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Not everyone is a self-assessment early bird! But don’t stick your head in the sand, it’s not too late to get help with your self-assessment

The deadline for submitting your online self-assessment tax return and paying any tax due is 31st January 2019.  This is only just over three weeks away….but don’t panic!! 

Accountants are being booked up quickly as time runs out but at Umbrella Accountants, we always plan for the last-minute rush!  We have capacity to help you with your self-assessment – provided you don’t leave it until the very last minute!! Plus, if you quote ‘2019SA’ we will give you a 25% discount off the current fee!

If you miss the deadline by up to three months, then you will get an automatic penalty of £100. You could have to pay more if it is later than three months or if you pay the tax bill late.

So, what do you need to do to avoid the last-minute stress and heartache?  Here are our top tips.

Jack Ward - Employee of the Month June 2018 - Umbrella Accountants

Umbrella.co.uk is very pleased to announce that our employee of the month for June is Accountancy Support team member Jack Ward.

Jack joined Umbrella as an apprentice and has progressed into his current position showing great enthusiasm and aptitude.  He is consistently handling the most incoming telephone enquiries and has made himself invaluable to colleagues! 

Well done Jack, and keep up the good work!

FreeAgent fortifies NatWest ties for even easier sign up

Cloud Accounting software provider FreeAgent has moved a step further in its integration with NatWest and now enables users to sign up with their existing bank logon details.

This provides quick, easy sign on that is also secure and provides flexibility under Open Banking for the Natwest customer to decide what information is shared with FreeAgent

FreeAgent and Natwest have been trialling the system with around 2,00 customers and it has proven to be extremely successful, hence the wider rollout.

Operations Director Neil Armitage said “Contractors are constantly on the go and under a lot of pressure so anything that can simplify their lives like this is more than welcome. Closer integration with banking partners such as NatWest can only benefit our customers and it’s great to see FreeAgent continue to innovate”

With FreeAgent Mobile you can nail the daily admin tasks when you’re out and about, and we’re pleased to report they have just made it even simpler with the rollout of support for bills and estimates. You can find ‘Bills’ in the Money Out area of the app where you can now view, create and manage the incurred costs you haven’t paid yet. If you’re unsure about when to use the bill section then why not have a look at FreeAgent’s article on bills, expenses & bank payments. It’s clear and concise and should hel

With FreeAgent Mobile you can nail the daily admin tasks when you’re out and about, and we’re pleased to report they have just made it even simpler with the rollout of support for bills and estimates.

You can find ‘Bills’ in the Money Out area of the app where you can now view, create and manage the incurred costs you haven’t paid yet.

If you’re unsure about when to use the bill  section then why not have a look at FreeAgent’s article on  bills, expenses & bank payments. It’s clear and concise and should help.

If you are in front of a possible new client and they need an estimate to seal the job then this will be ideal for you.

FreeAgent income soars by 41%

Cloud accounting software provider FreeAgent have seen their  income soar by 41% to £8m for the year to the end of March.

As Umbrella Accountant’s provider of choice for contractors and freelancers FreeAgent reported a net loss of £2.9m for the same period, including share-based payment expense of £0.8m, as the group continued to invest in scaling its business (2016: £1.3m).

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Umbrella Accountants is delighted to announce that our Deputy Accountancy Services Manager, Emma Freeman, has completed her ACCA qualifications and is now a fully qualified accountant. 

Having started with our firm 3 years ago as a junior Accounts Assistant, Umbrella.co.uk has supported Emma as she has worked tirelessly in her own time to progress through the rigorous training required to pass all the examinations and finally achieve ACCA accreditation. 

We would all like to congratulate her on her achievement and look forward to benefitting from her hard work for many years to come.

Self-assessment deadline looms: Get help now

The deadline for submitting your online self-assessment tax return is just over six weeks away and accountants are being booked up quickly as time runs out.

Remember that you should have submitted your tax return and paid any taxes you owe by Midnight on 31 January.

With its large team of accountants, Umbrella.co.uk is well placed to help clients complete their self-assessment tax returns on time. But spaces are filling up quickly and opportunities to get help are running out. 

Have you called in at the depot?

FreeAgent is a class leading piece of cloud accounting software and it has got there through constant improvements and innovations. 

We have attended a number of FreeAgent Partner events where the roadmap of future features and refinements has been shown and its comprehensive and far reaching with some really exciting developments ahead.

Umbrella Grenfell tower cake sale

The staff at Umbrella.co.uk have generously baked and donated goodies for our cake sale today.

All the money raised will be donated to those affected by the Grenfell Tower Fire.

Our array of home baked goodies varied from Coconut Tres Leches, Victoria Sponge cake, chocolate cake, lemon drizzle cake to a huge selection of cookies and cupcakes.

We would like to thank all our staff and visitors today for their support and generosity. 

Cloud based Todoist is a real life saver

With the pace of life currently the way it is it can be difficult to stay on top of everything at any one point in time. As a contractor you’ve also got bills to pay, forms to file, returns to authorise and money to chase.  We have found that the on-line cloud based to-do list todoist  is a real life saver when it comes to helping you out.

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