HMR&C latest campaign to target 40,000 Property Landlords

National minimum wage increases from 1 October 2014

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A wage packetDon’t get caught out by the increases in National Minimum Wage which come into place from 1 October 2014.

It is also important where you have younger employees, to ensure that you make sure they get the paid at least the minimum rate as they go through the age brackets, and as an employer you don’t become guilty of paying less than minimum wage.

Full details of the rates can be found at

Supporting Jeans for Genes Day 2014

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JeansWe are delighted to be supporting Jeans for Genes Day 2014 here at Morrell Middleton, by raising funds and awareness for this great cause – and having the pleasure of wearing jeans in the office too!

Jeans for Genes raises money for Genetic Disorders UK and aims to change the world for children with genetic disorders.

Individually, genetic disorders are rare but together they affect 1 in 25 children born in the UK – that’s more than 30,000 babies each year. Their associated health problems mean that genetic disorders are the biggest cause of death of children aged 14 years and under.

For more details, please visit

Key dates for your diary

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DiaryAs a self-employed person, or someone who is running a business every day is important. However, some dates should be in your diary to ensure that you don’t fall foul of HM Revenue & Customs or Companies House.

We’d recommend having the following dates in your business diary as reminders of tasks which need to be done.

Are you next on the taxman’s hitlist?

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Arthur DaleyTax crackdowns have arrived thick and fast in the past three years. Officials have targeted everyone from doctors to Avon ladies to claw back £35bn lost in unpaid tax each year – and more inquiries are in the pipeline.

Accountants claim that HM Revenue & Customs focuses on “soft targets” through special task forces that investigate specific job sectors.

CONFIRMED – Accountants are sexy beasts

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high-heels-and-thong-370x229According to the adulterous website,, accountants are the most exciting workers to go on dates with. Not because number crunching is a big turn on, but because their ‘boring’ jobs makes them more interesting in the bedroom, apparently.

RTI automatic penalties for small employers delayed to 2015

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article-2284938-17AE137D000005DC-727_296x224HMRC has announced that the introduction of automatic penalties for late RTI submissions will be delayed for a further 5 months for smaller employers.

Under the revised timetable announced back in February, automatic penalties were due to start from 6 October. This date will still apply for companies that employ 50 or more people, but smaller companies will get an extra five months until the automated regime starts to bite from 6 March 2015. 

Our top 10 tips for writing a winning business plan

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Business PlanWe’ve been helping organisations to prepare business plans and forecasts for many years. Without exception, it seems like a daunting task for the management team, but it’s really crucial to your success whether starting a new business or wanting to develop an existing business, to have a clear plan and that it can be articulated to the people who can help you make it happen.

“A lack of clarity could put the brakes on any journey to success.”

Steve Maraboli – Behavioral Scientist

Here are our top 10 tips for writing a business plan:

Payroll reporting – “soft” launch tightens up from October 2014. Are you ready?

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PaydayIn October 2014, the next stage occurs with penalties for late submissions as well as for late payments of PAYE going live for the majority of employers. With penalties levied for each month in which a late return is made or PAYE being paid late, all employers need to ensure that they have the controls and processes in place to ensure their RTI submissions are made accurately and on time, and cleared funds are received by HMR&C for full payment of what is owed.

We have a vacancy – Trainee/Semi Senior Accountant with at least 3 years experience

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An exciting opportunities for an ambitious individual working for a successful and dynamic firm of Chartered Certified Accountants based in the city of York.

A position which will give the successful applicant the freedom to shine and demonstrate their flair and outstanding abilities to the full, providing an exciting opportunity to use their full range of skills and add huge value to the firm.

The most important attribute for this role is personality and ambition.

For over 30 years we have assisted our clients comprising individuals, sole traders, directors, OMBs and limited companies of varying complexity to achieve their business goals. You will be working alongside the proprietor of the firm and will be responsible for managing the client base, staff, work flow and building and creating new relationships.

Responsibilities include, but may not be limited to:

  • Ensure all customer communications exceed client expectations
  • Management of the production of annual and management accounts for a variety of clients
  • Payroll, VAT and book keeping work.
  • Ensure best practice both to clients and internal working practices
  • Update regularly (and report to) the Office Manager.
  • Manage work flow within the practice with reference to statutory deadlines and client expectations
  • Provide business advisory services including tax advice, financial & management accounting
  • Identify new business opportunities including cross selling of services

You will possess:

  • At least 3 years current practice experience in Practice.
  • Self-motivation, passion, determination, ambition and drive.
  • FIRST CLASS customer service skills
  • Self-sufficient, hands on attitude and ability to work to own initiative
  • Proven team management experience
  • A dynamic, positive and ambitious approach
  • Excellent communication and IT skills
  • Knowledge of Sage accounts, Quick-books  and of IRIS products useful
  • A clean driving license and daily access to a car

What’s on Offer?

  • Salary guide £14,000 to £20,000 with benefits package
  • A unique opportunity to build upon the successful client base
  • A chance to join a friendly, passionate company
  • This is a permanent, full time position

This is an important role, so please do provide a covering letter with your up to date CV outlining why you are suitable for this position.

Download an application form here and post or email:


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Clifton Moor

York YO30 4WH

Maternity Cover for Secretary

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shadowsWe are looking for that exceptional person to be the first point of contact with our clients and other professional contacts. Whilst this is initially maternity cover we expect it to become a permanent full time position.

The successful applicant should demonstrate:

We are looking for a Nearly or Newly Qualified Accountant

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accountantWe are looking for an Accountant who can, not only put accounts together, but who will network, build customer relationships and provide excellent customer service.

For over 20 years we have assisted our clients comprising individuals, sole traders, directors, OMBs and limited companies of varying complexity to achieve their business goals. You will be working alongside the proprietor of the firm and will be responsible for managing the client base, staff, work flow and building and creating new relationships.

NISA to see you, to see you NISA

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play your cards rightIn less than a week the New ISA (NISA) is launched, but according to research by MoneySuperMarket, nearly two thirds (63%) of UK adults are unaware of the changes to the tax free savings allowance. This equates to 32 million people in the UK not knowing about NISA’s.

Half of SME’s don’t have adequate insurance

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Safety coneEmployers’ liability cover is a legal requirement for all businesses and organisations who employ staff. It protects against claims by employee’s for injury or illness sustained while at work.

Recent research by AXA Business Insurance has discovered that half of businesses which should have employer’s liability insurance protection don’t have it in place.

HMRC New Scare Tactics Letter

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HMRCThe taxman has been accused of resorting to “bully boy” tactics after sending out letters which ask savers to explain why their “effective rate of tax” is lower than the national average.

HMRC says “We are issuing 1,000 letters to customers with an income of £150,000 or more who have an effective rate of tax of 22pc or less. If a customer is content that their return is accurate then they do not need to do anything.”

Sweepstakes in the workplace

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With the World Cup starting shortly, many workplaces (including Morrell Middleton!) will be holding a sweepstake. While a great bit of fun for those involved, did you realise that these fall under the Gambling Act 2005 as a private work lottery? There are some basic key points which you should be aware of to ensure that a bit of fun remains lawful and runs smoothly.

May 2014 Office Open Day

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officemay14Our first full open day on the 21 May 2014 was a great success with over 70 clients and professional contacts visiting us during the afternoon.

With Wine, soft drinks and Canapés accompanying a very sunny warm day, visitors and our staff enjoyed 4 hours of casual conversation and discussions. Look out for our next day in the Autumn soon to be announced.

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