We are an imaginative, ambitious team of accountants continually striving for ways to improve service and streamline processes. Significant investment in technology allows us to use our time together more effectively.
Liberated from the traditional number crunching we are able to personally advise, guide, support and review. We present you with an ongoing picture of your financial position in real time meaning you can make plans and decisions with confidence. Specialising in businesses of a turnover between £30,000 and £5 million, we take our time to understand the inner workings of your business, scrutinise the detail for even the smallest client and work closely with you to help you achieve your ambitions.
Traditionally you may deliver your books and records to your accountant three months after the year end and about a month later your tax position would be calculated. In reality, you would have been unaware of your tax liability during your accounting year and therefore your tax liability would have crystallised at the year-end date.
The evolution of cloud technology has enabled us to work closely with our clients and share access to the most up-to-date financial information. We have therefore heavily invested in our team to provide professional advice on the latest cloud technology to provide you with a relevant, timely financial position. Cloud technology enables us to work closely with you on a quarterly or six-monthly basis to review your tax position during the financial year, enabling us to manage your tax liability not simply reacting to it months after the accounting year has ended.
Hunts are accredited partners to market leading cloud accounting platforms
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Whether you are a start up business or an established small to medium sized company, we are here to provide the services you need to complete the full picture of your accounts. We'll help you maximize the potential of your business or new ideas.
At Hunts, we go beyond the standard financial reporting compliance. We use the latest accounting software and technologies to produce accurate up-to-date financial information to help our clients make informed timely decisions.
We understand that VAT often seems like a burden; the statement of being an "unpaid tax collector" is frequently heard. Although the government have tried to lessen the burden on small and medium sized business’s it still remains that calculating it correctly and delivering the VAT Returns on time takes you a considerable amount of time. We work with clients to help them prepare and submit their VAT Returns, and this can be in conjunction with the book-keeping service.
Hunts can also help you choose the right VAT scheme for your business - this decision alone could substantially improve your cash flow and potentially save hundreds of pounds in the amount actually paid to HMRC. In addition it can also significantly reduce the risk of genuine errors made and therefore time and money should you be the subject of HMRC visit.
We use a software based system for this which maintains the electronic file facility with Companies House. This means that maintaining and making amendments to your statutory records, filing confirmation statements can be made on a same day basis.
Getting the right advice about the structure of your business is crucual, as the business grows we ensure you maximise all available tax allowances and reliefs. We also provide proactive advice if you look to acquire or sell business to ease the pressure that come with this process.
Preparing payroll each month can be time consuming and complex, directing resources from core business activities. Its complexity is amplified by changing auto-enrolment, RTI, employment legislation processes and the accompanying regime of penalties for non-compliance. Whatever your business type or size (sole trader, small business or limited company), efficient payroll systems are crucial. We offer a full, flexible and tailored payroll bureau which not only relieves you of this pressure but also includes payroll advice to improve the performance of your business. Our service includes:
With HMRC's new system of penalties or errors, having on of our accountants complete your annual self-assessment tax return on your behalf, can give you peace of mind. As well as preparing your returns Hunts are here to give advice on maximising your allowances and reliefs, mitigating inheritance tax liabilities and advise on capital gains issues.
Tax investigations are on the increase, with individuals and companies alike being targeted and under more scrutiny than ever.
Investigations are stressful, time-consuming and costly for the party involved. As your Accountant we want to protect you where possible which is why we offer a Fee Protection Insurance service which covers you against the cost of professional fees associated with a tax investigation. The cost for this protection varies according to whether you are a Limited Company, Partnership, Sole Trader or SelfAssessement client. Please contact us for more detail.
We have the facility within the office to take instruction from a client in the morning to form a new private limited company, and be able to provide them with the certificate of incorporation with full company registers, memorandum of articles of association by the close of play the same day.
The benefits of choosing the right accounting software are considerable: simplifying clients' administrative process and providing relevant, timely and accurate information to you and to us, ensuring we focus on real-time advice, support and planning in a cost efficient way.
Cloud accounting software has the benefit of enabling our clients and us to work on your accounts jigsaw puzzle in unison: you choose which pieces you do, while we work on the rest, and both parties have access to the full picture in real-time.
We work with Quickbooks, Xero and Sage software and are able to integrate these into your accounting services with the provision of practical advice and support.
If you would like more advice or just need to chat an issue through, please talk to Nick on 01935 815008
or email . Alternatively, simply provide your details here and we will call you back.
Our free mobile tax and finance app brings our accounting tool kit to your fingertips, 24/7. Functions include our GPS mileage tracker, latest tax calculators, key tax dates, useful tax tips, and partner links to QuickBooks and Receipt Bank.
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Nick began his accounting career with Yeovil based firm Hunt Wagstaff (no relation), at the tender age of 16. He qualified as a professional accountant within his first 3 years and went on to work with Marshall Beavan in Gillingham. Following a period of time travelling Europe, Nick set up Hunts Accountants in 1998 in Sherborne. Since then Nick has provided insight, strategy and accounting support to over 1100 clients, serving as accountant bedrock to businesses in Sherborne and throughout Dorset and Somerset.
Andrews' industry experience gives him excellent insight into how accounts are managed from the client side. Andrew is involved in preparing VAT and Management Accounts across a variety of clients and is a Certified QuickBooks Online Advisor.
Luke is responsible for managing the Hunts payroll bureau. Luke is a member of Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals and has a wealth of experience across all aspects of payroll, auto-enrollment, NIL and CIS.
Jenny joined Hunts Accountants in April 2014 and brings with her a wealth of experience. She has worked with a wide range of clients from sole traders to limited companies covering all aspects of accounting from bookkeeping, VAT preparation, payroll, corporation tax and personal tax.
Maria completed her AAT qualification before starting a family and went on to practise accounting with her private clients from home. She brings to Hunts invaluable experience in partnerships and sole traders accounts.
Business Support Manager
Originally from Zimbabwe, Emma joined Hunts in 2011. After completing her AAT she was able to leverage her expertise as a Business Support Manager.
Amy brings to Hunts an assortment of international marketing and project management experience. Having worked freelance whilst raising a family, she enjoys the opportunity to work with local clients, businesses and Sherborne Chamber of Trade. Amy supports across the business from marketing, HR to administration.
Luke joined Hunts in 2012 and completed his AAT training whilst with Hunts. He is currently studying towards his ACCA qualification. In addition to preparation of clients’ accounts and VAT returns, Luke plays a key role in the implementation of Hunt’s new accounting software technologies. He is our in-house Xero expert and a Quickbooks certified advisor.
Natasha joined Hunts in 2007 and completed her AAT qualification whilst with us. In between time out to have children, Natasha has achieved her fellowship status, and is responsible for client’s accounts preparation, business and personal tax for sole traders, partnerships and limited companies.
Tom joined Hunts in 2017 after completing his degree in Accounting and Business at Bournemouth University, and is currently working towards his Chartered Certified Accountant status. Tom assists in the preparation of year end and management accounts.
Justin joined Hunts after completing his extended diploma in business. He is on an apprenticeship scheme with us and progressing through his AAT qualification.
11th September 2019
Following our news article dated 15th August, detailing HMRC’s anti-fraud ‘VAT domestic reverse charge’ for construction services, please note that the introduction of this measure has now been delayed by 12 months until 1st October 2020.
HMRC have emphasised that they remain committed to the introduction of the reverse charge. The scheme has been delayed due to concerns raised by industry representatives that some businesses are not ready for planned implementation. Delaying the scheme’s introduction until 2020 should also avoid the changes coinciding with Brexit.
In the intervening year HMRC aim to raise awareness of the changes and provide further guidance to help ensure that impacted businesses will now be ready.
15th August 2019
In a bid to tackle fraud in the construction industry, HMRC are introducing the “VAT domestic reverse charge”, due to take effect from 1st October 2019. This reverse charge will affect VAT registered businesses that operate under the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS).
Currently, output VAT is charged by suppliers on their services and reclaimed by VAT registered business users. Under the reverse charge, VAT will no longer flow between businesses. While suppliers must state that VAT is subject to a reverse charge on their invoices. The VAT registered business users will then account for both the output and input VAT on their VAT return, resulting in a net nil position.
The charge will only affect standard or reduced rate VAT supplies which are reportable under the Construction Industry Scheme.
Affected businesses will need to consider how to make the entries in their accounting software and the affect on cash flow. Businesses reporting under the flat rate scheme for VAT may need to consider whether to move to the standard scheme before 1st October 2019.
We will keep you updated if there are any changes to this HMRC proposal. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact our offices for more information on this development.
28th March 2019
We are delighted to be speaking at the Prodigy IT's 'Making the most out of your business IT' seminar on Wednesday 24th April, at the George Albert Hotel.
We'd be delighted if you could join us. To reserve your place please click here.
We are always interested to hear from talented individuals looking to take the next step in their career.
Please address your CV to Nick Hunt at: Hunts Accountants, The Old Pump House, Oborne Road, Sheborne, Dorset DT9 3RX or email .
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We currently have no vacancies.