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Small businesses with outstanding tax liabilities are being warned that HMRC has doubled the use of its ‘power of distraint’, which allows its staff to make unannounced visits to firms’ premises in order to recover unpaid taxes.
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One of the most annoying parts of running a business is having to hand over a large chunk of your profits to HMRC. Of course, this is a fact of life, and taxation is one area of running a business you really must understand.
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When you start up your own business, one thing’s for sure – money isn’t going to be in abundance to begin with. It goes without saying that it will go a lot further the more self-sufficient you are in the early days. But if there is one area where it’s worth shelling out for professional help, it’s with your accountant.
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When Lloyd George’s Liberal government first introduced National Insurance (NI) payments in 1911, the aim was to provide a safety-net for workers who fell on hard times.

The scheme took money out of workers’ wages, and in return they could get money from the government to pay for medical treatment, or if they lost their job.
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The table below highlights some of the key dates to look out for when returning paperwork to HMRC. Chances are, your accountant will be well aware of all tax deadlines, however business owners are ultimately responsible for ensuring that tax liabilities are paid on time.
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In this article, we look at what the PAYE scheme is, and how it applies to the self employed, including limited company directors.
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This is the Corporation Tax rate table for the 2011/12 tax year (starting 1st April).
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