Why Choose AK Tax As Your Contractor Accountant?

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Accounting for Contractors

The contractor and freelancing industry is booming in Kent, adding a big boost to our local economy. The South East is the top location in the UK for contracting, making up over 20% of the UK total. With easy access to London and excellent links to Europe, Kent is a great place to be a contractor.

As more and more companies look to contractors and freelancers with specific skills the contractor model is becoming increasingly attractive. Contractors enjoy increased freedom and variety of roles as well as all the benefits of being your own boss.

With a wealth of projects and businesses across Kent and the South East region that require contract workers, our specialist contractor accountants focus on advising UK contractors and freelancers.

We advise contractors from a range of industries and roles including:

tick IT, Technology & Software
tick Finance & Business Analyst
tick Project & Programme Management
tick Engineering, Construction & Trades
tick Web Designers & Developers
tick Nurses & Doctors

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Contractor Accountancy Packages

We understand how busy life can be as a contractor or freelancer. That’s why we have created a bespoke contractor service where we provide everything you need so that you can focus on running your business.

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AK Contractor Plus

Expert Accounting Services For Contractors & Freelancers

£119 + VAT

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Our Contractor & Freelancer Accountancy Services

We take care of all of your specialist contractor & freelancer requirements.

Management reporting
Limited company formation
Monthly payroll
IR35 Advice
Accounts and year-end tax returns
Contractor Accounting & Tax Advice

What Our Clients Say

  • Excellent relationships on a B2B level - handles our filings and queries with ease taking time to explain which is a rarity today. A vital part of my business model, and a valuable person to know.

    MSC Accountancy Avatar MSC Accountancy

    We need hands-on accountants who can help us out with the many accounting and tax issues involved in our import/export activities. AK Tax & Accountancy have always helped us get our business affairs sorted out in a fast, professional and friendly manner. We highly recommend the AK Tax and Accountancy team.

    darren fosbury Avatar darren fosbury

    We pass many high-value transactions through our property companies, and AK Tax & Accountancy have always helped us to get things sorted out. We have also been able to move onto Xero software which has made the bookkeeping so much easier. We have been with this company for a number of years and I have no hesitation in writing this strong review. A good company to work with!

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  • Left it a bit late with my accounts and tax return, but I got a quick appointment and they managed to get it all sorted out in time. Thanks guys.

    Amy Smith Avatar Amy Smith

    Amazing company to be with, always have time for you and deal with things straight away. I can't recommend AK enough, Andy and the team have made my life so much more simple.

    James Henderson Avatar James Henderson

    I was looking for a firm of accountants who use Xero as I needed all the facilities it offers. Andy at AK Tax is a great guy and he made the whole process really simple. I really like the fixed fee packages as it means I know what my outgoings are each month. Even though they're based in Kent working with my accountant online is easy and I'm always up-to-date with how the business is performing.

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Accountancy services for contractors

Limited company set up and advice

Once you have decided that contracting is the right long term option, operating your contract business via a limited company is the best option for most contractors. It gives you control over your business finances and is more advantageous for tax purposes. Before you begin trading as a limited company you will need to:

  • Form your limited company. To set up a limited company it must first be “incorporated” by registering it with Companies House. We can help you decide on an appropriate name for your company, register it with Companies House as well as prepare and send your annual accounts to them.
  • Open a dedicated business bank account in the name of your company. We’ll help you decide which business account is best for your company. Banks and building societies usually charge fees for business banking, we can provide independent advice to ensure you get the best deal.
  • Decide on the best VAT position. We can advise on whether to join the flat rate VAT scheme. This is a scheme set up by HMRC to make it easier for contractors to charge and collect VAT. Depending on your industry it may be advantageous for you to join because you will charge your clients at the flat rate of 20% and may pay at a lower rate, for example, IT and software consultants pay 14.5% giving them a net benefit of 5.5%. Check the rates for your industry here.
  • Register for PAYE – most limited company contractors will want to pay themselves small salaries taxed via the PAYE system with the bulk of income being drawn from dividends. However, as an employee of the company you need to account for PAYE and National Insurance due to HMRC each month.
  • Set up Professional Indemnity Insurance – this is vital for contractors that offer advice or professional services to their clients. It is designed to cover any potential losses caused by faulty advice made to the client.
  • Invoice Clients and Record Expenses – this is where it gets exciting, getting paid for the work that you do! In order to make sure you get paid everything that is due you need to keep accurate records of invoices charged to your clients and the expenses that you claim. We use these to prepare your annual accounts and VAT returns.

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IR35 advice

IR35 legislation was brought in by the government to prevent employers from using limited company contractors in roles that were essentially the same as full time positions. Both employers and contractors would benefit by avoiding having to pay income taxes and national insurance.

As a contractor, understanding whether you fall inside or outside IR35 can be complicated. We will help make sure you stay on the right side of the legislation. This can mean the difference between paying significantly more tax as a ‘disguised employee’ or realising the tax efficiency benefits of operating as a limited company.

Contractor accounting and tax advice

Our team of contractor specialists will save you time so that you can focus on the work that you do best. Our service includes:

  • Monthly payroll and Real Time Information (RTI) submissions
  • Management of invoices and expenses using Xero
  • Tax efficient advice on how much to pay yourself each month
  • Quarterly VAT returns, annual accounts and corporation tax return
  • Self Assessment tax returns

Construction Industry Scheme (CIS)

Anyone who uses subcontractors for construction work within the property sector must register as a contractor with HMRC. As a contractor, it is your responsibility to collect taxes from your subcontractors and ensure that the right amount is paid to HMRC. You are also required to complete monthly returns showing which subcontractors have worked for you during the month and any payments you have made. All of which can add a considerable burden to your business. We can help with :

  • CIS registration
  • Monthly CIS returns
  • Annual CIS reporting
  • CIS disputes and penalties
  • Rebates relating to CIS

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