These are a few of the more common questions we get asked by prospective clients considering using our services…
Q: How easy is it to change accountants and why should I change?
A: If your existing accountant is offering you an excellent pro-active service at a fair fee then stick with them. However, different accountants will save you different amounts of tax and provide different levels of business advice. If your present accountant doesn’t offer the type of service you want and that we do offer, then changing over to us is very easy. It involves just one letter from you and we take care of everything else for you. Your existing accountant is not usually allowed to charge you for providing the normal handover information.
Q: My tax affairs have been neglected – will you be able to help me?
A:We understand that the pressures of work can sometimes lead to non-profit activities taking a back seat. Over the years we have helped many new clients bring their affairs up to date, and where necessary negotiate payments on favourable terms with HMRC.
Q: Why is a client’s first meeting at no cost?
A: We believe it is important to foster an atmosphere of trust and affiliation with our clients from the onset of the relationship. Before costs are involved, we would like to discuss your expectations fully so that you can be certain we are able to fulfil your expectations. Having met us, we are confident that you will want to appoint us as your advisers.
Q: You seem to offer a lot. Are your fees expensive?
A: No! We offer fixed fees linked to the value of what we provide. We’re not always the cheapest and as with many things in life the cheapest is often the most expensive in the long run. However, we are not expensive and we offer excellent value for what we provide. Most importantly we never undertake work without agreeing the fee arrangements in advance so you always know where you stand.
Q: I’ve just had my accounts done and don’t need an accountant until next year, so is there any need to contact you now?
A: We can’t over emphasise the importance of tax planning at an early stage, not crisis driven advice. Ideally you do tax planning before the year even starts but after that, the earlier the better. The same is applicable to all areas of advice and we are about helping you change the future, not just reporting what has already happened.
Q: When and how soon can we meet?
A: When’s good for you? Let us know and we’ll do our utmost to help. If you need to see somebody urgently, we can usually arrange to see you very quickly.
Q: Is your fixed quote guaranteed for more than one year?
A: We’re not in the business of providing low quotes just to get your business for the first year and then raising the fees. We want you as a long term client who trusts us to do what we say we will do. We quote what we anticipate to be a fair fee for the value provided and would only anticipate normal inflationary increases if the work stays the same. Very occasionally there may be reasons why the amount of work involved exceeded what was expected but we would sit down and discuss these with you. In some cases, where it is clear exactly what work is involved we can guarantee the fee for more than one year.
Q: Your office is nowhere near me, does that mean I can’t become a client?
A: Not at all! We act for clients all over the country. We can arrange online meetings with you and book pre-arranged sessions.