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[8 Aug 2013 | No Comment | ]
Pre Trade Expenses

I’ve only just registered my business, can I claim pre trade expenses which I paid personally?
The basic principal is that “if you paid for something in the knowledge that you were starting a business, and the prime motive for buying this something was to enhance that business, then it is a business expense” and (subject to a three year time limit) you can claim for it. That applies to both goods and services, and in order to claim the full cost you must satisfy both parts of this test, that …

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[8 Jan 2013 | No Comment | ]
I’ve only just registered for VAT, can I claim back old VAT?

I’ve only just registered for VAT, can I claim back old VAT?
The short answer is “it depends”.
Have you read the general rules in the pre trade expenses article already? Do that first, then continue with this article.
Yes, you can claim for the VAT on goods (and in limited circumstances on services too) provided they:

were purchased within the three years preceding the date of your VAT registration
are still in the possession of the business on the date of your VAT registration
are actually used in the course of the business; and
satisfy the …

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[26 Mar 2012 | No Comment | ]
Notice of VAT Deregistration

When you get a VAT letter like this one . . .

. . . please let us have a copy. We will log it as the 500870 Notice of VAT Deregistration in our system. Thanks.

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[1 Feb 2012 | No Comment | ]

This is version 12.0.4
Introduction
The objectives of the corporate accounts and  tax services are to keep you informed about the performance of your business, and to keep you “on side” with the government. And, because the government lays down strict deadlines and processes for the submission of accounts and corporation tax returns, we have also adopted deadlines and processes to helps us do your accounts and tax returns in a timely way. In order to focus on doing this well, Proactive uses a popular and secure file storage system called DropBox. …

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[1 Feb 2012 | No Comment | ]

This is version 12.0.4
Introduction
The objectives of the partnership accounts and  tax services are to keep you informed about the performance of your business, and to keep you “on side” with the government. And, because the government lays down strict deadlines and processes for the submission of accounts and self assessment tax returns, we have also adopted deadlines and processes to helps us do your accounts and tax returns in a timely way. In order to focus on doing this well, Proactive uses a popular and secure file storage system called …

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[1 Feb 2012 | No Comment | ]

This is version 12.0.4
Introduction
The objectives of the personal taxation service are to keep you up to date on your tax position, and to keep you “on side” with the government. And, because the government lays down strict deadlines and processes for the submission of personal tax returns, we have also adopted deadlines and processes to helps us do your tax returns, etc, in a timely way. In order to focus on doing this well, Proactive uses a popular and secure file storage system called DropBox. That allows us to exchange …

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[5 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]
VAT Flat Rate Scheme Approval

After your FRS application is approved you should receive a confirmation letter like this one.

As soon as you get that please let us have copy so that we can make sure our systems are up to date and we help you to get the next VAT return in, with the right amount, and on time!

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[15 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]
Realigning the VAT quarters

If your VAT returns do not coincide with the end of your trading year, you could find yourself having to work on the VAT figures 5 times per year instead of 4. That’s because the year end accounts may include a disclosure about how much VAT was due on the year end date.
It’s a simple matter to get things changed and we have a template which clients can use. However, it’s still one of those things that the VAT office needs from the taxpayer and not from the accountant, and …

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[3 Apr 2011 | No Comment | ]
Update on the new e-mail addresses

Well, we spent most of Sunday 3 April 2011 working on our new email platform and we completed that at around 8.00pm. If you hadn’t heard about the issues, then these two reports (read them in order) will explain what happened.
Temporary problem with e-mail
Using a dot LY domain
And, it seems that while we were fixing our new email platform, the team at Libyan Spider were making progress with their recalcitrant supplier. Anyway, it appears that www.proactive.ly should be working properly by now, but it isn’t. We assume that this …

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[3 Apr 2011 | No Comment | ]

Arguably, dot LY domains are still in their ascendancy, and prompted by Twitter’s use of bit.ly we first made enquiries about dot LY domain names in the middle of 2009. We bought proactive.ly because (a) it’s relevant to us (b) it’s very short and sounds nice, and (c) we didn’t want to miss the chance and let somebody else get it!
Then the question was how to use the new domain? During 2009 we also moved our web hosting away from Yahoo and onto a new platform controlled by UK Servers …