Accounting & bookkeeping advice

Accountancy and bookkeeping are a key part of running a freelance business. From understanding which expenses you can claim to knowing when you should get an accountant, here’s all the guidance you need.


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What Expenses Can I Claim As a Freelancer?
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What Expenses Can I Claim As a Freelancer?

When you’re self-employed, you can deduct a wide range of business-related costs from your taxable profit. Here’s a handy list of the most common things you can claim for as "allowable expenses".

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What Are the Standard Rate & Flat Rate VAT Schemes?
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What Are the Standard Rate & Flat Rate VAT Schemes?

When you’re self-employed and VAT-registered, you can choose between the standard or flat rate VAT schemes. Here’s what you need to know about both.

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Are BACS, CHAPS and Faster Payments the Same as Bank Transfers?
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Are BACS, CHAPS and Faster Payments the Same as Bank Transfers?

What's the difference between BACS, CHAPS, and Faster Payments? Here's what you need to know about all three types of bank transfer, and why we use Faster Payments at Coconut.

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A uniquely sole trader problem
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A uniquely sole trader problem

Imagine if clients and you could un-muddle business and personal without having to open a new bank account?

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Coconut Is Not a Bank – It’s a Tax App for Self-Employed People
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Coconut Is Not a Bank – It’s a Tax App for Self-Employed People

When Coconut first launched in 2018, we offered a product that combined an accounting product with a business current account. We’ve now stopped opening new accounts, so that we can focus on making our bookkeeping and tax app for freelancers the best it possibly can be.

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Coconut’s Guide to Effortless Expenses
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Coconut’s Guide to Effortless Expenses

Here's our quick guide to effortless expenses to make sure you're not missing out on key tax savings.

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3 Reasons to Separate Your Business Expenses from Your Personal Expenses
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3 Reasons to Separate Your Business Expenses from Your Personal Expenses

Read this short article on how to save your self-employed business time and money by separating your business expenses from your personal expenses.

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The Top 5 Business Expenses You Didn't Know You Could Claim
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The Top 5 Business Expenses You Didn't Know You Could Claim

Time for your annual tax return for HMRC? We’ve created a list of the top five business expenses most commonly overlooked.

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Open Banking: The money revolution of the century
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Open Banking: The money revolution of the century

Coconut has won the final stage of Nesta’s Open Banking Challenge: Open Up. We’ve won £250k so far from the previous three stages. What does it mean for our customers? More here...

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