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.

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Business tax

It helps to understand the taxes likely to affect your business, and have systems to help you comply with your obligations. Read our tax overview.

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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: 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

Once your sales reach the annual threshold, you must register for VAT. Our guide to when and how to register, and what you need to do once you have.

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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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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: 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.