My name is Clare Kendall BSc C.FICB, but please just call me Clare. I am an award-winning Bookkeeper, licensed and regulated by the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB), providing services to sole traders, partnerships and small businesses in the Lincolnshire area; Brigg, Caistor, Grimsby, Cleethorpes, Barton and the Lincolnshire Wolds. I am:
- fully insured
- AAT part qualified
- a FreeAgent accredited partner
- a QuickBooks Online Advanced Certified ProAdvisor
- a Sage Business Cloud Accounting Certified Application Specialist
- a Xero Certified Advisor
- and an HMRC Agent (which is a lot less exciting than it sounds, but means you can authorise me to deal with HMRC on your behalf)
On my final accounting exam, I scored 99% and I'll be honest, I'm more than a little annoyed about it. That probably tells you everything you need to know about how I will approach working with you but I offer a free consulation to ensure we work together effectively so please get in touch.
P.S. Don't just take my word for it, here are some things my customers have said about working with me;
- Feeling very organised thanks to Clare Kendall at CLK Books who made my tax return very easy indeed
Miss J, Sole Trader
- Clare is always on hand to answer any questions or queries that arise, regardless of how small or simple they may be. I’d have no hesitation in recommending CLK Books.
Mr B, Sole Trader
- I really felt a load taken off my shoulders by the professional approach of CLK Books, nothing was too much trouble and the communication was great. I would definitely recommend to others
Mrs J, Sole Trader with Property Income
- I will be coming to you again next year
Mr A, Employee and Sole Trader
- Clare has provided a simple, effective and inexpensive software solution and is always available to talk to in person to answer questions. Reliable, responsive and reasonably priced. I'd highly recommended her
Mr D, Director and Partner
- Thank you for producing our year end accounts at very short notice and helping us access FreeAgent at no extra cost. We are delighted!
Mrs I, Treasurer of a not for profit group
- ... you’ve done an excellent job sorting it all and this year’s accounts have been much easier to prepare thanks to your bookkeeping
Ms P, Local Accountant
- Thank you Clare for all your kind attention and work regarding my annual assessment, it is so much appreciated and gives genuine peace of mind.
Mrs R, Landlord
- ...you're valued by me, especially, as your skills are freeing me up to work on other things! Thanks for your continued support.
Mr R, Director
HOW CAN I HELP YOU?
Why do you need a bookkeeper? The first reason is time. No more evenings and weekends spent balancing the books. Plus I give you the peace of mind to know it’s done correctly and that you have been paid by your customers. I’ll navigate HMRC’s rules for you to make sure you pay what you owe, and not a penny more.
Whether you're a sole trader, partnership or limited company, I can keep your books in order for you providing you with the time and information to concentrate on what you do best; running your business. VAT returns, Making Tax Digital, cash flow, credit control and reporting may not be your thing, but they are mine.
Everything you do on paper can be done faster, stored safely and accessed from wherever you are. Snap receipts, email quotes and invoices on the go, see up to date profits and comply with Making Tax Digital rules. I can help you choose, set-up and manage your software. QuickBooks, Xero, FreeAgent, Sage and more.
Self-Assessment Tax Return
They say tax doesn't have to be taxing, but it so often is. I can take the pain out of your self-assessment tax return. With your information, I'll file your return with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) whilst making sure you don't miss out on any allowances and reliefs you are entitled to.
Capital Gains Tax
Since November 2021, Capital Gains Tax (CGT) on property has changed. If you need to report and pay CGT on UK property, you need to do so within 60 days. Other gains can be reported 'real time' or annually in your self-assessment tax return. As an HMRC agent I can do this on your behalf, making sure you claim the correct exempt amount and any reliefs due to you.
Year End Accounts & Corporation Tax Return
If you feel demoralised by depreciation or you're crying over cost of sales calculations, let me post year-end adjustments and produce final year-end accounts for you. Service available for sole traders, partnerships, not-for-profits and for Limited Companies and LLPs, I can also file your Corporation Tax return.
Outsourced Finance Department
Do you know how your business is doing? I can help you to understand your current business finances in enough detail to allow you to make critical decisions. Think of me as your virtual Finance Director. My experience in analysis and change management can help streamline and improve your business processes.
WHAT'S THE DAMAGE?
So, what you really want to know, is how much will this cost? And in all honesty that depends on how complex your business is, how well your records are kept, how often you need me to work for you and exactly what you need me to do. I usually provide a fixed price to help your business avoid 'surprise' bills, though I can provide an hourly rate if you would prefer. Get in touch and we can discuss it but in the mean time here are my basic level prices:
Prices starting from:Monthly Bookkeeping
Please note, I am not VAT registered so there is no addition of VAT to pricesAsk Me About It
LATEST NEWS AND UPDATES
Febuary 21st 2024: Companies House have announced their fees will be increasing from 1st May 2024, as part of the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act changes. Companies House fees are set on a cost recovery basis and do not make a profit, however the new fees are significantly higher than current fees.
GOV.UK Companies HouseChanges to Companies House fees s
January 24th 2024: Companies House plan to introduce the first changes due to The Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act on 4th March 2024. These include rules about registered office addresses, a requirement to supply a company email address and new companies will need to confirm they are forming the company for a lawful purpose.
GOV.UK Companies HouseFirst Changes to UK company law
November 22nd 2023: In today’s Autumn Statement, the Chancellor announced several of 110 measures benefitting employees, business and the self-employed. Class 2 National Insurance Contributions (NIC) becomes wholly voluntary* and Class 4 NIC reduces to 8% from April 2024. Class 1 NIC will be reduced to 10% from January 2024. Small Business rates are frozen and full expensing has been made permanent. *Contribuion entitlements remain
GOV.UKAutumn Statement 2023
November 7th 2023: I'm delighted to share that I was awarded Companion status of the ICB in recognition of outstanding service and dedication to the bookkeeping profession, and Lincolnshire won Branch of the Year 2023. Myself and co-chair Laura Murphy are delighted to win the LUCA Award for the fourth year running.
2023 LUCA Award Winners14th Annual LUCA Awards
October 18th 2023: If you took time off work to care for family between 1978 and 2010, you may be due a boost to your state pension. HMRC are sending letters out at present (mostly to women aged 66 and over) about Home Responsibilities Protection. If you think you may be eligible, you can check here if you have any gaps in your National Insurance record and apply using the link below.
GOV.UK HRPHome Responsibilities Protection
September 11th 2023: HMRC have released an online service enabling get your overlap relief figure. If you are a sole trader or partnership, and your business year is different to the tax year (6th April - 5th April), you may be affected by overlap relief and time is running out to claim. Get your Overlap Relief figure here or read more on the blog below...
Overlap ReliefWill I be affected and what do I need to do?
June 13th 2023: The government has further extended the voluntary National Insurance deadline to 5 April 2025. This means taxpayers have more time to decide whether to fill any gaps in their National Insurance record (dating back to April 2006), to boost their State Pension. Any payments made will be at the lower 2022 to 2023 tax year rates.
GOV.UKVoluntary National Insurance Contributions
May 17th 2022: More than 77,500 people submitted their tax return for the 2022 to 2023 tax year on 6 April 2023. Submitting your tax return early means you know what you will owe on 31st January 2024, and if you're due a rebate or reduction in payment on account, you get that straight away. If you'd like to get organised and submit early, get in touch.
Self Assessment TaxNumber who file early doubles in 5 years
February 23rd 2023: If you are a sole trader or partnership, and your business year is different to the tax year (6th April - 5th April), the rules for calculating your business profits are changing. Many businesses will be affected by the new tax year basis in April 2023. Read this short blog to find out more...
Basis Period ReformWill I be affected and what do I need to do?
December 19th 2022: Parliament released a statement today confirming that Making Tax Digital for Income Tax Self Assessment (MTD ITSA) will be delayed for two further years. Businesses and landlords with annual income above £50,000 will need submit income tax information following MTD rules starting on or after 6th April 2026. Those with income over £30,000 will be mandated from April 2027.
GOV.UK ParliamentHM Revenue and Customs Update
07/09/23 What can you do about overdue payments? Tips to help you get paid and avoid the situation in future...Read the blog
13/07/23 Companies House are set to make significant changes to the way accounts will be filed with them in future...Read the blog
Overlap Relief is ending in tax year 2023-24
23/06/23 Have you been taxed twice on overlap profits? Make sure you find out and claim yours in time...Read the blog
LET'S TALK ABOUT IT
"For millions of years, mankind lived just like the animals. Then something happened which unleashed the power of our imagination. We learned to talk and we learned to listen." : Stephen Hawking