FAQ’s

At Fortuous, we believe in commitment and care. Commitment to being pro-active problem solvers, not just passive number crunchers and personal care for each and every client and their business.

Frequently asked questions

Yes. It often helps to see your business, books and records, etc at first hand and we are always happy to invest our time without charge to show you what we can do. Of course, if you prefer to visit us, that’s fine too.

When’s good for you? Let us know and we’ll do our utmost to help. If you need to see somebody urgently, we’re always out and about and can arrange to see you very quickly.

We can’t over emphasize the importance of tax planning at an early stage, not crisis driven advice. Ideally you do tax planning before the year even starts but after that, the earlier the better. The same is applicable to all areas of advice and we are about helping you change the future, not just reporting what has already happened.

 Yes. You won’t be billed for asking accounts, tax or any question for that matter.  I understand that you may want to check something relating to your business accounts and need an answer quickly. We aim to respond with answers to your accounts queries promptly.

No we don’t.  WeI use fixed fees which will be determined before the work is undertaken. We are open with prices for company accounts, tax returns and I like to agree these fees upfront before the work is started. You can check yourself here by obtaining an instant quote.

Yes it is.  We are regulated by a professional body (ACCA) and comply with certain standards and have undertaken a rigorous training program to achieve my accountancy qualifications.  WeI know what we are doing and have the best experience and training to provide the best accountancy and business advice.  When you use someone who isn’t qualified, you take a risk and it can prove to be expensive in the long term.

Yes.  We regularly maintain my CPD (Continuing Professional Development) and it is a requirement of regulatory body the ACCA.

Yes.  we can do the whole lot, including bookkeeping, payroll, VAT returns and year end compliance.  we are also able to provide management accounts and business consultancy if this is needed.

You need to keep your accounting records for 6 years.

There are a lot of accountancy software available and most of them have similar functions. we can advise on what is most suited to your business and discuss the pros and cons of each. It is best to have these discussions early, as it can be difficult to change over once you have started using one. It can also be costly to the business if the accountancy software isn’t right.

A lot of businesses are now considering cloud accounting software as an option. We can advise and support you in making the right decision. We work with most online cloud accounting software providers so know what is available and the pros and cons of each.

They may want to inspect your accounting records at any time. The number of investigations has increased dramatically since there has been the need to claw back more income tax receipts, and they have the power to interrogate your accounts going back over a number of years. You should be keeping your business accounts and tax records for at least 6 years, and the more organised they are the better.

Switching accountants is easy and straight-forward. It’s usually a case of writing to your current accountant. Informing them the name of your new accountants. Advising them that the new firm will be contacting them shortly to collect your records. We have the templates ready and can share with you.

When you decide to switch to us, we will manage the transition and ensure that the handover is seamless. We will take care of everything. Including contacting your current accountant and explaining you are moving away. Drafting a brief note confirming the move. Arranging for the transfer of records. Obtaining copies of your accounts and tax computations. And notifying HMRC and other government offices that we are looking after your business affairs.

This is the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. It is an internationally recognised professional accounting qualification. This can only be attained following the successful completion of 14 professional examinations. To become a full member of the ACCA, you have to have completed at least 3 years of relevant practical experience in many areas of general practice.

Absolutely, although we are based in Ilford, Hainault, Hainault Business park, Essex, our clients come from different parts of the country. Not a lot of them come and visit us face to face. Most of them are using the phone, zoom and emails. We do not mind what communication method you choose, our aim is to deliver the best service you can imagine.