• Posted September 9, 2019

Can I reclaim VAT on business mileage?

Advisory Fuel Rates – VAT element If you are a VAT registered business, you can use HMRC’s advisory fuel rates to calculate the amount of VAT you can reclaim on the fuel element of business mileage.   Advisory fuel rates are used to calculate: The amount of VAT your business can reclaim on business mileage […]


  • Posted September 3, 2019

Top Tips for start-up Freelancers

I’m starting to work as a freelancer, how do I deal with my accounts and tax? Whilst becoming your own boss can exciting if can be also be very daunting dealing with the administration and regulations that running a business involves. Regardless of how you choose to structure your business you will need to prepare […]


  • Posted August 27, 2019

Accountant in Leeds offering his top IT handy shortcuts in August 2019!

Ever had to do a repetitive task in excel? “F4” is a really handy shortcut that repeats the previous action, whether merging cells, applying a format to text or inserting new cells. Extremely important shortcuts: the bread and butter of anyone working in Office: Ctrl + X, Ctrl + C, Ctrl + V Or cut, […]


  • 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 […]