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BUSINESSES URGED TO PROTECT AGAINST CYBER-ATTACKS
IIn light of recent cyber ransomware attacks,
the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has called on UK  rms to take ’urgent steps‘ to protect themselves. The group has advised businesses to put cyber protection insurance in place, as well as checking for updates to their computer operating systems and anti- malware software.
Those using unsupported operating systems may prove to be more at risk,
so it is recommended that businesses only use systems which receive regular security updates.
Firms are also encouraged to make sure that they have any essential data backed up to help ensure that data cannot then be ‘held to ransom‘ should the worst happen.
Businesses should make sure that they keep up to date on the latest cyber security advice by visiting the government-backed
National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) website: this can be accessed at www.ncsc.gov.uk.
The government’s
Cyber Essentials scheme also provides information on the ‘basic controls
all organisations should implement to mitigate the risk from common internet- based threats’.
Details on the initiative and how it may be of help to you can be found at www.cyberaware.gov.uk.
TAX TIP:
ENSURE YOU ARE CLAIMING TAX-DEDUCTIBLE EXPENSES
Self-employed individuals are able to claim tax relief on part of their household expenses, which can include insurance, repairs and utilities.
If you often work away from your main place of business, you may also be able to claim for travel and accommodation costs: make sure that accurate records
are kept, such as a log of business journeys.
However, you cannot claim business expenses for non-business driving or travel costs,  nes or travel between your home and your place
of work.
For more information on claiming tax-deductible expenses, please contact us.
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