Reference Books - for work

I have been AAT qualified for a few years now and have one exam left on ACCA. However my role at work now involves a lot less supervision and although I have a number of books from my exams, could somebody please help me with suitable reference books for work.

I work in the property industry and have to run the payroll, which is completely new to me. I also have a lot more book keeping than I have ever been involved with, four manual cash books a lot of inter company transactions and Pegasus (Opera) as our accounts package. I also have to deal with the partial exemption and VAT returns.

There are so many different books on the market and some of them are really quite costly so any assistance would be helpful

Comments

  • deanshepherddeanshepherd Font Of All Knowledge Posts: 1,809Registered
    I generally find Tolley's manuals to be the best. Their VAT manual is expensive but extremely detailed. Tottel publish a much cheaper range but you pay for what you get!
  • elgingelging Settling In Nicely Posts: 17Registered
    Payroll Info

    For the cheapest (ie nothing!) and most up to date info, personally I would set aside half a day and download/register on the government gateway, both PAYE and VAT. Download the base info booklets for both subjects and for payroll the whole of 480 Expenses (nearly 100 pages) print it off and stick in a ring binder - vv useful for the P11ds.

    Tolleys are great but way too much money and the whole point of being in business is to make a profit.:cool2:
  • deanshepherddeanshepherd Font Of All Knowledge Posts: 1,809Registered
    Personally, I would trust very little of what is on HMRC's website. Although referring inspectors to their own manuals can be very gratifying.

    The payroll stuff is good but you are not going to come across too many areas of contention there. The real tricky stuff is usually VAT related and HMRC's guidance in that area is pretty poor.

    Oh, and as for printing off swathes of online manuals when they are er.. online, seems a little wasteful.
  • JmannJmann Feels At Home Posts: 68Registered
    I generally find Tolley's manuals to be the best. Their VAT manual is expensive but extremely detailed. Tottel publish a much cheaper range but you pay for what you get!

    Is the book called Tolley's Value Added Tax - YYYY ?

    Would you know how this book differs from FL Memo - VAT?

    Thanks for you time.

    John
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