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Contracting through your own Limited company is the most tax efficient way of working meaning that you can take home more of your hard earned money, any accountant or tax expert will tell you this. But isn’t it a lot of hassle managing your own Limited company?

Well we won’t lie, using an umbrella company is the simplest option.

However, you might be surprised at just how little extra work there actually is managing your own Limited company. Other than sending a few cheques here and there to HM Revenue and Customs (your dedicated SJD accountant* will help you understand how much to pay), sending out invoices, and filling in a spreadsheet there really isn’t that much more. Contractor clients say to us it typically takes them about 15 minutes a month.

The financial rewards for owning and working through your own limited company compared with using an umbrella company could be substantial, as much as £15,000 per year more on a daily rate of £350.

How do I form my Limited company?

Once you’ve made the decision to contract under your own Limited company, the next step is to form your company. The whole process only takes 5 minutes on our website, following which your company will usually be formed on the same day (Monday to Friday). All you need is a company name and a credit card to complete the transaction.

To form your limited company please call one of our client liason managers on, 01442 275789 

Once you have formed a Limited company, you will receive all the necessary Limited company documentation, along with an application for free business banking, VAT and PAYE registration details. During the on-line formation process you will be asked for several pieces of information:

Director Details This is you. The Director controls invoicing, the company bank account and decides on how much to pay themselves, which is made up of a combination of salary and dividends.
Secretary Details Following a change in legislations, as of 6 April 2008 there is no requirement for a company secretary You will need to allocate shares in the company.
Subscriber/Shareholder Dividends are distributed to the shareholder(s) of the company, which is how you will take most of your income.

To check if your required company name is available, or to form your Limited company online click here

We can also advise you on registered offices - you may be registered at home or a formal business address however SJD offer a service through which we deal with all your business mail leaving you free to run your business!

How much does it cost?

Forming your company costs £125 plus VAT on our website, which is one of the lowest fully inclusive prices available. You can of course find cheaper prices on the Internet but they rarely include everything you need, such as VAT and PAYE registration, each of which can cost as much as £75 plus VAT from other accountants. Plus, cheap online formations often don’t provide any telephone support, so if you do get stuck who is going to help you? 

We have even seen offers of free company formations, which on first sight seem like great offers. It's only when you read the small print that you actually find out that if you accept the free formation you must remain a client for a minimum of a year or even longer, meaning the so called free formation ends up costing you thousands.

Forming through SJD will give you peace of mind as you can call our Client Liaison Team directly who will be more than happy to assist you. You can of course form your company anywhere; you don’t need to form on our site to become a client.

Forming your company online through us covers the complete company formation service with all legal requirements so that you can start trading as a Limited company. This includes:

  • Helping to organise a Company Bank Account
  • Registering the Company for VAT and PAYE
  • Advice on the optimum share structure of your Company

And, company formations may be claimed back as an expense.

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SJD Accountancy

SJD Accountancy are the UK's largest specialist provider of fixed fee, Limited company accountancy services to contractors; we've been acting for contractors across the UK since 1992 and have more than 15,000 clients.

We are the only national specialist firm of contractor accountants with offices nationwide. SJD Accountancy has more qualified staff than any other firm in our market with qualifications from the following major tax and accountancy bodies - ATT, AAT, CTA, ACCA, CA, ACA and FCCA.

  • Unlimited face to face meetings. This is a unique service only SJD Accountancy offers - unlimited face to face meetings across the UK - tax is complicated and sometimes only a meeting will do.
  • UK's Largest contractor accountants with more qualified staff. No call centres, no outsourcing, no automated call handling. Simply telephone, email or meet your own dedicated accountant* face to face.
  • Money back service guarantee. All your telephone calls and emails will be answered the same day or we will make a full refund of that months fee.
  • Outstanding reputation. We have won more awards for customer service and accountancy excellence than any other firm in our market, including: Best Accountant for Contractors, Accountant of the Year and Best Professional Service Team to name just a few.
  • All inclusive low cost fixed fee accountancy package which includes completion of accounts*, payroll bureau, dividends and corporation tax computations, personal taxation, free bookkeeping software, your own dedicated accountant* and all company returns for a fixed fee of £120 plus VAT per month.

If you have any questions about contracting or would like any further advice please call our new client services helpdesk on 01442 275789 or email: janice@sjdaccountancy.com.

Appoint SJD Accountancy and never worry about your tax or accountancy affairs again.

Form your own Limited company with SJD - our same day online company formation service includes company bank account set up, VAT/PAYE registration and advice on optimum share structure. 

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*If you would like us to complete your company year end accounts we simply ask that you have been a client of SJD for one year or have made 12 monthly payments. All accountants are part or fully qualified.