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  • Writer's pictureIrina Inayat

1-2-3 Guide for New Businesses in the UK

Welcome to our 1-2-3 Guide series where we explain different accountancy and bookkeeping topics in a simplified way, giving you the key ideas of complex concepts and topics in two-minute reads or less.

Here is what you need to know as a new business about accountancy and regulatory requirements in the UK:

1. Business Structure and Registration

  • Choosing the Right Structure: Understand the various business structures (sole trader, partnership, LLP, LTD) and select one that fits your needs, considering liability, tax implications, and regulatory requirements.

  • Registration and Compliance: Register with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) for tax purposes and Companies House if forming an LLP or LTD. Ensure compliance with VAT registration, payroll taxes, and other statutory obligations.

2. Accounting Systems and Taxation

  • Setting Up Accounting Systems: Implement robust accounting systems to track financial transactions, using accounting software or hiring an accountant for effective management. Keep accurate records for tax compliance and financial reporting.

  • Understanding Tax Obligations: Get familiar with corporation tax for LTDs, income tax for sole traders/partners, and VAT if applicable. Stay informed about tax deadlines, allowances, reliefs, and deductions to optimise your tax position and minimise liabilities.

3. Compliance and Protection Measures

  • Employment and Data Protection Regulations: Comply with employment laws related to recruitment, wages, employee rights, and health and safety. Adhere to data protection laws like the UK GDPR, implement data security measures, and appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO) if necessary.

  • Business Insurance and Contingency Planning: Obtain insurance to protect against various risks (liability, property damage, etc.). Plan for unforeseen events with contingency strategies and consider key person insurance and cross-option agreements to safeguard business continuity.

By understanding and addressing these key accountancy and regulatory considerations, new businesses can establish a solid foundation for growth, compliance, and sustainability, avoiding unnecessary headaches and resource wastage. For more on this topic, please click HERE.


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The information provided in this article is not intended to constitute professional advice and you should take full and comprehensive legal, accountancy or financial advice as appropriate on your individual circumstances by a fully qualified Solicitor, Accountant or Financial Advisor/Mortgage Broker before you embark on any course of action. 


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