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National Minimum Wage Increase

If you are aged 25 and over, and not in your first year of an apprenticeship, you are legally entitled to at least the National Living Wage. Those under 25 and apprentices also benefit from rises in the Minimum Wage. The National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage rates apply across the UK.

You must be at least:

  • school leaving age to get the National Minimum Wage
  • aged 25 to get the National Living Wage – the minimum wage will still apply for workers aged 24 and under

Current rates

These rates are for the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage. The rates change every April.

Year 25 and over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice
April 2019 £8.21 £7.70 £6.15 £4.35 £3.90

Apprentices

Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate if they’re either:

  • aged under 19
  • aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship

Apprentices are entitled to the minimum wage for their age if they both:

  • are aged 19 or over
  • have completed the first year of their apprenticeship

Previous rates

The following rates were for the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage from April 2016.

Year 25 and over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice
April 2018 to March 2019 £7.83 £7.38 £5.90 £4.20 £3.70
April 2017 to March 2018 £7.50 £7.05 £5.60 £4.05 £3.50
October 2016 to March 2017 £7.20 £6.95 £5.55 £4.00 £3.40
April 2016 to September 2016 £7.20 £6.70 £5.30 £3.87 £3.30

 

Contact us today to discuss any minimum wage or payroll queries – 01530 564 540

10 Reasons To Hire Accountancy Accountants

Whilst some people think hiring an accountant can be expensive, but we believe that it is expensive NOT to hire an accountant. Finding a good accountant can offer small and medium size companies a great return. Accountants wear many hats, from financial gate keeper, to business analyst and budget forecaster. Here we take a look at 10 reason you should consider hiring an accountant:

1. Expense reduction

A good cost accountant will be able to analyse business data and identify waste in your processes. Some of these wastes will be tangible and others will in intangible, such as inefficiencies. By identifying these, an action plan can be put in place to reduce these, therefore increasing profits.

2. Income boost

In all businesses, cash is king. Accountants can ensure the cash continues to flow into the business by ensuring that invoices are sent and are paid when they are due, by overseeing accounts receivable and improving debt collection. Using the costs of the business, an accountant can also identify products or services where prices need to be increased to ensure this is profitable, or even identify where prices could be reduced to increase your competitiveness in the market to win more business.

3. Jumpstart growth

Once the business is established, the growth rate tends to flatten out. This maybe due to the product reaching market saturation, or a lack of cash to enable investments to allow the business to grow. An accountant can restructure the debt of a company, freeing up cash to enable the relevent investment in plant, property or new product lines and services, enabling the business to continue to grow to it’s full potential.

4. Free up your time

Managers and business owners have enough stress and strain running the business, without the added worry of taxes, compliance, payroll, insurance, leases etc. By hiring an accountant to help with these tasks, the managers and owners are free to grow the business, make the savings, develop new products, which all lead to an increased profitability.

5. Handle tax matters

When your business was small, you may have been able to handle your own quarterly payments and annual filings, but as a company grows, taxes and payroll become much more complex, as there are more variables and applicable regulations. For organisations with an international presence, taxes become even more onerous. Tax accountants keep up with legislative changes and help an organisation remain in compliance. With in-depth knowledge of how to maximise deductions and minimise tax bills, you save money. Hiring a good tax accountant can pay for itself many times over. What’s more, they’re at your side in case of an audit or dispute.

6. Handle compliance

Taxes are not the only aspect of your business that are subject to compliance. Companies big and small face ever increasing compliance requirements from payroll to VAT and money laundering. An accountant can setup a system to ensure full compliance and keep up to date with changing regulation.

7. Create forecasts

An accountant is trained to analyse large data sets and advise senior management what they can expect in the near future. From staffing needs to investment or debt financing, a data backed projection complied by an accountant will enable better decision making, less waste and increased profits.

8. Track returns on investments

Although you may not think it, advertising is an investment. Do you know how much revenue is being generated from this investment? By analysing sales figures and customers, a skilled accountant can calculate how successful your marketing campaign is. With this knowledge, you will not be throwing good money at bad advertising.

9. Hire and train personnel

As your business expands, you will need to add staff to help support your operation. With an accountant being so closly involved with sales, credit control, purchasing and inventory, they are ideally placed to help assist with the recruitment process, and once recruited, they can help train staff with systems and processes.

10. Negotiate with suppliers

A savvy accountant can help get the best deals, by researching potential suppliers, discounts or bulk purchasing. Once the quotes are in, an accountant can form a direct comparison, ensuring that the comparison is apples-to-apples, enabling better decisions to be taken.

As you can see, accountants are not limited to accounts and taxation, and here are Markfield Accountancy, we have experience in all of the above. Call today on 01530 654 540 to discuss how we can help your business.

Top Tips for Choosing an Accountant

In business, preparing a set of accounts is essential, whether it is for your self assessment tax return, your partnership tax return, or you an a incorporated business and need to file with Companies House.

Unless you have a background in accounting or tax, keeping up to speed with current regulation can be an unwanted task, and time that could be spent better running and growing your business.

Finding an accountant, who can complete all these tasks for you, will free this time up for you, but how do you find the right accountant? To help you make this decision, we have put together a handy list:

  1. Get a recommendation from friends and family that already use an accountant
  2. Ask the accountant for client testimonials or clients to contact for references
  3. Check the accountants professional qualifications
  4. Check the number of years experience the accountant has in providing the services you require
  5. Ask how many clients the accountant has similar to yours
  6. Ask about charges – does the accountant offer fixed fees and are there any ‘extras’?
  7. Ask how they ensure deadlines are met and how they ensure fines will not be imposed
  8. Ask if they are regulated by a professional accounting body
  9. Ask what level of professional indemnity insurance they have – this is required by all professional bodies
  10. Ask what their complaints procedure is

Here are Markfield Accountancy, we can answer all the above and leave you satisfied that we are honest, reliable, professional accountants. Call today on 01530 654 540 to discuss how we can help your business.