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Choosing an accountant for your small business

The accounting marketplace is a competitive space, with many unregulated companies. The industry is controlled by regulations and legislation that your accountant should be aware of.

We advise you to consider the following aspects before deciding to entrust someone with your companies’ finances.

Make sure you:What we do:

Consider the size and complexity of your business. Ensure that the accountant you choose is best-suited for your size company.

We specialise in small and medium-sized enterprises.

Ensure that the accountant has professional qualifications or is registered with an accounting governing body.

Our principals are members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

Check that the accountant has professional indemnity insurance. If the advice provided to you is incorrect, you could claim for any financial loss suffered.

We have professional indemnity in place.

Look for a proactive accountant who will remind you when deadlines are approaching.

We send email reminders of any upcoming deadlines.

Consider an accountant that provides other complementary services. This will be a great added value to you as all of your professional matters can be dealt with in one place.

We also offer offshore, immigration, tax and foreign exchange services.

The benefits of our accounting service

Approachable and personable accountants

Tailor-made services

A high-quality accounting solution

The backing of a reputable accounting firm

Quality control exercised on your behalf

Value-adding initiatives

Filing accounts using iXBRL

Since April 2011, all UK limited companies need to file accounts and Corporation Tax returns by using the iXBRL tagging format. This means that companies can no longer simply post their accounts and returns; instead, they have to file them electronically. If you need help with filing your accounts in the right format, or you're struggling with your iXBRL submission, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Making Tax Digital

The Making Tax Digital initiative is aiming to simplify the UK’s tax system, but many business owners feel that it is going to complicate their tax affairs and ultimately end up costing them more. The good news is that this shouldn’t be the case if you’re properly prepared.

The revised timeline for MTD is:

  • From April 2019: All VAT-registered businesses with a taxable turnover above the VAT threshold will need to report on VAT digitally (each quarter, as per usual)
  • From April 2020: All businesses will need to report on Corporation Tax, as well as VAT, digitally

From April 2019, VAT-registered businesses with the required turnover will need to keep and preserve their VAT records digitally and file VAT returns using MTD-compatible software.

We stay at the forefront of all HMRC changes, and we can take care of all your reporting requirements: From making sure reports are in the correct digital format to submitting them on time. This allows you to focus on your business without having to worry if you’re up to date with all of your HMRC filing obligations. What’s more, HMRC will deal with our accountants should any issues arise with your accounts.

Our accounting team will be happy to support you throughout the transition to Making Tax Digital. Get in touch with our accountants on +44 (0) 20 7759 7553 or accounting@sableinternational.com for further assistance.

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