Cloud accounting services for new businesses
As a new business, it’s vital to build solid foundations from the outset. Our first step will be to work with you to decide the best structure for your business and to file any relevant paperwork with HMRC and Companies House. We will also set you up on Xero and equip you with any apps that will make running your new business easier. As you get going, we’ll always be available with practical advice and to answer any questions.
Services for New Businesses
Business Tax Returns
Construction Industry Scheme (CIS)
Digital Accounting Software
Making Tax Digital (MTD)
Registered Office Hosting
These are our standard services for new businesses. We can add more services as you need. Also included as standard is unlimited advice via phone or email whenever you need it.
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New Business FAQs
A sole trader business is where an individual trades as themselves and registers as self-employed with HMRC. Profits are subject to income tax in the individual’s name.
A partnership is where two or more individuals form a business together and register as a partnership with HMRC. Profits are divided between the partners according to the agreement that they have made and then taxed on the individuals in the same way as for a sole trader.
A limited company is a separate legal entity from its owner(s). The owner(s) become shareholder(s) in the business. Profits are subject to corporation tax on the company itself and not its owners. When money is paid to the owners it is income in their hands and is subject to income tax.
This very much depends on the nature of the business that you intend to form. If the business is of a consultancy nature where you are using your expertise to advise others, then the investment may be very small indeed – perhaps just enough to purchase your IT equipment. If you were to establish a manufacturing business with premises, machinery and employees the required investment would be much greater.
As a director shareholder in a limited company it is normal to purchase a low value of shares – say £100 – and then to make a cash loan to the company in addition to this to finance the purchase of equipment. The reason for this is that you can repay the loan to yourself when the company generates funds. If all the money was invested in shares then it is much more difficult to withdraw this from the company.
For a small business the owner normally appoints themselves as the secretary. There are few responsibilities at this level of business except to be the person that receives official correspondence from HMRC and Companies House. The role of Company Secretary is more onerous in a large public limited company.
An accountant will be a trusted adviser who will ensure that you comply with the myriad of rules and regulations as well as paying the right amount of tax by claiming all of the allowances that you are eligible for. They will be a very good source of independent business advice.
That said, if you are a sole trader you could run your business without the advice and assistance of an accountant if you wished to. You would need to prepare your own business accounts and self-assessment tax return which can be submitted on the government’s website. The same is true for a partnership but you will have to use a commercial online provider to submit your partnership tax return as this is not available on the government website.
If you trade as a limited company you will need to appoint an accountant as the requirements for reporting to HMRC and Companies House are more detailed and the information has to be reported in a specific way in a digital format called iXBRL. Accountants invest in the software to report in this manner and it isn’t likely to be economically viable for an individual small company to buy this for itself.
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If you’d like to have a conversation about how Vertis Accounting and digital accountancy could work for your business, Get in Touch. We’ll look forward to hearing from you!