About Us

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.

Ahead in the Cloud

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.

 

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Our Services - We are here to help

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.

Accounts Preparation

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.

VAT

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.

Company Secretarial

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.

Business Tax

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.

Payroll

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:

  • Weekly/monthly/annual payroll
  • PAYE registration
  • Advice on PAYE/CIS/National Insurance liabilities and due dates
  • Administration of statutory payments
  • Completion of statutory forms, including yearend returns to issue to your employees and submit to HMRC
  • Administration of starters and leavers
  • Advice on taxable employee benefits (eg. Company cars, employee loans)
  • Administration of incentive schemes and bonuses
  • Administration of pension schemes
  • P11D advice and completion
Personal Tax

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 Investigation Fee Protection

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.

Company formations

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.

Cloud Accounting

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.

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Team Profile

Nick Hunt FMAAT, Quickbooks Certified ProAdvisor

Managing Director

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.

Andrew Morgan AAT, Certified Quickbooks Online ProAdvisor

Accountant

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 ProAdvisor.

Emma Robins AAT

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.

Jenny Lee FMAAT, FCCA

Senior Accountant

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 Sobczyk QuickBooks Certified ProAdvisor

Accountant

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.

Aaron Thorne

Trainee Accountant

Aaron is an apprentice accountant, working towards his AAT qualifications. When not in the office Aaron loves football and plays in the Dorset league for Gillingham ham Town FC.

Luke Vivash ACCA, MAAT, Quickbooks Certified ProAdvisor

Accountant

Luke joined Hunts in 2012 and completed his AAT and ACCA qualifications whilst with Hunts. In addition to preparation of clients’ accounts Luke plays a key role in the implementation of Hunt’s new accounting software technologies. He is our in-house Xero and QuickBooks expert and a certified ProAdvisor.

Natasha Wiltshire MAAT

Accountant

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.

Melanie Wareham Quickbooks Certified Proadvisor

Bookkeeper

With 31 years experience as a bookkeeper, Melanie is our resident expert. She has experience across many bookkeeping platforms and is Quickbooks and Xero Certified.

Tom Pike BA Hons, QuickBooks Certified Proadvisor

Accountant

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.

Luke Newell-Ashworth CIPP

Payroll Officer

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.

Testimonials

Hunts are fantastic accountants that have advised us thoroughly as we have grown from a small start up to a multi million pound turnover company. Always on hand to help and advise, I would thoroughly recommend them to businesses both big and small.

Ross Davies, Koin Ltd

We moved to Hunts accountants last year and it was the best move we have made! The advice we have received has been invaluable, the whole team have been helpful and welcoming with a wealth of knowledge. The software we now use has saved us lots of time and made our lives so much easier-thank you!

 

Sophie Smith, AJS Plumbing and Heating

After 18 years of using Hunts accountants we are as happy as we ever have been. The best thing about Nick and his team (apart from great advice over the years) is that Nick talks our language. It`s been a pleasure watching Hunts grow from strength to strength and I believe that hunts accountants is large enough to support any business large or small. Well done Nick and team and good luck for the future.

 

Martin Hann, Wentin Fastners Ltd

Our role and responsibility with intaconsult is to maintain a long term relationship whilst providing an excellent service and reliable long term support for our clients, and the same applies to intalet, with our clients and their homes, both in the UK and Ireland. We are busy being busy, and we depend on Hunts to keep us on the right path, and see this as a long term partnership, which started in 2006. Nick and his team rock!

 

John Griffin, Intaconsult Ltd

Having worked with Hunts for many years the personal business advice we get is always well considered, and very necessary for a small company, which goes far beyond accountancy.

 

Ken Peterkin, Arttus Ltd

We have been clients of Nick Hunt since 2006. Hunts Accountants are superb. During my time with him, I was a practising Doctor.

Professional, accurate, and a very personal service. 

Always helpful and prompt in response.

 

David and Jackie Townsend

Some accountants speak solely in numbers. Nick's language is different; he absolutely knows his numbers of course but he also listens, he makes sensible workable suggestions and his guidance is invaluable. That's why I think of him as part of my team.

Joanne Myram, MD - Positive PR

From day one Nick and his team have made us feel important and not just another client. With Hunts in our corner we have seen huge growth within our company. Hunts have helped guide us throughout this period and become a crucial member of our team. Nick has not always told me what I wanted to hear and that degree of honesty has proved invaluable to me as we move forward.

Robert Rice, Director - Robert Rice Contractors Ltd

We have been associated with Hunts Accountants for many years. They go above and beyond what is required not only in service but quality of advice. Their expertise in looking after our accounts is second to none. Part of the service we receive is quarterly meetings with them, which has enabled us to grow our business in a very competitive market and move quickly when required. Nick has built up a great team who look after us - why would we go anywhere else?

Glenn Coombs, Director - Shelleys The Printers

Nick has been my accountant since the outset of my business in 1997, both of us as new companies. In this time Nick has always been open to ideas and professional with his advice, even if it wasn’t what I wanted to hear! His innovative approach is always up to date, with a flexible working relationship which has been of great benefit to the progress of our business. I would have no hesitation in recommending him and his team for all areas of accountancy.

Robbie Roskell, Director - Robbie Roskell Architectural & Building Consultants Ltd

We have not looked back since moving to Hunts. It has been so much easier to get answers to our questions and we value Nick's personal input when we invite him to contribute to our meetings. Nick's team has an excellent work ethic and it is a testament to him and his staff that they have recently had to expand into new offices.

David Stewart, Director - Sherborne Cottage Building Company Ltd

Hunts have been our accountants for the last three years and during this time we have found them to be very helpful, efficient and knowledgeable to our needs. Their business advice has been invaluable and has enabled our small business to continue to prosper through tough times. The service they provide is excellent, with friendly staff always ready to give that personal touch.

Kevin & Susan Pearson, Owners - The White Hart Inn, Corfe, Taunton

I have used Hunts for the last fifteen years. I consider that a large part of the success of my business has been as a direct result of Nick's sound but imaginative advice. Whenever I have a financial issue I never hesitate to ring Nick for a chat and I always look forward to our meetings, he might be an accountant but he is never dull.

Beverly Martin, Owner and Director - St Denis Lodge

News

  • 9th February 2021

    Company Cars: Buying Electric

    With the end of the personal tax year fast approaching, we have been asked by a number of clients whether it’s worth purchasing electric company cars. As this is an option for many businesses, we have put together an outline of the tax implications below:
     
    Benefit in kind rates
    From 6 April 2020, HMRC have introduced benefit in kind tax exemptions on electric and low emission vehicles, making them more appealing as company cars.
    From 6th April 2020 – 5th April 2021, fully electric cars (Co2 emissions of nil) will have no benefit in kind tax charge. This will increase to 1% for 2021/22 and 2% for 2022/23.
    Hybrid vehicles may also qualify for low benefit in kind tax rates but this will depend on the Co2 emissions, along with how many miles the vehicle can cover on a full charge of battery.
     
    Capital allowances
    Historically, cars have not generally qualified for annual investment allowance or first year allowances, meaning often the cost could only be claimed against tax at 8% a year.
    However, for qualifying low emission and electric cars, you can claim the whole cost of the vehicle against profits in the year it is purchased. To qualify, the vehicle must be purchased new and the Co2 emissions must be below 50g per km.
     
    Other benefits
    Electricity is not classed as a ‘fuel’, therefore no fuel benefit in kind is charged. Further to this, an employer can provide electricity for an employee to charge their car at a workplace, with no personal tax charges for the employee.
    As electric cars are generally zero emissions, they are also exempt from vehicle excise duty.
     
    HMRC have an online calculator which should give you a guide to any benefit in kind tax. Please see the link below:
    http://cccfcalculator.hmrc.gov.uk/CCF0.aspx
    With the end of the personal tax year fast approaching, we have been asked by a number of clients whether it’s worth purchasing electric company cars. As this is an option for many businesses, we have put together an outline of the tax implications below:
     
    Benefit in kind rates
    From 6 April 2020, HMRC have introduced benefit in kind tax exemptions on electric and low emission vehicles, making them more appealing as company cars.
    From 6th April 2020 – 5th April 2021, fully electric cars (Co2 emissions of nil) will have no benefit in kind tax charge. This will increase to 1% for 2021/22 and 2% for 2022/23.
    Hybrid vehicles may also qualify for low benefit in kind tax rates but this will depend on the Co2 emissions, along with how many miles the vehicle can cover on a full charge of battery.
     
    Capital allowances
    Historically, cars have not generally qualified for annual investment allowance or first year allowances, meaning often the cost could only be claimed against tax at 8% a year.
    However, for qualifying low emission and electric cars, you can claim the whole cost of the vehicle against profits in the year it is purchased. To qualify, the vehicle must be purchased new and the Co2 emissions must be below 50g per km.
     
    Other benefits
    Electricity is not classed as a ‘fuel’, therefore no fuel benefit in kind is charged. Further to this, an employer can provide electricity for an employee to charge their car at a workplace, with no personal tax charges for the employee.
    As electric cars are generally zero emissions, they are also exempt from vehicle excise duty.
     
    HMRC have an online calculator which should give you a guide to any benefit in kind tax. Please see the link below:
    http://cccfcalculator.hmrc.gov.uk/CCF0.aspx
     

  • 12th January 2021

    Deadline to sign up to Making Tax Digital

    If you are registered for VAT but not yet signed up with HM Revenue & Customs to Making Tax Digital (MTD), then please read on. If you are already signed up for MTD, or if we submit VAT returns on your behalf, then no further action is required at this stage.

    HM Revenue & Customs will cease their old IT system from 8th April 2021. After this date it will no longer be possible to submit VAT returns without signing up to MTD. You may have already received a letter referencing this from HM Revenue & Customs titled ‘Action required before 8 April 2021: you need to change the way you submit your VAT Returns’.
    Prior to this 8th April 2021 deadline, impacted businesses need to either:

    • Sign up for MTD which will allow you continue submitting VAT returns via your software
    • Set up a Business Tax Account online and submit VAT returns through this

    As all businesses will need to be signed up to MTD by April 2022, we recommend you chose this option rather than setting up and submitting through the business tax account.

    To sign up your business up for MTD please use the following link to Gov.UK website
    https://www.gov.uk/vat-record-keeping/sign-up-for-making-tax-digital-for-vat and scroll down to click the green ‘Sign up now >’ button.
    The process should take around 10 minutes and you will need the following information:

    • your business email address
    • a Government Gateway user ID and password - if you do not have a user ID, you can create one when you use the service
    • your VAT registration number and latest VAT return

    You’ll also need:

    • your National Insurance number if you’re a sole trader
    • your company registration number and Unique Taxpayer Reference if you’re a limited company or registered society
    • your Unique Taxpayer Reference and the postcode where you’re registered for Self-Assessment if you’re a general partnership
    • your Unique Taxpayer Reference, the postcode where you’re registered for Self-Assessment and your company’s registration number if you’re a limited partnership

    Once you have completed the short process you should receive a confirmation email from noreply@tax.service.gov.uk within 3 days of signing up (check your spam folder if this doesn’t come to your inbox).
    Do not submit a VAT Return until you get a confirmation email.

  • 8th January 2021

    Covid 19 Governement Support Measures Update January 2021

    As we find ourselves in another national lockdown, we will endeavour to guide you through the latest government support measures being made available, as we have done before. We have outlined our understanding of this current support below:

    Grants

    The government have announced further grants for businesses in retail, hospitality and leisure as follows:

    • £4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
    • £6,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
    • £9,000 for businesses with a rateable value over £51,000

    We understand that the new grants will be made by local councils- as was the case with the funding last November. We therefore advise you check your local authority’s website over the next few days for further information.

    Third SEISS Grant

    The deadline to apply for the third SEISS grant is 29th January 2021. The eligibility criteria are the same as for the previous 2 grants and you can apply for this one (as long as you are eligible) even if you haven’t applied for a grant previously.

    BounceBack loans

    The government have extended the application deadline for BounceBack loans. The scheme is now open until 31 March 2021 and you can borrow up to 25% of your turnover (capped at £50,000).

    If you originally borrowed less than the maximum available to you, you can now apply for a ‘top-up’ loan for the difference. The application has to be made with the same lender your original loan was with and you can only make one top-up application. The additional borrowing must be at least £1,000 and the capital repayment holiday will still run for 12 months from your original loan date, not the top-up application.

    Coronavirus Job Retention (Furlough) Scheme

    As announced on 17th December, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), will be extended until 30th April 2021. The government will continue to fund 80% of employee’s salaries (subject to cap of £2,500), for unworked hours, with employers only needing to pay employer national insurance and pension contributions. It’s important to note that you can access this extended scheme even if the employer or employee have not previously used the scheme.

    In line with government guidelines, our offices are closed, while the team continue to work remotely. We will be able to arrange for client record drop offs and collections at the office as necessary so, if you are unable to email or upload documents to OpenSpace, please contact the team.

    Please contact the team as usual should you need any assistance.

News archive

Recruitment

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 .
See below for details of our current vacancies.

Bookkeeping and Cloud accounting advisor

 

Full time 8.30-5pm Monday to Friday

Salary depending on experience

 

With a large percentage of our clients on digital accounting platforms, we are now looking to expand our team with a full-time role available for a bookkeeping and cloud accounting advisor.

This is a new and varied role with a focus on bookkeeping and VAT support for our clients. We are looking for a dynamic individual with a keen interest in Cloud Accounting technology and VAT knowledge. The ideal candidate will have the following:

Hunts is an established accountancy practice in Sherborne, Dorset. We offer a broad selection of services to clients including bookkeeping, VAT, payroll, management accounts, year end accounts, tax returns and business support.

Our office is located in landscaped grounds with free, private carparking. The recent addition of a large staff/communal area offers a less formal feel to standard office working. We also offer development and training along with a private health scheme and working from home opportunities. Our team of 13 are hardworking and focused but create a light hearted and enthusiastic atmosphere in the office.

If this role is right for you, please send your CV with a covering letter to info@huntsaccountants.co.uk


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Hunts Accountants
The Old Pump House
Oborne Road
Sherborne
Dorset
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01935 815 008

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