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Tax Issues for small businesses

What do I do when I go Self-employed?

Which Tax Office deals with my Income Tax affairs?

What are the rates of tax for 2000-2001?

What is IR35 about?

What is Self Assessment?

What are the important dates under Self Assessment?

I am setting someone on - what do I have to do?

What is the Construction Industry Scheme?


VAT Issues

Should I Be Registered for VAT?

How to I fill in my VAT return?

What is Cash Accounting?

Do I get penalised if my VAT return is wrong?


Other small business issues

What details need to go on our company letterhead?

I am a company director, what are my responsibilities?

What are the Working Time Regulations?

What do I need to know about the National Minimum Wage?

How does the Data Protection Act affect my business?

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Useful Contacts

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

Bank of England

Central Office of Information

Charity Commission

Chartered Institute of Taxation

Companies House

Contributions Agency

Customs & Excise

Department of Trade and Industry

Exchange Rates Database

Federation of Small Businesses

Financial Services Authority

Inland Revenue

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

Insolvency Service

London Gazette

National Minimum Wage (DTI)

Occupational Pensions Authority

Office of Fair Trading

Patent & Trade Marks Office

The Lloyds TSB Tax Guide

VAT Advice Centres

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