With the leaves turning brown, darker evenings, it is time to bring out the quilts and cosy up in front of the fire as Autumn is here. It is one of our favourite times of the year as the horrors of Halloween and the blasts of Bonfire night approach. A great time to spend with family and friends to have fun.


During this time, you want to avoid a fright and get the benefits of filing your tax return as early as possible. This will ease any pressure off as it is one task out of the way and you can solely focus on your business, giving it the final push to end 2018 on a high. The deadline of 31st January never changes and HMRC reported last year that an estimated 2.6 million people had not filed their tax return two days before the deadline.


You risk an automatic £100 fine if you miss the deadline and there are more consequences for more delayed time. If your tax return becomes more than 3 months late then £10 daily penalties will accumulate. This is a situation you do not really want to be in as the penalties can be massive.


It really helps filing your tax return earlier, just because you do this early does not mean that the tax liability will have to paid over straight away. It is still the normal due date of January, so you have plenty of time to budget for however much you may need to pay over to HMRC. If you are due any refunds, then you will also get this earlier, where as any returns done in January, will take a lot longer for HMRC to process any refunds as it is their busiest time.


With a bit of organisation, you can get your paperwork in order and get your tax return over and done with all the while enjoying your Christmas and New Year’s plan stress free. You could pay too much or even too little tax, so the help of an advisor is vital. Contact us on www.crossaccountingservice.co.uk if you have any concerns regarding you tax return as we are always here to help.

The summer months are coming to an end as autumn closes in. Everyone is returning from their summer break, the children will be heading back to school its back to business.


It’s always great to plan ahead, so this time we talk about the new Making Tax Digital (MTD) that HMRC are set to introduce from April 2019, this has been going back and forth in consultation for some time now, HMRC now have communicated the requirements.


This will be mandatory for businesses registered for VAT with a turnover above the VAT registration threshold of £85,000. Businesses will need to keep VAT records digitally and their VAT returns using MTD compatible software. This will start from their first VAT period starting on or after 01 April 2019.


If you submit a quarterly return for the period 01 March to 31 May 2019 then you will have to comply with MTD rules for the period starting 01 June 2019. Businesses under the VAT threshold will not have to operate MTD but can choose to do so voluntarily, which we would recommend.


Going forward the use of compatible accounts software will be mandatory. The use of spreadsheets can no longer be used.   


HMRC are trying to reduce the number of VAT inspection on businesses that are complying and MTD will make this clearer for all. If you’re struggling and not understanding what to do and how to be ready for the April 2019 deadline, do not panic and contact us, as we are always here to help.

Welcome to our latest blog. Summer has been in full swing here and we have now had great weather for several weeks. There are lots of activities that happen during the summer months and its always great to support your local businesses.


This time of year, we are noticing a larger number of people investing towards a property. This may be a change to the current house or a house to rent. Whatever the reason may be, you might need help financing in the way of a mortgage.


So, what is a mortgage? A mortgage is a loan taken out to buy a property. The loan is secured against the property until it is fully paid off. If you can’t keep up with repayments, the mortgage provider can repossess the house so its extremely vital to crunch the numbers and know if a mortgage is right for you.


Many factors are taken in to consideration to approve a mortgage. Proving your income is usually the deciding factor as the lender needs to know you can repay the mortgage. Here at Cross Accounting we provide our clients with their SA302 to prove their earnings. You can obtain the last three years proof of earnings if you file for self-assessment through your HMRC’s online account, with a tax year overview.   Mortgage companies like to see you are on time when paying your taxes.


Many banks have an online calculator to estimate the interest payment you will need to make, it does help you budget for the new property.


We are authorised and can help obtain a mortgage, please do get in touch to discuss your situation and see how we can help you. A house is one of the largest single purchase you’ll likely make so you want to take care and get it right from the beginning.

Summer has arrived! We have had some beautiful weather recently and the sun has been shining. But just like the sun, you need to make sure you are shining as well. You need to give yourself some TLC, if you don’t, then your business can suffer because of this.


During the summer season, the public generally cuts back. People save for holidays, the children have exam season and it is normally quieter. However, this opportunity should be taken to recharge your batteries. Take time off to de-stress and put a plan in action to set your business off for the rest of the calendar year.


As well as building your business, you should build on your staff. This is perfect time to train or retrain your staff. Improving their abilities will only compliment your business.


Give yourself a breather and to come up with some fresh ideas but remember to take some time off and relax, spend time with family and friends.  You’ll be surprised as how much energy and inspiration you achieve when you come back to work.

We’ve had a lovely few days of weather and summer is around the corner. As the weather heats up this time around we talk about the hottest topic at the moment. By now you probably have heard everyone mention about General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).


The regulation has been passed to protect an individual’s privacy. If you hold a person’s name, email address, address or contact details, you will now need their permission to hold these types of data. If you do not have permission, then you will have to delete the data you hold. This will be law by the end of this week (25th May 2018) and there are fines that will be imposed for any sort of breach. If you are worried about GDPR you can read up about it here.


Here at Cross Accounting, we are currently password protecting documents containing sensitive information when sending internally and externally. Since the document has an individual’s data on this ensures we are complying with GDPR rules. All our clients will have their own unique password to open their documents. This ensures privacy in case it is sent to an unintended recipient or a breach in security from hackers. Encryption is the key to adhering to the regulations.


25th May is when all this starts to kick off, there are companies that can help and provide training for GDPR but it is making sure you’re being responsible with the data you hold. People have the right to be forgotten, so any contacts that you do not have their permission, you cannot keep. If you take car in to applying security to your business, then your are ready to tackle GDPR.