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SEX DISCRIMINATION

Gender equality roadmap and sexual harassment consultation

The government has published “Gender equality at every stage: a roadmap for change” and a consultation on sexual harassment. What do you need to know?

NATIONAL INSURANCE

Restriction of Employment Allowance

GROWTH SHARES

A handy alternative to share option plans

Your client wants to retain and incentivise a key member of staff. You have discussed the enterprise management incentive, but the company’s trade is excluded under the legislation. What alternative can offer the same benefits?

ABSENCE

How to manage employee absence

You know that poor employee attendance is having a direct impact on the company’s profitability. Therefore, how can you reduce absence levels whilst improving employee productivity?

PRIVATE RESIDENCE RELIEF

Use a tax return to reduce a private residence relief risk

A client has recently sold her main residence and believes the gain should be exempt due to private residence relief. Why can things get complicated, and might disclosing the full details on a return be a good idea?

DIRECTORS’ REMUNERATION

New company: can the directors be paid before trading?

You have a new company as a client. It hasn’t started to trade yet, but the directors want to start taking a salary to ensure tax efficiency for the year. Is this permissible and tax deductible for the company?

CAPITAL ALLOWANCES

Capital equipment: should it be bought personally?

Your client is the sole director and shareholder of a trading company. The company needs some new equipment to increase its output. The director thinks she should buy this personally as the capital allowances will then be relieved at 40%. Is she right?

BUSINESS - WEB SERVICES

Schedule meetings with your customers

We all have busy schedules these days. Booking an appointment or meeting with customers has become a complex task. Fortunately, there are online tools that can help you. Here are three examples.

COMPUTER - MOBILE

Transform your old laptop into a Chromebook

The Chromebook is a cheap and therefore popular alternative to the laptop. As the system has few requirements, it generally runs without any problems - and for free - on older Windows laptops or MacBooks. How do you get started?

PERSONAL WEBSITE - WEBSITE DESIGN

Improve your website with A/B tests

Your company’s website is a dynamic platform that you continually need to adjust and update. How can you use A/B testing to gradually improve your webpages?

SOFTWARE - OFFICE

Six hidden functions in Microsoft Word

You will probably be using Microsoft Word for composing letters, making quotations, etc. The possibilities of this word processor are countless, but here are some features that may be new to you.

E-MAIL - E-MAIL USE

Change your sender name and e-mail address

Would you like to change your sender name, create one or more new e-mail addresses or ensure that your e-mails do not end up in the wrong place? The following tips and tricks will help you.