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Member Update - June 2019
Free online courses available to members from SmartVault

SmartVault is an online platform for managing and securely sharing files. It’s integrated with market leading business and accounting apps to give you a more efficient workflow.  They have two online courses available for IAB members to sign up to for free. The courses cover GDPR and how to get great results from your bookkeeping business. Please find further details by clicking on the Find out more link below. www.smartvault.com/.

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Are you and your clients MTD for VAT Ready?

As you are aware the industry is in a period of transition where businesses with an annual turnover over the current VAT threshold of £85,000 (as of 2019/20) are required to digitalise their VAT accounts.

Find out more in this article from Mike Parkes from GoSimpleTax. There is also information about a 10% discount available to IAB members when buying the GoSimpleTax range of software products.  

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The IAB Funder Finder: Access to finance for IAB Members and clients

A way to source business funding for you, your clients or your employer using our business finance comparison website

The IAB Funder Finder engine is simple and free, using straightforward information to match SMEs with an impressive selection of finance market leaders within minutes, with funds available from £500 up to £50 million. 

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Women in Business Expo – Event Information

Women in Business Expo is an exciting new event aimed at women looking for new career or business opportunities.

The event will offer visitors guidance, inspiration and business services support and a place where they can learn, network and meet companies to support their next career or business choice.

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CIPP – providing further payroll support for members

The Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP) is the only UK Chartered Institute for pensions & payroll professionals.  IAB members can apply for professional membership of the CIPP at a reduced rate.  The CIPP has also made available the following guide free to members: Payroll: need to know – your guide to UK payroll legislation and reporting for 2019-20.  Further information about the payroll support available can be found below, as well as information about their annual conference.

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FREE webinar: Is your LinkedIn profile generating real interest from recruiters, hiring managers or clients?

LinkedIn now has around 600 million members, so recruiters, hiring managers and prospective clients naturally use it as one big pond to fish for and select candidates. As a consequence, having a great LinkedIn profile is not optional, it is essential.

So IAB, in conjunction with The CV & Interview Advisors, are inviting you to attend our webinar on Thursday 20th June at 19:30 BST where you will learn how to write a ‘killer’ LinkedIn profile that will really differentiate you from your competition.

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OTS wants to simplify tax for smaller businesses

A new Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) report calls on the government to prioritise action to address long-standing concerns about the experience of smaller businesses.

The report explores for the first time the tax challenges faced by businesses, referencing the stages a developing small business might go through in its engagement with the tax system. What has emerged are several long-standing concerns which now, as the economy and the world of work continue to evolve, it is especially important that the government prioritises, according to the OTS.

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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: PAYE Expenses & Benefits (P11D), An overview of the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) and Basis Periods. 

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HMRC Agent Update – Issue 72

HMRC’s Agent Update 72 is available now and contains a variety of articles and updates. There is an update on Making Tax Digital and information on income requirements for tax credit renewals.

Other highlights include articles about: student/postgraduate loan notices, VAT: building and construction services reverse charge and disguised remuneration loan charge

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HMRC updates advisory fuel rates for company car users

HMRC has published the latest advisory fuel rates (AFR) for company car users, effective from 1 June 2019. It has increased most mileage rates by 1p per mile to reflect higher fuel costs. The previous rates, effective March 2019, can be used for up to one month from the date the new rates apply.

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Auto enrolment: Key messages June 2019

Are your clients taking on seasonal or temporary staff this summer?

If your clients are taking on staff to help them through the summer period, they should be aware that automatic enrolment duties still apply.

Seasonal/temporary staff will still need to be assessed to see if they need to be put into a workplace pension scheme. 

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The Word from Sarah: Adding value to your client's experience

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

I am always keen to explore new ways to make my services stand out from the crowd and improve the client’s experience when working with us. I have recently introduced Receipt Bank to Women Who Count  (late to the party I know!) and have been overwhelmed by the positive feedback from clients. 

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IAB Privileges: Save up to 40% on cinema tickets!

Want to catch the latest blockbusters on the big screen, and save money on tickets? IAB members can save up to 40% on cinema tickets at cinemas such as ODEON, Vue and Cineworld nationwide*.

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