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Information request from previous accountants

Information request from previous accountants

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I have sent a professional clearance letter along with a list of information required from the previous accountants.  They have replied saying they will not provided the following information as it is available from my client:

Financial Statements

Corporation Tax Returns and Computations

P11Ds

Annual Return

PAYE records including P60s and P14s

Partnership Tax Returns and Computations

Partnership Accounts

Self Assessment Tax Returns and Computations

I have asked for information before from this company (my former employer) and have received everything I have asked for.  I think it is very bad of them to not provide the information.   

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By Old Greying Accountant
07th Dec 2011 15:58

And ...

... your question is?

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By mjcaccount
08th Dec 2011 07:47

Do they have to provide me with the information I requested?  I think they are being unreasonable, but do I have the right to complain about it?

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By Time for change
08th Dec 2011 08:26

If your "new" client

has been given copies of ALL the documents, which you've listed then, given those circumstances, they are not being unreasonable.

If the client has only been provided with some of those documents then, in that situation, you should write back and request those details or, possibly, find another avenue from which you can obtain the information you require - Companies House, HMRC etc.

With the explanation that these people are your former employer, all sorts of "issues" crop up and, as I've been there, and got the "T" shirt, so to speak, experience and maturity has taught me a lot!

A word of caution also, keep a weather eye on the number of client's you attract, from your former employer. If you torment a dog for long enough, it will turn round and bite you, in the a**e!

I respect that we live in a free market and client's can come and go where they please but, I do suggest that you consider each sides point of view.

 

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By thisistibi
08th Dec 2011 08:44

Not in accordance

Does the firm/partners have professional qualifications, e.g. ACA, ACCA, CTA?

I thought most of these institutes had guidelines on obtaining professional clearance and it would be very unprofessional not to follow those guidelines if they are a member of the relevant institute.  I wonder if you could even report them to their institute.

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By Roland195
08th Dec 2011 10:00

Not refusing clearance

thisistibi wrote:

Does the firm/partners have professional qualifications, e.g. ACA, ACCA, CTA?

I thought most of these institutes had guidelines on obtaining professional clearance and it would be very unprofessional not to follow those guidelines if they are a member of the relevant institute.  I wonder if you could even report them to their institute.

If the firm in question has responded to the clearance letter, provided copies of the accounting schedules & tax elections etc (the items that the client won't have) then I would agree that they are being awkward but not necessarily unreasonable.

It is somewhat par for the course considering the situation.

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