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Member Update - January 2019
A Happy New Year to all our members!

Happy New Year from everyone at the IAB! We are looking forward to an exciting year ahead and we hope you all have a very successful 2019!

Refresh your knowledge or upskill with new IAB CPD bookkeeping modules

Would you like to recap your bookkeeping knowledge without having to complete a whole qualification?

Would you like to gain new skills via a CPD module instead of completing a qualification?

We now have Continuing Professional Development (CPD) units available for you to study which are taken from our Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping and Level 3 Certificate in Bookkeeping qualifications.

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Have you renewed your professional membership yet?

Thank you to everyone who has renewed their professional membership for 2019 so far.  Your continued membership and support is highly valued.  Membership notices were sent out in October so if you require this to be resent please contact our membership team as soon as possible: membership@iab.org.uk or +44 (0)1732 897750.

If you haven’t yet renewed, this was due by 1st January so is now overdue.  It is important you renew as soon as possible to ensure you have continued access to the benefits and support of professional membership.

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HMRC: Making Tax Digital (MTD) updates

HMRC have made further announcements in relation to MTD for VAT including that the pilot is now open to all businesses who will be mandated to use the service from April and partnerships are now able to voluntarily join the MTD VAT service and begin to test the service ahead of its introduction. 

Read more about these updates via the link below as well as being able to view Issue 1 of HMRC's MTD Update for Agents publication.

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HMRC Talking Points

HMRC’s regular Talking Points webinars provide information, guidance and tips to help you understand tax issues. Forthcoming ones cover: submission of SA returns affected by exclusions, MTD, income from property and much more! 

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HMRC one-stop shop gets 200k customers

More than 200,000 new businesses have used a new one-stop cross-government service allowing new start-ups to register their company and also register for tax at the same time.

The Streamlined Company Registration Service, which has been set up in a collaboration between HMRC and Companies House, will ease the burdens on new businesses, enabling them to concentrate on what they do best – producing goods, providing services and contributing to the UK’s reputation as one of the best places in the world to start a business.

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Auto enrolment: Key messages January 2019

For new employers

Advisers, what do you need to consider for your clients who are new employers when helping them choose a pension scheme? Find out today.

When choosing a pension scheme for automatic enrolment, you’ll need to check a number of things including; whether it meets certain rules, the cost, whether it works with your client’s payroll and also what tax relief method it uses. 

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HMRC update partnership pack: preparing for a ‘no deal’ EU exit

HMRC have updated their partnership pack on G‌O‌V.U‌K to help businesses plan for the possibility of a ‘no deal’ EU Exit.

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Double counting of taxable benefits could cost thousands

A number of employees could be incorrectly paying too much tax due to double counting of taxable benefits, say leading accounting firm Blick Rothenberg.

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The Word from Sarah: Thinking of setting up a new business in 2019?

In her regular feature, Sarah Palmer tackles the issues that matter.

So if taking the plunge and actually setting up your bookkeeping business is on your to do list this year then here are some tips to consider when getting started.

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IAB Privileges: 100% impartial energy price comparison

Don’t feel the pinch this winter – save money on your utility bills with Energylinx.

IAB members can now save money on their energy bills through Ofgem accredited website, Energylinx. It’s free, impartial and could save you a fortune! They will even give you £10 cashback when you transfer with single fuel and £15 for dual fuel.*

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