David Eaton

All posts by David Eaton

David is a Chartered Accountant and Director of SME Strategies (smestrategies.co.uk) which offers tailored support to ambitious SMEs and gives mentoring to owner managers.

Planning for a mortgage

Getting a mortgage is hard enough at the best of times. Couple that with being self employed and the whole process can be a bit of a nightmare. I regularly help clients get a reference together for their lender –...

/ 18th July 2011

What exactly do you need from your accountant?

It goes without saying that every business will have differing needs when using an accountant. In fact some businesses may decide not to even appoint an accountant to do their accounts and tax returns and in many cases this will...

/ 8th June 2011

Do you work at home? Rent a room to your company!

If you operate your business as a limited company and work at home, why not rent a room to your business? Then you can offset the rental against your business profits and reduce your overall tax bill. So how does...

/ 3rd May 2011

Why are you a sole trader?

From 1st April 2011 the tax paid by small limited companies (corporation tax) will be the same as the basic rate of income tax – 20%. In addition the increase is Class 4 National Insurance should prompt sole traders to...

/ 5th April 2011

Employer annual returns – do you know if you need to complete one?

It is that time of year again! Your Employer Annual Return needs to be in by 19 May 2011. So here are our top ten tips for completion. If you are a sole director / single employee company paying yourself...

/ 5th April 2011

Limited company director – do you know what your take home pay could be?

Many of you may be operating your own limited company. It might be: Just you on your own You and your partner / spouse You and employees One thing is sure – you have a company to earn a living...

/ 3rd March 2011

Are you ready to be a director?

If you are just setting out on the journey of establishing your new business it is very easy to set up a new limited company and become a director. More business owners seem to be adopting the title of director...

/ 2nd February 2011

VAT – the tax that sorts out the self employed from the business owners?

We  are excited to announce that Elaine Clark will be providing regular accounting articles on the Clear Books blog. Elaine is Managing Director of online accountancy practice Cheap Accounting who are proud users and Partners of Clear Books. To find...

/ 10th January 2011

Easy API integration

Clear Books offers an API, along with full details and simple examples using the PHP SoapClient (you can also communicate via XML if you please). And to my surprise it was very simple to use. In a nutshell the API...

/ 17th January 2010