Clare Kendall, owner

My name is Clare Kendall BSc MICB, 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 19/20 tax return very easy indeed
    Miss J, 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: New Practice of The Year 2020

LUCA Award Winner - New Practice of the Year 2020

LUCA Award Winner - Branch of the Year 2021

LUCA Award Winner - Branch of the Year 2021

quickbooks online advanced certified proadvisor

quickbooks Online Advanced Certified ProAdvisor

Free Agent

FreeAgent Accredited Partner

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 Her Majesty's 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

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. Available for sole traders, partnerships, not-for-profits, Limited Companies and LLPs.
I am not licensed to file with Companies House or submit Corporation Tax.

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 Self-Assessment Tax Return and Partnership Tax Return
Annual Year-End Accounts (Profit & Loss, Balance Sheet)
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

Ask Me About It


  • August 3rd: If your bank feed is connected to your accounting software, this is done through Open Banking. Upcoming changes mean from 30th September 2022, you will no longer have to reauthorise your Open Banking connection every 90 days. Reauthorisation will be replaced by periodic customer consent, which will be directly provided to the software instead of logging into your bank account(s).

    Open Banking
    Read more about Open Banking in the UK
  • July 19th: If you owe a payment on account towards your next self-assessment tax bill, remember it is due on the 31st July. If you're baffled by payment on account, have a look at this brief guide. If you're struggling to pay, contact HMRC for a Time to Pay arrangement.

    Self Assessment
    What is payment on account?
  • June 20th: Did you know you can pay your self assessment tax bill in installments to help with your budgeting? You can choose to make regular monthly or weekly payments towards your next tax bil under HMRC's Budget Payment Plan scheme. You choose how much to pay and how often and can even pause payments for up to 6 months.

    Budget Payment Plan
    Pay your tax bill weekly or monthly
  • May 20th: Several small businesses have failed to register for Making Tax Digital for VAT. The rules state all VAT registered businesses will submit returns digitally from 1st April 2022. You should have software in place to record all of your transactions and make your submissions. If you've missed the deadline and need help, get in touch ASAP.

    Using Making Tax Digital for VAT
  • April 22nd: To make it as easy as possible for you and your family to claim for any benefits, credits and allowances that you might be entitled to, HMRC have pulled together a list of all the financial help they can offer in one place. Includes: childcare, work expenses, reliefs, allowances and help if you can't pay

    Financial Help from HMRC
  • March 23rd: The Chancellor has announced the Spring Budget this afternoon. Highlights include a temporary cut to fuel duty, a cut to the basic rate of income tax in 2024 and the National Insurance threshold will be raised by £3,000 from July 2022.

    GOV.UK Spring Budget
    Read the full Spring Statement 2022
  • March 3rd: From 6 April 2022 to 5 April 2023 National Insurance contributions will increase by 1.25%. Dividend tax rates will also increase by 1.25% to 8.75% 33.75% and 39.35%. Income tax main rates, personal allowance and savings rates remain the same as the current year.

    GOV.UK Autumn Budget
    Personal tax and benefits - Rates for 2022-2023
  • November 2nd: I'm delighted to announce that the ICB Lincolnshire Branch were announced winners of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB) LUCA Award for Branch of the Year 2021 at a fabulous ceremony last night. Myself and Laura Murphy share the role of Branch Chair in the group which works very much as a team, not competitiors. To join the branch, please see our facebook page.

    Branch of the Year 2021
    The ICB Lincolnshire Branch
  • September 23rd: Parliament released a statement today confirming that Making Tax Digital for Income Tax Self Assessment (MTD ITSA) will be delayed for at least a year. Businesses and landlords with annual income above £10,000 will need submit income tax information following MTD rules starting on or after 6th April 2024. More details in the blog below.

    MTD ITSA Introduction


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Getting Ready For Making Tax Digital ITSA

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What will Basis Period Reform mean to me?

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"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