• Accounts & Tax

    Managing and developing a business is difficult enough without having the additional burden of ensuring all returns and accounts are filed correctly and on time. To ease this burden we will deal with HM Revenue & Customs on your behalf, ensure you comply with tax and accounting legislation and provide advice as to how you can minimise your tax liabilities. We offer a tailored service to your needs which includes the following:-

    • Accounts preparation for sole traders and partnerships
    • Statutory accounts preparation for limited companies ensuring relevant accounting standards are complied with
    • Management accounts for businesses who require regular information
    • Completion of your value added tax returns
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  • Business Startup

    Starting up your own business is a big decision to make – it carries many benefits but also an equal number of risks. However with careful pre-planning many of the risks can be minimised. A large number of our established clients have been with us since we advised and assisted them when they started up in business many years ago.

    Most people who start up in business do so because they have a good business proposition and the enterprise and commitment to see it through, not because they are experts in the legal, financial, and fiscal aspects of running a business.

    Indeed, these matters can often seem daunting, and even off-putting, to the budding entrepreneur. The good news is that you do not need to be an expert in these fields to succeed in business. All you need is advice and support of a team of trained experts. That’s where we fit in. Bring us your business ideas and we’ll help you to evaluate them in a constructive and realistic manner. We can help you:-

    • Decide on the most suitable structure for your business – sole trader, partnership, limited liability partnership or limited company
    • Prepare a business plan, cash flow projections, budgets, and trading forecasts
    • Assess your financial requirements, advise on the best sources of finance, and draw up the necessary proposals
    • Establish a good working relationship with your bank by supplying regular information to your bank or financial advisor
    • Complete any registration procedures with Companies House and HM Revenue & Customs
    • Deal with company secretarial issues and Companies House filings

    Supplying and installing suitable accounts software and providing training and on-going support in using the software

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  • Business Planning

    Although you may have a well established business, you may feel that you do not know where to take your business in the future. You may wish to expand, increase profitability or devise an exit strategy for retirement. We can help you achieve your goals.

    Our experience in strategic planning can assist you in developing your plans for your business and devise goals to help realise your ambitions, as it can be difficult when you are channelling all your energy into running a business to take a step back to see if its going in the direction you want it to be.

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  • VAT & Making Tax Digital (MTD)

    Ever changing regulations and the growing demands of HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) mean VAT compliance can be a difficult administrative process, particularly with the introduction of Making Tax Digital with effect from 1 April 2019.

    We can help to ensure that you comply with the regulations and that returns are compliantly filed. To help you manage this complex area, we provide an efficient, cost-effective VAT service.

    Making Tax Digital is a significant change for businesses, particularly for those who have previously maintained their business records manually or on spreadsheets.

    The first stage of HMRC’s Making Tax Digital programme focuses on VAT and imposes new requirements for digital recording keeping on VAT registered businesses and organisations from April 2019.

    From April 2019 all VAT registered businesses and organisations with taxable turnover above the VAT threshold of £85,000 will be required to:

    ·          Maintain their accounting records digitally in a software product or spreadsheet. Maintaining paper records will cease to meet the legal requirements in tax legislation.

    ·          Submit their VAT returns to HMRC using a functional compatible software product that can access HMRC’s API (Application Program Interfaces) platform.

    Businesses within scope will need to acquire a suitable commercial software product, or appoint an agent to submit returns to HMRC on their behalf.

    HMRC’s online VAT return will remain available only to businesses that are voluntarily registered for VAT (i.e. businesses that complete a VAT return but have taxable turnover below the VAT threshold).

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  • Payroll & Auto Enrolment

    Due to increased burdens now placed on employers by HM Revenue & Customs in respect of compliance, payroll has become over the past few years a time consuming task for businesses. This can deprive employers of time that could be far better spent developing their business, rather than working as an unpaid tax collector for HM Revenue & Customs.

    We can help ensure you meet all your payroll and auto enrolment obligations as an employer through our dedicated payroll department provided at a competitive price.


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  • Accounts Software

    Every business regardless of size needs to maintain some record of its business transactions. You may decide that keeping your records manually suits your requirements, but if you wish to save time, and possibly accountancy fees, a computerised system could be the answer for you.

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  • Bookkeeping

    We can help you with all your general bookkeeping requirements, either at your premises or at our office. You may require help to maintain books or need us to add the finishing touches to information on bookkeeping systems in order to create your own management information. If you do not employ a bookkeeper then we can take on the role, allowing you to make more profitable and beneficial use of your time.

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  • Fee Protection Services

    Every year, HMRC conducts investigations into thousands of businesses and individuals and in recent years as you may have seen in the media, its specialist task-forces have been targeting specific trades, industries, cities and towns with more investigations planned. 

    Of course it’s important to keep good records, but nothing that you or we (as your accountant) can do will guarantee immunity from investigation.  Even if the investigation reveals no additional tax liability, the time spent answering enquiries and dealing with HMRC may incur professional fees running into thousands of pounds.

    Working in partnership with CCH, we are able to provide a Fee Protection Service to all our clients, which will cover all our professional fees in dealing with a HMRC enquiry into your affairs. The scheme provides numerous other benefits including a Business Support Helpline at no extra cost, and many of our clients have already joined the service.

    The scheme brings additional benefits as follows:-

    • Cover of up to £100,000 of professional fees per HM Revenue & Customs intervention.
    • Cover includes professional fees incurred in respect of full and aspect enquiries, VAT compliance checks, business record checks and employer compliance checks, cross tax enquiries, discovery investigations plus several other areas.
    • Access to telephone advice from one of the country’s leading providers of business advice in respect of employment and personnel, health and safety and commercial legal issues.
    • Available at a cost of 11.5% plus VAT of your annual accountancy fee, restricted to a maximum of £330 plus VAT and a minimum charge of £65 plus VAT.


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  • Company Secretarial

    Although trading as a limited company potentially brings benefits such as limited liability and possible reduced taxation liabilities, there are additional burdens such as ensuring all returns are filed correctly at Companies House.

    As legal proceedings can be taken against directors personally if returns are not filed on time or incorrectly, we will complete the required on-line filing and ensure maintenance of company details on your behalf to reduce this risk.

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  • Training

    Learning new bookkeeping skills can be a daunting prospect for individuals new to business. To help you develop these skills Robin Oatridge & Co can provide you with bespoke one to one training on a range of bookkeeping software packages tailored to suit your business’s needs.

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