose and use accountants and lawyers
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Choose and use accountants and lawyers

Accountants and lawyers are vital advisers who could save your business a fortune - and rescue you from potential hot water with their expert advice.

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Q&A: Bookkeeping for start-ups

Accurate bookkeeping can help you keep your business on track and will make it easier when the time comes to file your tax return.

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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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Q&A: Choosing an accountant

Chartered accountant Tim Haggard of Haggards Crowther answers some key questions about finding and choosing an accountant who is right for you.

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Q&A: Tax and company vehicles

Generally speaking, it's more tax efficient to own a car personally and charge the company a mileage allowance (eg 45p a mile). Read more.