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HMRC Advice & Guidance


Products & Services

HMRC know that most Small & Medium Enterprises want to get things right but may need help to do so. They particularly want to help cusomers as they face key business life events, taking on an employee, registering for VAT and incorporation. To aid this HMRC offer:

  • Key Messages - These are published each month via the newsfeed on the PDA website.
  • Information e-mails - These help and support for a particular or timely theme, for example, Self Assessment or the Budget, or to new or topical services and products and will be sent directly from the PDA

Products will be of use to you, include:

Webinars which enable you to attend a seminar at a time which suits you. There's both live and pre-recorded webinars covering a range of topics. Customer feedback tells us that these are a good way to get started. 

There's a selection of short videos on YouTube covering subjects such as Registering as Self-Employed, PAYE, Record Keeping and Construction Industry. These are a really useful way to get a quick overview on various subjects. 

Record keeping for mobile devices will enable you to access apps to help make life a little easier especially when busy. A ready reckoner is also available to help you budget for your tax bill and HMRC's tax help face sheets are a good source of straightforward guidance that you can download from our website.

@HMRCbusiness is the twitter account designed to provide help to business. Tweets are about educational products, upcoming tax matters and online guidance. Followers can also ask general questions, but individual specific tax issues or personal circumstances cannot be discussed. 

Tax Code Changes

Have you had your tax code changed by HMRC?

This practice by HMRC can leave the working tradesman in a real mess at the end of the tax year.

If you are a basic rate tax payer your tax code for 2014 – 2015 (this current tax year) should be 1000L.

If it’s been changed to anything other than this you may be paying incorrect tax. 

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Easy tax return

Calculate and submit your tax return easily - SPECIAL OFFER for PDA members 

SimpleTax is perfect for Painter and Decorators and is HMRC recognised, accessible anywhere via mobile phone, laptop, PC or tablet,   Simply enter your basic personal information and SimpleTax guides you giving hints and tips ensuring you claim all applicable allowances

Rift refunds 


Tax Refunds

Whether you're a new build decorator or a specialist in bridge painting or heritage work, the taxman could owe you money. Find out how you can claim money back on tax paid on the cost ot travalling to work for example.

Go to Rift refunds

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Card Payments Made Easy

Payatrader is an award winning, low cost, “Pay As You Go” card acceptance service that allows you to take card payments wherever you are and at any time of day – without the worry of monthly or minimum usage charges or other ongoing financial or contractual commitments. 

Who is it for? 

Payatrader is specifically designed for small businesses that take low volumes of card payments, or who have an infrequent need for card services.  Typically, this applies to businesses that provide services in the home – such as painters & decorators, builders, electricians, plumbers, locksmiths, carpet cleaners, mobile hairdressers, gardeners etc.

What are the benefits of Payatrader?

  • Low Rates
  • Pay As You Go
  • No monthly fees
  • No minimum usage charges
  • No lengthy contracts
  • Multi-channel - take payments online, by telephone, mobile, email and using our 24/7 contact centre
  • Option to add secure Chip & PIN for face to face payments
  • Weekly settlement to your nominated bank account
  • Online account to manage & track payments
  • Secure - PCI DSS compliant
  • Rapid set-up

What does it cost?

  • FREE to join as a PDA member – use code PDA
  • FREE Virtual Terminal
  • FREE Payment Button for your website
  • FREE Email & Payment Links
  • Mastercard & Visa Transactions 2.6% Amex 2.95%



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