ALL YOUR DOUBTS, RESOLVED
HOW LONG SHOULD I KEEP MY TAX RECORDS?
You must keep your records for at least 5 years after the 31st January submission deadline of the relevant tax year. For example if you sent your 2016-17 tax return online by 31st January 2018 you must keep your records until at least the end of 2023.
But if you send your tax return more than 4 years after the deadline, you'll need to keep your records for 15 months after you send your tax return.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN AN ACCOUNTANT AND A BOOKKEEPER?
While the roles of a bookkeeper and an accountant are different they do tend to overlap. For example, a bookkeeper will keep an accurate and complete record of the financial transactions of the business whilst accountants apply further financial analysis to the financial records kept by bookkeepers.
If you have spoken to a few bookkeepers you may have found that some may provide slightly different services depending on their experience. For example, some may only provide data entry, bank reconciliations and submission of VAT returns, whilst others may make the additional adjustments required (for example, depreciation, accruals, prepayments, payroll) ready for the financial year end to help reduce the burden on the accountant and hopefully save you money. In addition to this a good bookkeeper should also be able to provide valuable management reports and/or cashflow forecasts.
HOW DO I KNOW IF CARTER BOOKKEEPING SERVICES IS RIGHT FOR MY NEEDS?
Call me. We can have a chat about your business and discuss what it is you require and if I am able to fulfil your business needs.
Do you want to complete the bookkeeping yourself but don't know where to start? I can help. Do you want me to go over your already completed bookkeeping? I can help. Or would you prefer I took over all the bookkeeping function for you? I can help.
WHY DO YOU NEED TO PERFORM ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING CHECKS ON ME AND MY COMPANY?
It's not because I don't trust you or your business, it is the law. Any persons dealing with the financial transactions of another person or business must perform their customer due diligence. This involves all those with a controlling interest in the business providing a copy of a current photo id (passport/driving licence are the two top favourites), and a copy of a recent utility bill showing your name and residential address.
WHY CHOOSE CARTER BOOKKEEPING SERVICES OVER AN ACCOUNTANT?
That is a good question!
Based on my research of local accountants I have come across a variety of different business approaches. Namely; some accountants won't take on small bookkeeping jobs but would much rather focus on the larger transactional businesses; some accountants may sub-contract the work out to bookkeepers like myself; the pay structure is also diverse ranging from hourly rates to fixed fees. None of these approaches are wrong but in-fact right for their business model.
Because my sole focus is on bookkeeping I can offer you a personal, tailored service with the flexibility to work remotely or from your office.
No job is too small at Carter Bookkeeping Services.