All businesses are required to keep accurate accounts, not only to make timely payments to HM Revenue & Customs, but also to keep track of their profit and losses. Dealing with expenses spreadsheets, purchase ledgers and tax calculations is a full time occupation for an in house bookkeeper, which will cost the equivalent of a full time employee, at the very least. The cost of hardware, software and the time involved all adds up to a large expense, as well as the upgrades and maintenance required. As your business expands your accountancy requirements will increase, resulting in a larger in house bookkeeping team. Outsourcing to an accountant is easier than having your own in house team but will still be costly. Accountancy prices vary wildly, and a cheaper option which is becoming increasingly popular is online accountancy.
Online accountancy removes the need for unnecessary correspondence, which is expensive to send if you use registered post or courier. Important documents have to be sent by courier to prevent them being lost in the mail. Another alternative is to hand deliver your documents, which will take up valuable time which is a precious commodity for any business. Online accountancy prices reflect the reduced requirement for documents to be sent manually to your accountants. You can scan your documents and email instantly for real time results, saving money.
It has always been the general practice for a business owner or manager to spend time with the firmís accountant going through the companyís finances. This takes a large amount of time, perhaps even days, to deal with. Online accounting allows you to email the relevant paperwork and your accountant can deal with the rest, in the minimal amount of time. Accountancy prices can make up a large proportion of the business expenditure, whereas a business should maintain lean operating costs where necessary. Online accountants are able to offer much lower accountancy prices as they have much lower overheads than a traditional accountants.
The preparation of accounts and the annual self-assessment and corporation tax returns require information provided which is as accurate and up to date as possible. Data which is sent to an accountants manually, may spend a lengthy period of time being sent back and forth between an accountant and his client to make corrections or to amend information. The time and money involved is huge, something that very few businesses can afford. Online accountancy allows both parties to view financial records simultaneously, so that any errors or amendments can be made in real time. This enables your accountant to prepare your accounts and tax return using actual figures rather than estimates, saving you money long term.
Online accountancy is a natural progression for many businesses, as other aspects of life are dealt with on the Internet such as shopping and banking. Using the Internet for many purposes allows you to save money, and online accounting is no exception. By using the latest technology, online accounting can offer reduced accountancy prices, along with actual information being available to ensure you pay the correct amount of tax and National Insurance.
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Lee Murphy is the co-founder of The Accountancy Partnership, based in Cheshire. Specialising in online accountancy services, The Accountancy Partnership is proud to offer online accountancy prices. For a personalised accountancy quotation, visit www.theaccountancy.co.uk.
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