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Optimal Compliance are always keen to hear from interesting people. We love meeting people who can make our team better.

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Catherine

Additional information for your tax return – do any of these apply to you?

This information is for OC clients, if you are not an OC client but would like specific information regarding your personal tax situation, please contact us via the contact page. (All information for your tax return is for the period from 6 April 2016 to 5 April 2017) If you think your tax situation could be […]

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Catherine

Catching up with Net Natives

Net Natives, led by Brixton boy Steve Evans, are one of the UK’s leading digital marketing agencies and have been a top client of ours for a while now. They are a team of social networking evangelists who have managed to succeed where so many have failed by harnessing of the lucrative, yet elusive, marketing […]

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Tom

What about SME?

One must always remember that a government’s primary concern at any given time is simply to cling on to power for as long as possible. This comes before everything else. Before healthcare. Before education. Before social welfare, transport, work and pensions. Everything. And when there’s a general election in sight, it’s a case of all […]

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Tom

slave, worker, employee or servant?

Take our Quiz! Select the correct term for each definition… But first… What is a slave? A slave is a person who is owned by another person. A slave is not free. Typically, a slave has no rights and is forced to work, day after day, without pay. Slaves are fed a modest diet to keep them […]

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Tom

How to survive in a Culture of Chaos

We are living through a period of flux. The rules of business are changing. Maybe there are no rules anymore. Corporate giants are falling left, right and centre whilst youthful startups continue to generate massive revenue.

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Tom

Modern Businesses need Modern Support

A new approach to supporting modern businesses with people and IP at the core. Over the next few years we are going to completely change the way that professional services are delivered. We have a passion for technology and for making people’s lives easier. We hate red tape and bureaucracy and the stifling effect that it […]

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Catherine

RTI is causing ‘real time’ payroll problems – how about some ‘real time’ acceptance of responsibility from HMRC?

The Revenue’s Technological Ineptitude is why your payroll numbers don’t tally with theirs all of a sudden. RTI is the biggest overhaul to payroll legislation since 1944. It was introduced a year ago and we are told by HMRC that ‘everything is working well’, so why is it that thousands of businesses are experiencing problems […]

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Catherine

Complain to HMRC

Incorrect liabilities on HMRC employer PAYE accounts are an increasingly common problem, and many of these cannot be solved by software suppliers. It’s time we all complained and sent HMRC invoices for all of our wasted time. Some of these have arisen because RTI returns or other notifications or payments to HMRC have not been […]

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Catherine

I can’t pay my tax – will HMRC close my business down?

The answer is – yes, quite possibly. HMRC do not care about your business HMRC has no interest in your business, or you, or your team members. It’s a horrible fact but it is true. HMRC are there to collect your money, plain and simple. It’s not the fault of the folks who work there. It’s the […]

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Catherine

Are you a controller or a leader?

If you choose to lead a team rather than employ ‘hired hands’ your business is probably a partnership. And if your business is a partnership that is set up as a limited company, you are probably missing out on some of the benefits of having a partnership structure, and the culture it promotes in supporting […]

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Catherine

Is it all about looks? Well, sort of…

When is it ok to judge a book by its cover? We think its when what’s inside the pages is even more beautiful. We want ‘skin deep’ beauty plus substance. We are developing applications that are capable of beautifully complex things. We want our products to be as stunning as the architecture and engineering that […]

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Catherine

WE HEART INTERNS

We are nice people, doing interesting stuff, we have great clients, we love teaching people and we have funky offices – fancy spending some intern time with us? In return for helping us we will nurture you and look after you. We will take you to lunch, we will make you laugh a lot and we will […]

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Catherine

C# .NET creative problem solver – is that you?

Over the next few years we are going to completely change the way that professional services are delivered.  We have a passion for technology and for making people’s lives easier. We hate red tape and bureaucracy and the stifling effect that it can have on people and business. We are setting out to automate  financial […]

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Catherine

3-2-1….Paycircle Has Liftoff!

OC launches a new service to help agencies and field workers   At OC we work hard to help people gain access to professional support – for free. Why? Because it really matters to us. The world is changing. Technology is changing the way we do business, how we access support and build communities. We believe […]

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Catherine

“Twenty years of schoolin’ and they put you on the Day-Shift”

You go to school. You do your GCSEs. You do your A Levels and you head off to University. This seems to be the default gateway into the Wonderful World of Work for people growing up in the UK. Any deviation from this predetermined pathway is often met with raised eyebrows from peers and parents […]

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Tom

Why your business structure is like a wireless radio

You’re a business owner. You run your own business. You have a team of people that work with you. You all have smart phones and laptops, you have a superfast internet connection. You shop online, you use GPS regularly, you Skype with colleagues and friends in far flung parts of the world, you interact with […]

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Catherine

Banks – Do we really need them? Part 2: Bitcoin

Bitcoin: the future of global trading or a bubble waiting to burst? The Bitcoin is a decentralised digital currency, launched in 2009, which is currently being traded by millions of individuals and businesses across the globe. Bitcoins are an independent currency in that they rely on no central banking system and thus retain their monetary […]

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Tom

PAYE is killing your business

PAYE is a tax on employment and if you run a business where your team is as much a part of making things happen as you are, then PAYE is killing your business. Paying tax as you earn is a minimum of 42.8 % and can be as much as 53.8% It is broken down […]

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Catherine

Banks – do we really need them?

Banks are one of those day-old institutions, along with government and taxation, which have been around so long it’s hard to imagine life without them. We tend to accept them as staples of modern society and consequently never really question them or consider alternatives – if indeed there are any. For now, as much as […]

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Tom

Euro debt slavery – where will it end?

The root of the problem is simple: economic activity, culture and, of course, language varies considerably across Europe. This alone makes the realities of a single currency complicated and prone to disaster. But, before we get into the debts, let’s begin by taking a light-hearted look at some of the ‘slaves’ (and indeed the ‘masters’), […]

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David

How to spend a trillion pounds and have nothing to show for it…

According to Management Consultant to the Public Sector, Neil Glass AKA David Craig, in the years between 1997 and 2007 Labour managed to spend approximately £1.3 trillion (a little over a trillion, taking inflation into account). A trillion is a number that we, as a nation, have been forced to become depressingly familiar with, in […]

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Catherine

Tax fairness and freedom. Who is paying their fair share?

Tax doesn’t need to be taxing. That’s how the advertising slogan goes. And if you’re Barclays Bank or one of the other multi-billion pound corporations that merrily pays nothing (or next to nothing), it’s true. On the other hand, if you’re a small business owner, freelancer, or good old fashioned wage slave, tax isn’t just […]

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David

Tom Elsbury joins the OC team.

And talks about extreme sports and being an accountant… When I finished my sixth form studies in June 2012 I had a brief idea that I wanted to enter the accountancy industry, although I was well aware that I didn’t want to become the stereotypical accountant…boring! Then, in September 2012 I discovered Optimal Compliance and […]

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Catherine

Tax evasion? Tax avoidance? Who holds the moral high ground?

We are told that aggressive tax avoidance is “morally repugnant” We’re also told that many of these schemes are legal. In fact, they’re not. But tax law is so complicated, so arcane, so twisted, it’s easy to bend the truth. Because the real aim of the tax system is to transfer wealth to the wealthy, […]

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David

When the whole is greater than the sum of its partnerships.

The OC LLP and CJ LLP marriage is well past the honeymoon period and all of the founders and partners are still totally focussed on developing systems that are as good looking and user friendly as they are technically brilliant. And not falling out about who left the toilet seat up (or down). Fantastic news […]

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Catherine

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Increase cash collection by 25% in 6 weeks or less

Many business owners struggle to reconcile the two apparently conflicting relationships of selling to clients and asking to be paid – it’s a dilemma that’s commonplace and if you feel this way you’re not alone. There’s often a fear that “chasing your payment” will cause customers to go elsewhere. Here are some tips that will […]

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Jennifer