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#BML17 and still on a high

I’m still reeling from #BML17. It was my first time at a blogging conference and it was so amazing. I wasn’t totally sure what to expect and what I was hoping to achieve by going there. Maybe some tips for my blog as I am looking to make some changes or maybe meet a few people. If all else fails, go to some courses that were on, keep my head down and hopefully learn a few things. Continue reading “#BML17 and still on a high”

Making changes on my blog

I’ve been thinking about making changes on my blog for a while now.  I’m still an accountant and I’m still a mum but the mummy bits are a bit boring now. The kids still have their moments and there is always something going on with them.  Life is never so straight forward and easy but I think I’ve come to accept that (rather than moan!). Continue reading “Making changes on my blog”

Don’t forget your Marriage Allowance!

The Marriage Allowance has been around since 5 April 2015. It allows you to transfer 10 % of your Personal Allowance (£1,150) to your husband, wife or civil partner – if they earn more than you. This reduces your partners tax by up to £230.

Who can apply for Marriage Allowance?

You need to meet the following conditions in order to apply for the marriage allowance:

·         You and your partner were born after 6 April 1935

·         You’re married or in a civil partnership

·         Your income is £11,500 or less

·         Your partner is a basic rate taxpayer (ie. income between £11,500 and £45,000 or £43,000 in Scotland)

If all these conditions apply, you claim can be backdated to include any tax year since 5 April 2015 that you were eligible for Marriage Allowance. You will keep getting the tax break in the future too as long as the eligibility doesn’t change.  If your circumstances do change, you or your partner can cancel the marriage allowance online.

How to apply

To apply for it online, follow this link https://www.gov.uk/apply-marriage-allowance

To apply by phone, you can call HMRC on this number 0300 2000 3300

You will need yours and your partners national insurance number and something to prove your identity.

More information

More information can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/marriage-allowance

As usual, if you would like any further details on this or any other accountancy matters, please follow this link:

In the meantime, here is a download for next month’s tax deadlines: October tax dates

Quarter 4 Planner

Quarter 4 Planner has now been completed and it is ready to be ordered here: http://www.blurb.co.uk/b/8193443-quarter-4-2017-planner

It has a calendar for 2017 and 2018 and then monthly calendar for October, November and December. It then has appointment pages for planning and time sheet purposes for all three months.  There are also pages to write your notes and keep on top of your things to do list as well as planning your menu and keeping track of your water consumption. Basically, everything you need to keep you and your family organised.

Unfortunately, I can’t find a publisher who will print it for free and so it costs £17 to buy.

BUT

I do have 6 free to giveaway.

To get your hands on one you need to:

  1. Join my email list (see below)
  2. Follow me on facebook
  3. Follow me on twitter.

Once you have done that, send me an email to nisha@anaccountantandamum.com with your name and  address and then I can send it over to you.

Images of the actual hard copy:

Youngest daughter is now off to school

I can’t quite believe that my youngest daughter is now off to school. Today is the last day of half days for settling into school. From next week both my daughters are at school. Freedom! Woo hoo!  A little part of me is quite glad that school has started and we can get back into a routine. Another part of me is feeling a bit sad that this phase of childhood is over. It’s strange when something is over I want to go back and recapture it, hold onto it a little bit longer. Continue reading “Youngest daughter is now off to school”

The Price of Privilege – Madeline Levine, Ph.D.

The Price of Privilege is another parenting book highlighting the plight of parenting in this day and age. The author is a psychologist who treats a lot of wealthy family kids – especially teenagers.  The case studies themselves are enough to make you feel unbelievably sad and unhappy. It gets you thinking about your childhood and that of your kids.  You hope and pray that you are doing everything right and the doing your best is enough. But there are so many little incidents that ring true that make you think, is that me? Will that happen to my girls? Continue reading “The Price of Privilege – Madeline Levine, Ph.D.”

September 2017 – planner for one month

Do you ever get to the stage when you’ve been using your diary or planner and then almost out of nowhere you just hate it?  Or you just want a change in your diary but you’re bound to your diary for another 9 months? Or you want to go from an academic year diary to a full year diary but only need the diary for 3 to 6 months because the only other options is 18 months? Continue reading “September 2017 – planner for one month”