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Certainties in life - tax One of the certainties in life is tax. You cannot escape it and you will have to pay it. You may need to consider being registered for GST. To start a new business you will have to register with income tax and also with social security. You may be paying the rate which applies to the self-employed, however if you have employees you will have to make deductions from wages to pay these contributions.


People Your staff are your business. It will not function unless you choose the right person for the right post. Choose your staff wisely.


You must also have the licence to engage them under the 1973 law. In addition, your new staff members will need a contract. The contract will have to specify things like rates of pay, holidays and maternity leave. You will have to abide by the employment law and you will have to deduct tax and social security contributions from their salary and pay for compulsory insurance.


Data Protection All businesses are subject to safeguards about data protection. Information about or from customers needs to be treated carefully. There are rules as to how such information may be used. There is also a requirement to register your business with the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner.


Premises For some, it will be enough to have home as an office. For the more ambitious, premises will be required. Most people starting out will look to lease premises. You must be careful. A lease is a contract and in Jersey its terms may be strictly enforced. The following are a few things to think about:


• Location, location, location – where is it?


• How big is it? • How long is the lease? Will you outgrow the premises before the lease comes to an end? Is the lease too short for me to make long term plans?


• What is the rent and when will it be increased?


• When is the rent paid – monthly or quarterly?


• What rights have I to assign the lease to a new tenant or give notice to cancel it?


• What is the condition of the building?


• What repairs and maintenance will I need to carry out now and in the future?


• What will I need to do to it to trade from it?


• Will there be an option to extend the lease?


Other Things Depending upon your type of business you may need various permits. For example, these could be as diverse as registration to practice as a doctor or for a restaurant permission to sell alcohol and food.


Advice Before making any big step in life it is always sensible to take advice from experts. Once you have a plan, Viberts can help to put it into action.


Good people to have on your side


Our firm has become part of the fabric of the Island life. We focus on meeting the needs of Jersey people and businesses. We are a full service firm and we specialise in providing core legal services.


Advocate Charles Thacker


Our Wills and Probate Department has a dedicated team of will drafters and probate specialists. We provide a truly personal service, giving our clients peace of mind.


Advocate Rose Colley


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specialist advice in all relationship and family mat- ters.


Advocate Zoe Blomfield


We provide sensitive and effective employment law services to both the employee and the employer. We are recognised for going the extra mile for our clients.


Advocate Christopher Scholefield


We advise on all aspects of running a company and give clear and practical commercial advice.


Advocate James Lawrence


Our property team specialises in all aspects of domestic and commercial property, and can guide you through the complexities of Jersey law in this area.


Advocate Christina Hall


Whether you are bringing or defending a claim, you can rely on our litigation team to protect your position.


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