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    @EinsteinTax. Thanks for taking the time to show that VAT example, very helpful

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheesedoffcontractor View Post
    @EinsteinTax. Thanks for taking the time to show that VAT example, very helpful
    No problem - glad it helped

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    SJD - Total waste of time and don't bother using them.

    Loads of mistakes and they continually pass you from one accountant to another...High churn rate in accountants.

    Very expensive and poor value.

    In in the London area.....any recommendations ?

    Would Gorilla be a good bet ?
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    Default my experience.

    I was with SJD for 12 years. They were great for many years. The advice was good, I liked physically meeting up with them once a year or so but they got expensive & only had a crappy spreadsheet when I left to try somewhere more up to date. They might be better now but they should have tried harder earlier to stay up to date tech wise.

    Then I went to Nixon Williams for a year and they have been dire. They just kept sending me stock, new starter emails, never properly read or answered my emails, took weeks to respond when they did, made payroll, tax and dividend mistakes and consistently messed up our direct debit. I complained a couple of times but they didn't really give a tulip. My impression is that they have unqualified, overworked accountants who have so much to deal with they can't provide good service.

    Didn't get a good impression of intouch on the phone.

    Went with Crunch. It's early days ... I'm hoping they will be good as I just want a quiet life accountancy wise.
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    Default Big vs small

    I have recently started contracting and now researching accountants – this thread is very useful!

    I work away Monday to Friday so not bothered about where they are based, but interested people’s experiences as to whether I am best with one of the bigger more established firms or someone smaller.

    Normally when looking for a product/service that I know very little about, I go for the biggest name asI figure that they must know what they’re doing to get to where they are. However, this thread (and some of the others that I’ve read on this forum) really give me the impression that bigger isn’t always better when it comes to accountancy.

    Does the history/experience of the larger firms justify the higher prices that they seem to charge? I can see some people from smaller firms posting on here, Are the smaller firms as keen to impress as their representatives on the forum once they’ve signed you up? Is there a happy medium that ticks both boxes?

    There are a couple here that I will call and speak to in any case..

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    dippy, in my experience there are a couple of factors to bear in mind. In this game there is very little (if any) correlation between what you pay and the quality of the service you get. Indeed, empirically, it is the most expensive options that often turn out to be the worst choice of all. Likewise, there is little evidence that the big "specialist" firms are providing anything really that specialist at all. A good starter for 10 is- Are they a FreeAgent accountant? If they aren't, think about moving on to the next candidate. Next question is, are they here on CUK and offering help and support whether you are a client or not? If they are, they have a reputation on the line. That is a pretty strong indicator to me and there are a few candidates to choose from. My preferred option is mentioned elsewhere on here and if you are curious, then take a look. They might not be for you. But I'm sure that one of the regular accountancy firms on here will be OK for you.
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    Shout out to Gorilla Accounting. Very efficient in the setup process, and qualified advice on hand to make the process as seamless as possible.

    Though I should say I dont have anyone to compare them against. Nevertheless, happy!

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