How can I get my paperwork from Accountant

What can I do? Accountant is not contactable, has not submitted tax return and has my documents!

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I cannot contact the Accountant.  He ignores phone calls and is not at his place of work.  It's as if he's disappeared but he has all my important documents and now I'm late in submitting tax return.  Who can I approach to assist? Is it the Police or do I contact the Financial Authority?   I'm worried because he has all my paperwork!

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By Roland195
14th Feb 2023 19:37

Check your engagement letter or any other paperwork -fee notes etc to see what kind of accountant the AWOL one is and which institute, if any supervises.

Love to hear what the police will say but if it comes to it, I'd appoint a new advisor who will assist you in moving on.

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By frankfx
14th Feb 2023 20:42

Appoint another accountant. Who ,importantly,will put your mind at rest.

Paperwork. Don't panic.
Bank statements and other important documents are readily available, most online?

A local accountant may have other former clients of your accountant on his books.

Repeat, do not overly worry yourself. A good accountant will shoulder that for you.

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By Calculatorboy
14th Feb 2023 21:40

If firm is icaew acca etc... complain to the relevant body ..and make a claim..might get their attention

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By Tax is always taxing
15th Feb 2023 08:00

How long have you not been able to contact him, and what documents does he have that you are worried about?

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By ireallyshouldknowthisbut
15th Feb 2023 09:07

If they have disappeared, then I imagine they are ill, have died or having some sort of breakdown.

I would write to them formally as a "to whom this may concern" asking the person picking this up to contact you. Unless your accountant has no friends or family or staff, someone will generally be sorting this out in time but sorting out the accountant will be the main thing right now.

In the mean time as above, hire someone else.

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By Tom+Cross
15th Feb 2023 09:53

"I would write to them formally as a "to whom this may concern" asking the person picking this up to contact you. Unless your accountant has no friends or family or staff, someone will generally be sorting this out in time but sorting out the accountant will be the main thing right now".

A "signed for" arrangement might be useful, from Royal Mail. At least you can follow the delivery process, which might be useful.

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