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Agreement at an end

30 June 2009 No Comment

Things to think about now

If you have received an email from us with a link to this report, then these notes set out a number of things to be considered as our agreement comes to an end. Some of them, but perhaps not all of them, may apply in your case.

Business Affairs

Companies House, the Tax Office and the VAT Office will be notified that Proactive is no longer acting for the business. If we perform the role of company secretary for your company, then the company secretary has resigned today having already submitted the appropriate form to Companies House.

If your registered office is located at one of our premises, we shall continue to handle mail for a period of 21 days. After that time, any mail we receive addressed to your company will be marked “gone away” and will be returned to the sender.

If your business is VAT registered, then the VAT office needs to know where to send future correspondence, and needs to know where the records of your business are to be kept.

If your business has a payroll account (a PAYE scheme) with the Tax Office, then you will need to arrange to carry out the payroll work yourself or to appoint a bureau to do it for you. Payrolls are now subject to Real Time reporting (RTI) and you need to take steps promptly to ensure that the month end reports are correctly filed. There are penalties for late filing.

All Cases – Business and Personal Affairs

Please ask your new accountants to notify the Tax Office that they are now acting. As soon as the new accountants approach Proactive we will let them have all of the “professional etiquette” information they require. It is customary for the new accountants immediately to take on responsibility for all work. No further work will be undertaken by Proactive.

Protocol

Approximately two weeks after sending out the relevant email, we will archive our records. Digital records on DropBox will then no longer be accessible. They will be kept safely (elsewhere) until the end of the sixth tax year following the most recent set of accounts. It is our policy to destroy all records after that six year period has elapsed.

Please take a back up of your records now. After a period of 21 days has elapsed we will charge an admin fee if you or your new accountants require us to access old records. In the case of multiple files denoted by our reference numbers (one per director and one per company or rental property, etc) multiple admin fees are charged as set out on our prices page. Under the “professional etiquette” rules we will provide one new accountant with all relevant information without charge. In the event that we have completed the “professional etiquette” process with your new accountant, and we are then approached at a later date by a second (or a subsequent) accountant asking for the same information, admin fees will be charged. It happens!

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