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Happy New Tax Year! Get your Accounting Right


May 11, 2021 ( Newswire) Although taxes are not something many people would get excited over, the new tax year is an event everyone should pay attention to. There is currently an ongoing trend to cut down on the efforts required to pay your taxes. Governments worldwide implement digitalization to make filing and paying your dues as easy and smooth as possible.

Still, even with all the progress made so far, it's not always an easy task - especially for SMEs. Consulting practiced professionals, such as small business accountants Howlader & co. is the easiest way for getting taxes straight with minimal fuss and effort. Here's what you need to do to get your house in order.

Read up on Current Tax Regulations

Laws change all the time, and it's unreasonable to expect all citizens to be aware of all laws at all times. Still, ignorance of the law is no excuse - so it's a good idea to keep an eye out for change. What's more, if you don't know your rights as well as your obligations, you may end up missing out.

For instance, it's worth noting that certain tax thresholds have been raised this year. Personal allowance in the UK has gone up to £12,570, while the ceiling for basic tax rate has increased to £50,270. These may seem like minor details but are often more relevant than they appear.

Employees may want to re-negotiate their salaries while staying in the same category, or even dropping down one. This, in turn, affects businesses and their finances in a multitude of ways. With this in mind, it should be obvious why keeping up with tax regulations is a must. Barring that, it's crucial for companies to get a good accountant who could keep them apprised of the tax situation.

Look For Ways To Optimize

Build on your knowledge of the tax legislation in your area. Take active steps to ensure that you're using it to your advantage, and you're making the best of it. Figuring out how to do so on your own may be an arduous task, but a consultation with an accountant could help you with that.

For instance, people now working remotely would be happy to know that they can claim expenses for their home office. Naturally, there are limitations on what you can and can't claim as an expense in this case. Furthermore, if you want to do so, you may have to go through a convoluted process of leasing your own living space to your own company. Setting the whole thing up can be quite a handful without an accountant's help - but it could be worth it.

Get Your Documents Ready

Regardless if you're filling actual papers or doing it online, filing paperwork is probably going to be your biggest hassle. This is especially true for overburdened, understaffed SMEs to try to do as much of the work themselves, to cut expenses. At the moment, this can turn out to be a very bad strategy.

Of course, there are some ways to ease your filing process. Knowing which of the dozens of complex documents to fill and how to do so is half the battle. Sadly, the other half of the battle may be unwinnable without a serious investment of time and effort. Uncooperative agencies, lockdown, and broken online filing systems are just a few of the hurdles that may stand in your way.

There are questions that small business owners and private citizens should ask themselves in this type of situation. Is dealing with all of this worth it? Would my time and effort not be better spent elsewhere? If the answer to those questions is "yes," consider contacting an accountant to sort it all out for you.

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