Start Up Business Guides

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Our business guides offer advice on the day to day running of your business, top tax tips and more. Check back regularly as we are always adding new guides for supporting contractors, freelancer's, consultants and interim managers.

Year end tax planning guide for contractors 2011/2012 - With the tax year end approaching on 5th April 2012 our guide offers helpful hints and tips for contractors on tax planning opportunities.

Passing on a family business - With changes in the economy, some family businesses are considering handing over the reins to other family members. This guide offers advice on planning a family succession, the benefits, tax advice and more.

Steps to Effective Sales Planning - A contractors guide to effective sales planning - Developing a sales forecast to manage cash flow and accounting for changes in circumstances.

Small business tax planning guide - Corporation tax rates and bands, pensions, entrepreneurs relief, company cars and capital allowance - A helpful tax planning guide for directors and limited company owners.

Safeguarding your estate - Estate planning means your family will receive a larger share of your estate. This 2011/2012 guide offers advice on taking care of your estate and future planning.

Business tax planning for Contractors - This 2011/2012 guide is intended to help Limited company contractors plan for the year ahead - Don’t miss out on tax planning opportunities that will benefit your business.

Business Bribery Act 2011 - New laws aimed at cracking down on business bribery have been introduced. The Bribery Act, which took effect as from 1st July 2011 has been designed to bring the UK into line with tackling corruption.

Minimising your personal tax liability - No one wishes to pay more tax than is necessary and good tax planning is essential in personal financial planning. This 2011/2012 guide will help you with your financial tax planning.

Limited Company Director Responsibilities - Directors are appointed to run a limited company. Read more about the obligations of a director, who can become a director, employment law and much more.

PAYE Guide 2011 - From April 2011, many significant changes have been made to the PAYE system. There are also changes from 2012 that contractors and small businesses should be considering now.

Contractors Guide to National Insurance Planning - Tax, national insurance, pensions and retirement planning for contractors. 

New rules on Capital Allowance - With changes to capital allowance, this easy to read guide answers some of the more common questions, such as: How is capital allowance calculated? What classes as capital and what classes as revenue? What is the allowance? And more.

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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.
  • Our Customer Promise. Respond to any question sent to your accountant or any dedicated department within 24 hours.  If we need more time, we will update you as soon as we can and we promise to keep you informed of the progress we are making in answering your question.
  • 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 starting from £120 plus VAT per month. Check our packages for more detail.

If you have any questions about contracting or would like any further advice please call our new business team on 01442 275789 or email: Our new business team is open Monday to Thursday (8am to 8pm), Friday (8am to 7pm) and Saturday (10am to 4pm)

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.