North Bank, 14 Bishearne Gardens
Liss, Hampshire, GU33 7SB
Telephone: 01730 894 419
Email: john@ashbyandco.com
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New business advisory services

The last thing you need when you are starting out in business is to worry about what you are probably not doing on the administration front. It is important. As there are penalties for failing to notify the relevant Crown Authorities, let us relieve you of the strain during your first months of trading. It will free you up to get on with the task of building your new business. We can also make sure you gain the best tax advantages available. It is often a fact that too many businesses start up without paying any attention to even the most basic of tax planning opportunities. Let us advise you on whether you would be better trading as a company, partnership or sole-trader. Don't miss out on the tax breaks that exist to help new businesses succeed.

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Traditional accounting services

We offer a complete accounting service from basic book-keeping right through to company financial statement production for filing at Companies House. The Inland Revenue and HM Customs and Excise are making increasing demands on businesses to produce more detailed accounting records. MAAP has developed a range of specialist software that we provide free to our clients to help them produce quality accounting records with the minimum of fuss. If you want to spend less time preparing accounting records, then talk to us to see how we can help. You will be surprised what we can achieve.

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Personal taxation and making tax returns

It is a common misconception that individuals only have to submit a self assessment tax return, if they receive one from the Inland Revenue. All individuals have a legal obligation to notify the Inland Revenue about any taxable income they receive during each tax year ending 5 April. We offer a quick and inexpensive service (from £65.00 incl.) to prepare and calculate the tax you should be paying under self assessment. If completing your tax return is one task you really dread, then let us help you. Although we can't reduce the pain of paying the final tax bill, we can certainly reduce the time you waste trying to work out what income and expenditure goes in to which boxes. We can also make sure that you take advantage of all the various tax allowances available to you, so that the final tax bill is the correct amount.

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Small business taxation

We are becoming a nation of successful small business entrepreneurs. If you are one of them, make sure you receive the best advice about improving your tax position. To do so, requires you to keep tabs on your financial position and profitability throughout the year. You must be thinking at least 18 months in advance for basic Income Tax planning, and several years for Capital Gains Tax. Don't lose out personally, just because you didn't know you could make certain elections that might delay the date at which tax may fall due, or even reduce the amount payable. It's often too late if you approach a tax adviser after the event.

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VAT and Payroll

VAT and payroll are subject to an unbelievable level of minor regulation that taken collectively can add significantly to the amount of tax paid each year. It will certainly require you to spend more time each week trying to get to grips with understanding how it all applies to you. The scope for getting it wrong is enormous. Alternatively, you could let us take the strain. We offer competitive out-sourcing services that will relieve you of much of the worry about preparing the necessary transactional records and making those annual and monthly returns. The Inland Revenue and Customs and Excise now work more closely together, and compliance visits are becoming more frequent. If your business innocently fails to comply with what you should be doing, then you may face back-duty assessments you may have difficulty in paying. We keep you informed of the latest changes in regulations through this website. We also work with you to ensure you minimise the risk of you doing something you shouldn't be, or just as importantly not doing something you should be.

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Capital Gains and Inheritance Tax planning

The rules surrounding these two specialist taxes are complex and require careful planning if you are to minimise your eventual tax liabilities. If you are in the fortunate position of either acquiring or disposing of personal assets (e.g. company shares) that are subject to Capital Gains tax, then talk to us before the event. It is nearly always too late if you seek advice after the transaction has been completed. Few individuals plan early enough for the inevitable event that may create a liability to Inheritance Tax. With the cost of housing driving up the value of estates to within reach of the exempt tax thresholds, even individuals with quite modest incomes over their life, can fall within the scope of Inheritance Tax. A little planning can go a long way to mitigating the effect of Inheritance Tax.

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Company formation service

Forming a company is easy and inexpensive. It is even easier to get it all wrong, which will become expensive! We offer a comprehensive and professional company formation service, that doesn't stop at the point where we hand over a set of incomprehensible documents. If you need advice about what you are required to do in forming and running your company, then talk to us. We will get it right.

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Business aquisitions and disposals

Thinking of buying or selling a business? Then this is one time when you will really benefit from professional accounting and tax advice. Talk to us first. There are many pitfalls to be avoided, if you are to successfully minimise your final tax liability.

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IT consultancy

If you are thinking of buying any accounting software, including payroll, then talk to us first. We are in a position to offer impartial advice, and even direct you to suppliers that may save you money. How often have you read, 'using our software is easy, and will save you time'. What manufacturers don't tell you, is how long it will take you to set up the necessary administrative processes around your new software, to make it work in the first place. We have 10 years of experience in designing accounting systems for small business. You will save a lot of wasted time and effort if you consult us first.

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Statement of Independence

Ashby & Co Partners have a policy of remaining independent of all third party services or products we may from time to time recommend to our clients. In the event that we are able to secure a discount by virtue of our professional adviser status, we shall always pass this on to the client concerned.

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