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DNS-Accountants

Accounting
for freelancers

We work with thousands of freelancers across the UK to help them with all their tax and accountancy needs including setting up a company, bookkeeping, incorporation, expense management, tax planning and so much more.

Our freelance accounts packages give you a range of services to suit your needs and budget. If your juggling your clients or customers and need more time to work on your business, why not outsource all your accountancy, tax and bookkeeping to dns?

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How we help freelancers

If your a self-employed freelancer and need more time to work on your business then
dns can help to free your time and take care of all your accountancy and tax needs.

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Specific services

Our specialist team of freelance experts offer a full range of services for all your freelancer needs.

  • Accounting software & apps
  • Self-assessment tax returns
  • Bookkeeping
  • Monthly accounts & reports
  • Year end accounts & corporation tax returns
  • Monthly payroll & payslips
  • Quarterly VAT returns
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Expert support around the UK

Our expert freelancer team is always available to answer your
questions and give you advice.

7,000+
clients
14
UK Offices
80+
experts

Your path to easy accounting…

Hassle free accounting

All your accounting needs in one place. Online leading software and in person with our friendly team.

  • No penalty guarantee
  • 4 hour response
  • Dedicated account manager
  • Free cloud software

Saving tax & no penalties

Tax experts to help you minimise your tax bill and save you money.

  • HMRC registration
  • No penalty guarantee
  • Tax planning advice
  • Self-assessment
  • Expenses advice

No surprises

Our services give you complete control and support for all your freelancer needs.

  • Clear concise advice
  • Regular reporting
  • Certainty & confidence
  • Best client experience
  • Technology with real-time information
  • Hassle free accounting
  • IR35
  • Saving tax & no penalties
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Our packages

We've got a range of packages to suit all types
of people

  • Perfect for the small business with very few transactions
    Starter
    £25 +VAT per month
    Tax and accountancy
    • Upto 20 transaction support / Bookkeeping
    • 0 / Monthly payroll
    • P11D return
    • Company year end accounts
    • Corporation tax return
    • Quarterly VAT return
    • Year end tax review meeting
    • 0 / Standard self-assessment tax return
    • Tax investigation cover
    Online accountancy software
    • Nomisma cloud based real time accounting software
    • Automated invoicing and financial control
    • Track your expenses & store receipts via mobile app
    • Generate dividend vouchers
    • Management accounts - monthly / quarterly / yearly
    • Full training and support
    Dedicated account manager
    • Face-to-face meeting during business hours
    • Single point of contact
    • Reference letter for lenders & visas
    • Telephone & email support
    Company secretarial
    • Confirmation statement
    • Registered office
    Company setup
    • Company formation
    • VAT registration
    • PAYE registration
    • Support with opening a bank account
    Other benefits
    • Newsletter and tax tips
    • Monthly compliance report
    • IR35 review
    • 0 / Monthly CIS returns
    • Financial planning review
    • The core asset vault - sales & marketing system
  • Suitable for small businesses requiring more support
    Lite
    £90 +VAT per month
    Tax and accountancy
    • Upto 50 transaction support / Bookkeeping
    • 1 / Monthly payroll
    • P11D return
    • Company year end accounts
    • Corporation tax return
    • Quarterly VAT return
    • Year end tax review meeting
    • 1 / Standard self-assessment tax return
    • Tax investigation cover
    Online accountancy software
    • Nomisma cloud based real time accounting software
    • Automated invoicing and financial control
    • Track your expenses & store receipts via mobile app
    • Generate dividend vouchers
    • Management accounts - monthly / quarterly / yearly
    • Full training and support
    Dedicated account manager
    • Face-to-face meeting during business hours
    • Single point of contact
    • Reference letter for lenders & visas
    • Telephone & email support
    Company secretarial
    • Confirmation statement
    • Registered office
    Company setup
    • Company formation
    • VAT registration
    • PAYE registration
    • Support with opening a bank account
    Other benefits
    • Newsletter and tax tips
    • Monthly compliance report
    • IR35 review
    • 1 / Monthly CIS returns
    • Financial planning review
    • The core asset vault - sales & marketing system
  • Our most popular package, perfect for most businesses
    Standard
    £120 +VAT per month
    Tax and accountancy
    • Upto 100 transaction support / Bookkeeping
    • 2 / Monthly payroll
    • P11D return
    • Company year end accounts
    • Corporation tax return
    • Quarterly VAT return
    • Year end tax review meeting
    • 1 / Standard self-assessment tax return
    • Tax investigation cover
    Online accountancy software
    • Nomisma cloud based real time accounting software
    • Automated invoicing and financial control
    • Track your expenses & store receipts via mobile app
    • Generate dividend vouchers
    • Management accounts - monthly / quarterly / yearly
    • Full training and support
    Dedicated account manager
    • Face-to-face meeting during business hours
    • Single point of contact
    • Reference letter for lenders & visas
    • Telephone & email support
    Company secretarial
    • Confirmation statement
    • Registered office
    Company setup
    • Company formation
    • VAT registration
    • PAYE registration
    • Support with opening a bank account
    Other benefits
    • Newsletter and tax tips
    • Monthly compliance report
    • IR35 review
    • 2 / Monthly CIS returns
    • Financial planning review
    • The core asset vault - sales & marketing system
  • For those who to get the maximum service from us
    Premium
    £175 +VAT per month
    Tax and accountancy
    • Upto 125 transaction support / Bookkeeping
    • 2 / Monthly payroll
    • P11D return
    • Company year end accounts
    • Corporation tax return
    • Quarterly VAT return
    • Year end tax review meeting
    • 2 / Standard self-assessment tax return
    • Tax investigation cover
    Online accountancy software
    • Nomisma cloud based real time accounting software
    • Automated invoicing and financial control
    • Track your expenses & store receipts via mobile app
    • Generate dividend vouchers
    • Management accounts - monthly / quarterly / yearly
    • Full training and support
    Dedicated account manager
    • Face-to-face meeting during business hours
    • Single point of contact
    • Reference letter for lenders & visas
    • Telephone & email support
    Company secretarial
    • Confirmation statement
    • Registered office
    Company setup
    • Company formation
    • VAT registration
    • PAYE registration
    • Support with opening a bank account
    Other benefits
    • Newsletter and tax tips
    • Monthly compliance report
    • IR35 review
    • 3 / Monthly CIS returns
    • Financial planning review
    • The core asset vault - sales & marketing system
  • Perfect for the small business with very few transactions
    Starter
    £15 +VAT per month
    Tax and accountancy
    • Upto 20 transaction support / Bookkeeping
    • Sole trader accounts
    • Monthly payroll
    • P11D return
    • Quarterly VAT return
    • Year end tax review meeting
    • Standard self-assessment tax return
    • Tax investigation cover
    Online accountancy software
    • Nomisma cloud based real time accounting software
    • Automated invoicing and financial control
    • Track your expenses & store receipts via mobile app
    • Management accounts - monthly / quarterly / yearly
    • Full training and support
    Dedicated account manager
    • Face-to-face meeting during business hours
    • Single point of contact
    • Reference letter for lenders & visas
    • Telephone & email support
    Set up
    • Sole trader registration
    • VAT registration
    • PAYE registration
    • Support with opening a bank account
    Other benefits
    • Monthly newsletter & tax tips
    • Monthly compliance report
    • Financial planning review
    • The core asset vault - sales & marketing system
  • Suitable for small businesses requiring more support
    Lite
    £30 +VAT per month
    Tax and accountancy
    • Upto 50 transaction support / Bookkeeping
    • Sole trader accounts
    • Monthly payroll
    • P11D return
    • Quarterly VAT return
    • Year end tax review meeting
    • 1 / Standard self-assessment tax return
    • Tax investigation cover
    Online accountancy software
    • Nomisma cloud based real time accounting software
    • Automated invoicing and financial control
    • Track your expenses & store receipts via mobile app
    • Management accounts - monthly / quarterly / yearly
    • Full training and support
    Dedicated account manager
    • Face-to-face meeting during business hours
    • Single point of contact
    • Reference letter for lenders & visas
    • Telephone & email support
    Set up
    • Sole trader registration
    • VAT registration
    • PAYE registration
    • Support with opening a bank account
    Other benefits
    • Monthly newsletter & tax tips
    • Monthly compliance report
    • Financial planning review
    • The core asset vault - sales & marketing system
  • Our most popular package, perfect for most businesses
    Standard
    £65 +VAT per month
    Tax and accountancy
    • Upto 100 transaction support / Bookkeeping
    • Sole trader accounts
    • 1 / Monthly payroll
    • P11D return
    • Quarterly VAT return
    • Year end tax review meeting
    • 1 / Standard self-assessment tax return
    • Tax investigation cover
    Online accountancy software
    • Nomisma cloud based real time accounting software
    • Automated invoicing and financial control
    • Track your expenses & store receipts via mobile app
    • Management accounts - monthly / quarterly / yearly
    • Full training and support
    Dedicated account manager
    • Face-to-face meeting during business hours
    • Single point of contact
    • Reference letter for lenders & visas
    • Telephone & email support
    Set up
    • Sole trader registration
    • VAT registration
    • PAYE registration
    • Support with opening a bank account
    Other benefits
    • Monthly newsletter & tax tips
    • Monthly compliance report
    • Financial planning review
    • The core asset vault - sales & marketing system
  • For those who to get the maximum service from us
    Premium
    £135 +VAT per month
    Tax and accountancy
    • Upto 125 transaction support / Bookkeeping
    • Sole trader accounts
    • 2 / Monthly payroll
    • P11D return
    • Quarterly VAT return
    • Year end tax review meeting
    • 1 / Standard self-assessment tax return
    • Tax investigation cover
    Online accountancy software
    • Nomisma cloud based real time accounting software
    • Automated invoicing and financial control
    • Track your expenses & store receipts via mobile app
    • Management accounts - monthly / quarterly / yearly
    • Full training and support
    Dedicated account manager
    • Face-to-face meeting during business hours
    • Single point of contact
    • Reference letter for lenders & visas
    • Telephone & email support
    Set up
    • Sole trader registration
    • VAT registration
    • PAYE registration
    • Support with opening a bank account
    Other benefits
    • Monthly newsletter & tax tips
    • Monthly compliance report
    • Financial planning review
    • The core asset vault - sales & marketing system
  • Our most popular package, perfect for most businesses
    Standard
    £15 +VAT per month
    Self assessment services
    • Tax return submission
    • Dividend / PAYE wages
    • One Bank Account Interest
    • Pension contributions
    • One rental property
    • Tax investigation cover
    • SATR mobile app / cloud based software
    • DD sign ups only
    • Designated accounts manager
    • Free tax review (15 mins)
  • For those who to get the maximum service from us
    Premium
    £25 +VAT per month
    Self assessment services
    • Tax return submission
    • Dividend / PAYE wages
    • One Bank Account Interest
    • Pension contributions
    • One rental property
    • Tax investigation cover
    • SATR mobile app / cloud based software
    • DD Sign Ups ONLY
    • Designated accounts manager
    • Free tax review (15 mins)
  • Our most popular package, perfect for most businesses
    Standard
    £55 +VAT per month
    Tax and Accountancy
    • Upto 30 transaction support / Bookkeeping
    • Upto 2 properties
    • Company year end accounts
    • Corporation tax return
    • Year end tax review meeting
    • Annual tax on enveloped dwellings (ATED) returns
    • 15 Minute consultation on any property tax related issue
    • 1 / Standard self-assessment tax return
    • Tax investigation cover
    Online Accountancy Software
    • Nomisma cloud based real time accounting software
    • Automated invoicing and financial control
    • Track your expenses & store receipts via mobile app
    • Generate dividend vouchers
    • Management accounts - monthly / quarterly / yearly
    • Full training and support
    Dedicated Account Manager
    • Face-to-face meeting during business hours
    • Single point of contact
    • Reference letter for lenders & visas
    • Unlimited support via telephone or email
    Company Secretarial
    • Confirmation statement
    • Registered office
    Company Setup
    • Company formation
    • VAT registration
    • PAYE registration
    • Support with opening a bank account
    Other Benefits
    • Monthly newsletter and tax tips
    • Monthly compliance report
    • Financial planning review
    • The core asset vault - sales & marketing system
  • For those who to get the maximum service from us
    Premium
    £95 +VAT per month
    Tax and Accountancy
    • Upto 50 transaction support / Bookkeeping
    • Upto 3 properties
    • Company year end accounts
    • Corporation tax return
    • Year end tax review meeting
    • Annual tax on enveloped dwellings (ATED) returns
    • 15 Minute consultation on any property tax related issue
    • 2 / Standard self-assessment tax return
    • Tax investigation cover
    Online Accountancy Software
    • Nomisma cloud based real time accounting software
    • Automated invoicing and financial control
    • Track your expenses & store receipts via mobile app
    • Generate dividend vouchers
    • Management accounts - monthly / quarterly / yearly
    • Full training and support
    Dedicated Account Manager
    • Face-to-face meeting during business hours
    • Single point of contact
    • Reference letter for lenders & visas
    • Unlimited support via telephone or email
    Company Secretarial
    • Confirmation statement
    • Registered office
    Company Setup
    • Company formation
    • VAT registration
    • PAYE registration
    • Support with opening a bank account
    Other Benefits
    • Monthly newsletter and tax tips
    • Monthly compliance report
    • Financial planning review
    • The core asset vault - sales & marketing system

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FAQs

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Any person or individual who decides to start his own practice or business is referred to as a Sole Trader or Self-employed individual. The first of these is Register as self employed with HMRC and, most likely, Set up as a sole trader or freelancer. The business can enroll with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) anytime up to October 5, starting from the business’ second tax year. If the business is already registered, a sole trader can use the online service to:

  • fill and send tax returns to HMRC
  • review and verify the tax return

According to the UK Government, starting business as a sole trader is the easiest way to start a business in the United Kingdom. For a freelancer, to start working as a sole trader, the requirements are:

  • Inform HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) about the self-employment status. Make sure that the National Insurance (NI) number is already in place.
  • Register for Self Assessment as a sole trader.
  • Register a business name.

Unless there is any industry-specific license needed, a freelancer is free to start working. There is no need to register with Companies House because although it is a legitimate business, it isn’t a company.

It is very simple and straight forward to run a Limited Company.

  • The first thing is to form a Limited Company – This will take a few minutes and the company should be set up within a couple of hours. For a limited company, the cost of forming is £125 plus (+) VAT. Our team of specialist accountants for freelancers in the UK will also help with Value Added Tax (VAT) registration and setting up a bank account for the business.
  • Invoice the clients – A very simple Excel spreadsheet, similar to an expense claim form, to be completed every month.
  • Appoint an Accountant – To notify DNS Associates, a professional accountant for Sole Trader for accounting and tax advisors regarding any correspondence from HM Revenue and Customs or Companies House and we will take care of it.

There is more opportunity for tax planning through a Limited Company but only experienced specialist freelancer accountants can guide the business about this. The most important savings working through a Limited Company over an umbrella are National Insurance and the Flat Rate Value Added Tax (VAT) Scheme. All Umbrella Companies in the United Kingdom operate as PAYE. This means that tax is paid in the same way as a permanent employee

  • National Insurance contributions are deducted as a percentage of earnings and this percentage is identical for all companies
  • Under an umbrella company, a freelancer will pay both employees and employers National Insurance (NI)
  • Everyone has a tax code which determines their tax free pay e.g. the standard tax code for 2015/16 was 1060L or £10,600, which means a freelancer can earn £10,600 in a year before they have to start paying income tax.
  • For a contract of say £350 per day a freelancer will pay around £300 a week in NI through an umbrella company whereas with an own Limited Company the freelancer is only liable to pay just £30.

The flat rate scheme is an incentive provided by the government to help simplify taxes. The amount of Value Added Tax (VAT) a business pays or claims back from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is usually the difference between the VAT charged by the business to the clients and the VAT the business pays.

Example:

A freelancer bills a client for £1,000, adding 20% VAT to make the total bill amount: £1,200. As an IT consultant, the VAT flat rate charged for the business is 14.5%. Hence, the flat rate payment will be 14.5% of £1,200, or £174.