This page is intended to be an information resource for small businesses. The links below provide answers to frequently asked questions, technical briefings and other useful web addresses. If you can’t find what you are looking for here please contact us.

Tax topics for small businesses

Your business will be affected by all kinds of concerns and your tax position needs to be protected. The most relevant areas of the HM Revenue and
Customs website are linked below:

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  1. What do I do when I go self-employed?
  2. Which Tax Office deals with my Income Tax affairs?
  3. What are the current tax rates?
  4. What is IR35 about?
  5. What is Self Assessment?
  6. What are the important dates under Self Assessment?
  7. I am taking someone on – what do I have to do?
  8. What is the Construction Industry Scheme?


  1. Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
  2. Bank of England
  3. Central Office of Information
  4. Charity Commission
  5. Chartered Institute of Taxation
  6. Companies House
  7. Department for Work & Pensions
  8. Department of Trade & Industry
  9. Exchange Rates Database
  10. Federation of Small Businesses
  11. Financial Services Authority
  12. HM Revenue & Customs
  13. Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales
  14. Insolvency Service
  15. National Minimum Wage, DTI
  16. The Pensions Regulator
  17. The Office of Fair Trading
  18. Patent & Trade Marks Office
  19. Revenue and Customs Contacts

VAT topics for small businesses


Most businesses are subject to the Value Added Tax legislation and the rules can be complex. Here are some of the most useful areas of the HM Revenue and Customs website:

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  1. Should I be registered for VAT?
  2. How do I fill in my VAT Return?
  3. What is Cash Accounting?

Other topics for small businesses

We are often asked related questions by our clients. Here are some examples linking to official guidance:

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  1. What details need to go on a company letterhead?
  2. I am a company director, what are my responsibilities?
  3. What are the Working Time Regulations?
  4. What do I need to know about the National Minimum Wage?
  5. How does the Data Protection Act affect my business?