Choosing a Contractor Accountant

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When contracting through your own Limited Company, it can seem like a daunting task to choosing a contractor accountant – there are hundreds out there, so how do you choose the best one for you?

There are several key factors to consider to ensure you make the right choice of contractor accountant:

  1.       They are specialists in the contractor market.

When searching for the right accountant, it can often seem like there are more accountancy firms in the UK than there are contractors! However, if they don’t specialise in the contractor and freelancer market, you are likely to pay over the odds for a sub-standard service. A general practice or high street accountant has to deal with many different types of client – spreading their expertise means less experience with personal Limited Companies. A dedicated contractor accountant will have specialised, in-depth knowledge in dealing with clients like yourself and will be able to provide the best advice.

  1.       They offer an all-inclusive, fixed fee.

A high street accountant will quote you a fee to do your end of year accounts. It is easy to look at this headline number and compare it favourably to twelve months of fees through a contractor accountant. However, this usually doesn’t include all the other tasks involved in administrating a Limited Company – you will incur additional costs for VAT returns, payroll, bookkeeping and personal tax over the year. In addition, are you happy to be billed each time you need to speak to your accountant with questions or for some bespoke advice?

A fixed fee service means that all aspects of running your Limited company are covered. You can budget the full cost up front, with no extra fees or charges. If you need to speak to your accountant for any reason, you can rest easy that you won’t bill you for their time.

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  1.       You will have a single dedicated point of contact.

Nobody enjoys repeating the same information each time they call, or waiting on the line with a query while a faceless representative digs through a file, to find out the basics about your company. It is vital to sign up with a contractor accountant who lets you deal with the same person throughout the life of your Limited Company – a dedicated accountant will get to know you and your company and will actively provide personalised advice to make sure you are always in safe hands.

  1.       They have a reputation you can trust.

As many freelancers and contractors can tell you, not all contractor accountants are created equal! Some small operators are happy to provide cookie-cutter services and take your money. Even some of the largest contractor accountants have sacrificed quality of service to focus on volume of clients, or merged with others (with all the attendant issues that come with a company merger!). It never hurts to speak to other professional freelancers and check company reputations on contractor forums. Look at who is behind a contractor accountancy firm and make sure you are putting yourself in safe hands.

Dolan Accountancy was founded by Simon Dolan, one of the most respected names in the contractor industry, with a desire to provide the best contractor accountancy service on the market – bar none! We hope you will choose to join the Dolan Accountancy revolution – and if not, we hope you found this guide useful.

To find out more, please call us on 01442 795 100 or email

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Why Dolan Accountancy?

With over 25 years experience in contractor accountancy helping thousands of contractors, freelancers and the self employed, Dolan Accountancy has the specialist skills, reputation and credibility you can trust. Working closely with our sister company, Contractor Umbrella, it means we can offer one low cost, fixed fee package at £105 + VAT per month. This gives you the flexibility of using both our Limited Company Accountancy Services and our award winning Umbrella Service, for one inclusive cost. We don’t believe in tiered packages or hidden extra fees, instead we aim to give you everything you need, including:

  • Free Company Formation – This is where it all begins. Once you have decided on an available name, we will form your company free of charge (if using our accountancy services) and it will be ready for you to use in as little as three hours.
  • Free use of Contractor Umbrella – With IR35 Legislation changes we understand that sometimes you are required to contract via an umbrella company. We will keep your limited company ticking over, while you work margin free via our sister company, Contractor Umbrella.
  • A Dedicated Accountant – Your accountant will be there for any company or personal tax advice that you require. We will never outsource work, even to internal teams.
  • Free Access to FreeAgent – The founder behind the multi award winning FreeAgent platform was one of Simon’s first clients, therefore it only seems fitting that we offer all of our clients access to FreeAgent, free of charge.
  • Free Business Banking – We have decided to waive our commission so our clients can use Tide free of charge for the first year.
  • Unlimited IR35 Status Reviews – We will review all of your contracts for IR35 purposes and provide you with our professional opinion as to its status.
  • Free Registered and Director’s Service Office Address – Sometimes you just don’t want your home address on display at Companies House. When you sign up to our accountancy services, we will offer the use of our address as an alternative.
  • Your Business and Personal Taxation Needs – This includes Company Accounts, Director’s Personal Tax Return, VAT Returns, Payroll, Corporation Tax and Dividend advice, to name just a few.

If you’d like to find out more about how Dolan Accountancy can help you and your business, please give us a call on 01442 795100 or email or