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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.


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.

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.

Campaign honours "trailblazing" female entrepreneurs

12 January 2021

Small Business Britain is recognising some of the UK's most inspiring female entrepreneurs for the contribution they've made to their communities and to the economy during the pandemic.

As part of its annual f:Entrepreneur campaign, Small Business Britain is showcasing 100 trailblazing female entrepreneurs that lead small businesses alongside other responsibilities, including volunteering, mentoring and community support - activities that have been critical during the COVID-19 pandemic.

From beekeepers to PPE suppliers, this year's campaign celebrates inspiring and resilient female entrepreneurs that have flourished during the pandemic, with many still growing or starting new ventures.

Among this year's 100 is Georgina Burrows (pictured), who founded lockdown business Sussex Eggspress while her events business was on hold. Initially set up as an organic egg delivery service during the first lockdown, Sussex Eggspress now provides a range of local produce to over 500 customers' homes every week. As well as eggs, Georgina delivers honey, cheese, butter, cream, condiments and other fresh produce.

Other chosen entrepreneurs include Jane Weller, founder of Clear Expression Masks, making clear plastic masks that allow for lip-reading in medical settings. Another inspiring entrepreneur, Rhian Parry runs Workplace-Worksafe, a health and safety PPE company that was one of the approved key suppliers for Welsh companies.

Now in its fourth year, f:Entrepreneur #ialso100 was launched in 2017 to highlight female role models and inspire small businesses, through content, stories and events. It is led by Michelle Ovens, founder of Small Business Britain and director of Small Business Saturday UK.

"Congratulations to all the inspiring women chosen to join this year's #ialso100," said Michelle Ovens. "Despite the significant obstacles thrown at them in the last year, female entrepreneurship continues to grow and flourish. We need to continue, and increase, our support for these incredible women and celebrate their amazing strength and success in the face of huge challenges.

"We have seen so many women embracing change, generating and exploring new ideas, rallying around their communities and supporting their peers. This resilience is hugely valuable and will set them up for success as they will be at the very heart of the UK's recovery."

The campaign is sponsored by online banking provider Tide. Liza Haskell, Tide's chief administrative officer, said: "Research tells us that role models are hugely powerful in empowering women to start and grow their own businesses, meaning it's incredibly important that the stories of the inspirational women running brilliant businesses are told and shared."

Written by Rachel Miller.

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