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As tax advisers based in Upminster, our objective is to work closely with you to ensure you pay the minimum tax required by law. We will help you to understand the tax implications of your actions, in order that you can plan ahead and conduct your affairs in a tax efficient way.

Corporation tax services

Under Corporation Tax Self Assessment (CTSA), the legal responsibility for correctly calculating the corporation tax liability falls on business owners. We understand the issues facing owner-managed businesses and can prepare tax returns in a timely and efficient manner. We will also calculate your company's tax liability and assist with the calculation of any quarterly instalment payments.

The increased reporting obligations, investigation policies on the part of the tax authorities and harsher penalties for non-compliance mean that your time and resources can be taken up with tax administration. We will help to minimise corporate tax exposure and relieve the administrative burden of compliance with current tax legislation. Effective corporate tax planning can also result in significant improvements in your bottom line.

Personal Tax (including sole-traders and partnerships)

We are specialists in income tax, capital gains tax and inheritance tax.

Self Assessment

We have the expertise and software to take the headache out of the form filling and compliance aspect of Self Assessment. We can provide you with practical advice on personal tax positions and the planning opportunities available to you. We can complete tax returns, calculate any tax liability and advise you on exactly when to make payments and how much to pay. The late filing penalty system implemented by HMRC can be very costly; we can ensure that you file on time and avoid any penalties.

Personal tax planning

We are specialists in income tax, capital gains tax and inheritance tax. Whether your tax affairs are handled through self-assessment or the PAYE system, we can ensure you are paying the correct amount of tax.

Capital Gains Tax

We can help you to calculate your liability and minimise exposure to capital gains tax, using available relief.

Estate planning

Few of us like to think about dying, however the relevant legislation requires us to plan well in advance. This means making the necessary provisions now. There are many tax opportunities available and the earlier arrangements are made, the greater the chance of taking full advantage of our complicated tax system.

It is important when planning to transfer an estate that adequate provision is made and getting the right balance requires considerable skill and foresight - along with a detailed knowledge of the current tax regime. We provide a discreet comprehensive estate planning service that includes:

  • help with planning and reviewing a will
  • making full use of exemptions and lower tax rates on lifetime transfers
  • optimising lifetime transfers between family members
  • transferring agricultural or business property
  • transferring assets into trust
  • arranging adequate life assurance to cover potential inheritance tax liabilities.

We also have expertise in dealing with trusts; a relatively easy and very tax efficient way to set aside assets for future beneficiaries outside the inheritance tax net. We can advise on the most suitable type of trust to fulfil your wishes, assist in setting up the trust and provide the full range of accounting services required for trust management.


Ever changing regulations and the growing demands of HMRC mean VAT compliance can be a difficult administrative process. We can help to ensure that you comply with the regulations and that overpayments are not made. To help you manage this complex area, we provide an efficient, cost-effective VAT service, which includes:

  • assistance with VAT registration
  • Complying with new MTD regulations
  • advice on VAT planning and administration
  • use of the most appropriate scheme
  • VAT control and reconciliation
  • help with completing VAT returns
  • planning to minimise future problems with HMRC
  • negotiating with HMRC in disputes and representing you at VAT tribunals (if necessary)

HMRC Investigations

Being the subject of a tax investigation by the HMRC can be a stressful and worrying experience. With the onset of personal and corporate self-assessment, Revenue staff can now review cases on a 'sample basis'; consequently, tax investigations have become more frequent. We have a wealth of experience in dealing with HMRC investigations, whether they are enquiries into an individual's Tax Return under the Self Assessment regime, more detailed enquiries or employer-related investigations into PAYE and P11d compliance. If you are about to be the subject of an investigation, we can provide expert help and support.

Tax protection

With the increased risk of such investigations it may be worth considering taking out an annual insurance policy to protect you and your business from unexpected costs; an investigation will undoubtedly result in additional accountancy work being undertaken. The amount of work will depend upon the complexity of the case but the cost could be substantial.

Hunter & Co Ltd Tax Investigations Service

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All clients are invited to subscribe/renew to the Hunter & Co Ltd Tax Investigations Service.

Anyone can be selected for an enquiry and the ramifications can be far reaching with typical defence fees exceeding £5,000. Our Tax Investigations Service covers your representation costs in the event you are selected for an enquiry. We will handle all correspondence and attend meetings with the Tax Inspector and ensure that you only pay the right amount of tax and do not concede to the Revenue’s demands purely for financial reasons.

To subscribe/renew to the service simply click on the application form to complete and return to us with your payment ASAP.

IR35 Services (Off Payroll Working)

Contract Reviews and Tax Losses Insurance

HMRC has spent millions targeting freelancers under IR35, Markel Tax has worked with the freelancer market since IR35 was introduced.

Markel Tax offer a comprehensive review package that will determine your tax status and protect your tax position.

Hunter & Co Ltd are therefore offering client access to a contract review service through Markel Tax at a discounted rate when registered for our tax insurance.

In order for Markel to undertake a contract review, please complete the IR35 Status Questionnaire, further information and contact details can be found on the last page of the questionnaire.

IR35 and Tax Loss Insurance Services

Require more information?

If you would like more information or would like to speak to us direct then call us on 01708 255555. Or if you would prefer, ask us a question online.