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Welcome to the Orchard Accountants blog. This is our hub of information where we will detail company developments as well as provide news and insight into the ever-changing world of finances and accounting. If you read something which strikes to your interest, and you’d like to learn more about a particular topic or service we provide, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.

Reviewing your payroll? Check what’s changed

With the new tax year underway, it’s time to review your payroll to ensure that it reflects the latest changes and updates to legislation around…

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Understanding payroll responsibilities for apprentice wages

Managing payroll effectively is crucial, especially when it involves apprenticeship wages. Employers must adhere to government regulations to avoid potential fines, penalties and disputes. (more…)

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Employee benefits and mandatory payroll reporting

Starting in April 2026, UK employers will have to include the benefits they give to their employees, like company cars or health insurance, directly in…

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New payrolling of Benefits-in-Kind (BIK) system: A guide for SMEs

From April 2026, small and medium-sized businesses will be required to report and pay taxes on employee benefits like company cars and accommodation directly through…

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Payroll tax obligations – Have you got it covered?

If you employ one or more people for paid work, it’s essential that you have a properly managed payroll. (more…)

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What businesses need to know about recent updates to payroll

The Department for Business and Trade has recently released feedback on two major consultations concerning payroll and holiday entitlements. (more…)

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How the National Living Wage increase could affect businesses

At the latest Conservative Party conference, it was confirmed that the National Living Wage will be officially rising to £11 an hour for those over…

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Understanding salary and dividend payments for business owners and directors

As an owner or director, it may be possible for you to pay less tax on your income from your company through dividends. (more…)

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Final furlough figures published before end of scheme

As the furlough scheme comes to an end, the latest figures have revealed that almost 12 million workers in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland…

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Staff shortages leave food manufacturers looking for inmates to cover work

Food manufacturers in desperate need of workers are pleading for the UK Government to enable the companies to use prisoners to solve the staff shortage…

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