Business Compliance Services

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Keeping businesses on the straight and narrow, Marshall & Co is with your business at every stage ...


Do you need advice and support to prepare your statutory accounts? Would you appreciate guidance on understanding what the accounts mean? This is where we step in to support you.

At Marshall & Co, we prepare accounts for all types of businesses and organisations from sole traders, landlords and schools to partnerships and limited companies. Getting the books together at the year-end doesn't mark the end of what we do. Making sure that you understand them and can make informed business and personal decisions, is the most important part.

Why use our accountancy service?

We can help you:

Prepare your accounts from your records

See from your accounts exactly how profitable and stable your business is

Make solid plans for the year ahead

Reduce your administrative burden, allowing you to concentrate on running

your business, while giving you peace of mind that your accounts and returns are in order.


For the good of your business, it's vital you have accurate bookkeeping.

It's essential to producing meaningful management information to help you make informed decisions about your business. Expenditure should be correctly categorised and the correct amount of VAT calculated.

Whether you are a business owner trying to maintain your records in your precious spare time, or using your staff to maintain your records, then freeing up time to spend on your business is where we can support you.

Why use our bookkeeping service?

You'll be safe in the knowledge that highly trained specialists are maintaining your records

It frees up your time to concentrate on your business You can make informed management decisions

You can relax knowing that we will manage the deadline requirements and advise you of your VAT liability on a timely basis

We can work with virtually any bookkeeping software

Our innovative use of cloud accounting means you have access to your records 24 hours a day 365 days per year from anywhere on any device.

Business Taxes

Corporation Tax

Maximising tax efficiency is no easy task, but it is at the core of what we do at Marshall & Co.

We will help you plan a tax-efficient approach to every aspect of your business, one that sees the whole picture and works with you to protect the interests of your stakeholders, whatever the size, sector, or stage of growth of your business.

Why use our corporation tax service?

What all our clients have in common is a need for taxation advice which is proactive, practical, robust, prompt and readily understood.

Marshall & Co can minimise your corporate tax exposure and relieve you of the administrative burden.

We will:

Determine the most tax effective structure for your business Take full advantage of tax opportunities and reliefs Achieve the optimum capital or revenue tax treatment

Reduce tax on disposals and maximising relief on acquisitions Make the most of tax opportunities specific to your industry

Meet the rigorous demands of compliance including corporation tax self­ assessment

Act on your behalf in discussions with the tax authorities

Engage in efficient corporate tax planning, resulting in potentially significant improvements in your bottom line

Why not get in touch to discover how we can help you to minimise your corporation tax bill?

Capital Gains Tax

Capital Gains Tax planning is a must for anyone who is intending to make a disposal of a capital asset - for example, a share of a business or a company, stocks and shares or a property.

Marshall & Co can advise on this complex issue to ensure that maximum relief is obtained where available.

Value Added Tax

VAT can easily be overlooked, but, as a transaction-based tax, impacts everything a business does and demands the appropriate time and effort to manage. VAT is becoming increasingly complex with demanding compliance requirements - it is the first tax that will be subject to HMRCs 'Making Tax Digital' initiative. Transactions, whether they are routine daily business purchases and sales, or a larger one-off event, need to be correctly treated for VAT.

Why use our VAT services?

Marshall & Co has a long history in advising businesses on how to manage their VAT, from the start of trading to one off transactions for existing businesses.

We also help with compliance and can prepare, and submit, a variety of VAT, EC Sales Lists and Intrastat returns along with identifying the appropriate VAT scheme to adopt.

In addition to dealing with compliance matters, we are experienced with defending against HMRC challenges, negotiating penalties, managing VAT inspections and, if there has been an underpayment of VAT, negotiating time to pay arrangements. Other areas we can advise on include:

Property transactions (acquisitions, disposals, construction and development) Acquisitions and disposals of businesses

Exempt supplies, partial exemption calculations and VAT recovery

Motor vehicles and expenses

Special VAT accounting schemes

Making Tax Digital

The government is phasing in its Making Tax Digital (MTD) initiative over the coming years, with the aim of creating a 'transparent and accessible tax system fit for the digital age'. The new system will see the introduction of a fully digital tax system, with businesses and individuals being required to register, file, pay and update their information via a secure online tax account.

Why use us to help you comply with Making Tax Digital?

VAT is the first tax to be reportable under MTD. From I April 2019 businesses with a turnover above the VAT threshold must keep digital records for VAT purposes and provide their VAT return information to HMRC using MTD functional compatible software.

Keeping digital records and making quarterly updates will not be mandatory for taxes other than VAT before April 2020, although businesses below the VAT threshold which have voluntarily registered for VAT can opt to join the scheme.

Moving your processes over to a compatible digital system ahead of time will help to ensure that you are ready when the legislation takes full effect and may also help to improve your business's efficiency and productivity in the long­ term.

Marshall & Co can help your business to implement a digital system to ensure that you meet the new digital reporting requirements . We will also be keeping up to date on the latest developments in relation to MTD. The taxpayer (or accountant) will be required to 'check, confirm, correct, confess'.

Preparing for MTD does not need to be difficult. We can work with you to prepare; we are highly trained and experienced at setting businesses up to maintain their records digitally.

Company Secretarial Services

The Companies Act places strict obligations on companies to submit the required documents according to deadlines and the penalties for non­ compliance are heavy. We can provide peace of mind by taking the hard work off your hands. Our company secretarial services include:

Preparation and filing of statutory returns

Preparation of minutes and resolutions

Company formation

Company searches.

Payroll Services

Administering the payroll is becoming an increasingly arduous and time­ consuming task for today' s busy business owner. Whether you employ one person or have a large workforce, dealing with the payroll and ensuring compliance with employment legislation, and avoiding possible fines, can be an unwanted burden and concern.

By using the payroll services at Marshall & Co, you will be able to ensure pay is made in accordance with the appropriate legislation, allowing you to focus on running your business.

Our payroll clients have peace of mind when it comes to dealing with Real Time Information (RTI) and Auto-Enrolment.

Why use our payroll service?

It frees your time and/or your staffs time to concentrate on your business

It provides you with the peace of mind that your payroll is compliant with the latest HMRC legislation

It provides accurate calculations and timely notification of your payroll liabilities

We have the specialist software, so you don't need to buy it

You will know that you are compliant with the Real Time Information regime of weekly and monthly submissions to HMRC

It assists with your auto enrolment obligations

Getting your payroll on time is important so we agree in advance the timetable that you need

It provides customised payslips and administration of PAYE, national insurance, statutory sick pay, statutory maternity pay, CIS returns and so on

It summarises and analyses staff costs and administers incentive schemes, bonuses and ex-gratia and termination payments.

Auto Enrolment

Employers are required by law to automatically enrol all eligible employees into a workplace pension and contribute to it.

Why use our auto enrolment services?

The calculation of pension contributions each pay cycle is seamlessly integrated as part of our payroll service

It allows us manage auto enrolment duties takes away the headache and frees up your time to focus on running your business

It means you can sleep easily knowing you are complying with The Pensions Regulator legislation

It means you will know that your pension contributions are accurately and correctly calculated

It means less stress as we take care of the complexities of the legislation and you don't need to buy any new software - therefore reducing your costs.

Business Start Up Services

Starting up in business can be a daunting prospect, with budding entrepreneurs all too often left to fend for themselves. We offer support to start-up businesses, helping them to cut through red-tape and advising them during this crucial stage in the life-cycle of their business.

Bring us your business ideas and we'll help you to evaluate them in a constructive and realistic manner.

We can help you to:

Decide on the most suitable structure for your business - sole trader, partnership, or limited company

Prepare a business plan, cashflow projections, budgets, and trading forecasts

Assess your finance requirements, advise on the best sources of finance, and draw up the necessary proposals

Establish a good working relationship with your bank

Complete any registration procedures with Companies House and HM Revenue and Customs

Deal with company secretarial issues

Set up a recording system for your internal use and for complying with statutory requirements.

Business Growth and Development Services

Running a business presents daily challenges. Owner managed businesses can suffer from not having like-minded colleagues that they work with day-to-day.

Marshall & Co is very familiar with being a small business as well as a small business owner's trusted advisor. This can range from being a sounding board for ideas, discussing operational problems, and helping highlight potential future problems.

In addition to our trusted advisor role, we can also provide a more specialist service by performing a business review. This can be used if you think that your business could be performing better, or it is showing early, or advanced signs of financial distress.

Why use our business development service?

It provides clarity on the current commercial, operational and financial issues facing the company

We assess the key causes behind the current situation - identifying the suggested strategies that can be adopted to enhance performance and we suggest a range of options for the business - covering finances, management and many other issues.

Selling your Business - Exit Strategies and Retirement Planning Services

Everyone hopes to maintain the same standard of living in retirement as they presently enjoy while working, but to achieve this requires considerable forward planning.

Here are some important questions you need to ask yourself:

1. Exit strategies

If you are in business, the first thing you need to consider is your exit strategy.

Will you withdraw from the business, leaving it for the next generation or do you hope to sell the business? If you intend to hand the business over, do you have a workable succession plan? If you intend to sell, how will you value the business, find a suitable buyer and so on? Are you aware of all the tax implications of the timing of disposals?

2. Pension provision

Do you have an adequate pension in place? Do you have the right type of pension? Are you aware of all the pension possibilities open to business owners and directors? Are you making full use of all your allowances?

3. Savings and investments

Do you have the right balance between savings and investments, and is your portfolio split adequately between exposures?

4.Life assurance and long-term care

Do you have adequate life assurance, and have you made provision for long­ term care and medical insurance for you and your family in your later years?

We can help you answer all these questions and recommend solutions tailored to your needs.

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Established in 1993, Marshall & Co is a trading name of Emma E Marshall-Birks and Marshall Accountancy Ltd, company number 9425767, registered in England and Wales and whose registered office address is St Mary’s House, Crewe Road, Alsager, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST7 2EW.

A Member of the ICAEW Practice Assurance Scheme. Registered to carry out audit work in the UK & Ireland and authorised to carry out the

reserved legal activity of non-contentious probate in England and Wales by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Principal and Director: Emma Elizabeth Marshall-Birks BA (Accouting & Law) MBA FCA BFP

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