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28th May 2021 Xero – Multi-factor Authentication

  Do you use Xero?   If you do, then multi-factor authentication when logging in will become compulsory after 2 July 2021.  From 1 June you will be prompted to set this up but can defer up until 2 July 2021.   Having a second layer of security is designed to prevent anyone but you…

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13th May 2020 Be scam-aware – know the signs

We are in the middle of  the biggest crisis our country has seen in decades, and for the majority of us, we are all working together to get through this.   However this has created a new danger with cybercriminals looking to exploit our fears or to scam us financially.  You may receive emails or…

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7th June 2019 Digitalising stocktaking

As the world becomes more digital, it leaves us wondering where further efficiencies could be achieved through switching to more high-tech methods. One possible area for auditors is stocktaking. For an audited entity with significant levels of stock at the year end, it is likely the auditor will want to perform test counts of the…

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1st February 2019 MTD for VAT: Which Bridging Software?

As we approach the 1 April 2019 deadline for the introduction of MTD compliant VAT submissions, many businesses will at last be focusing on what solution they should adopt.   If their current bookkeeping system does not already have an upgrade that automatically provides this new functionality, they will be considering adopting ‘bridging software’.   Looking through…

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4th October 2018 Working With Award Winning Software

We are delighted to announce that two of our chosen software providers have just won national recognition in the 2018 Accounting Excellence Software Awards held in London on 20 September: Xero Accounts – Winner – Accountancy Excellence Awards 2018: Small Business Accounting Software of the Year, Practitioners’ Choice. Receipts Bank – Winner – Accounting Excellence…

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14th September 2018 Sage 50 VAT T Codes

Sage 50 VAT T Codes. Sage 50 Accounts book keeping software populates its VAT return by using tax (T) codes to indicate which VAT rate to apply to each transaction. Whenever you post a transaction in Sage 50 Accounts you must enter the relevant T code:   T0 – Zero rated transactions (eg most food, books, new builds,…

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9th May 2018 iZettle – Taking payments has never been so easy

iZettle was founded in Stockholm in 2010 and have attempted to revolutionise mobile payments with the first mini chip card reader and software for mobile devices. Their commerce platform for small businesses in Europe and Latin America provides tools to get paid, sell smarter and grow your business. Some of the huge benefits are: Automatically…

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9th March 2018 Quickbooks Connect

  The “Beast from the East” didn’t stop Accountants, the Self-Employed, Developers and Small businesses as they attended QuickBooks Connect London on 27th and 28th February. Attendees from all over the world had gathered to develop the knowledge in QuickBooks online, meet QuickBooks Add-on Exhibitors, hear from featured speakers who were specialists in their industry…

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24th February 2018 Charity fraud awareness & cyber security scheme

  The government have recently updated their guidance to help protect charities from fraud. The guidance contains advice, regulatory alerts and links to other helpful websites to help charities to understand fraud and how to protect themselves against it. In December 2017, Action Fraud opened a cyber-attack helpline. If you experience a live cyber-attack, this…

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8th February 2018 Sage for VAT Returns: Beware changes to Government Gateway

  Businesses that use Sage accounting software to complete and e-submit their VAT returns should be aware of a change to the Government Gateway on 14 February 2018. If you run an older version of this software (version 23 or below), it will no longer be compatible and hence VAT returns will not automatically e-submit…

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