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Which cities are most attractive for property investment in 2020? Landlords have their say.

14 February 20202-minute read

Which cities are most attractive for property investment in 2020? Landlords have their say

London, Manchester and Liverpool have been named by landlords as the most attractive cities for property investment in 2020. The Simply…

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What is an umbrella company? A guide for self-employed contractors.

14 February 20203-minute read

What is an umbrella company? A guide for self-employed contractors

Self-employed contractors can choose to work through an umbrella company rather than setting up their own limited company. But the…

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How to get a 5 star food hygiene rating.

12 February 20203-minute read

How to get a 5 star food hygiene rating

The Food Standards Agency’s ‘scores on the doors’ hygiene rating is one of the best-known badges of recognition for consumers. How to open a…

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HMRC fines one million self-employed taxpayers – check whether you need to pay.

11 February 20202-minute read

HMRC fines one million self-employed taxpayers – check whether you need to pay

HMRC has hit nearly one million self-employed taxpayers with a penalty for missing the tax return deadline. The penalty applies even if…

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Tenants aren’t negotiating rent reductions – why is this bad news for landlords?.

11 February 20202-minute read

Tenants aren’t negotiating rent reductions – why is this bad news for landlords?

The number of tenants negotiating a reduction in their rent has dropped to a record low, according to new figures. ARLA Propertymark has…

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What is mutuality of obligation (MOO)?.

10 February 20203-minute read

What is mutuality of obligation (MOO)?

What is mutuality of obligation and why should self-employed contractors understand the concept? Mutuality of obligation, or MOO, is a key…

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HMRC updates IR35 rules with two months to go – what does this mean for contractors?.

7 February 20203-minute read

HMRC updates IR35 rules with two months to go – what does this mean for contractors?

HMRC has announced an update to how off-payroll working (IR35) rules will work from 6 April 2020. It said this is to give businesses more…

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Here’s what happened at the latest Simply Business hackathons.

5 February 20203-minute read

Here’s what happened at the latest Simply Business hackathons

Every year we hold two hackathons in the UK, one for each of our offices in London and Northampton. 2019 was no exception – and both hacks…

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How does HMRC define a ‘personal service company’? Here's what you need to know for IR35.

4 February 20202-minute read

How does HMRC define a ‘personal service company’? Here's what you need to know for IR35

HMRC created the term ‘personal service company’ (PSC) after Gordon Brown, then Chancellor of the Exchequer, brought in the IR35 legislation…

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What the self-employed need to know about dividend tax and the dividend tax rate.

30 January 20203-minute read

What the self-employed need to know about dividend tax and the dividend tax rate

Self-employed people who own a limited company might choose to pay themselves in dividends. Here’s what you need to know about the dividend…

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