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How to choose the best accountant

Rather than picking an accountant purely on price, there are a number of important factors you should consider, including reputation within the contracting community, the services they include in the monthly fee, and how accommodating they are if you are moving from another contractor accountancy firm.

As in life, one accountant may suit one contractor, but not another. You may want to hire a large firm with thousands of clients and an efficient, but impersonal service, or go for a smaller specialist operation. For this reason, we recommend talking to, and even visiting prospective firms. Also, the benefits of a personal recommendations from other contractors can’t be understated.

The contractor accountancy market has never been more saturated. In the late 1990’s, the industry was dominated by a few large firms, however with a simple Google search, you can now find literally hundreds of prospective accountancy firms, all fighting for limited company clients.

It is a lucrative market for accountancy firms, as most contractors tend to have very simple accounting needs, which can be easily met thanks to the rapid growth of online accounting. Communication with HMRC, Companies House, and other organisations has also become far simpler in recent years, meaning that operating costs have fallen for specialist firms.

Are average accountancy fees too high?

Interestingly, since the team behind ITCA started contracting back in 1998, average monthly contractor accountancy fees have remained fairly constant, and have not kept up with inflation. Average annual fees also tend to be significantly lower than those charged to small businesses. The arrival of web technology, and intense competition between accountancy providers are likely to keep average fees competitive for the foreseeable future.

Try our tips for choosing the best contractor accountant here.

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