David Barry writes:This is quite obviously the most sensitive area of an accountants work and the least talked about.
All accountants understand that there are colleagues who will charge less-some, of course, will charge more.
However, what is just as important is level of service/knowledge and afterwards.
I will now deal with these one at a time.
Level of service: All cleints receive a full/unlimited email service throughout the year enabling me to make sure that clients are properly advised of their questions without fear of charge.
Knowledge: I have been doing/advising clients from 1983 and David Barry makes sure the practice is up-to-date in terms of software and current tax/accountancy developments.
Personal tax returns:
Covers the self-employed/partnerships and paye. HMRC can raise their accountancy/tax enquiries from two years after the date of submission of their tax returns. Therefore if a tax return is forwarded to HMRCSA today, 22/11/2011 then can be selected up to 21/11/2013. David Barry guarantees to reply to HMRC written enquiries throughout this period free of charge providing the client has been truthful so that there are no hidden bank accounts and oral assurances are correct.
Please note that this excludes face-on meetings and office charges like telephone calls/postage/faxing costs.
Again HMRC Corp.Tax can raise their accountancy/tax enquiries from two years after the date of submission of financial statements/CT600 (the equivalent of the personla tax return.) Therefore, if a limited company accounts/Ct600 is forwarded today, that is 22/11/2011 then can be selected up to 21/11/2012.
David Barry guarantees to reply to HMRC written enquiries throughout this period free of charge providing the client has been truthful so that there are no hidden bank accounts and client oral assurances are correct.
(Please note the only exclusions are face-on meetings with enquiry officers and office charges like telephone calls/postage/faxing costs.)
However, in addition David Barry will also guarantee the directors' personal tax returns for the same period of two years from the date of submission free of all charges (all directors of close limited companies must forward perosnal tax returns to HMRCSA if the company has a valid PAYE scheme open at HMRC PAYE.)
Conclusion: Therefore if comparing fees of various accountants care must be taken to consider all three pointers before fair fee comparisons are made.