TAKING CARE OF YOU AND YOUR BUSINESS

PERSONAL I RESPONSIVE I SERVICE

Swindells Chartered Accountants & Tax Advisors is based in Uckfield & Seaford in East Sussex. Our three teams have been specifically trained to take care of you and your organisations’ financial needs

Swindells Private

Swindells Private is our accounting and tax team that takes care of our individual clients across Sussex & the South East. We take the time to understand you professionally and personally and are on hand for anything you might need

How we can help you >
Swindells Business

Swindells Business is our accounting & tax team that takes care of your company. We work with businesses at every stage; from large multi-nationals to family run businesses to start ups across Sussex & the South East

How we can help your business >
Swindells Not For Profit & Charities

Swindells Charity is our team that takes care of not-for-profit organisations in East Sussex & the South East. We are experts in the sector and work with great organisations across the country.

How we can support your organisation >

"Timely, quality service at a fair price"

Derek Carpenter

BECOME A CLIENT >

Swindells stories

WE SUPPORT OUR CLIENTS PERSONALLY & PROFESSIONALLY

Read about how we have taken care of our clients and helped them to achieve their dreams. Including our latest content for helping you navigate the business world in Sussex & the South East

How to choose the best accountant for your company

HIRING AN ACCOUNTANT

How to choose the best accountant for your company

No matter how good you are at running your own company, nobody can successfully micromanage every facet of their business. In order to avoid burning out or producing substandard work, you’ll occasionally need help, whether this comes through hiring someone in-house to perform a certain function on your behalf

read more >

R&D TAX CREDITS IS YOUR BUSINESS ELIGIBLE?

LEARN ABOUT R&D TAX CREDITS

R&D TAX CREDITS  IS YOUR BUSINESS ELIGIBLE?

Research & development tax credits are perhaps one of the most valuable tax breaks available to SMEs & large businesses. Our experienced team can help you identify qualifying projects and relevant expenditure, then make the claim application with you to give you the best chance of success.

read more >

Inheritance tax, estate tax & tax brackets November 2017

Inheritance & Estate Tax

Inheritance tax, estate tax & tax brackets November 2017

Death and taxes…yes we all have to pay them but how much is inheritance tax? When? What are you liable for? How do I pay what I owe? It can be a daunting and difficult task to work this out when you’re actually trying to do your job and live at the same time…

read more >

3 handy tax tips for sole traders

NEED TO KNOW TIPS

3 handy tax tips for sole traders

If you are a sole trader then you will be well aware of your tax responsibilities. Making sure you keep appropriate records in this regard and knowing when to submit your tax return are naturally key. Of course, if you have an accountant to handle all this for you it is a little easier! If you are keeping on top of your own tax requirements though, read on for some handy hints in this area:

read more >

What is due diligence?

KEEP UP TO DATE

What is due diligence?

It’s likely that you’ve often heard the term due diligence referred to during your time in business, but do you know what it actually means? There are different types of due diligence, as it can refer to commercial, legal or financial activities.

read more >

Should you make the switch from sole trader to LLC?

Ready to take the next step?

Should you make the switch from sole trader to LLC?

Making the decision to switch from being a sole trader to a company can be difficult if you’re unaware of accounting and tax rules. This useful summary will help provide some of the key tax and legal implications when turning your business into a limited liability company.

read more >

Seven things to do to help improve cash flow in 2018

Tighten cash flow in 2018

Seven things to do to help improve cash flow in 2018

Sales are key to any business but cash flow can scupper even the most profitable business…you need to pay salaries, buy assets, and pay the bills and rent. Slow cash flow can severely restrict growth and many companies are forced to slow to ensure that they can keep the lights on.

read more >

Why hire a chartered accountant?

GET EXPERT ADVICE

Why hire a chartered accountant?

When setting up a business, you may not have even considered hiring a chartered accountant, however, failing to take this into consideration could be one of the biggest mistakes you make upon starting out.

read more >

Buying property? Consult your accountant!

IN THE KNOW

Buying property? Consult your accountant!

Getting on the property ladder is tough for most people: but if you are self-employed, you face a series of extra hurdles if you want the approval of the mortgage lenders. Even renting can be tough, unless you can verify your income.

read more >

Swindells’ Inheritance Tax Seminar – 6th September

Free Seminar

Swindells’ Inheritance Tax Seminar – 6th September

Please join us for our latest Inheritance Tax planning seminar Robin and Duncan will be in reflective mood, looking back at planning strategies that have over the last 10 years saved our clients millions in Inheritance Tax, and looking forward, strategies that we expect to be equally successful in the future.

read more >

5 top ways to reduce the amount of personal tax you pay

Reduce your tax

5 top ways to reduce the amount of personal tax you pay

There are many ways to legally reduce the amount of tax you pay as an individual. Some simple steps can make a big difference to make sure that you’re only paying the amount of tax you need to pay each year.

read more >

How is BREXIT going to change the tax we pay now and in the future? Brexit & Accounting

Changing times in a BREXIT Britain

How is BREXIT going to change the tax we pay now and in the future? Brexit & Accounting

It was stated over the weekend that the leave campaigners had no plan to invoke after they won the referendum, and I think that is right because it is the government that needs to give us the plan going forward.

read more >

Are you up to date on your tax deadlines?

Make sure you're ready

Are you up to date on your tax deadlines?

Companies in the UK are subject to a number of deadlines from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs throughout the financial year. If you, or your financial representatives, are not up to date on your accounts and filing obligations, then you could quickly come up against a raft of late filing penalties and charges.

read more >

Reducing your tax bill through charitable giving & key November tax dates

Tax breaks for charitable giving

Reducing your tax bill through charitable giving & key November tax dates

Giving to charity attracts a series of generous tax breaks that you can take advantage of. These breaks can positively affect inheritance tax, income tax as well as capital gains.

read more >

Investment & Tax Planning Seminar – Don’t do one without the other

Free Seminar

Investment & Tax Planning Seminar – Don’t do one without the other

Our latest seminar will highlight the 3 critical fundamentals that you need to apply to ensure you have a successful investment experience and how proper ongoing tax planning can significantly increase your investment returns.

read more >

An award winning accountancy practice

Award win

An award winning accountancy practice

An award winning accounting practice. Swindells have won the Medium Business Award at the East Sussex Women In Business Awards that took place on the 20th July at the Cavendish Hotel. It’s a great honour to be set alongside some of the other amazing businesses in the county and we’re very proud of the achievement. […]

read more >

3 key bookkeeping mistakes all SMEs should avoid

Tips & Tricks

3 key bookkeeping mistakes all SMEs should avoid

If you run your own SME, then chances are bookkeeping is not one of your favourite jobs! For many small business owners it is a necessary evil that takes up lots of valuable time. Of course, it is vital to do in order to keep you compliant with the law and make your annual tax returns easier to manage. 

read more >

Don’t forget to exercise due diligence (Mergers & Acquisitions)

Mergers, Acquisitions & Due Diligence

Don’t forget to exercise due diligence (Mergers & Acquisitions)

For all businesses, it’s necessary to carry out a due diligence process when considering significant transactions. Normally associated with mergers and acquisitions, due diligence can be carried out prior to various types of ventures.

read more >

How to stay on top of your small business payroll

Tips & Tricks

How to stay on top of your small business payroll

One key area of any small business that employs staff is payroll. Unfortunately, for many business owners this is one part of their business that frustrates them the most! There always seems so much to sort out and it can be very time-consuming in addition. However, there are ways to make it easier on yourself if you would rather.

read more >

New rules for declaring self-employment income

THE LATEST NEWS

New rules for declaring self-employment income

The situation regarding self-employment and whether you should pay tax on your earnings can be very confusing. However, for the 2017-18 tax year (running from April 6 2017 to April 5 2018), HMRC have issued some new guidance which may make things easier to understand.

read more >

SWINDELLS INHERITANCE TAX SEMINAR

BOOK YOUR SEAT NOW

SWINDELLS INHERITANCE TAX SEMINAR

Please join us for our latest Inheritance Tax planning seminar Robin and Duncan will be in reflective mood, looking back at planning strategies that have over the last 10 years saved our clients millions in Inheritance Tax, and looking forward, strategies that we expect to be equally successful in the future.

read more >

Ten things you can do to make preparing your tax return easier

TAX RETURN TIPS

Ten things you can do to make preparing your tax return easier

We all know that anything that can save time when you run a business is a blessing. Here are a quick few tips that will help you when it comes to tax return season.

read more >

Five payroll mistakes you must avoid

GETTING IT RIGHT

Five payroll mistakes you must avoid

Doing your payroll may be time-consuming, but get it wrong at your peril. Not only are there multiple legal and tax implications to accommodate, but any errors have a direct impact on your employees. This is costly and can test the credibility of your business. So, here are five of the most common payroll mistakes and how to avoid them:

read more >

3 top tax tips for freelancers

GET HELP

3 top tax tips for freelancers

The numbers of people working freelance in the UK are rising, with data from the 2017 Labour Force Survey estimating that there are almost 2 million freelancers, which represents 6% of all workers. Make sure you know what you’re responsible for

read more >

1 in 10 UK small businesses undergoing an HMRC investigation

Are you at risk?

1 in 10 UK small businesses undergoing an HMRC investigation

HMRC confirmed in April this year that one in every ten UK small businesses is currently under investigation for tax that was not paid in the 2015/6 tax year. If you’re worried about an HMRC investigation into your business finances, the following tips and information could help:

read more >

Why photographer & consultant Stuart chooses Swindells as his accountants

Photographer & Brand Consultant

Why photographer & consultant Stuart chooses Swindells as his accountants

Stuart is a Travel Photographer & Brand Consultant. He works with clients all over the world and is abroad most of the time. Swindells provides Stuart with a flexible and responsive service that allows him to travel and keep on top of his finances.

read more >

4 top bookkeeping tips for entrepreneurs

To discuss our outsourcing services for small businesses & entrepreneurs get in touch with Robert

4 top bookkeeping tips for entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs are funny fish when it comes to finances. They often keep everything related to the finances of their business in their heads. When you’re an entrepreneur, this isn’t as tricky as it sounds, because you know your business inside out. It has some advantages.

read more >

Brighton Oasis Project: Brunch with Brighton’s Women Entrepreneurs

BRIGHTON CHARITY BRUNCH

Brighton Oasis Project: Brunch with Brighton’s Women Entrepreneurs

Swindells are delighted to announce that our Managing Partner Melanie Richardson has been invited to participate on a panel of women entrepreneurs organised by the Brighton Oasis Project on the 22nd of March 2017.

read more >

Spring Statement In Short (Robin’s Reaction)

The First Spring Statement

Spring Statement In Short (Robin’s Reaction)

The first Spring Statement was never going to be a big tax event. When it was announced that the annual budget would move to the Autumn it was also explained that it would be the only budget of the year leaving the Spring Statement to be more of an “end of year” report. And so it was with previous forecasts being revisited.

read more >

Why George & Rebecca Choose Swindells

Swindells' advice directly translated into the decision we ended up making

Why George & Rebecca Choose Swindells

George & Rebecca co-founded and manage ILS, International Location Safety, a business set up to provide NGO staff with the skills necessary to work in hostile environments. Here’s why they choose Swindells…

read more >

CAPITAL ALLOWANCES – ARE YOU CLAIMING EVERYTHING YOU CAN?

CLAIM WHAT YOU'RE OWED

CAPITAL ALLOWANCES –  ARE YOU CLAIMING EVERYTHING YOU CAN?

UK companies are apparently losing billions of pounds on capital allowances each year. This article will help you understand where you and your business could be claiming and saving money on your tax bill, click to read on and save your business money.

read more >

Why John & Caroline @ Uckfield Garage choose Swindells

CLIENT STORIES

Why John & Caroline @ Uckfield Garage choose Swindells

The Geoghegans approached Swindells to help them set up a whole new online accounts system with Quickbooks, as well as payroll and pensions. As the business was already trading they needed to act quickly and ensure that there was no interruption to the business from day one.

read more >

Why Will Davenport chooses Swindells as his accountants (accounting for vineyards)

CEO Davenport Wineries

Why Will Davenport chooses Swindells as his accountants (accounting for vineyards)

Will Davenport owns one of the oldest Organic Vineyards in the country. He specialises in English Organic Wines and supplies Michelin starred restaurants across the country. Swindells provides Will with the expertise and advice he needs to concentrate on growing his business.

read more >

5 Accounting mistakes small business owners often make in their first year

Avoid these mistakes

5 Accounting mistakes small business owners often make in their first year

If you have recently started your first business, there can be a lot to take into account. However, one element of your company you need to get right is your finances. Read on to discover some of the most common accounting errors that small business owners make in their first year so that you can avoid them.

read more >

Swindells Autumn Budget Pack (DOWNLOAD)

How will the budget affect you?

Swindells Autumn Budget Pack (DOWNLOAD)

Our summary focuses on the tax measures which may affect you, your family and your business. To help you decipher what was said we have included our own comments. If you have any questions please contact us for advice.

read more >

Common tax return mistakes to avoid

Tax Tips

Common tax return mistakes to avoid

Just one slip up can end up costing you when it comes to filing your tax return. This could mean that you miss out on a refund, end up paying more tax than required, or that HMRC is breathing down your neck and demands an audit.

read more >

Why Brenda Smith @ Agaso chooses Swindells

CLIENT STORIES

Why Brenda Smith @ Agaso chooses Swindells

I’ve worked with Swindells through Agaso for the last two years from conception of the idea through to the launch and beyond. They produce our accounts and VAT returns, I’m always very happy with the quality of the work and service that I receive.

read more >

Why Paul & Andy @ Eco Gym choose Swindells

Why choose Swindells?

Why Paul & Andy @ Eco Gym choose Swindells

Eco Gym is the UK’s first sustainable gym group. They believe we should all take the same care of the environment as we do with our own bodies. Read on to find out how Swindells have helped Eco Gym with their ambitious growth plans

read more >

Making tax digital – what you need to know

get up to date

Making tax digital – what you need to know

From small businesses to big multinational companies, the way tax is done is soon going to change. That’s because HMRC is bringing in its ‘Making Tax Digital’ initiative, which will change the way tax returns are filed. The change means the annual tax return will become a thing of the past, with businesses required to submit information every three months.

read more >

Why Jon Scott chooses Swindells as his accountants

Owner of ITM Monitoring

Why Jon Scott chooses Swindells as his accountants

Jon Scott is the Managing Director of ITM Monitoring and has over 30 years of experience with instrumentation and monitoring work on civil engineering projects all over the world. Jon chooses to work with Swindells as he needs an accountants he can trust.

read more >

How new data protection regulations affect your accounts (GDPR IMPACT)

HOW WILL GDPR EFFECT YOU?

How new data protection regulations affect your accounts (GDPR IMPACT)

There are much more stringent regulations on the way to protect your personal information – and how that data is gathered, stored and used. They will also put stronger controls on the sharing of financial and personal information and how and when data is destroyed.

read more >

Why Leslie & Jane @ Gorringes Auctioneers choose Swindells

CLIENT STORIES

Why Leslie & Jane @ Gorringes Auctioneers choose Swindells

Gorringe’s was founded in the early 1920s when Rowland Gorringe opened offices in Lewes, the county town of East Sussex, as an estate agent and auctioneer. Just after the war in 1946, Gorringe’s Auction Galleries moved to its current site in Lewes. Read on to learn how Swindells support Gorringes

read more >

Why Anna Shephard (MD at E&S Heating & Ventilation) Chooses Swindells

Why Anna Chooses Swindells

Why Anna Shephard (MD at E&S Heating & Ventilation) Chooses Swindells

MD Anna Shephard took over the management of E&S Ventilation & Heating Ltd. from her Mother & Father in 2010, taking the reigns in one of the most tumultuous times for the industry in recent years. Read about how Swindells have supported her & E&S over the last 5 years…

read more >

Small firms struggle with tax compliance

Struggling with your small business tax?

Small firms struggle with tax compliance

Calls are increasing for the government to simplify the tax reporting requirements for small businesses. The time and effort put into navigating the UK’s complex taxation legislation in order to comply with requirements is deemed excessive.

read more >

4 Reasons to Start Preparing Your Taxes Early

STAY AHEAD

4 Reasons to Start Preparing Your Taxes Early

Whether you are an individual or you own a business, it is a good idea to start preparing to file your taxes early. Here are a few reasons why you should file taxes early so you can stay ahead of the game and avoid a last minute rush.

read more >

THE GDPR: ARE YOU COMPLIANT?

Are you ready?

THE GDPR: ARE YOU COMPLIANT?

From the 25th of May 2018 new EU laws will come into place regarding the collection and storage of personal data. The Data Protection Directive of 1995 is being replaced and with the new laws come heightened risks and challenges for businesses. Are you compliant?

read more >

Buy to let landlords need to take action to reduce tax bills

TAX CHANGES

Buy to let landlords need to take action to reduce tax bills

Some buy to let landlords who haven’t taken into account the variety of tax changes within the sector may well soon be faced with problems. Research from Kent Reliance highlights that 20% of UK landlords have now either transferred property portfolios under the banner of a limited company or moved ownership over to a spouse. The research further highlights that one in seven of these landlords don’t actually understand the reasons behind this. 

read more >

Do you know about these three small business taxes?

GROWING YOUR BUSINESS

Do you know about these three small business taxes?

If you are running your own small business, it is certain that you will have to pay tax at some point. Where it can all get a bit confusing though is what tax applies to you, as there are quite a few different types of tax that businesses can pay. Some, for example, may only apply to limited companies which, if you are a sole trader, are not needed.

read more >

Tax Laws For Landlords

TAX HELP FOR LANDLORDS

Tax Laws For Landlords

If you own property and rent it out, tax laws can be quite complicated and they are often updated. Here is a quick guide to help you understand what you are liable to pay.

read more >

How to efficiently extract profits from your company (profit extraction)

making the most of your options

How to efficiently extract profits from your company (profit extraction)

Are you concerned about extracting money from your company in the most tax efficient way? The best planning considers you and your company at the same time, and can give rise to a considerable tax saving.

read more >

When you should (and shouldn’t) file your own taxes

Get it done right

When you should (and shouldn’t) file your own taxes

Whether to file your own taxes or to use professional accountants is a question that many people will ask of themselves every year. There is no reason why you can’t file your own taxes if your situation is uncomplicated and you have a good head for numbers, but it is important to remember the consequences for getting it wrong.

read more >

Why Steve & Matt (Sussex Beds) Choose Swindells

Why do Matt & Steve at Sussex Beds choose to work with Swindells?

Why Steve & Matt (Sussex Beds) Choose Swindells

Sussex Beds is a family business founded in Hastings over 35 years ago by Matt and Steve’s father. Three years ago Matt (Financial Director) & Steve (Managing Director) took over the running of the business with further directors that are all part of the extended family group. Read why Matt & Steve choose Swindells…

read more >

How to tidy up your bookkeeping for the new year

TIDY YOUR TAX IN 2018

How to tidy up your bookkeeping for the new year

A new year offers businesses and individuals the perfect chance to tidy up their bookkeeping and ensure they’re on top of taxes before starting afresh. In this blog post we’re going to talk about a few ways you can ensure you’re ready to tackle your taxes head on.

read more >

Bookkeeping for sole traders (tips!)

Getting your records in order

Bookkeeping for sole traders (tips!)

Bookkeeping is a vital part of your business’s operation. Making sure you keep excellent and accurate records is something you should be doing regularly, especially if you will be completing your own tax return to the HMRC.

read more >

Autumn Budget 2017: Reaction from Robin Stevenson

The condensed version - what you need to know

Autumn Budget 2017: Reaction from Robin Stevenson

Philip Hammond delivered his second budget today with the dual brief of getting the UK ready for Brexit and tackling economic hardship. He showed a brave face, and made a few jokes, as he tried to confirm or convince us that the UK is a leading economy

read more >

Which taxes do limited companies in the UK need to pay?

What taxes are your business liable for?

Which taxes do limited companies in the UK need to pay?

In a limited company in the UK, it is the responsibility of the company directors to ensure that taxes are paid. Businesses will usually require the help of an accountant to ensure they abide by the law, but, to give you a better understanding of what needs to be paid and when, here’s a brief overview of how tax laws in the UK work for limited companies:

read more >

Top tax tips for SMEs in 2018

Top tax tips for SMEs in 2018

Small to mid-size business enterprises often neglect to take advantage of all available tax breaks, resulting in higher than necessary tax bills for directors and employees. These actionable tax tips may help you save money on taxes and take full advantage of available tax benefits.

read more >

Top 5 tax tips for the self-employed

Tax tips for the self-employed, make sure you know what you owe and that you're in control

Top 5 tax tips for the self-employed

When going self-employed, there are so many benefits: setting your own hours, choosing the work you want to do, and earning as much as you can. Despite this, one of the tough responsibilities is to understand how paying tax will work, which can be tricky for new startup businesses.

read more >

How to claim tax relief for employment expenses

TAX RELIEF FOR EMPLOYEES

How to claim tax relief for employment expenses

In the majority of cases, if you incur expenses during your employment, you will be able to claim these back from your employer. However, there are some cases where an employer may not reimburse you, so it is possible to claim tax relief.

read more >

What tax deductibles can sole traders claim?

What Can You Claim?

What tax deductibles can sole traders claim?

One of the most common questions that sole traders ask when tax returns are due is what costs they can deduct from their tax to reduce tax due. The easy answer is that they can claim anything that is wholly and exclusively for carrying out their trade.

read more >

Setting up as a sole trader

READY TO TAKE THE STEP?

Setting up as a sole trader

When you decide to set up on your own; whether as a freelancer or a one-man band business, you need to be aware of your tax responsibilities. Not only that but you also need to know what you can and can’t claim for, and how to keep your evidence.

read more >

Fines and penalties? Find out how to reclaim VAT

Are you claiming fines?

Fines and penalties? Find out how to reclaim VAT

It is not uncommon for people to be given a fine or parking penalty whilst carrying out a business task. However, the good news for your balance sheet is that you may be able to reclaim the amount through your tax return.

read more >

4 top tips for completing your tax self-assessment return

Are you ready?

4 top tips for completing your tax self-assessment return

If you are self-employed, either as a sole trader or the owner of a business, then getting your tax return completed on time is essential. Fines can start piling up if you are even one day late with it…

read more >

How to plan for a successful small business exit

Are you prepared?

How to plan for a successful small business exit

A survey by Securian has suggested that more than half of small business owners plan to leave their businesses within ten years, that but three-quarters of them have no plan in place to make a successful exit. This article will help you understand what an exit strategy is, why it’s important and how to begin to put one in place.

read more >

Key tasks you must know about payroll reporting

KEEP UP TO DATE

Key tasks you must know about payroll reporting

A key part of the legal responsibilities employers must fulfil is the setting up and operation of a payroll system. This is not just so your staff can be paid on time but also so the relevant information can be reported to HMRC.

read more >

What is financial due diligence and why is it important?

DUE DILIGENCE FOR YOUR BUSINESS

What is financial due diligence and why is it important?

In the accounting sector, financial due diligence is a key issue that cannot be overlooked. For many outside of accountancy, even within the business sector, it is sometimes not clear what this is. Fully understanding what is involved and why it is so vital is essential if you are buying a business.

read more >

Common tax return mistakes made by SMEs

Tax Tips

Common tax return mistakes made by SMEs

Filling in your tax return can be stressful; for most SMEs, it becomes one of the most stressful periods of the year. Innocent mistakes can lead to hefty fines and greater future scrutiny from HMRC, both of which you want to avoid. As such, here are four of the most common tax return mistakes made by SMEs, according to our experts, that you need to watch out for and avoid.

read more >

What is Bitcoin? and how do HMRC view this cryptocurrency with regards to Bitcoin tax?

An introduction to bitcoin

What is Bitcoin? and how do HMRC view this cryptocurrency with regards to Bitcoin tax?

We’ve all heard a little about bitcoin and crypto currencies in the last couple of years and it’s becoming increasingly important in the global economy. There are stories of people making millions from buying and selling bitcoin, but what is bitcoin, how does it work and should we all be investing in it.

read more >