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Business Start-ups

Having a clear idea of your business model is the key to success.

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Sound financial management is key for charities.

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Our Services

We are flexible and can work at your premises or at ours.

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CLL Accounting & Tax is a Chartered Accountancy practice started in November 2015 by Chris Lockhart FCA, a Chartered Accountant with 30 years’ experience in the profession.  Whilst we have a broad background and service provision, we specialise in supporting start up businesses and our aim is to provide tax advice in real time, identifying problems and opportunities up front.  We aim to provide high quality technical services keeping our overheads low so we can pass the savings on to our clients.

We like to work with our clients to provide a service that is tailored to them and efficient.  We firmly believe that communication is the most important thing to get right in accountancy – not just the numbers.

Accounting services

  • Cloud bookkeeping
  • Company accounts
  • iXbrl file conversion
  • Corporation tax
  • Self-assessment
  • Payroll
  • VAT

Other services include

  • Charity accounts
  • Charity Independent Examination
  • Business start ups
  • Business plans
  • Deadline warning
  • Company secretarial services
  • Virtual Finance Director services

charity building

A charity can claim zero rate VAT on a newly constructed building if it can certify that it will be used for a relevant charitable purpose. This applies to the ten years after construction. If the building undergoes a change of use in that period, VAT may have to be paid back. Certain charities may…

Forewarned is forearmed

Are you a risk taker or risk averse?  The two are not mutually exclusive. The approach I prefer to take is “forewarned is forearmed”. Not everyone is going to know about tax and potential tax traps.  A good accountant can spot the potential issues before they get out of hand.  Mitigating action can be taken…

Business plan

Some entrepreneurs do not think they need a formal business plan – they keep it all in their heads.  For a new business to succeed you need to be clear about your goal.  You need to be good at what you do and you need to know your market.  But you need the ability to…

business start ups in Kent

Thinking of a Start Up Business?  Think Big – Start Small.  The current difficult times of the coronavirus pandemic are fostering a new spirit of entrepreneurship.  New businesses which accommodate the new era of social distancing and remote working are going to thrive. The owner of a Start Up Business must be of a certain…

paperless office system

A nice idea but how does it work in practice?  Going paperless if you are previously used to using paper requires a big “mind shift”.  You have to be super organised or things will get lost.  Instead of sifting through mounds of paper to find something you know is there in a “safe” place, you…

digital accounting

HMRC’s Making Tax Digital consultation papers are now going through the consultation process and we are starting to know more about what they are envisaging. Some sceptics would say a conspiracy is afoot between HMRC and the software providers to elbow the traditional accountant out of the picture. I am all for a change in…