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Welcome to Castletree Consultants

Whatever your needs, we can help. Castletree Consultants is a friendly, modern, approachable and pro-active firm of Accountants based in Disley serving a large area including Manchester, East Cheshire, Stockport and North West Derybyshire. We offer a comprehensive range of accounts, payroll, taxation, business advisory and support services to small and medium size businesses and individuals.

Coronavirus Update

If you are self isolating or on lockdown at home thinking about a new business, and you want to chat to someone, please ring in and arrange a virtual appointment, you can do this through a tablet, your phone, a PC with a webcam, and we are happy to help with any queries you may have.

If you are an existing client, we are all still here and available to help, even if the office gets shut, we can all work remotely.

Free initial Consultation

You can receive a FREE Initial Consultation where we will offer as much advice as we can.

TOTALLY FLEXIBLE

Flexible Meetings

We can come to you, or you to us.  Whichever is most convenient to you.

NICE & EASY

No Obligation

You’ll receive a competitive fixed quote for consideration – with zero obligation.

SIMPLY SEAMLESS

Easy Switch

If you already have an accountant the changeover is simple & we take care of everything

Why Choose Castletree?

We recognise that working closely with someone else’s business or personal finances is a privileged position. That’s why we invest ourselves fully in doing what’s right for you, so you’ll come to see us as a true long-term partner.

We start with a conversation about your goals or issues. We then use our accounting knowledge and skills to achieve the best possible result or find the most effective solution. What’s more, our advice and services are always bespoke to your own needs and as such have gained us many happy clients

SUPPORT

You will be allocated a dedicated account manager and point of contact to ensure consistency

SPEED

We can help you make the right financial decisions fast to ensure you’re always at the top of your financial game

SECURITY

Be safe in the knowledge we will always give the most beneficial advice ensuring all ‘i’s are dotted and ‘t’s are crossed

SIZE DOESN’T MATTER

We have a team of specialists used to dealing with individual tax returns right up to large corporation accounting

Our Services

In brief we offer a trusted accountancy service whether you are an individual or a new or existing business.

If you need advice on the right accounts or payroll software for you, please talk to us.

We can also offer training in use of some of the leading packages.

In addition, being a fully computerised practice we have a great understanding of many I.T. areas and knowing our clients are in an excellent position to help them. We can often help or point you in the right direction with…

  • Accounts software
  • Online accounts packages
  • Payroll software
  • Contact management software
  • Advising on the necessary hardware
  • E-mail and internet set up
  • Management reporting solutions
  • Use of various office software packages

Do you need accurate accounts provided on time?

We can…

  • Prepare accounts to help in completion of self-assessment tax returns
  • Produce financial statements to file at Companies House and abridged accounts to ensure the minimum amount of your financial information is made public

Accounts are prepared to agreed timescales and deadlines.

But we can do more than just report the history of what’s already happened…

  • Identify areas where we can assist in minimising your tax liability
  • Identify areas of the business that give you the most opportunity to make improvements
  • Use the accounts to help you measure where you are in meeting your goals and what actions you need to take

We take the time to explain your accounts to you so that you understand what is going on financially within your business, helping you to plan for the future.

Stressed out with the paperwork?

Let us take it off your hands…

  • Drop off your invoices, bank statements, etc
  • We do all the processing
  • We can then easily prepare for you…
    • Management Accounts
    • VAT Returns
    • Key Performance Indicators
    • End of Year Accounts
    • Estimated Tax Liabilities as you go along so there’s no end of year surprises
  • You pick up the records (neatly filed and organised!) and all the information we’ve agreed to provide you with

It also makes it easy for us to handle any VAT inspections.

Let us review your book-keeping system to advise on…

  • The right book-keeping system for your business
  • If the information being produced is accurate and reliable
  • How you can spend less time keeping your books
  • VAT errors – before the VAT Man finds them!
  • Specific training needed for book-keeping staff
  • How you could produce more relevant management information that is useful to manage your business

Do you have a plan in place for business growth?

Business growth services include…

  • Setting goals and an action plan to get you where you want to be
  • Removing the blocks that are stopping you from getting where you want to be
  • Benchmarking against other businesses in your industry – do you know how you compare to the best and the average in your industry
  • Getting the systems in place to allow your business to grow
  • Performance monitoring including use of key performance indicators
  • Marketing strategy;
  • Unique selling point development
  • Customer service systems to help WOW your customers
  • Pricing strategy – have you tested what your optimum selling price is?
  • Lead generation systems
  • Sales conversion systems
  • Reselling systems
  • Raising finance to allow you to invest in growth
  • Improving the potential of your team members
  • Measuring and testing everything so that you can continually improve

How healthy is your business?

Our Business Healthcheck service is designed to identify the health of your business to produce a list of recommended areas where there is opportunity for improvement.

The healthcheck can help with…

  • Producing a valuation of your business
  • Reviewing the management information systems and reports used
  • Goal setting and how you measure where you are against those goals
  • Identifying the blocks that are stopping you from getting where you want to be
  • Benchmarking against other businesses in your industry – do you know how you compare to the best and the average in your industry
  • Helping you with working ON your business as opposed to IN it
  • Development of key performance indicators
  • Review of marketing strategy, USP’s, customer service levels to assist with business growth
  • Pricing strategy review
  • Review of systems to identify cash flow needs
  • Review of systems to develop the potential of your team
  • Review of disaster recovery planning – death, loss of key personnel, fire, computer failure, etc

Research suggests that those businesses with a written business plan are far more likely to succeed.

Business plans are also regularly needed to support finance applications, especially bank lending.

We can assist with all aspects of the business plan including…

  • Business strategy and goal setting
  • Budgets
  • Cash flow forecasts
  • Profit forecasts
  • All written elements of the plan such as business background, marketing plan, SWOT analysis, markets, competition and all of the other key elements that need presenting in the most suitable way to lenders

After you’ve produced the plan, you need to monitor how you are doing against the plan and we can help you with this.

Who do you turn to for business support?

Our business support sessions are a planned series of sessions to support you in developing your business. We listen to your issues and provide constructive feedback and ideas.

They can be monthly, quarterly or six monthly.

They are ideal for…

  • Business owners that have little other support. Employees come to you with their problems but who do you go to?
  • Those needing a fresh pair of eyes to suggest new ideas – most great ideas come from those outside of the immediate business!
  • Helping you focus on working ON your business, not IN the business
  • Anyone who needs to set time aside to focus on key business issues

The sessions can be used to cover any or all of the following…

  • Review of management accounts and information
  • Business strategy
  • Comparison of where you are in relation to goals
  • Business growth and marketing ideas
  • Employee issues
  • Cost saving strategies
  • Tax saving ideas and queries

An agreed action plan is formulated from each session that we produce for review of progress at the next business support session.

Do you know what your business is worth?

Valuations can be required for…

  • Monitoring how the business is performing against goals
  • Taxation and negotiating with the tax authorities
  • Business sales and purchases
  • Business mergers
  • Divorce proceedings and matrimonial disputes
  • Raising finance
  • Company buy back of shares
  • Tax planning
  • Financial reporting requirements
  • Shareholder/partner disputes
  • Pension and exit planning

We can provide business valuation services for unincorporated entities and shares in unquoted companies based in the UK including assistance with dispute resolution and litigation.

Do you want to take the risk of forming your own company?

There’s more to consider than just buying a cheap ready-made company on the internet!

We can assist you with company formations for…

  • An off the shelf ready made company
  • A tailor made company
  • Limited Liability Partnership
  • PLC formation
  • Offshore companies in low tax jurisdictions

For urgent requests we can also arrange same day formations.

To check the availability of a Limited Company name, you can use the Companies House Information Service. Type in the name you want, select the option for “Company Name Availability Search” and see if it comes up in the list.

Our Company formation packages can include…

  • Advice on the pros and cons of incorporation in your own situation
  • Appointment of directors
  • Appointment of company secretary
  • Issue of subscriber shares
  • Registered office services
  • Completion of all necessary minutes and resolutions
  • Assistance in opening a bank account
  • Tax review with regard to company formation – forming the company yourself and getting this wrong can be very costly!
  • VAT registration
  • Company registration for Corporation Tax
  • Set up of Company PAYE scheme
  • Book-keeping set-up advice
  • Business plans
  • Assistance with raising finance

Do you know your responsibilities as a Company Secretary?

We can help you fulfill this role and offer the following services…

  • Registered office facilities
  • Maintenance of statutory registers
  • Submission of statutory documents
  • Giving notice of General Meetings
  • Drafting agendas for company meetings
  • Preparing Minutes of Meetings
  • Completion of share transfer forms
  • Preparation of share certificates
  • Carrying out company searches
  • Filing of Confirmation Statement
  • Acting as Company Secretary
  • General Company Law advice
  • Advice on protection of minority interests

Please contact us if you would like a free consultation to discuss the tax advantages of contracting in more detail and the different possible scenarios.

We offer all inclusive services for contractors including…

  • Company formation
  • Annual Accounts
  • Company tax returns
  • Personal Tax Returns
  • Company secretarial service
  • Book-keeping
  • VAT Returns
  • PAYE Returns
  • Tax computations

How about the Taxman paying more towards your employee remuneration?

Good remuneration packages are important in attracting and keeping the right quality staff.

We offer comprehensive advice on all employment tax issues including…

  • Tax efficient remuneration strategies
  • Planning for retirement
  • Termination payments
  • Inducement payments
  • Company car and van strategies
  • Benefits planning
  • Expenses dispensations

Up to date, relevant and quickly produced management information allows you to make the right decisions.

Our management accounts and information services include…

  • Monthly or quarterly management accounts
  • Reporting of key performance indicators that are the underlying drivers that run your business
  • Help with in house systems for you to produce your own information
  • Training on how to get the most out of your information
  • Supplying management information to lenders
  • Branch/Divisional results
  • Actual performance compared to budget and/or comparative periods
  • Costing information, including break-even turnover levels

Our consultancy services can include a review of your management information systems, particularly in relation to your financial systems and controls that will enable you to take full control of your business.

This can include…

  • Cash controls
  • Debtor control
  • Stock control
  • Purchasing systems
  • Cost controls
  • Budgeting
  • Financial reporting systems.

Reliable management information allows you to react quickly to changing business needs.

Our PAYE Healthcheck service is designed to find any PAYE issues before the Taxman does!

Why not call us in prior to any visit?

The healthcheck can…

  • Review and sample check your payroll records for errors
  • Sample test the most common errors that the PAYE inspectors look for
  • Statistically analyse your completed PAYE returns
  • Sample check the completion of PAYE returns
  • Compare your PAYE returns against your annual accounts
  • Sample check leavers and starters to make sure they are correctly dealt with
  • Review statutory maternity pay, statutory sick pay, student loan deductions and working tax credits
  • Identify any workers where status issues may be a concern
  • Check completion of end of year returns
  • Review benefit in kind and expenses disclosures and calculations
  • Check expenses dispensations
  • Identify any PAYE planning opportunities

We can also provide a similar service in respect of a CIS healthcheck for the construction industry.

Everything seemed fine running your own business until the day you took on your first employee and became an unpaid tax collector.

This is when you found out what red tape was all about.

Let us take the strain away from you and let you get on with running and growing the business. Payroll is complicated and has to be done on time and you as the employer are responsible for the mistakes.

We run payrolls on time and can provide a tailor made service for your business including…

  • Employee payslips
  • Monthly summaries
  • Departmental reports
  • Dealing with leavers and starters
  • Provision of analysis of staff costs
  • Real Time Information (RTI) PAYE returns for the Revenue
  • Assistance with automated payment set-up to your employees
  • CIS returns completed by us

You will never have to worry about calculating statutory sick pay or maternity pay and dealing with student loan deductions ever again!

And at year end…

  • Employee summary P60s
  • P11D and P9D benefit and expenses returns

And the related tax planning advice…

Beyond the payroll compliance service, we offer comprehensive advice on all employment tax issues including…

  • Tax efficient remuneration strategies
  • Planning for retirement
  • Termination payments
  • Inducement payments
  • Company car and van strategies
  • Benefits planning

Need help with your Tax Return or want to pay less tax?

Personal tax services are available both for business owners and private individuals including…

  • All aspects of Self Assessment
  • Dealing with Tax Returns
  • Tax enquiries
  • Computation of liabilities
  • Tax disputes
  • Correspondence with HMRC
  • Inheritance tax planning
  • Tax Investigation Fees Protection
  • Trusts

Are you a buy to let investor or property dealer or developer?

Property tax is a bit of maze and we can advise you on issues such as…

  • Tax reduction strategies for rental income
  • What is a repair and tax deductible and what is capital and not
  • When to use a Limited Company to save tax
  • Trading income versus Capital Gain considerations and advice
  • Capital Gains rollover and holdover considerations
  • Stamp duty planning
  • Tax efficient mortgage structures
  • VAT considerations of property deals
  • Making the most of the Principal Private Residence election
  • Tax issues on the sale of part of your residence
  • Second homes
  • Inheritance Tax angles

Need a different address for your registered office?

You can use our office address as the registered office for your company.

This will also ensure all important documents come straight to us to deal with on your behalf straight away. Any that aren’t for us, we forward to you.

You’ve probably been told many times that planning is crucial to success in business but somehow you’ve never quite got round to it.

Rather than having a planned strategy you run your business by…

  • Trusting your intuition
  • Using instant decisions
  • And generally riding the rollercoaster

That may well work and we do realise that gut feelings are a crucial business skill in successful entrepreneurs. But planning is still crucial. Research shows that those businesses that do plan and have clear strategies are far more successful.

Our strategic planning service helps you…

  • Agree on long-term strategic goals both personally and for the business
  • Identify where you are now
  • Work ON the business so that you can spend less time working IN it
  • Identify the blocks in the strategy
  • Agree an operational strategy to overcome the blocks and meet those goals
  • Develop business growth systems
  • Grow a great team of people
  • Monitor your results against those goals
  • Manage the money in your business
  • Develop an exit strategy

The result is an agreed action plan.

It’s an unfortunate fact of business life that from time to time there will be disagreement between the taxpayer and HMRC. Sometimes it is the facts of the case that are in question but it is also often the legislation itself that is in question. Tax isn’t always black and white and where this is the case we are happy to argue your case in the strongest possible terms.

As a taxpayer you have many rights and we will ensure they are never forgotten by HMRC.

Disputes can arise in all sorts of areas outside of full enquiries and investigations including…

  • Employment status disputes
  • Repairs v capital disputes
  • Private usage adjustments
  • Capital allowances – is it plant or property?
  • Settlements legislation – the classic husband and wife company scenario
  • Valuations for tax purposes
  • Is it a trading activity?
  • VAT segregation of businesses to avoid registration
  • Employee benefit disputes

We have the specialist tax knowledge to assist with a wide range of tax disputes.

If you are selected at random, you need an accountant who knows how HMRC works and thinks and is prepared to fight your case. We make sure that Taxman keeps to their own internal guidelines and don’t over step the mark. We will talk you through the enquiry process and what to expect and support you throughout.

The Penalties

There are various penalties HMRC can seek to impose following an enquiry for undeclared income. As well as having to pay the tax, you can find them seeking penalties up to an amount equal to the tax, so doubling your tax bill. Interest on the late payment of the tax is also part of the arrangement – not a pleasant experience. We can help you minimise these penalties.

Anti-investigation Scanning Checks

Whilst with random investigations anyone can come under enquiry, you can help to avoid the chance of an investigation into your affairs for other reasons. We know the triggers that often give rise to enquiries if not fully explained to HMRC when submitting Returns to them.

Every Tax Return or set of accounts we submit to the Taxman goes through an anti-investigation scanning check to identify any areas that may lead to an enquiry before they are submitted without explanation. This really does help to minimise the chances of you being on the wrong end of an enquiry.

You are entitled to arrange your affairs to pay the absolute legal minimum amount of tax.

Whilst completion of tax returns and statutory tax obligations are important jobs, all accountants should be capable of completing them and advising you of your tax position and liabilities.

We try to do more than just this and are interested in maximising your tax planning opportunities.

We all have to pay our taxes but within the legal framework there are numerous ways of saving tax and making sure you do not pay a penny more than is absolutely necessary. We have extensive experience in this area of work and always fight as hard as we can for our clients.

We can help with tax planning in relation to…

  • Personal taxes
  • Business taxes
  • Tax efficient employee remuneration strategies
  • VAT planning
  • Inheritance Tax strategies
  • Capital Gains
  • Profit extraction strategies
  • Exit strategies
  • Employment status
  • IR35 advice

Apart from extensive experience in this arena, we have invested heavily in reference materials and specialist software and have access to the Tax Legislation, Tax Cases, to the internal manuals of HMRC and to detailed commentary on all taxes, direct and indirect. This allows us to research any tax topic at all and provide many ways of helping you legally save tax.

New clients are often surprised at how much can be done to help with their tax position. We are always willing to go that extra mile to offer advice on the areas where tax can be saved. We enjoy this work!

It is important that this work is done in advance and you should contact us as soon as possible.

All of our Tax Planning makes legitimate use of the Tax Legislation and Case Law, so that you are not put at additional risk from a full HMRC Enquiry, or where there are risks, these are pointed out to you.

Tax Returns can be completed for…

  • Individuals and sole traders
  • Partnerships
  • Limited Companies

The self-assessment regime is full of penalties and HMRC enquiry powers are extensive. It’s important that…

  • Returns are correctly completed
  • They are filed on time
  • All backup records are retained for the appropriate period of time

As well as the completion of your return we can assist with…

  • Advice on your tax liabilities
  • Negotiating with the Collector if necessary
  • Identifying suitable tax planning opportunities
  • Completing all the necessary tax computations
  • Dealing with all correspondence from HMRC, taking the worry away from you

Our VAT Healthcheck service is designed to find any VAT issues before the VAT Man does!

Why not call us in prior to any visit?

The healthcheck can..

  • Review and sample check your accounting records for errors
  • Sample test the most common errors that the VAT inspectors look for
  • Statistically analyse your completed VAT returns
  • Sample check the completion of VAT returns
  • Compare your VAT returns against your annual accounts
  • Check the VAT treatment of your sales
  • Consider whether you are making best use of relevant VAT schemes
  • Ensure you are correctly applying the rules of VAT schemes
  • Identify VAT planning opportunities.

Compliance with VAT is becoming ever more complex. Investigations from the VAT Man can be intense – all the more important that you have an accountant who is successful in negotiations with them.

We take best advantage of the reliefs available and the interpretation of the regulations. This is an extremely important feature of the service provided as it ensures peace of mind for all our clients.

We can help you with VAT in the following ways…

  • Applying for and advice on VAT registration
  • Advice on the VAT schemes suitable to your business
  • Completion of VAT returns – either from your books or we can do the book-keeping for you. By letting us complete your VAT return it ensures that it will be accurate and that you don’t miss any opportunities to claim the VAT you should
  • Dealing with VAT control visits
  • Dealing with any contentious disputes that arise with Customs

For VAT registration we can assist with…

  • Advising if you need to or if it would be beneficial to register
  • Completion of the VAT registration forms and formalities
  • Advising on the best VAT schemes to use suitable to your business – some you have to notify HMRC you are using and some you don’t

In addition we can assist with…

  • Completion of VAT Returns or training on how to complete them
  • VAT planning
  • Dealing with any contentious disputes that arise with Customs
  • Attendance at VAT inspections

Compliance with VAT is complex. Investigations by the VAT Man can be intense – all the more important that your VAT returns are completed correctly.

There are three methods we can use to assist in completion of VAT returns…

  1. Let us do your book-keeping and we complete the return from there
  2. Give us your books and we’ll complete the return for you
  3. Provide training on how to complete your return

We complete VAT returns in good time to ensure you avoid any penalties.

In addition we can assist with…

  • Applying for VAT registration
  • Advice on the VAT schemes suitable to your business
  • VAT planning
  • Dealing with any disputes that arise with Customs
  • Attendance at VAT inspections

Our Offices

We are based in Disley, Cheshire. You can find our offices on the A6.
We are a 4 minutes walk from the Disley Train station. Street parking outside is usually available.

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