New research from accounting software company Xero reveals 88% of small businesses felt “overwhelmed” by business rules at the start of opening their business with two thirds of Brits (75%) admitting their lack of financial acumen led to their company’s growth stalling. 

Further findings found 78% of Brits have never submitted a tax return before starting their business with 66% making tax filling errors costing them between £300 and £400 and fines of up to £500.

Common mistakes include submitting the wrong amount of taxable income (43%), losing paperwork (22%), and filing incorrect expenses in a notepad and bagging receipts.  

These common mistakes can have consequences, with 50,000 small businesses failing each year due to cash flow issues.

No wonder 83% of the business owners surveyed suffer from stress with 40% of bosses losing sleep. 

In April of this year HMRC will introduce its Making Tax Digital legislation where it will be compulsory for every VAT registered business above the £85k threshold to go digital.

Shockingly, a third of small business owners (32%) still do their expenses with a pen and notepad rather than using business technology that would make their lives so much easier. 

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