Jack

Jack

Jack is a Junior Copywriter and Support Specialist for the English-speaking markets. He assists our users with customer service and communication as well as contributing content.

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Rules for digital records keeping as part of Making Tax Digital

Before you start panicking - if you're used to keeping paper records or doing things manually, this doesn't suddenly mean that you have to start scanning everything you've ever done so that there's a digital copy of it all. You can carry on with a paper based system so long as each individual transaction is also recorded and stored somewhere digitally (to later be communicated to HMRC).

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Moving from Excel to online accounting software for Making Tax Digital

By this point, you've probably heard somewhat of HMRC's new Making Tax Digital Scheme that's set to roll out on the 1st of April 2019. Or you might be very familiar with it.

HMRC want to use their Making Tax Digital initiative to bring tax reporting and compliance up to date - and for HMRC themselves to become one of the most digital advanced tax administrations in the world.

As it stands, all businesses that are over the VAT threshold of £85,000 a year turnover and are not complex in nature will have to comply with HMRC's Making Tax Digital scheme when it's introduced in April.

If your business is considered complicated, then Making Tax Digital will not come into effect for you until October 2019.

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An overview of Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) in Ireland

Please note that these are general or the most common terms for each type of Individual Savings Account. Individual banks will have their own name for different accounts- so it's best to research via each bank's website individually to see what they all offer.

It's also going to be the case that the majority of these accounts will have minimum/maximum deposit thresholds (which will vary by account type and the bank that offers the account).

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In this article we will cover the main account types that you can open within Ireland for the purpose of savings - Fixed Term, Notice, Regular Saver, Demand, - and a bit about a parent/child account for young savers. Let's get stuck right in...

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Self employed in Ireland: A guide to your taxes (Part 1 of 2)

I know, I know - it isn't the most exciting of aspects when it comes to running a business, but unfortunately it has to be done.

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As there’s a lot ot get into, this topic will be split into two parts. In this post we'll go over the criteria for filing a self assessment tax return (or in the few cases that you don’t need to), and the method for self-assessment.

If you already know how self assessment works, but want to find out a bit more about how it all comes together, then in Part 2 we’ll have a closer look at a breakdown of each tax component: Income, Universal Social Charge (USC), Pay Related Social Insurance (PRSI), Value Added Tax (VAT), and about Tax Credits.

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Individual Savings Accounts: An Overview - Part 3 of 3

This is our last in the series, which will be a Q&A on common questions you might have, which type of Individual Savings Account (ISA) is better than others and how you can combine different ISA types under one rather than have individual ISA of each type. In previous posts we looked at the ISA options individually, so if you're joining us late, you might want to skim over the first two parts. In Part 1, we covered the Cash, Stocks and Shares, Help-to-Buy, and Lifetime ISAs. For Part 2, we tackled the Innovative Finance, Junior, Inheritance, and Flexible ISA options.

Question mark drawn in chalk on blackboard. Questions you might have about different ISAs and mixing them together.

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Individual Savings Accounts: An Overview - Part 1 of 3

With many different types of Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) on offer these days, it can all be a bit confusing when you sit down and try and figure out what's what, or what the best route to take might be. Fear not, this roundup should hopefully make things a bit clearer so you know your options.

This is blog 1 of 3, in which we’ll be looking at Cash, Stocks and Shares (S&S), Help-to-buy, and Lifetime Individual Saving Accounts.

If you're interested in the Junior, Inheritance, or Flexible Savings Accounts then you can find them here in Part 2. Finally, in the last of the series we’ll do a bit of a Q&A going over combinations of different ISA types, and which ISAs are worth your while over some other choices- depending on your needs. If you're a bit more clued up on the different ISA options, but just wanted to learn more about how they can work together, then head over to Part 3 to find out more.

Before we get into the different types of ISA, it's probably a good idea to explain what they are, just so you're all caught up. An Investment Savings Account (ISA), is a savings account that you don't have to pay tax on (within reason). The differences between ISAs are how they're made up - or what their uses are for.

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Invoicing in Ireland? Here's a how-to guide

If you're a small business or freelancer in Ireland, then aside from the marketing, bringing in new business, and trying to secure new clients, you might not have given too much thought to how you're going to keep track of your invoices.

You might not even have an idea of how you're going to start invoicing in the first place. Don't panic- we're here to help.

image of moss covered hills in Wicklow Ireland at autumn time

Sure, it isn't the most fun part of running your own business, but unfortunately it's one of the most important because it's how you're going to ensure you get paid on time and in full by your clients.

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Working in Advertising, PR, or Marketing? Then let your invoices market you with some flare

The number of communications professionals within the UK has steadily risen over the years. Currently there are around 86,000 PR professionals and around 25,000 Advertising professionals practicing in the UK.

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Your job as a communications professional - regardless of the platform you're using, is to be clear and understood when delivering your message to your audience. Therefore, you want to carry those same traits over when it comes to invoicing your clients.

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Freelancing as a photographer? Here's how to create and send invoices in a flash

For the purpose of this blog post, the assumption is going to be made that you're freelancing, rather than part of a company that you're employed by.

As of 2018, there are just under 18,000 people employed as photographers, and just over 8000 businesses registered as photographers.

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Working as a photographer is hard- you spend a lot less of your time behind a camera, and a lot more of it chasing up clients, generating new business, and doing paperwork. Generally speaking, there's more time focused on running the business than there is pressing the shutter button.

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Invoicing to EU countries

For this post, we will be covering invoicing to another EU country from the United Kingdom.

A related part of invoicing to another country is being able to invoice in a different language. If some of your customers are abroad, then it makes sense that you'd want your customer to be able to fully understand what the invoice you've sent them contains.

At the same time, invoicing in your customer’s language is going to give that extra professional touch. If you'd like to learn about how to invoice in a different language and currency within Debitoor, head over to our tutorial.

picture of European Union flag

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Invoicing for real estate agents

There are no formal requirements for becoming a Real Estate agent in the United Kingdom- unlike some other countries. Therefore you have a bit more flexibility in whether you want to work for yourself right from the start and freelance, or whether you want to be taken under an agencies wing.

On the whole, the number of real estate agents working in the UK has remained relatively steady over the years- seeing a slight dip from 2017 to 2018. Currently, in 2018, there are 51,000 working in the industry.

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Freelance copywriter? Make your invoices as easy to understand as your copy

With companies spending more on marketing and content in an effort to appear more genuine and engaging, the copywriting industry has boomed in the last few years.

As a copywriter, you can write well, explain complicated things in a simple way, and get your point across - but how do you go about billing your clients in a clear, concise, and professional way?

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Invoice Templates for Freelance Journalists

There are currently around 20,000 freelance journalists in the UK, and although there has been a sharp decline in the number of those working as freelance journalists, the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) conducted a survey which found that the main draw to the profession was the flexibility it offered.

Freelance journalism invoicing templates- photo of a newspaper next to a laptop on desk

This is no doubt in line with the general feeling that you’d rather be your own boss if you can help it- the ONS released figures earlier this year that currently there are 4.8 million self-employed workers in the United Kingdom.

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Hi! From the newest team member of Debitoor

Hi I'm Jack

Hi, my name is Jack and I’m (currently) the newest member of the Debitoor team. I’ll be helping with the UK market in the way of customer support, communications, and marketing.

After spending many years in London, occasionally moving from place to place within the UK for university, I’ve settled upon Copenhagen as the place to call home.

Whilst working part-time here at Debitoor, I’m finishing up my masters in Strategic Communication at Lund University in Sweden. When I’m not in the office at Debitoor or working on my masters, you can find me catching up on series on Netflix, attempting to muddle my way through learning Danish, wandering around Copenhagen with a camera, or scouring the city looking for places that serve fish and chips that are as close to what I’m used to from home- (no luck yet, the search continues!).

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