Yes. You won’t be billed for asking an accounts, tax or any question for that matter. I understand that you may want to check something relating to your business accounts and need an answer quickly. I aim to respond with answers to your accounts queries promptly.
What are some of the most commonly asked accountancy questions?
There are some key fundamental accountancy related questions that need to be asked and understood when running a business.
I have helped answer a few below. Please click on each section to read more.
No I don’t. I use fixed fees which will be determined before the work is undertaken. I am open with my prices for company accounts, tax returns and I like to agree these fees upfront before the work is started.
Yes it is. I am regulated by a professional body (ICAEW or ACCA) and comply with certain standards and have undertaken a rigorous training program to achieve my accountancy qualifications. I know what I am doing and have the best experience and training to provide the best accountancy and business advice. When you use someone who isn’t qualified, you take a risk and it can prove to be expensive in the long term.
Yes. I regularly maintain my CPD (Continuing Professional Development) and it is a requirement of my regulatory body the ICAEW for me to do this.
Yes. I can do the whole lot, including bookkeeping, payroll, VAT returns and year end compliance. I am also able to provide management accounts and business consultancy if this is needed.
It can be worthwhile preparing management accounts as you can then have regular planning sessions to see how the business is doing and whether you are reaching your objectives. It can otherwise prove costly further down the line if the wrong decisions have been made.
You need to keep your accounting records for 6 years.
Should I be using the ‘10% Wear and Tear’ or ‘Renewals’ accounting method with my rented property accounts?
This accounting method will need to be determined depending on whether you have ‘furnished’, ‘partly furnished’ or ‘unfurnished’ let property, and there are specific accounting rules on when each accounting method should be used.
This is quite often an area that businesses fall short on and also a fairly sensitive area in regard to HMRC. Please get in touch to discuss this further.
There are benefits and non benefits to including a car in the company accounts, however it generally follows that it will be more expensive for you to have a car in a Ltd company set of accounts, due to the ‘Benefit in Kind’ taxes arising from it. It depends upon the circumstances so please get in touch for further clarification.
There are a lot of accountancy softwares available and most of them have similar functions. I can advise on what is most suited to your business and discuss the pros and cons of each. It is best to have these discussions early, as it can be difficult to change over once you have started using one. It can also be costly to the business if the accountancy software isn’t right.
A lot of businesses are now considering cloud accounting software as an option. I can advise and support you in making the right decision. I work with most online cloud accounting software providers so know what is available and the pros and cons of each.
They may want to inspect your accounting records at any time. The number of investigations has increased dramatically since there has been the need to claw back more income tax receipts, and they have the power to interrogate your accounts going back over a number of years. You should be keeping your business accounts and tax records for at least 6 years, and the more organised they are the better.