SJD deemed IPSE Accredited Accountants

SJD Accountancy, the UK's largest accountants to contractors and freelancers, were one of the first national accountancy firms in the UK to be deemed IPSE Accredited Accountants via their office in Hemel Hempstead. Since this point many of their UK offices have met the scheme standard.

The award is a testament of SJD’s outstanding specialist knowledge and experience of working with contractors. 

Being deemed IPSE Accredited is intended to help members of IPSE (the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed), to choose their accountant by identifying and promoting those who have been given additional and specialist training in freelance-specific issues, and have undertaken and passed an exacting training and assessment programme. 

To qualify for the scheme, SJD met strict entry criteria and a rigorous application process that included intensive training on: IR35 (intermediaries legislation), S660A (settlements legislation), client services and volunteered to be subjected to an annual assessment, including feedback from PCG members. 

Simon Dolan, Managing Director of SJD Accountancy, said, “We are very proud of this achievement. The IPSE Accredited Accountants certificate is very important and builds on our reputation as the tax advice and accountancy firm with the most experience in providing specialised services to contractors and freelancers in the UK. In particular, the accreditation highlights the quality and flexibility of the service that we offer.” 

The accredited accountant scheme was developed in response to IPSE's (previously PCG) 2005 Annual Membership Survey which identified the fact that members wanted a scheme whereby IPSE would identify and promote accountants that had received additional training on contractor-specific tax and accounting issues, and had a good understanding of how freelance businesses operate. 

IPSE estimates that the are 1.4 million freelancers in the UK contributing some £82 billion to the GDP. This growing trend towards flexible working is likely to increase the demand for specialist accountants trained to handle issues that specifically affect freelance consultants and contractors, such as IR35, contract reviews, S660A and PAYE.