FreeAgent Fees and Services

All you need to know about what we provide and how much we charge

Compare our fee and services

Service
File Only
Year End
Fully Supported Limited
Fully Supported
Sole Trader
Getting Started
Filing Accounts
X
X
X
X
Filing Corporation Tax return (CT600)
X
X
X
Accounts Preparation
X
X
X
CT600 and tax computation preparation
X
X
VAT returns preparation & filing
X
X
Payroll and RTI
X
Profit Extraction Strategy
X
Monthly Management Report
X
X
Self Assessment
X
X
Help, advice & query answering
X
X
Set Up and Getting Started
X
X
X

VAT will be added to all of our charges.

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Fully Supported Monthly - Limited Company £64.50 | Sole Trader £39.99 plus VAT

Our "Fully Supported" service is one of the most competitively priced accountancy services in the market place. Delivered by fully qualified UK based accountants, this service provides everything that you need if you are an IT Contractor, Freelancer, Consultant, Engineering Contractor, Project Manager, Web Designer, Programmer, small business owner etc.

Not only do we take care of your bookkeeping & your accounts but we also send you a monthly email summarising vital information about your limited company in particular the turnover, profit, estimated corporation tax and VAT to be budgeted for, amount available to take as dividends and your estimated income tax bill based upon your salary and dividends to date - everything you need to make sure that your personal finances and the finances of your limited company stay on track.

This package also includes:

Limited Company

  • Agreeing an appropriate profit extraction strategy with you (salary and / or dividends)
  • Processing your monthly payroll and file your monthly Real Time Information returns for one director
  • Filing your VAT return if VAT registered
  • Preparing and filing the annual statutory accounts including the necessary filing at Companies House and HMRC
  • Completion of your Corporation Tax return (CT600) and filing at HMRC
  • Preparing and filing your self assessment (SA100 & SA102 supplementary pages) for one director
  • Answering any tax and accounts questions that you may have throughout the year

For Self Employed / Sole Traders

  • Preparing and filing the annual accounts including the necessary filing at HMRC
  • Preparing and filing your self assessment (SA100 & SA102 supplementary pages)
  • Filing your VAT return if VAT registered
  • Answering any tax and accounts questions that you may have throughout the year

The FreeAgent monthly subscription is not included in this package. To sign up to FreeAgent - click here

Additional self assessment supplementary pages, extra employees, complex or specialist tax queries will incur an additional charge. General queries, questions and help during the year will be subject to a reasonableness test. Your accountant will discuss any additional charges with you before they are incurred.

All of this for just £64.50 per month for your limited company or £39.99 per month if you're self employed - this really is one of the best priced accountancy services around.

A great alternative to consider if you are with SJD, Danbro, Clear Sky, Nixon Williams, Brookson or another Contractor Accountants.

Note

The self assessment and payroll is for one person

Additional payroll will be £5 /month per person

Additional self assessment will be £4 / month per person

The Confirmation Statement (previously known as the Annual Return) is not included. We find that clients find this very easy to complete themselves and your accountant will guide you through it if you need help

VAT returns are not charged for as these are prepared and filed automatically by the system, assuming the correct set up

Self Assessment includes the SA100 & SA102. If other supplements are needed there may be an additional charge

VAT will be added to all fees

This package assumes a general level of about 400 transactions in the year through your business. If you've more than this we can assess your needs and provide a competitive quotation based upon your business volumes.

We do not provide this service for retailers, e-tailers, Amazon, eBay on online traders of any type.


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Getting Started £175 plus VAT

Our Getting Started service is great for clients who are new to FreeAgent or new to business; an ideal solution for those starting out in the contracting or freelancing world.

This is a cost effective solution for those who are willing to listen & learn so that they can develop the capabilities needed to do their own bookkeeping and keep their accounts going forward.

We just provide that little bit of hand holding up front to get you on track with the confidence that you need to know that you are doing the right thing.

As part of this service we will:

  • Show you how to set up your FreeAgent account; you will pay the FreeAgent subscription
  • Get you going on payroll and VAT and help you with the HMRC registrations for these
  • Show you how to load your bank statements, explain the transactions and balance the bank
  • Demonstrate how you'll record your out of pocket expenses
  • Explain how you work out what you can take in dividends without falling foul of making illegal withdrawals
  • Review your FreeAgent accounts each month for three months, tell you about any issues and explain how you would resolve these going forward
  • Talk you through the important reports and figures in your FreeAgent system so you can take control of your finances
  • Include a free limited company set up, if needed
  • Load any opening balances, if you've been using another bookkeeping system or doing manual accounts

You'll be the one keeping your books, running your payroll and filing your accounts & tax returns.

We'll provide this hand holding service for three months after which you should have got to grips with things and continue on your own with the confidence you need.

Of course if you want us to help you with your year end then our Review and File service sits nicely alongside this for that bit of extra support at your year end.

If you find that you hate bookkeeping or you just do not have the time or the inclination to keep FreeAgent up to date then our Fully Supported service may suit you better.

You can switch over to our Fully Supported service at any time during this hand holding process with the fee of 64.50 per month being paid for the Fully Supported service from the start of the fourth month i.e. after the Getting Started Service has finished.

The FreeAgent monthly subscription is not included in this package. To sign up to FreeAgent - click here

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Year End Only From £399 plus VAT

For those who do not need general advice and support throughout the year with things like self assessment, payroll, VAT etc we provide a Year End only service. This service covers the accounts preparation and filing needed to ensure that you meet your statutory year end obligations, without the added extras that our Fully Supported package provides.

All we need is copies of your bank statements, details of your out of pocket expenses, your VAT and PAYE records, if applicable, along with access to any accounting systems which you may have used throughout the year.

We'll then .....

  • prepare statutory accounts to the Companies Act format (required by HMRC)
  • prepare abbreviated accounts (required by Companies House)
  • complete the tax computations
  • complete the CT600 corporation tax returns
  • issue the accounts and tax return to you for approval & your signature
  • file the accounts with Companies House
  • file the accounts and tax return with HMRC

Please note that our fees vary depending on the level of bookkeeping already carried out. If bookkeeping has been done and the balance on the bank account in your accounting system agrees to the balance on the bank statements then our fee will be £399 plus VAT. If this is not the case then we will make a charge for bookkeeping and balancing the bank.

The FreeAgent monthly subscription is not included in this package. To sign up to FreeAgent - click here

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File Only - £149 plus VAT

Many tech savvy contractors & freelancers manage their accounting affairs throughout the year using Cloud Accounting systems such as FreeAgent, Xero, Sage One, KashFlow, Intuit Quick Books, Clear Books etc. They just need a little help at the year end to file the accounts.

If you have agreed the balance on your bank account in your Cloud Accounting system to the balance on your bank statement at your accounting year end then this service is for you.

We'll take your final bank statements, trial balance and transaction list from your Cloud Accounting system and file your accounts and tax returns based upon your accounting records.

You can either send what we need via email or provide us with an accountant's or view only log on to your Cloud Accounting system; we can show you how to do this.

If we find something which means that we cannot file the accounts we'll tell you this and give you the opportunity to correct it.

If you want us to correct the issues that we discover we will give you a fixed price fee to do this.

Our objective is to guide & work with you so that in future years you're able to take advantage of our File Only service without any additional charge for correction being necessary.

The FreeAgent monthly subscription is not included in this package. To sign up to FreeAgent - click here

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Why we do not include the FreeAgent subscription in our fees

In general our fees do not include the FreeAgent software. You will pay the monthly subscription for using FreeAgent directly to them.

You can sign up to FreeAgent at their web site - CLICK HERE.

We do things this way as this means that you remain in control of your accounting system and your accounting data.

If you want to do the bookkeeping yourself and not use our services or if on the off chance you decide that you want to move to another accountant, having control and ownership over your FreeAgent account allows you to do this.

We don't tie you in or use your access to FreeAgent as golden handcuffs preventing you from moving away from us.

We believe in you being in control and that is exactly why we do not include the FreeAgent subscription in our fees.

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What happens if I'm part way through my accounting year?

You can switch accountants at any point. Here's our guide on how we'll handle the switching process for you:

If you want to use our File Only or Year End Only services then you can move at any time. We'll do your year end accounts when the time comes.

Moving to our Fully Supported package

We try to keep our fees simple and transparent. This section explains what we will charge if you join us part way through the year and want to use our Fully Supported package.

As a general principle we spread our fees throughout your limited company's financial year.

If you join part way through a year you will need our services from that period onwards and for your year end accounts.

So for your first year with us we'll charge you £399 for your year end plus £31.25 a month from the start of the month that you join us up until the end of the company's financial year. We then charge £64.50 per month from the start of your next financial year.

Examples

Joe has a limited company with a year end of 31 December 2016.

He joins us on 15 July 2016.

He will pay £31.25 plus (£399 /6 covering July through to December) = £97.75 until 31 December 2016 then £64.50 from 1 January 2017.

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Louise has a year end of 31 May 2017 and joins us on 5 August 2016.

She will pay £31.25 plus (£399 / 10 covering August through to May) = £71.15 until 31 May 2017 then £64.50 from 1 June 2017.

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VAT is added to all fees.

Your accountant will provide you with a detailed quotation which covers our fees and how we charge.

We believe that our approach is fair and equitable all round.

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Not sure when your year end is?

If you're not sure when your year end is then that's not a problem. We'll be able to tell you and give you the best approach possibly to switching over to us.

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VAT

Prices quoted are monthly fees exclusive of vat. Vat will be charged at the prevailing standard rate.

The Essentials

At CheapAccounting.co.uk we've used our years of experience to streamline the accounting and tax processes. We use technology and Cloud Accounting systems to cut out unnecessary effort, duplication and manual intervention. As qualified accountants we spend our time on the things which need our attention. We take time with you, our clients, to make sure that your questions are answered & that you feel confident in what you need to do and what we do for you.

As a CheapAccounting.co.uk client you are allocated to your own accountant who is UK based and fully qualified.

We don't have account managers, call centres or help desk systems ticket numbers - you deal directly with your accountant who can answer your queries and questions without delay.

We have tried to keep our fees as competitive as possible. The more work you do the less your accounting fees will be.

We always tell you what is and isn't included in our fees.

Undoubtedly you'll have some questions about your accounts and tax affairs. If you're using our Fully Supported package we're on hand to support you with these questions.

Finally we do not charge exit or transfer fees; you're free to leave at any time although we'd be very sorry to see you go.

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When you need an accountant

From time to time the input from a professional accountant may be required to ensure new tax laws are followed, profit extraction strategies are updated or just to ensure that your year end filing is without issues.

Of course that doesn't mean that hundreds of pounds needs to be spent on accountancy fees to get the help that you need.

We've worked with FreeAgent contractors, freelancers, and small business owners for years.

We know what services they need and have adapted our offering to be as flexible as possible thus avoiding paying for things that are not needed.

Operating in this way means that we can provide a value for money service, when the client needs it.