Switching Accountants

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There are a lot of accountancy firms out there – some more suitable for contractors than others. Although it can seem like a big step, switching doesn't have to be a tricky process. If any of the below apply to you, it might be worth looking to make the switch!

Your accountants aren’t specialists in the contractor market.

High street accountancy firms take on a range of clients – from individuals like yourself, to larger businesses with tens or hundreds of employees. Although they may be very highly qualified, their expertise can lie elsewhere and leave you feeling like you are a square peg in a round hole. You may also find that you are de-prioritised ahead of larger clients who command bigger fees. A specialist contractor accountant will deal with companies just like yours day-in, day-out, meaning that they are always on top of current legislation and able to offer the best advice for contractors.

Your current fee structure is overly complicated.

Traditional accountancy firms usually have a range of fees for year-end accounts, VAT returns, payroll services, calls/letters, advice and bookkeeping. They might not be excessive, but a variety of fees are harder to keep track of and will see your costs fluctuate throughout the year. A fixed, all-inclusive fee, means that you can keep track of your outgoings more easily and you don’t need to feel hesitant about giving your accountant a call for some advice!

Your accountants use outdated systems and methods.

Technology has revolutionised the process of running your own business. If you are still stuck photocopying and posting your receipts, manually raising paper invoices or handling all correspondence by letter, stop! A good contractor accountant will have systems and partnerships in place to make administration for your business a breeze, saving you valuable time to get on with your work.

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You speak to different accountants or you can’t always get hold of your accountant.

Dealing with different people or being unable to ask questions on your timescales can be difficult, especially when you are under time pressures with your work. A firm that offers a dedicated accountant will give a specific person you need to speak to, cutting down on wasted time and eliminating the need to repeat information.

So what would I need to do?

You will need to let your current accountant know that you are planning to switch. It is very rare that they will attempt to put obstacles in your way – accountants are professionals and know that their reputation is paramount. If you have any outstanding fees, you will need to settle those before you leave.

If you choose to make the switch to Dolan Accountancy, we will handle all the paperwork and onboarding for you – with no additional fees! It is in our interest, as well as yours, to make the change over as seamless as possible. Therefore you can simply give notice to your current accountant, give us their contact details and let us take care of the rest.

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! If you make the switch from your current accountant, we hope you will choose to join the Dolan Accountancy revolution – and if not, we hope you found this guide useful.

For more information or to discuss your options, please call us on 01442 795 100 or email jaime.thorpe@dolanaccountancy.com.

Whats next…

Why Dolan Accountancy?

Dolan Accountancy was set up by Simon J Dolan, the man behind the well-known brand SJD Accountancy. With over 25 years experience in the contracting marketing, Dolan Accountancy has the heritage, reputation and credibility you can trust. Working closely with our sister company, ContractorUmbrella, it means we can offer one low cost, fixed fee package at £95 + 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 ContractorUmbrella – With changes in Public Sector IR35 Legislation 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, ContractorUmbrella.
  • 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 CashPlus free of charge for the first year, saving you £69.
  • 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 sophie.lewis@dolanaccountancy.com or jaime.thorpe@dolanaccountancy.com.

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