Specialist accountancy servicess for sole traders that don't like spending time on admin

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Extremely helpful, patient, attentive

Extremely helpful, patient, attentive and cares about the needs of their clients. Very glad I switched accountants to them.
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Fantastic accounting firm

Fantastic accounting firm for both SMEs. Thank you for the continued support and excellent service.
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Thank you

Spoke with Jordan, we needed some guidance on a new venture. Very helpful, patient and knowledgeable on all matters relevant to accounts and new businesses.
Oct 17, 2023
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Keith
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Good price

Good price, a good conversation with an accountant before joining kept me informed through the process.
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Easy to Access

The sign-up process is straightforward, and all of the staff members are extremely friendly. The welcome meeting with the accountant was delightful.
Sep 9, 2023
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Damian
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Reliable and professional

Jawad has been very helpful dealing with VAT and other tax issues relating to my business; reliable, well-informed and professional, many thanks.
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Exceptional Customer Service

Great customer service and support for a nascent business!
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Overall excellent experience

After being unsatisfied with my previous accounting firm for many years, I decided to switch to GoForma based on a friend's glowing recommendation. This was the best business decision I could have made!
Aug 1, 2023
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Excellent experience with Goforma

Excellent experience with Goforma. Jordan has been very professional and very patient with me. He has great knowledge and always ready to help. It can be quite stressful at the beginning when starting a new company, but they definitely helped me to make it easy. I’m very glad that I found them, it is great to work with them. I cannot recommend them enough. They are the best!
Jul 23, 2023
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My experience with GoForma has been fab!

My experience with GoForma has been really great. I did a lot of research before committing to an accountant and wanted someone that specialises in IT contracting that offers mailing & address services. Prompt replies on any questions I have and timely filing of VAT etc. Highly recommend!
Jul 19, 2023
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The team at GoForma are very responsive and nothing ever seems like too much trouble for the team. Jawad and Jordan are very knowledgeable, and the filings are always accurate and prepared well in advance of submission deadlines. Highly recommended.
Jul 19, 2023
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It was a nice and easy onboarding…

It was a nice and easy onboarding process. Also the accountants were helpful if you had any questions.
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Eliminate your admin, stress and concerns as a contractor

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You may not know exactly what support you need when starting a business. We simplify the process by providing you with an accountant, London business address, free company incorporation and a range of partner offers.

  • Free company incorporation
  • Business insurance included**
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*50% off on our start, operate and grow packages

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Prices start from £35/mo + VAT

You'll get access to a dedicated accountant who can help with all your personal and company tax registration and filing.

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Are you a sole trader in the UK looking for expert financial guidance? Look no further! Our team at GoForma specializes in providing top-notch accounting services tailored to meet the unique needs of sole traders. As experienced sole trader accountants, we're here to streamline your financial processes and help you navigate the complexities of running a business solo. With our expertise and personalized approach, you can focus on growing your business while we take care of the numbers. Trust GoForma to be your dedicated partner in financial success.

Sole Trader Definition

A sole trader, also known as a sole proprietor, is an individual who runs their own business as an individual and is solely responsible for its profits and debts. This business structure is common among freelancers, contractors, and small business owners. One of the main sole trader advantages is having full control over the business operations and making all decisions related to its management. Sole traders are also responsible for meeting any legal and tax obligations associated with running the business.

You need to set up as a sole trader if any of the following apply:

  1. If you made over £1,000 from working for yourself between April 6, 2023, and April 5, 2024.
  2. If you need to prove that you are self-employed, which is necessary for certain benefits such as Tax-Free Childcare.
  3. If you wish to make voluntary Class 2 National Insurance payments, which can help you qualify for various benefits.

Why Sole Traders Need Accountants?

Managing finances as a sole trader can be overwhelming. Accountants play a crucial role in helping sole traders navigate the complexities of taxation, financial reporting, and compliance. Their expertise ensures that financial matters are handled efficiently, allowing sole traders to focus on growing their business.

  1. Financial Expertise: Sole traders benefit from the financial expertise of accountants who provide valuable insights into managing income, expenses, and handling the complexity of taxation. With their guidance, sole traders can make informed decisions to optimize their tax position.
  2. Compliance Assurance: Accountants play a crucial role in ensuring that sole traders adhere to all relevant tax regulations and deadlines. From tax filings to financial reporting, having an accountant on board provides assurance that all compliance requirements are met, minimizing the risk of penalties or legal issues.
  3. Time and Stress Savings: Managing finances can be time-consuming and stressful for sole traders. Accountants alleviate this burden by handling financial paperwork, allowing sole traders to focus on what they do best—running their business.
  4. Expense Optimization: Accountants assist sole traders in identifying and claiming allowable expenses, helping to reduce taxable income. From office supplies to travel expenses, accountants ensure that sole traders take advantage of every opportunity to optimize their deductions, ultimately saving money.
  5. Accurate Record Keeping: Meticulous record-keeping is a hallmark of professional accountancy. Accountants maintain accurate records of all financial transactions, providing a clear and organized overview of a sole trader's financial health.
  6. Strategic Financial Planning: Accountants offer strategic financial planning tailored to the unique needs of sole traders. Whether it's expanding the business, making investments, or planning for the future, their expertise helps sole traders make informed decisions that align with their long-term goals.
  7. Tax Efficiency Strategies: Accountants explore various tax efficiency strategies to minimize the tax burden on sole traders. From taking advantage of available deductions to implementing effective tax planning, accountants ensure that sole traders optimize their tax position while remaining fully compliant.
  8. Peace of Mind: Having an accountant brings peace of mind to sole traders, knowing that their financial affairs are in capable hands. This confidence allows sole traders to focus on their business operations without the constant worry of managing complex financial tasks independently.
  9. Legal Compliance Guidance: Accountants provide guidance on legal compliance, ensuring that sole traders understand and adhere to all legal requirements relevant to their business. This proactive approach helps prevent legal issues and promotes a secure and compliant business environment.

What Expenses Can Sole Traders Claim?

  1. Office Expenses: Sole traders can claim expenses related to running an office, including rent, utilities, and office supplies.
  2. Travel Costs: Deductible travel expenses include business-related journeys, whether by car, public transport, or other modes of travel.
  3. Equipment Purchases: Sole traders can claim the cost of purchasing and maintaining business-related equipment, such as computers, tools, or machinery.
  4. Marketing and Advertising: Expenses incurred for promoting the sole trader's business, including advertising, website development, and marketing materials, are eligible for claims.
  5. Professional Fees: Payments made to professionals for services directly related to the business, such as legal or accounting fees, are allowable expenses.
  6. Training and Development: Sole traders can claim expenses associated with training and development activities aimed at enhancing their skills or knowledge relevant to their business.
  7. Insurance Costs: Premiums for business insurance, including public liability and professional indemnity insurance, are considered allowable expenses.
  8. Telephone and Internet Costs: Expenses related to business phone calls, internet services, and mobile phone usage for business purposes can be claimed.
  9. Bank Charges and Interest: Sole traders can claim charges and interest on business bank accounts and loans as allowable expenses.
  10. Home Office Expenses: If a portion of the home is used for business purposes, expenses such as utilities and rent can be claimed, following specific guidelines.

Remember, accurate record-keeping is crucial to substantiate expense claims, ensuring compliance with tax regulations. Consult with a qualified sole trader accountant to understand the specific rules and regulations surrounding allowable expenses for sole traders.

Why Choose GoForma to Hire Sole Trader Accountants

At GoForma, we go above and beyond to provide comprehensive accounting services for sole traders. Here's why you should choose us:

  1. Dedicated Accountant: At GoForma, we believe in personalized service. Choose us, and you'll have a dedicated accountant committed to understanding the nuances of your sole trader business. Your success is our priority, and your dedicated accountant is here to support you every step of the way.
  2. Partnership with Freeagent Accounting Software: Partnering with GoForma means accessing the benefits of our seamless integration with FreeAgent accounting software. Experience efficiency and ease as we streamline your accounting processes, ensuring a hassle-free experience for you.
  3. Regular Deadline Reminders: Forget the stress of keeping track of deadlines. With GoForma, you receive regular reminders, keeping you informed and on schedule. Stay ahead of tax and filing obligations effortlessly, allowing you to focus on growing your business.
  4. Wide Range of Accounting Services: GoForma offers a comprehensive suite of accounting services, covering everything from basic bookkeeping to complex financial planning. Whatever your accounting needs, we have the expertise to meet them.
  5. Tax Planning and Advice: Benefit from expert tax planning and advice when you choose GoForma. Our experienced accountants for sole traders guide you through strategic tax planning, helping you minimize liabilities and optimize your overall financial strategy.
  6. Competitive Pricing Packages: Enjoy transparency and affordability with GoForma's competitive pricing packages. We believe in providing value for your investment, ensuring that you receive top-notch sole trader accounting services without breaking the bank.
  7. Certified Accountants: Trust your financial matters to GoForma's certified accountants. Our team of professionals brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the table, ensuring accuracy and reliability in all aspects of sole trader accounting.

Choose GoForma for a partnership that goes beyond traditional accounting services, focusing on your success, providing efficient solutions, and offering unwavering support for your sole trader business.

What Does Our Sole Trader Accounting Services Include

At GoForma, our comprehensive accountancy services for sole traders cover all aspects of financial management to ensure your business thrives. Here's what our service includes:

Self-Assessment Tax Returns:

We handle the preparation and filing of your self-assessment tax returns, ensuring accuracy and compliance with HMRC regulations, so you can focus on running your business with peace of mind.

Sole Trader Accounts:

Our team prepares detailed accounts for your sole trader business, providing you with clear insights into your financial performance and helping you make informed decisions for growth and success.

Digital Tax Returns:

Say goodbye to paperwork and manual calculations. With our digital tax return service, we streamline the process, making it quick and hassle-free to submit your tax returns online, saving you time and effort.

Company Formation:

Starting a new business venture? Let us handle the company formation process for you. From registering your business with Companies House to setting up your tax accounts, we'll take care of all the paperwork, so you can focus on getting your business off the ground.

Auditing Services:

Ensure transparency and accuracy in your financial records with our auditing services. Our experienced auditors will review your accounts thoroughly, identifying any discrepancies and providing recommendations for improvement to safeguard your business reputation.

Quarterly Reviews of Your Bookkeeping Data:

Stay on top of your finances with regular reviews of your bookkeeping data. We'll analyze your financial records quarterly, identify trends, and offer strategic advice to help you optimize your business performance and achieve your goals.

VAT Registration & Submission of Quarterly VAT Returns:

Let us handle your VAT obligations. We'll assist you with VAT registration, guide you through the complexities of VAT compliance, and ensure timely submission of your quarterly VAT returns to HMRC, avoiding penalties and fines.

Payroll Registrations & RTI Returns:

Managing payroll can be complex and time-consuming. Our team will take care of payroll registrations, process your payroll accurately, and submit Real Time Information (RTI) returns to HMRC on your behalf, ensuring compliance with employment tax regulations.

Pensions & Auto-Enrolment:

Stay compliant with pension regulations and provide for your employees' future financial security with our pensions and auto-enrolment services. We'll help you set up workplace pensions, manage employee contributions, and ensure compliance with auto-enrolment requirements.

Tax Investigation Service:

Facing a tax investigation can be stressful. With our tax investigation service, you'll have peace of mind knowing that our experienced team will represent you, communicate with HMRC on your behalf, and work to resolve any tax issues efficiently and effectively.

Unlimited Support and Guidance:

Have questions or need assistance with your finances? Our team is here to help. Enjoy unlimited support and guidance from our friendly experts, who are always available through email, WhatsApp or phone call to answer your queries and provide expert advice tailored to your business needs.

Switching Accountants?

Switching sole trader accountant to GoForma is a seamless and rewarding experience. At GoForma, we understand the importance of a smooth transition, and our dedicated team is committed to making the process easy for you. From handling all the paperwork to ensuring a hassle-free transfer of your financial data, we take care of every detail. Our goal is to provide you with a superior level of service, personalized attention, and expertise that goes beyond traditional accounting. Make the smart move to GoForma, where your success as a sole trader is our priority, and experience the difference of having a reliable and proactive accounting partner by your side.

Partner with GoForma - UK’s Most Trusted Sole Trader Accounting Firm

Hiring professional sole trader accountants from GoForma can significantly benefit your business by relieving you of financial stress, ensuring compliance, and providing valuable insights for growth. Don't let accounting tasks bog you down; partner with GoForma today and unlock your business potential. Don't just take our word for it – check out our Google and Trustpilot reviews from satisfied clients who have experienced the GoForma difference firsthand. Join the number of successful sole traders who have chosen GoForma as their trusted partner in financial success.

Frequently Asked Questions on Accountants for Sole Trader

Can I do my own business accounts as a sole trader?

Yes, as a sole trader, you can choose to manage your own business accounts. However, many sole traders opt to hire an accountant to ensure accuracy and compliance with tax regulations. It ultimately depends on your comfort level with accounting tasks and the complexity of your business finances.

Who are your typical clients?

Our team of dedicated sole trader accountants have extensive experience serving various client such as freelancers in construction industry, media, creative industry, IT contractors, and retail industries.

Can an accountant help me save money on taxes?

Yes, our accountants for sole trader can help you identify tax deductions and credits, optimize your tax strategy, and ensure compliance with tax laws, ultimately saving you money on taxes.

What records do I need to keep for my sole trader business?

For your sole trader business, you should keep records of income and expenses, invoices, receipts, bank statements, and any relevant business documents. These records will help you track your financial transactions, prepare tax returns, and comply with legal requirements.

Can an accountant help me if I’m just starting as a sole trader?

Yes, our sole trader accountants can provide valuable assistance when you're starting as a sole trader. They can help you register with HMRC, set up your accounting system, understand your tax obligations, and provide guidance on financial planning and record-keeping. Their expertise can streamline the process and ensure you start on the right track.