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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.

IR35: HMRC launches updated CEST service

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has launched an updated Check for Employment Status for Tax (CEST) service ahead of the introduction of the IR35 off-payroll…

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VAT receipts rise to record £133 billion

The amount of VAT collected in the last 12 months has risen to a record £133 billion, with a significant contribution from the retail and…

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Two in five small businesses run by millennials, research reveals

Almost two in five small businesses in the UK are run by millennials, a major new study has revealed. (more…)

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Fall in number of arrests for tax evasion

According to industry figures, the number of people arrested in the UK on suspicion of tax evasion has reached the lowest level for five years.…

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IR35: HMRC loses £243,000 tax case

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has lost a case against an IT Consultant that the tax body deemed liable for £243,000 in tax under the…

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A tax guide for SMEs

According to accounting software provider, QuickBooks, over 50 per cent of UK small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) owners have made a mistake when filing their VAT…

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How to avoid tax scams this Christmas

Did you know that last year, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) received almost 900,000 reports from the public about suspicious calls, texts and emails? (more…)

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Majority of employees uncomfortable discussing finances at work

According to the latest research, two-thirds of employees do not feel comfortable talking about their finances at work, despite more than a fifth of people…

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Business owners hit by flooding granted “immediate relief” from business rates

Business owners hit by recent flooding will have “immediate relief” on their business rates, it has been announced. (more…)

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Millions at risk of being left behind by a cashless society

According to the latest research, cash usage is declining throughout the world, with credit/debit cards, bank transfers and eWallets becoming the most popular method of…

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