Terms and conditions for ‘dot.com’ limited company accounts and corporation tax return
This service is only suitable for small and micro limited companies (i.e. with a turnover of less than £10.2 million, a balance sheet of less than £5.1 million and an employee headcount of less than 50).
The service is reliant upon the provision of the correct figures and information by you. Any revisions that are necessary to the accounts and tax return because of incorrect information may result in additional charges if you want Dotty About Accounts Ltd to perform the revisions.
The dot.com service is for a “one off” service and does not entitle you to any help, support and advice or services throughout the tax year or in relation to other matters. Dotty About Accounts Ltd will not act as your agent or enter into any correspondence with HMRC on your behalf as part of this service apart from the online filing of the corporation tax return.
Please be sure that the service you purchase is the correct one for you as refunds may only be offered after the deduction of a 10% admin charge on any of our annual packages.
If you purchase this service but do not provide us with the information required to complete the limited company accounts and corporation tax return in adequate time so as to avoid incurring a late filing penalty or you do not use the service at all, refunds may only be offered after the deduction of a 10% admin charge. Dotty About Accounts Ltd will not be liable for any late filing penalties that you may incur.
Turnaround times for limited company accounts and corporation tax returns could be between 6 and 8 weeks, dependent on whether we have to obtain information from your previous accountants.
We may not accept purchases of our dot.com service within 8 weeks of our filing deadline. If you purchase this service during this time and we have to decline to carry out the service, refunds may be given but will be subject to a 10% admin charge.
Nature of services
The services you will receive by purchasing dot.com are:
- Preparation of company book-keeping
- Preparation of one set of full financial statements
- Preparation and submission to Companies House of one set of registrar financial statements
- Preparation and submission to HMRC of one CT600 corporation tax return.
Your responsibility for the preparation of accounts
1. You undertake to make available to us as and when required all the accounting records and related financial information necessary for the compilation of the accounts. You will make full disclosure to us of all relevant information. The accounts need to be approved by you before we are able to issue our report.
2. You are responsible for ensuring that, to the best of your knowledge and belief, financial information whether used by the business or for the accounts is reliable. You are also responsible for ensuring that the activities of the business are conducted honestly and that its assets are safeguarded, and for establishing arrangements designed to deter fraudulent or other dishonest conduct and to detect any that occur.
3. You are responsible for ensuring that the business complies with the laws and regulations applicable to its activities, and for establishing arrangements designed to prevent any non-compliance with laws and regulations and to detect any that occur.
Our responsibilities for the preparation of accounts
1. We will compile your annual accounts based on the accounting records and the information and explanations given to us by you. We shall prepare draft annual accounts for your approval.
2. We will advise you as to the adequacy of your records for preparation of the annual accounts and make recommendations for improvements which we consider necessary. We shall not be responsible if, as a result of you not taking our advice, you incur losses or penalties.
3. We will use reasonable skill and care in the preparation of your accounts but will not be responsible for errors arising from incorrect information supplied by you.
4. We will report, with any variations that we consider may be necessary that, in accordance with your instructions and in order to assist you to fulfil your responsibilities, we have compiled, without carrying out an audit, the accounts from your accounting records and from the information and explanations supplied to us.
5. We have a professional duty to compile accounts which conform with generally accepted accounting principles. Where we identify that the accounts do not conform to accepted accounting principles, or if the accounting policies adopted are not immediately apparent, this will be made clear in our report, if it is not clear in the accounts.
We will prepare, in respect of each accounting period of the company, a computation for corporation tax purposes adjusted in accordance with the provisions of the Taxes Acts. We will also prepare the corporation tax return (form CT600) required under the Corporation Tax Self Assessment regulations. The corporation tax return, together with the supporting corporation tax computations, will be sent to you for approval and signature prior to submission to the Inspector of Taxes.
It should be recognised that in law a taxpayer cannot contract out of his fiscal responsibilities and that computations and return forms are prepared by us as an agent for the company. You are legally responsible for making correct returns and for payment of tax on time. If we ask you for information to complete the tax return and it is not provided within the time-scale requested so that the preparation and submission of the return are delayed, we accept no responsibility for any penalty or interest that may arise.
We will advise you of the corporation tax payments to which the company will be liable, together with the due date of payment. You must inform us immediately if the company pays or receives any interest or makes any other payment, or transfers any asset to any shareholder.
Where necessary we will deal with any queries raised by the Inspector of Taxes and negotiate with the Revenue on any question of taxation interest or penalties which may arise.
To enable us to carry out our work you agree:
(a) to make a full disclosure to us of all sources of income, charges, allowances and capital transactions and to provide full information necessary for dealing with the company’s affairs. We will rely on the information and documents being true, correct and complete;
(b) to respond quickly and fully to our requests for information and to other communications from us;
(c) to provide us with information in sufficient time for the company’s self-assessment tax return to be completed and submitted by the due date; and
(d) to forward to us on receipt copies of all statements of account, letters and other communications received from HM Revenue & Customs to enable us to deal with them as may be necessary within the statutory time limits.
You agree that we can approach such third parties as may be appropriate for information that we consider necessary to deal with your affairs and undertake to authorise such third parties to communicate directly with us.
Anti money laundering legislation
All accountants must comply with onerous duties imposed by the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, the Terrorism Act 2000 and the Money Laundering Regulations 2007 (the “Anti Money Laundering Legislation”), which are intended to inhibit the activities of terrorists and other criminals by denying them access to technical expertise. If we fail to perform these duties, we risk imprisonment.
Before we accept your instructions, we may need to obtain ‘satisfactory evidence’ to confirm your identity. In certain circumstances, we may need to obtain evidence confirming the identities of third parties, the source of any funds or other property, the purpose of any instructions or any other matter. We may also need to obtain such evidence after we have begun to act on your instructions.
We assume that our clients are honest and law abiding. However, if at any time, there appear to be grounds to suspect (even if we do not actually suspect) that your instructions relate to ‘criminal property’, we are obliged to make a report to the Serious Organised Crime Agency (“SOCA”), but we are prohibited from telling you that we have done so.
In such circumstances, we must not act on your instructions without consent from SOCA. If SOCA do not refuse consent within 7 working days we may continue to act. If SOCA issue a refusal within that time, we must not act for a further 31 days from the date of the refusal.
‘Criminal property’ is property in any legal form, whether money, real property, rights or any benefit derived from criminal activity. It does not matter who carried out the criminal activity or how removed the property is from the original crime. Even if you are honest in your dealings, if your property represents a benefit from someone else’s crime, we must still make a report.
Activity is considered ‘criminal’ if it is a crime under UK law, no matter how trivial. For example, tax evasion is a criminal offence but an honest mistake is not. We will assume that all discrepancies are mistakes unless there is contrary evidence.
We may, from time to time, hold money on your behalf. Such money will be held in trust in a client bank account, which is segregated from the firm’s funds.
If the total sum of money held on your behalf exceeds £2,000 for a period of more than 2 months, or such sum is likely to be held for more than 2 months, then the money will be placed in an interest-bearing client bank account. All interest earned on such money will be paid to you. Subject to any tax legislation, interest will be paid gross.
If there are grounds to suspect (even if we do not actually suspect) that any monies held in a client account is derived directly or indirectly from any criminal activity whatsoever, we may not release such monies until we receive permission to do so from SOCA.
Commissions or other benefits
In some circumstances, commissions or other benefits may become payable to us in respect of introductions to other professionals or transactions we arrange for you, in which case you will be notified in writing of the amount, the terms of payment and receipt of any such commissions or benefits.
Ownership of records
In the event of non-payment of our fees for services rendered, we may exercise a particular right of lien over the books and records in our possession and withhold the documents until such time as payment of our invoice is received in full.
We will keep your accounting records for the time it takes us to complete your accounts and corporation tax return. We will then return them to you for your safekeeping.
We intend to destroy correspondence and other working papers that we store which are more than seven years old, other than documents which we think may be of continuing significance. If you require the retention of any document, you must notify us of that fact in writing.
Dotty About Accounts Ltd cannot accept any responsibility for any lost or missing post. We would therefore highly recommend that you take a scan/photocopy of your documents before you send them to us. We are happy to accept the scans/photocopies. We will return your documents by tracked mail.
We will observe the ethical guidelines of the Association of Accounting Technicians and accept instructions to act for you on the basis that we will act in accordance with those guidelines. A copy of these guidelines will be supplied to you on request.
We are licensed and regulated by the Association of Accounting Technicians, under the name of our principal, Helen Fielding, and in accordance with their regulations we have appropriate Professional Indemnity Insurance in place. If you require a copy of our Professional Indemnity Insurance then it is available on request.
We are committed to providing a high standard of customer service. If you have any ideas as to how our service to you could be improved, or if you are dissatisfied with the service you are receiving, please let us know. In the event that you have a complaint, we will look into this carefully and promptly and do all we can to explain the position to you or address your concerns. If you are still not satisfied you may of course make a complaint to the Association of Accounting Technicians.
All accounts, statements and reports prepared by us are for your exclusive use within your business or to meet specific statutory responsibilities. They should not be shown to any other party without our prior consent.
No third party shall acquire any rights pursuant to our agreement to provide professional services.
These terms and conditions are governed by, and construed in accordance with, English law. The Courts of England will have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any claim, dispute or difference concerning this engagement letter and any matter arising from it. Each party irrevocably waives any right it may have to object to any action being brought in those courts, to claim that the action has been brought in an inappropriate forum, or to claim that those courts do not have jurisdiction.
We will not be liable for any loss suffered by you or any third party as a result of our compliance with the Anti Money Laundering Legislation or any UK law, or at all.
Agreement of terms
We will request that you agree to these terms and conditions on our website before you can proceed to purchase our services.