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.

So what would I need to do?

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

Why might you switch accountants?

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Your accountants use outdated systems and methods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.

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

Do you need to change Accountants?

Copy our Accountant termination template and paste it into an email or letter to send to your accountant.

Moving from Limited to Umbrella?

Copy our Limited termination template and paste it into an email or letter to send to your accountant.

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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 sophie.lewis@dolanaccountancy.com or jaime.thorpe@dolanaccountancy.com.