Tax Planning

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Specialists in Tax Planning

If you're looking for specialist tax planning services in Pontefract, Castleford, Normanton, Knottingley, South Kirkby and surrounding areas, then Stephens Accountants can certainly help. We offer specialist tax planning advice for small businesses just like yours.

Tax can be a substantial cost to profitable businesses and individuals. Tax planning for small business is imperative as these costs include the tax itself as well as the costs of complying with reporting obligations, dealing with enquiries from the tax authorities and penalties for non-compliance. We can help by relieving you of the administrative burdens and can advise you on how to minimise your tax liabilities with our tax efficiency advice

If you are starting out in business we can help to ensure that all of the initial registration requirements are met and help you to plan for future liabilities by explaining the tax system in the plain language. We can provide you with a report on all of the tax consequences for any particular transactions you are considering with suggestions for mitigating liabilities, indeed a complete tax planning service for small business. We can offer advice on a wide range of topics including:

Business Tax Planning and Tax Strategies

  • Pre-Year End Tax Planning: We recommend a review of the company’s position shortly before the accounting date to advise you of the tax saving measures that can be put in place before your year end to mitigate the company’s and your personal tax liabilities.)
  • Tax strategies: We actively investigate opportunities to take advantage of advanced tax mitigation, reduction and elimination strategies. As part of our wide range of services available, we have arrangements allowing our clients to access through us the services of the country’s leading providers of innovative tax strategies which can offer significant tax savings in all areas of taxation, such as income tax, profit extraction from your company, capital gains tax and stamp duty. Please note that due to the nature of tax law the available strategies are constantly changing so please contact us with your particular requirements.

Capital Gains Tax

Whether you are selling shares, property or other assets we can explain how capital gains tax works, calculate the liability and advise you of any reliefs available to reduce the bill.

Corporation Tax

To comply with your corporation tax obligations we will prepare the company tax computation and tax return, submit these with your accounts to the Inland Revenue and advise you of corporation tax liabilities due. We will point out any opportunities for savings, from claiming additional reliefs to restructuring your affairs in a more tax efficient manner. We can, at your request, conduct a review of the company's position shortly before the accounting date to advise you of any tax-saving measures that can be put in place before your year end.

HMRC Enquiries

Enquiries into your tax affairs by HM Revenue & Customs can be a very intimidating experience. The Revenue is entitled to enquire into your tax affairs at random, and as such, they never say why they are investigating. Their random enquiries are generated by computer so they may investigate without even a suspicion of anything being wrong, but none of this eases the stress. We can help by acting as an intermediary between you and the Revenue, reviewing their interpretations of your financial transactions as well as their interpretation of tax law. We will handle correspondence with the Revenue, keeping you informed at all stages, and negotiating on your behalf so as to minimise the disruption to you.

Income Tax and National Insurance

We can prepare your Self Assessment Tax Return and calculate liabilities to income tax and national insurance each year. We will advise you of the due dates for payment and we will point out any opportunities for savings, from claiming additional allowances or credits to restructuring your affairs in a more tax efficient manner.

Inheritance Tax

Even after changes and anti-avoidance legislation in recent budgets, there are still a number of actions you can take to make sure more of your estate reaches your desired beneficiaries rather than the treasury. Contact us to arrange a free initial review.

International Tax Planning

We are experts in advising non-UK domiciled individuals in all areas of taxation on coming to and leaving the UK. We can also advise those who have lived in the UK all their lives, who suddenly find themselves with an opportunity to work outside the UK. We can give you the basics of the tax system in the country you are travelling to, keep your UK tax affairs in order while you are away and make contact with advisers in your destination country who can advise you on the local position.

Stamp Duty

Stamp duty applies to certain share transactions, while transactions in property are now subject to Stamp Duty Land Tax. If you have a transaction in mind (whether a sale, purchase, gift or company restructuring) we can advise you of the tax due, the reporting requirements and offer advice on how to keep the tax charge as low as possible.

Value Added Tax

We will assist in the preparation of VAT returns, advise on the rules and assist with VAT visits and the response to queries. We will advise on elections such as option to tax, use of specific schemes and assist with any other VAT matters.

For further information on our Tax Planning services for businesses in Pontefract, Castleford, Normanton, Knottingley, South Kirkby and the surrounding areas please Contact Us.

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"We have recently moved to Stephens Accountants and it’s the best decision we could have made. Looking for a new accountant can be a little daunting but we were put at ease with their very approachable and friendly attitude. They have helped us and explained things we weren’t quite sure about when it came to our Year End. They were very knowledgeable about the accounts software that we use which made it so much easier. All in all, we’re happy."

Julie Wombwell, Accounts & Payroll Manager. Cottage Woodcraft Ltd.

"Stephens Accountants have been our accountant since we first established in business. In this time Sean & his staff take care of all of our accountancy needs leaving us to take care of our business. I can also rest knowing that our business is in safe hands & if we need to that Sean & his team are there to answer any Tax/financial or business related questions we may have. We have used various accountants for other projects in the past & find that none of them come close to personal, professional service that Stephens Accountants provide. We are proud to call Stephens Accountants our accountants & look forward to doing many years of business with them. "

Sallyann Wheeler & Craig Gallimore A & S Catering Services.

"I've been using Stephens Accountants for the past year since my last accountant let me down, and I've been very impressed with the service I've received. The companies professionalism and understanding was impressive from the start. Stephens have been very proactive in dealing with any issues that have arisen during my time with them. Highly recommended."

Simon Brayshaw. POP Architectural Ltd.

"Stephens Accountants Limited are a helpful, friendly, approachable and professional company, they speak in terms that I understand, any questions or queries that I may have are promptly and efficiently answered, I would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone."

Nigel Martin. N.M.P.S. Nigel Martin Packaging Services.

"We are very happy with the service received from Stephens Accountants. The promptness of response and helpfulness has been great in our first year of trading."

Julie Stead/Russ Smales. Russcott (Yorkshire) Ltd.

"Accountancy speak into understandable language. The team is a pleasure to work with."

"I am so impressed with Stephen's accountancy. They make it so simple. I simply plug in the sales and purchases invoices and cash receipts, send across a backup and Stephen's do the rest. All the bank reconciliation and management accounts. And generally on the same day. Since using their services I always feel up to date and have the confidence to take managerial decisions in the running of the business. They are knowledgeable, informative and very nice people."

Jacqui Brooks. The New Inn Public House (Walton) Ltd.

"We have recently moved to Stephens Accountants and it’s the best decision we could have made. Looking for a new accountant can be a little daunting but we were put at ease with their very approachable and friendly attitude. They have helped us and explained things we weren’t quite sure about when it came to our Year End. They were very knowledgeable about the accounts software that we use which made it so much easier. All in all, we’re happy."

Julie Wombwell, Accounts & Payroll Manager. Cottage Woodcraft Ltd.

"Stephens Accountants have been our accountant since we first established in business. In this time Sean & his staff take care of all of our accountancy needs leaving us to take care of our business. I can also rest knowing that our business is in safe hands & if we need to that Sean & his team are there to answer any Tax/financial or business related questions we may have. We have used various accountants for other projects in the past & find that none of them come close to personal, professional service that Stephens Accountants provide. We are proud to call Stephens Accountants our accountants & look forward to doing many years of business with them. "

Sallyann Wheeler & Craig Gallimore A & S Catering Services.

"I've been using Stephens Accountants for the past year since my last accountant let me down, and I've been very impressed with the service I've received. The companies professionalism and understanding was impressive from the start. Stephens have been very proactive in dealing with any issues that have arisen during my time with them. Highly recommended."

Simon Brayshaw. POP Architectural Ltd.

"Stephens Accountants Limited are a helpful, friendly, approachable and professional company, they speak in terms that I understand, any questions or queries that I may have are promptly and efficiently answered, I would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone."

Nigel Martin. N.M.P.S. Nigel Martin Packaging Services.

"We are very happy with the service received from Stephens Accountants. The promptness of response and helpfulness has been great in our first year of trading."

Julie Stead/Russ Smales. Russcott (Yorkshire) Ltd.

"Accountancy speak into understandable language. The team is a pleasure to work with."

"I am so impressed with Stephen's accountancy. They make it so simple. I simply plug in the sales and purchases invoices and cash receipts, send across a backup and Stephen's do the rest. All the bank reconciliation and management accounts. And generally on the same day. Since using their services I always feel up to date and have the confidence to take managerial decisions in the running of the business. They are knowledgeable, informative and very nice people."

Jacqui Brooks. The New Inn Public House (Walton) Ltd.

"We have recently moved to Stephens Accountants and it’s the best decision we could have made. Looking for a new accountant can be a little daunting but we were put at ease with their very approachable and friendly attitude. They have helped us and explained things we weren’t quite sure about when it came to our Year End. They were very knowledgeable about the accounts software that we use which made it so much easier. All in all, we’re happy."

Julie Wombwell, Accounts & Payroll Manager. Cottage Woodcraft Ltd.

"Stephens Accountants have been our accountant since we first established in business. In this time Sean & his staff take care of all of our accountancy needs leaving us to take care of our business. I can also rest knowing that our business is in safe hands & if we need to that Sean & his team are there to answer any Tax/financial or business related questions we may have. We have used various accountants for other projects in the past & find that none of them come close to personal, professional service that Stephens Accountants provide. We are proud to call Stephens Accountants our accountants & look forward to doing many years of business with them. "

Sallyann Wheeler & Craig Gallimore A & S Catering Services.

"I've been using Stephens Accountants for the past year since my last accountant let me down, and I've been very impressed with the service I've received. The companies professionalism and understanding was impressive from the start. Stephens have been very proactive in dealing with any issues that have arisen during my time with them. Highly recommended."

Simon Brayshaw. POP Architectural Ltd.

"Stephens Accountants Limited are a helpful, friendly, approachable and professional company, they speak in terms that I understand, any questions or queries that I may have are promptly and efficiently answered, I would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone."

Nigel Martin. N.M.P.S. Nigel Martin Packaging Services.

"We are very happy with the service received from Stephens Accountants. The promptness of response and helpfulness has been great in our first year of trading."

Julie Stead/Russ Smales. Russcott (Yorkshire) Ltd.

"Accountancy speak into understandable language. The team is a pleasure to work with."

"I am so impressed with Stephen's accountancy. They make it so simple. I simply plug in the sales and purchases invoices and cash receipts, send across a backup and Stephen's do the rest. All the bank reconciliation and management accounts. And generally on the same day. Since using their services I always feel up to date and have the confidence to take managerial decisions in the running of the business. They are knowledgeable, informative and very nice people."

Jacqui Brooks. The New Inn Public House (Walton) Ltd.

"We have recently moved to Stephens Accountants and it’s the best decision we could have made. Looking for a new accountant can be a little daunting but we were put at ease with their very approachable and friendly attitude. They have helped us and explained things we weren’t quite sure about when it came to our Year End. They were very knowledgeable about the accounts software that we use which made it so much easier. All in all, we’re happy."

Julie Wombwell, Accounts & Payroll Manager. Cottage Woodcraft Ltd.

"Stephens Accountants have been our accountant since we first established in business. In this time Sean & his staff take care of all of our accountancy needs leaving us to take care of our business. I can also rest knowing that our business is in safe hands & if we need to that Sean & his team are there to answer any Tax/financial or business related questions we may have. We have used various accountants for other projects in the past & find that none of them come close to personal, professional service that Stephens Accountants provide. We are proud to call Stephens Accountants our accountants & look forward to doing many years of business with them. "

Sallyann Wheeler & Craig Gallimore A & S Catering Services.

"I've been using Stephens Accountants for the past year since my last accountant let me down, and I've been very impressed with the service I've received. The companies professionalism and understanding was impressive from the start. Stephens have been very proactive in dealing with any issues that have arisen during my time with them. Highly recommended."

Simon Brayshaw. POP Architectural Ltd.

"Stephens Accountants Limited are a helpful, friendly, approachable and professional company, they speak in terms that I understand, any questions or queries that I may have are promptly and efficiently answered, I would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone."

Nigel Martin. N.M.P.S. Nigel Martin Packaging Services.

"We are very happy with the service received from Stephens Accountants. The promptness of response and helpfulness has been great in our first year of trading."

Julie Stead/Russ Smales. Russcott (Yorkshire) Ltd.

"Accountancy speak into understandable language. The team is a pleasure to work with."

"I am so impressed with Stephen's accountancy. They make it so simple. I simply plug in the sales and purchases invoices and cash receipts, send across a backup and Stephen's do the rest. All the bank reconciliation and management accounts. And generally on the same day. Since using their services I always feel up to date and have the confidence to take managerial decisions in the running of the business. They are knowledgeable, informative and very nice people."

Jacqui Brooks. The New Inn Public House (Walton) Ltd.