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Effective tax planning is essential if you are to minimise your tax bills. Simple tax planning can significantly reduce your tax liabilities.

The self-assessment tax return is an unavoidable burden if you are liable for self-employed tax or have complicated income tax affairs.

Corporation tax is charged on a company's profits. If you trade as a limited company, ensure that paying this tax is as painless as possible.

National Insurance Contributions (NICs) are payable whether you are self-employed or employed by your own company, although different rates apply.

As well as your legal obligations, you’ll want to ensure that payroll is painless and that you use any opportunities to improve your tax-efficiency.

VAT

Effective VAT planning aims to ensure that VAT is relatively painless, and that you are reclaiming as much as possible of the VAT you pay.

Capital gains are made when you sell something for more money than you paid for it. As a result, you can be subject to tax. Take professional advice.

Business property taxes apply to businesses with commercial premises.There are two commercial property taxes: business rates and stamp duty land tax.

Many small businesses look to international trade when they can’t increase sales at home, while some sell exclusively to customers overseas.

The main UK business taxes include tax on profits, National Insurance contributions, business rates and so on. We have chosen the best tools to help.

If you have tax problems or face a tax investigation, it pays to seek professional advice and you must act rather than just hoping for the best.

The demise of the nine-to-five day

12 September 2017

The demise of the nine-to-five dayThe British workplace is likely to change significantly in the next five years as more people abandon a nine-to-five day in favour of flexible working.

New research by 9-2-3 Jobs has found that 73% of office workers believe that working flexibly will be the norm within five years. The survey also found that flexibility is the third most important influencer on career and job choices after pay and location.

There's a significant gender difference in attitudes towards flexible hours, with almost one in three women citing flexibility as a key influencer compared to one in five men.

However, the research also showed that one in five women think that working flexibly has a negative effect; and 25% of 35-44 year-olds say flexible working could damage their career prospects.

"This negative connotation of flexible working needs to be reversed and a greater uptake of flexible arrangements need to be created across British businesses," said Helen Wright, founder of 9-2-3. "Working with both employers and employees, we've identified that flexible work is crucial to the wellbeing of employees in the workforce, but also to the productivity of organisations - but as a society we're not doing enough about this."

Wright is calling for a national flexible working day in 2018 as part of a campaign to make flexible working mainstream. "I would like to see all vacancies being advertised with some flexible arrangements," she added. "I am also calling on all candidates to ask about flexible working practices in their next interview - not a demand, just a question."

Victoria Prentis MP has given her support to the campaign. "I know that the Government is keen to encourage flexible work days and programmes aimed at returners. £5m in funding has been earmarked to help people - in particular mothers - back to work. We are making good progress in the right direction."

Wright has launched the 9-2-3 Club, giving candidates the opportunity to get together, share experiences and gain in confidence before re-entering the workplace. It is aimed at anyone that has taken a career break; companies of all sizes are also invited to take part.

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