Clare Kendall, owner, Top 50 Women in Accounting Nominee 2024

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:

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
Institute of Certified Bookkeepers

CLK Books is licensed and regulated by the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB) Licence Number: 21805

LUCA Award Winner: Small Practice 2022 & New Practice of The Year 2020

LUCA Award Winner - Small Practice 2022 & New Practice 2020

LUCA Award Winner - Branch of the Year 2020-2023

LUCA Award Winner - Branch of the Year 2020-2023

quickbooks online advanced certified proadvisor

quickbooks Online Advanced Certified ProAdvisor

Free Agent

FreeAgent Accredited Partner and Tax Practitioner 2023

Xero Certified Advisor

XERO Certified Advisor

Making Tax Digital

Making Tax Digital ProAdvisor

Sage Business Cloud Accounting Certified Application Specialist

Sage Business Cloud Accounting Certified Application Specialist

Xero Tax and App Advisory Specialist

Xero Tax and App Advisory Specialist


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.

Accounting Software

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.


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
Monthly Bookkeeping and VAT Returns
Annual Self-Assessment Tax Return
Annual Year-End Accounts for Sole Traders (Profit & Loss, Balance Sheet)
Annual Self-Assessment Tax Return and Partnership Tax Return
Staturory Year-End Accounts and Corporation Tax Return for Limited Companies
Annual Accounting Software Subscription*

Please note, I am not VAT registered so there is no addition of VAT to prices

*FreeAgent software is free of charge to Natwest, RBS & Mettle Business Banking Customers

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  • July 5th 2024: The Labour Party won a large majority in the general election yesterday. Their manifesto details plans to raise £8.5 billion from closing non-domicile and interest tax loopholes, reducing tax avoidance, applying VAT and business rates to private schools and a windfall tax on oil and gas companies. There are no immediate plans to change any tax rates though a 25% cap on Corporation Tax was promised.

    Labour Party Manifesto
    Costs breakdown, tax and borrowing
  • May 15th 2024: More than 300,000 early birds submitted their 2023-24 tax return in the first week of this tax year. Submitting your tax return early allows you to budget for what you will owe in January, and set up a payment plan. Rebates or reductions in payment on account are given straight away. If you'd like to get organised and submit early, get in touch.

    Self Assessment Tax
    File your tax return early
  • March 22nd 2024: Have you received a letter from HMRC about Basis Period Reform? If so, you may need to change the way you report your business profits on your next Self Assessment tax return. You will need to know your overlap relief figure and your transition profits. Many sole trader and partnership businesses will be affected by the new tax year basis from April 2024.

    Basis Period Reform
    Will I be affected and what do I need to do?
  • March 6th 2024: In today’s Spring Budget, the Chancellor announced a change to the VAT registration threshold from £85,000 to £90,000. Class 1 National Insurance Contributions (NIC) bwill be reduced to 8% and Class 4 NIC to 6% from April 2024. Capital Gains Tax higher rate on property is reduced to 24% and the Furnished Holiday Lettings scheme will be abolished from April 2025.

    Spring Budget 2024
  • 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 House
    Changes to Companies House fees
  • 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 Winners
    14th Annual LUCA Awards
  • 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 Relief
    Will 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.

    Voluntary National Insurance Contributions
  • 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 Parliament
    HM Revenue and Customs Update


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