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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Tax Deadline Day - 31st January Every Year!

As boring as it is, I'm afraid this is the same message as we do each year!

Tax Deadline Day!


If you have been asked to do a self-assessment tax return, because you are a self employed sole trader, or because you have done one in the past, you MUST complete it by 31st January 2015 (and each year).

Self-employed people, by law, must complete a tax return, even if they also have a PAYE employment. You should have informed HMRC of becoming self-employed (within 3 months of doing so) and they will expect a tax return from you. HMRC will have invited you to complete one. 



CIS construction workers will be owed tax back (usually) as they will have not only overpaid tax but will be able to claim certain expenses back against their tax.

If that is you, get the tax return done or your rebate will diminish in fines and penalties and no-one wants that!

Here are our Christmas opening hours:

christmas 2014 bettertax opening times

Get in touch and we can help you beat the deadline, reduce the tax you pay and get a good refund back for you.

If you are not sure whether this affects you, give Bettertax a call. We can help all tradesmen, whatever your employment status. We can also help and advise anyone that should be completing a tax return!

Happy New Year, eh!! :)


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Thursday, 11 December 2014

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Bessie Tax - Did Someone Say I Was A Lumpy VWT5?

It was all going so well! My beautiful new wrapping outer look to go with the fabulous inside conversion, I was set to rock and roll!

However, it had been noted something was a bit off with my lights. Further investigations turned up something not connected and unfortunately, when it was, I just didn't want to have anything to do with it and refused to start. So although the lighting situation got fixed, with the thing not connected, I was running lumpy!

It transpired I had been given a re-con engine at some point - obviously I knew something had been going on when I was auctioned off as a non runner but I couldn't say anything - I'm good but not that good!

I was however, just what Bettertax had been looking for. They felt I was worth their time and investment and knew just who to call to get me sorted.

I was taken to APS in Brackley. Now these lovely guys are VW (Audi, VW, SEAT, Skoda and Porsche specialists: "APS is an acknowledged leader in the field of performance tuning Audi, VW, SEAT, Skoda and Porsche motor cars.")

They soon got to work on me, diagnosing and recommending. From what I gather there are re-con engines and re-con engines and it can be extremely difficult getting it all working well together again.

The prognosis was not good. It was decided I was worth saving and so... completely new bits for under my bonnet were ordered. Up on the ramps I went to remove that failing old heart, ready to transplant the new, along with turbo, clutch, flywheel and other such things VWT5 enthusiasts would know more about!

VWT5 engine removal
Under the bonnet


VWT5 engine completely out
The old engine completely removed

Here's the complete list of what this poorly VWT5 needed to make me feel like new again:

ENGINE
TURBO
CLUTCH KIT
FLYWHEEL
TURBO GASKET
FLYWHEEL BOLTS
CLUTCH BOLTS
RELEASE BEARING
DRVIESHAFT
STUBSHAFT
2 X HUB & BEARINGS
ENGINE OIL FILTER
2X INLET MANIFOLD GASKET
1 X INLET MANIFOLD GASKET
1 X INLET MANIFOLD GASKET
ONE EXHAUST GASKET

I am currently still receiving TLC from APS. Most of my new bits are in. No doubt they will give me a completely clean bill of health before I am reunited with Bettertax.

I'll keep you posted!


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Monday, 24 November 2014

Bessie Tax - Wrapping A VWT5 Transporter Camper Van

Time for a completely new look me. Arriving at the wrap shop with designs to hand, the guys got to work.


Sophie, the designer Bettertax have used almost from the start, has helped to develop the brand and knew what to do. Bettertax had an idea too and from the 3 designs Sophie gave us, this was the final one worked with. My new body colour is very close to the Bettertax brand colour, so it really shows off our dudes well!

 vwt5 transporter rear


vwt5 transporter offside


vwt5 transporter nearside

vwt5 transporter nearside rear



All dressed up and everywhere to go! Hitting the road to bring our service to tradesmen is a new and exciting prospect - the guys in the office can't wait.

The twist in this story will follow tomorrow - if you have a nervous disposition, I'd still urge you to tune in... there's a happy ending - promise!

Meanwhile, get in touch for us to visit you on site. We'll be armed with coffee and tea...  even a biscuit!




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Friday, 21 November 2014

Bessie Tax - Inside Conversion of a VWT5 Camper Van

My head is in a spin, but I'll come to that later!

No sooner have I got over admiring my fancy new exterior and hot rod alloys, as told yesterday, than I am whisked off to the conversion workshop.

Imagine, one day a clapped out old panel van, really, I was, and then the next day I'm half way to being a beautifully restored and converted transporter camper van.

The workshop people were given the exact brief - a portable office with mod cons. We want to be able to visit our tradesmen clients and meet new folks, give them a cup of tea and have a chat - in comfort!

Bettertax VWT5 inside conversion



So here I am! I have gas hobs, water, electricity, comfy seating area... great sounds too. They had me insulated and sound-proofed - I think that's to muffle the banging toons! Brilliant storage areas added to keep the give-aways in. Pop your head around the door and see what Bettertax have for you.

Of course, new sign ups will get a little something extra...



So, there I am but you know what's missing? think I need an outer layer, just to make me stand out even more. See you after the wrap!

By the way, if you are interested in us visiting you, on site, or know someone that is, get in touch - we'd love to hear from you!

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Thursday, 20 November 2014

Bessie Tax - VWT5 Transformation and Conversion Begins

When Bettertax found me I was feeling pretty sorry for myself. (My story begins here). I'd been worked hard by previous owners and even auctioned off as a non runner.

Seeing past all that, Bettertax acquired me for a purpose. They knew I could be transformed into a thing of beauty, with even greater functionality to serve the hard working construction industry!

The vision was to convert me into a portable office. I'd be out on the road visiting construction sites, industrial estates, events - anywhere that would bring us to the people that wanted and needed our tax returns service.

I was given a new paint job, panels removed and replaced with privacy windows and check out my alloy wheels!

VWT5 2004 new paint job and conversion

2004 VWT5 nearside view

2004 VWT5 offside rear

I feel and look amazing!

It doesn't end here though - ooooh nooooo! Next stop is the conversion workshop.

Please join me again tomorrow :).


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