How to choose the best online accountant

How to Choose an Online Accountant

When choosing an online accountant, it’s important to get it done right. We will explain the process on what to look for. It’s important to choose a specialist and an accounting firm that is experienced.

What to look for in a good online accountant?

Looking for a good online accountant should not be very expensive, but you will need to take a few points into consideration.

 

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Experience

When choosing the best online accountant, you should look at the experience of the accounting firm. You will need to look to see if they are registered agents with HMRC. This is important as an experienced firm will have controls and procedures set by the accounting bodies. Furthermore, it’s important to know whether they specialise in your field. You may be self-employed or a limited company. This ensures that you are gaining the maximum benefit of that service by an expert. Experienced will have CPD, which ensures they are up to date with the latest budgets and tax changes.

Trust

This is an important factor, as you will provide them with sensitive information such as your passport and bank details. You should enquire to see if they are registered with the information commissioner’s office. This will confirm if they have controls in place to comply with the standards. It is important that you are comfortable and can trust your accountant.

 

Qualifications

When choosing a good online accountant, it is important that you conduct enough research, looking at the first website and hoping for the best may not be a good idea. You will need put some time and effort to know the firm and to see the qualification of the person you are dealing with. The other important factor is to see experiences of others. This can be done by checking their reviews and understanding the level of service that is being provided.

 

Transparency and Integrity

When choosing an online accountant, it is important that the accounting firm is straight forward and honest on the fee structure. This should be discussed at the beginning of the engagement and engagement should be signed by both parties in order to avoid a dispute later.

Why I Should Hire GM PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTANTS as my online accountant.

GM professional accountants are bound by the professional ethics as discussed in this article. Our 5-star reviews have resulted in us being the three best rated accountants in our area. This gives our clients confidence in our services and in our ability. We are a respectable and honest company which is built on trust and integrity to provide the best possible professional service.

We specialise in accounting and tax, which ensures both fields are covered. Our current client base ranges from freelancers, contractors, landlords, small limited companies and many more. General tax support is included in all our packages; this is our speciality and an important factor throughout our relationship. This provides confidence that you are not overcharged for a service. The fees range from £25-£70 plus vat per month, which depends on the type of structure and services you require.

 

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Vat accountants for small business

Vat specialist advice for small businesses

Vat can be be complex for small businesses. As this is a broad field and specialist advice is need to make an informed decision.What to claim as input vat and what type of scheme you will select are some of the common questions.

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We ensure that you have enough information to Make an informed decision and understand the complexities.

VAT is a complex tax and HMRC threaten penalties for any errors; let us guide you through the maze of regulations. We work with you to ensure that you understand VAT and its impact on your transactions, assisting with:

  • VAT registrations
  • Consultancy advice
  • International vat rules
  • Completing VAT returns on your behalf.

International VAT

International vat is an area where most small businesses need advice. Cross border transanctions between the EU and outside the EU have different treatments. With Amazon FBA small businesses now expanding , the place of supply is an important factor on the vat treatment. The place of supply is different for Goods and services and also treatment to businesses and consumers. There is also distance selling rules which can impact you significantly if you cross the threshold. The types of scheme such as the flat rate  scheme have been impacted by the limit cost trader rule. This has now made businesses use the 16.5% with 1% percent discount in the first year.

Zero rated, Standard rates and exempt

It can be difficult to identify the vat treatment for products and services. This can also impact whether you can claim the input vat or not. GM professional Accountants are vat specialists and provide a wide range of services on vat. We provide comprehensive information, this ensures that you are comfortable and In control of your business.

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Our offices are located in London, Essex and Manchester.

Tax return guide for foreign income

Tax return guide for foreign income

Income tax can be payable on foreign income, the common types of income that are taxable in the UK are foreign interest on savings, employed or trading income from abroad, rental income on properties located outside the UK and income from overseas pensions.

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Foreign income is considered to be anything from outside Scotland,England  Northern Ireland and Wales.

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How to calculate what you need to pay

The first thing that you need to identify is whether you are resident in the UK. If you are not considered resident in the UK then that means you do not have to pay tax on foreign income. There is also double taxation treaties between the UK and some countries , this ensures that you are not taxed again for the same income. If you have already paid income tax or capital gains tax on overseas employment inc0me or gains, then you may apply for foreign tax credit relief if there is a double taxation treaty. you will still pay up to the UK limit and will not receive a refund if you have overpaid.

Filing your Tax return on foreign income

You will need to register for self assessment and there are deadlines to register depending on the tax year. Example, if you had income to report on the 01/07/2017 , then you will need to file the 2017/2018 self assessment tax return and the deadline for this is 31/01/2019 (electronic returns). You will need to notify HMRC latest by the 05/10/2018 in this example. once you have registered , you will recieve  a Unique tax reference number (this can take up to 4weeks). This number is important, without this number you will not be able to file your tax return. GM professional accountants specialise in foreign income tax returns and have tailer made tax planning solutions. This ensure you are in safe hands and are getting expert advice.

GM Professional accountants have offices located in London, Manchester and Essex.