Accounts are just as important as any other aspect of a business, and can be crucial to its prosperity and even survival. If you're 'doing the books' you will be at the very heart of the business, with your hands firmly on the controls. You will be involved in the management of its assets and liabilities, its expenses and its profit margins. The more control you have over these, and the records and figurework on which they are based, the better you will be able to control your business. This thoroughly accessible book is suitable for sole traders, partnerships and limited companies and includes: choosing and using computerised bookkeeping software; VAT and taxation; double-entry book-keeping; paying the wages; preparing your annual accounts; the basics of keeping business records; accounting for loans, hire purchase and leasing.
Peter Taylor is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and has many years' practical experience of advising small businesses.
1. Why you need proper business records; 2. Getting started; 3. VAT - updated and expanded; chapter including online submission, flat rate VAT and retail schemes; 4. Record keeping - updated and expanded; 5. Double entry; 6. Computer systems - new chapter on what to look for; in software; 7. Doing the wages - revised and expanded to deal with CIS deductions and monthly returns to HMRC; 8. Producing annual accounts; 9. Managing information; 10.Tax - updated chapter; 11.Loans and HP - updated to include balloon payment HP and treatment of leases in accounts.