Accountancy & Tax In Winchester

Having a good firm of accountants on your side will ensure that you have all the information and support that you need to help your business grow and flourish.

They can offer advice and help you comply with accounting and tax requirements.

If you are self employed or run a small enterprise in Winchester, it makes sense to use Accountants or Bookkeepers also based in Winchester. Local accountancy firms that are prepared to help small business and new business start ups in the area are listed below.

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Main Accounting Considerations

Main Accounting Considerations

One of the first decisions you will need to make is which legal structure is likely to suit your new business and this will affect your accountancy obligations.

You can read a detailed article about your various options at: Sole Trader or Limited Company?

The information below primarilly relates to self-employment but if you decide to trade as a limited company, you can read more here: Running a Limited Company.

Becoming Self-Employed

You should tell HMRC as soon as you start self-employment, otherwise you may face a penalty. You are considered to have started self-employment when you have something to sell and either have a customer for your goods or services, or you are actively marketing your business.

You can let HMRC know about your self-employment by registering online for business taxes. A Self-Assessment Online account will automatically be set up at the same time. This allows you to send your Self-Assessment tax returns online. You will receive an Activation Code. You need to activate the service within 28 days. If you don’t, you will have to ask for a new Activation Code.

You can register online at

National Insurance

As a self-employed person, you pay a fixed amount of Class 2 National Insurance contributions (NIC). If your profits are above a certain limit, you may also have to pay Class 4 National Insurance contributions.

See Self-employed National Insurance rates for full details.

Statutory Records

It is very important that you set up a record keeping system and keep all records and supporting documents. Records for the current tax year must be retained until 31 January 2022.

You must keep records of all money coming into and going out of your business. This includes all cash, cheques and credit card transactions.

Your records should be adequate to allow you to complete an accurate Self Assessment return. You will be expected to keep a full record of:

- All sales made and other business income, as it is earned.

- The cost of all business expenses and purchases as you pay them, no matter how little they cost.

- All purchases of business stock, goods and raw materials.

- Mileage records.

- Capital expenditure; keep a separate record of all purchases and sales of business equipment, machinery and vehicles, together with the receipts.

- Keep a record of the market value of equipment or vehicles introduced into the business that you owned before starting your business.

See Business records if you're self-employed for full details.

Key Dates

There are key dates that you need to be aware of during the financial year. These relate to reporting and payment of any monies due. A list of dates and full explanation can be found here.

Value Added Tax (VAT)

You must register for VAT if:

Your taxable turnover exceeds the VAT threshold in any 12 month period, or You expect your taxable turnover to exceed the VAT threshold within the next 30 days, or You take over an existing VAT registered business as a going concern.

You have 30 days from the date you meet any of these criteria to register.

Usually, VAT registration can be completed online and if you apply online, you will be enrolled automatically so that you can submit your VAT return online (there is no longer a paper version).

The current VAT threshold is £82,000; if your turnover is below the registration limit, you can choose whether to apply for voluntary registration. The standard rate of VAT for 2015-16 is 20%.

See the official VAT website for full up to date details.

Winchester Accountants

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Brent King Accountants

Brent King Accountants is a Hampshire firm of Chartered Accountants with offices in Winchester and Gosport, providing a friendly, personalised and professional service to both local and international business owners and individuals. We offer a wide range services that you would expect from an established firm of Chartered Accountants. We want to be involved with you and your business in order to be able to offer advice and to help grow your business. It is great seeing businesses grow and we do all that we can to help them prosper. Over the years it has also been our pleasure to help a great variety of business start-ups from very small one-person sole trader businesses to the setting up of the UK arm of a clinical research operation for a large American multinational. Some people start their own businesses to be more independent and to obtain the full financial benefits while others do so after being made redundant. Whatever the motivation, it is important to consider very carefully the pros and cons and seek expert advice before taking this step. If you decide to go ahead, it is essential to get it right first time from day one. We can help take away some of the daunting aspects associated with a new business venture while keeping a watchful eye on it. To help with that first step we do have a free New Business Kit for you. This easy to read booklet looks at the financial, tax and considerations of starting a successful business.


We are an established local firm of accountants who have served the small business community in Hampshire and the surrounds for many years. We deal exclusively with start up and young, growing businesses and have over 100 years of combined experience in this field. Consequently, we have little doubt that you will conclude we know all there is to know when it comes to providing sound advice and services to new entrepreneurs covering bookkeeping, accounting, business tax, company tax, VAT, payroll and all other relevant financial and corporate matters. What neither you or we know though is the most important thing of all - are we the type of people and personalities youd be happy to have on your team? Why not judge for yourself by meeting us for a free initial consultation; its the only way to find out and it wont cost you anything!

On the Spot

On The Spot Accountants - On Site. On Time. On Your Side. The spot on business service in Hampshire. The accountancy and tax advice service youve been waiting for. Face-to-face advice from an experienced, qualified, commercial accountant. Your questions replied to promptly and fully - no subcontracting or delegating. You decide when your accounts and tax returns are prepared, with year round support. On Site - Teresa visits you to understand your business and to save you time. On Time - Teresa works with you as your year end approaches to agree the timetable to file your accounts on time. On Your Side - Teresa acts in your best interests to ensure you claim the tax allowances you should. Contact me now for a free no-obligation 1 hour consultation. With our fixed fee policy, transparent and friendly approach, I can help small businesses and individuals with their accountancy and tax needs. Thanks for reading! Teresa Rogers On the Spot Accountants On Site. On Time. On Your Side. Practical understandable tax accounting solutions for your business.

Applewood Chartered Accountants
Applewood provides professional support in all areas of accounting, tax and business planning. Whether you are a company seeking a broad range of accountancy services or an individual looking for one-to-one support, you can sit back and be confident that your financial affairs are being properly managed. St Mary’s House, Church Street, Bentworth, Hampshire GU34 5RD 01420 560682

AVASK Accountants
AVASK Accountants are a young, dynamic team focused on providing you with innovative, proactive solutions to help improve your business. Our whole practice is geared towards your convenience. We offer a free initial consultation and fixed upfront fees. We will visit your premises if appropriate, and we have free visitor parking at our Eastleigh offices if you’re coming to us. We offer real-time 247 cloud accounting services, and can even subcontract an accountant to come and work in your business.First Floor, St George’s Chambers, St George’s Street, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8AJ 01962 676503

AWOC Accountants
Affordable, experienced and friendly accountants. Unit 6 Scylla Industrial Estate, Winnal Valley Road Winchester, SO23 0LD 01962 841362

Berrywood Accountants
Fun and Friendly local accountants, we can help with everything from Bookkeeping, Employees, Payroll, Accounts, Tax, Companies, Business Planning and we have a lovely coffee machine!! Come and see us for a free chat 01489 860800

Black & White Chartered Certified Accountants
We can help with all of your accounting and taxation requirements. Take the stress out of your back office function and let us help 02380 180 810

C J DRISCOLL Chartered Accountants & Tax Advisors
This practice established in 1980 has always aimed to provide a personal service and complete range of accountancy services which include book keeping,payroll,VAT returns and a new package expecially for the construction industry as well as usual year end accounts and tax returns. Free refreshments and a consultation with a qualified Partner to set new business up correctly right from the start. 023 9246 5024

Chandlers Ford Bookkeeping
Chandlers Ford Bookkeeping is run by Gillian Perry, offering bookkeeping and payroll services to small businesses, partnerships and sole traders. As well as day-to-day bookkeeping, we can also offer CIS, VAT and self-assessment returns. We are happy to be based either on or off-site, depending on your requirements. As a start-up ourselves, we offer very competitive rates. 7922013808

Clear Accounts UK
Clear Accounts UK provide a Bookkeeping, Accounting and Tax service for individuals, sole traders and small businesses. Professional and friendly we aim to help keep your business finances on track. 22 Courtenay Road, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 7ER 07747 441 256

Fraser CGA
We are friendly and experienced professional Accountants in Winchester, our client base consists of sole traders, partnerships, limited companies and personal taxation clients. We have been established for well over 20 years. We are large enough to meet all your needs, small enough to know your name. Luccam House, Hockley Mill, Church Lane, Twyford, Winchester SO21 1NT 01962 711475

Green Fields Accounting
With nearly 20 years experience latterly as Tax Manager at a local accountancy firm, Clare will deal efficiently with your tax and accounting needs. She has qualified as a financial adviser and also has her Association of Accounting Technicians qualification. Clare is covered by both Professional Indemnity and Public Liability insurance. Gravell Hill, Shirrell Heath, Southampton SO32 2JQ 0788 302 2818

HBSL Accountants
Our ethos is to deliver the service you need at a price you can afford. Not all accountants are the same. Here at HSBL we concentrate on you as a person. Whatever the structure of your business; sole trader, partnership, limited liability partnership, limited company or charity, and regardless its size, the issues all centre on the person owning or running the business so, it is on you that we focus. We undertake basic compliance work to ensure that you meet all legal and statutory obligations but will also provide the support and advice you need to carry your business forward. Hampshire Business Solutions Limited, Seven Oak, Clewers Hill, Waltham Chase SO32 2LN 01489 287150

Heady and Company
Heady and Company is a local accountancy firm located in Winchester. We are an independent professional firm of Chartered Accountants serving clients throughout Hampshire. We provide tax and accounting services to owner managed businesses and to individuals with complex tax affairs. Our team allows us to provide a complete range of tax and accounting services for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and owner managed businesses. 27 City Business Centre Hyde Street, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 7TA 01962 850003

John Brien Accounting
My aim is to provide a personalised accountancy and taxation service to both owner managed businesses and individuals. Meeting client expectations and deadlines is paramount at all times. I offer a free introductory meeting to discuss your needs. I provide fixed rate fees for all accounts preparation and tax returns. Other work, for example business advice or technical advice are subject to a separate quote, but will not be started until the quote is accepted. Basepoint Business Centre, 1 Winnall Valley Road, Winchester SO23 0LD 01962 832588

Kimball Smith Accounting
Based in Winchester our aim is to provide excellent accountancy and taxation services to individuals and local businesses. We can offer a wide range of skills which will be always tailored to suit your own needs. Kimball Smith is a local firm of accountants who have been trading for over 21 years. We look after a wide variety of businesses including builders, computer consultants, antique dealers, sports coaches, property developers, doctors, nursing homes and car dealers. 01962 886624

M A Accountancy Services
Surrounded by mountains of paperwork? Are your accounts stressing you out? M A Accountancy Services is here to help! We can help you with your bookkeeping, PAYE, VAT Returns, Income Tax Returns, Annual Accounts, Corporation Tax, Business start-up advice and SAGE Accounts set-up and training. Call 07789015130 to arrange a free initial consultation with a dedicated professional. 01425 638980

Magenta Accounts
We specialise in working with business owners, providing timely, accurate management reports which can be used to enhance the management’s business decision making. We also have the ability to liaise with our network of finance providers to obtain funding in the form of overdrafts or loans. Interested? We also offer a free initial meeting with no obligation. Contact us on the number below to find out more. Unit 2A Poles Copse, Poles Lane, Otterbourne, Winchester SO21 2DZ 01962 717498

Mandair & Co
Whether your business is a Limited Company, a partnership or you are working on your own, we can provide the support and excellence for all your business, accountancy and taxation needs. We are based in 3 locations and service clients throughout the whole of the South of England. We provide our services to a range of business sectors. Unit 40, 1 Winnall Valley Road. Winchester, Hampshire S023 OLD 01962 795001

Martin and Company
Martin and Company is an independent professional firm of Chartered Accountants and Tax Advisors based in Winchester. Our commercial department allows us to provide a complete range of services which are ideal for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), owner managed businesses and the not-for-profit sector including charities. 25 St Thomas Street, Winchester SO23 9HJ 01962 844300

MCB Accounting Services
Drowning in paperwork? Fed up of spending your spare time doing your accounts? Struggling with the latest HMRC regulations? Why not focus your time and energy on what you do best and let MCB Accounting Services keep your bookkeeping and accounting in order? We offer a flexible service which can be scheduled according to your business needs at different times of the year. Rates are charged by the hour and so you only pay for the hours worked. As a member of the Worlds leading body for professional bookkeepers - the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers - you can be assured of a professional and accurate service. Whether you are sole trader, a partnership or limited company, MCB Accounting Services could save you both time and money. 7814616078

Michael Warner and Company
We are a specialist firm of Chartered Accountants based in Winchester, dedicated to helping privately owned businesses achieve growth and increased value. The firm is headed by Michael Warner, who, during the last thirty years, has worked with a range of businesses, which have been started from scratch and ultimately sold, in several cases, for many millions of pounds. As every business is unique in its own right, we make sure that our services are specially tailored to maximise the value we can add. Basepoint Business Centre, Winnall Valley Road, Winchester, SO23 0LD 01962 832600

Now Bookkeeping Ltd
Now Bookkeeping Ltd is a new bookkeeping company that focuses on what accounting requirements your company needs to help run your business. We can perform your accounting transactions on your accounting package or even on an Excel spreadsheet ready for your accountants to produce your year end filing requirements. If you do not have an accounting package we can recommend some online solutions for you. We can submit VAT declarations, perform your payroll, raise invoices and expense claims. In maintaining your accounts in a timely fashion it will give you control and an understanding on what money you have coming in and money your have to pay out. We can save you time by performing these transactions enabling you to focus on growing your business and fulfilling orders, give us a call to see if we can help you further 07411986348

Pi Accounting
Pi Accounting, accountants in Winchester, provide a personalised service to local business owners, charities and individuals. For help with any of your accountancy, compliance, charitable or tax needs, please call. All initial consultations are free of charge. 44 Pennington Close, Colden Common, WinchesternSO21 1UR 0800 002 9101

Poolemead Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers
We provide a range of accountancy and taxation services to help businesses and individuals meet their personal requirements. Not everyone needs the same level of service, but everyone does need to be confident their accounting and taxation affairs are in order. Unit 31 Basepoint Business Centre, 1 Winnall Valley Road, Winchester SO23 0LD and 39 Chapel Road, West End, Southampton, Hampshire SO30 3FG 01962 832738 or 02381 800200

Rothmans Chartered Accountants
We are Chartered Accountants, Registered Auditors and Chartered Tax Advisors. You are probably reading this because you are one of our clients, have been referred by someone, or perhaps you are looking for an accountant to work with. Avebury House, St Peter Street, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8BN 01962 8422345

Smith Newmans
We are an experienced firm of accountants, business and tax advisers based near Winchester, Hampshire. We specialise in helping small and medium-sized businesses grow and develop. Our dedicated team provides a range of services, from business and personal tax, VAT and bookkeeping to payroll, annual returns and self-assessment. We offer advice and support specifically tailored to small and growing businesses and work closely with our clients to help them mitigate risks and maximise opportunities. Our company is also pleased to work with key strategic partners, helping businesses to access a full range of support services, from IT to finance and marketing. Hillview House Leylands Farm Business Park, Colden Common, Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1TH 023 8060 2100

Stilwell Gray
We take the personal approach to accounting. Over the last 20 years we have provided specialist accounting services from our office in Winchester and Ringwood with over 10,000 individuals and small businesses both locally and across the UK, based largely on recommendation. 6 St. Cross Road, Winchester Hampshire SO23 9HX and 1st Floor Pintail House, Duck Island Lane, Ringwood BH24 3AA 01962 820375

Tax Innovations
At Tax Innovations, we do not provide one-size-fits-all business and tax solutions. Our advice and accounts are tailored to your specific needs and because of this we can innovate and evolve our advice alongside the changes to your circumstances. Our dedicated teams of accountants and tax advisors are ready to provide you with a service to suit the requirements of you and your business. Innovations House, 19 Staple Gardens, Winchester Hampshire SO23 8SR 01962 856 990

Tax Innovations Limited
Chartered Tax Advisers and Chartered Management Accountants offering bespoke, pro-active advice. 01962 856 990

Looking for an accountant in Hampshire? Call us for a no obligation informal chat to see how we can help. 0800 63 444 76

The Winchester Bookkeeping Company
The Winchester Bookkeeping Company offers bespoke, yet affordable professional bookkeeping services to small businesses in the Winchester area and throughout Hampshire. Services include bookkeeping, preparation of statutory accounts for small limited companies and self assessment tax for individuals and sole traders. Our objective is not only to help you keep your books, accounts and tax in order but also to provide a friendly and approachable environment in which you can seek practical support and advice to help your business grow and flourish. We understand that each business is unique and therefore tailor our service to your requirements and budget. Our support is flexible - we can do as little or as much as your require and are free to answer queries at weekendsevenings. We ensure our clients receive straightforward language and easy to understand advice. In short - We make Bookkeeping work for you! We are authorised and regulated by the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales (ICAEW) and a member of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB). Contact us now via our website or on 07596 516670 for more details or to arrange a free no obligation consultations of your requirements. 07596 516670

Wilkins Kennedy LLP
Established in 1882, Wilkins Kennedy is a top 20 UK accountancy firm providing chartered accounting and business advisory services to businesses and individuals across the UK and internationally. Along with our Winchester office we have 16 other regional offices and over 500 staff. We have an excellent reputation for assessing individual and business needs, and delivering intelligent, practical financial solutions. Athenia House, 10-14 Andover Road, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 7BS 01962 852263

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