• Posted August 19, 2019

How do I pay back a student loan when I am self-employed?

The majority of students leaving university will do so with an outstanding student loan. The media is full of information on the repayment threshold, interest rates and details of how it is repaid through your salary, but what happens if you are self-employed? As a contractor, freelancer or business owner your student loan payments will […]


  • Posted August 14, 2019

The divisible by 9 error check tool

Accountants, bookkeepers and tax specialists have a number of tools to check work and catch errors as they occur. Does the difference divide by 9? When a balance doesn’t reconcile, one helpful tool in order to identify how the error has arisen, is to ask “does the difference divide by 9?” If it does, then […]


  • Posted July 18, 2019

What is a payment on account, and do I need to pay it?

If you are self-employed or you receive an income from dividends, property or investments you will need to complete a self-assessment tax return. A self-assessment tax return is prepared annually and must be submitted by 31 January following the end of the tax year (which ends of 5 April). Unlike an employee who pays tax […]


  • Posted June 24, 2019

Our favourite Leeds parkruns

parkrun is… a free event every Saturday at 9am in local parks an opportunity to volunteer and be a part of the community a chance to cover 5km in any way you want e.g. walking, hopping, skipping a great way to catch up with friends and make new ones a timed event, so you can […]


  • Posted June 13, 2019

Accountant in Leeds offering his top IT tips!

Sean’s Top Tips – June 2019 Did you know that there is a shortcut to skip to desktop immediately? “Press and hold Windows Key + D” Saves time minimising everything when you have to find something on your desktop. You can easily lock your desktop by pressing “Windows Key + L” Handy if you have […]


  • Posted May 28, 2019

Horsforth Accountants are Recruiting

Part-time Bookkeeping and Payroll Assistant Required This position has now been filled Whitesides Chartered Accountants, Horsforth, Leeds Hours: 4 hours per day (Mon – Fri) To apply, please send a covering letter and CV to sarah@whitesidesca.com   Whitesides Chartered Accountants is an independent firm of Horsforth accountants providing accounting, bookkeeping, payroll and tax services to owner managed businesses and […]


  • Posted April 25, 2019

How to Market a Small Business Effectively

by Jonny Ross, Digital Strategist & Orator, Fleek Marketing According to a recent Government briefing, companies that employ fewer than 10 people account for a whopping 96% of all UK business, and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) number 5.7 million. In other words, small businesses are big business! Yet, in spite of so many small […]


  • Posted April 12, 2019

Office Manager from Accountants in Leeds runs Manchester Marathon

By Adam Fox – Office Manager/Marathon Runner Introduction Following on from the success we had last year as a team running the Leeds 10k in July raising over £700 for Haven Breast Cancer, I decide to challenge myself even further this year and take part in the Manchester Marathon on 7th April 2019, selected specifically […]


  • Posted April 2, 2019

Have you ever wondered what a bookkeeper does all day?

Our Leeds based bookkeeper, Leo, explains it all. Clients often assume they need an accountant, when in actual fact they are looking for a bookkeeper. This means that often they are missing out on all the benefits a bookkeeper can bring to a business. Whilst both accountants and bookkeepers are focused on the financial management […]


  • Posted March 14, 2019

From 6th April the minimum pension contributions are increasing

The minimum pension contributions that employers have to pay into their employees automatic enrolment pension scheme is increasing from 6 April 2019. The changes will also affect the amount employees have to contribute into their pensions. What are the changes? Until 5 April 2019 the total minimum combined contributions are 5% of an employees qualifying […]