Lewis Smith & Co. get the gold

Black Country chartered certified accountants, Lewis Smith & Co., are delighted to announce that they have been awarded gold level status as an Approved Training Practice by the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants).

ACCAThis means that ACCA trainees get provided with excellent training and practice experience to enable them to obtain their own Practicing Certificate. Only trainees working in an approved training practice can obtain this certificate.

Lewis Smith & Co. Director, Andrew Smith, sees this as great accolade.

“For Lewis Smith & Co. developing the skills of our team has been a vital element in growing the business. We’ve worked hard to create the right training environment and achieving gold status from the ACCA shows that the effort has paid off. Lewis Smith & Co. will have a pool of experts to help us support new clients as we continue to expand.”

For more information on how Lewis Smith & Co. can support your business give us a call on 01384 235549 or email us at info@lewissmith.com.

Lewis Smith & Co. – Chartered Certified Accountants for Wolverhampton

Protect directors’ addresses from disclosure

October 1st 2009 sees the final stage of the implementation of the Companies Act 2006.

One provision that we at Lewis Smith & Co. will be of particular interest relates to directors’ addresses. From October 1st directors will have a service address and a residential address. By default the service address will be the same as the residential address but you will have the capability to change the service address (to, say, the registered office) on the Companies House website.

The residential address will still be available to public authorities and credit reference agencies but not publicly accessible.

Lewis Smith & Co. provides a registered address for many companies and if you need any information on how to respond to this change then please contact us for advice today.

Lewis Smith & Co. – A dedicated team of accountancy, tax and business advisors for Halesowen and Quinton

Sage Users May Need to Upgrade

HMRC’s roll-out of compulsory on-line VAT returns and payments (Lewis Smith & Co. News 17/09/09) may impact businesses using older versions of Sage finance software.

The latest versions have a direct interface with the HMRC but if you have an older version then you will have to use the HMRC website to enter information and make payments. This is inconvenient rather than being a “show stopper” but it may signal a good time to upgrade your software and get the benefits of the latest version.

If you are not sure what version of Sage you are using or whether you should upgrade then contact us today. As members of the Sage Accountants Club, Lewis Smith & Co. has a licence to provide first line support on Sage systems and we have access to full technical support from the supplier if needed.

Lewis Smith & Co. – Bookkeeping, payroll and credit control for Blackheath, Netherton and Cradley

HMRC Says VAT Returns On-line Please

Starting in April 2010 HMRC is starting the process of making it obligatory to file VAT returns and make payments on-line.

Next year the obligation is only on newly VAT registered businesses and companies with a turnover greater than £100,000. This is the start of a process to ensure that businesses of all sizes file and pay on-line by 2012.

If you are still using paper returns and sending in cheques then it is probably a good time to investigate making the switch to the electronic facility.

Our team are available to help you out if you aren’t quite sure how to start. Just call us on 01384 235549 or email info@lewissmith.com.

Lewis Smith & Co. – Tax and VAT Specialists for Wolverhampton, Wednesbury and Walsall

Paper tax return deadline

The filing deadline for paper-based self-assessment tax returns is October 31st 2009.

So you need to start pulling together all of the information needed straight away – do you remember how long it took last year? You will need forms P60 and P11D, records of self-employment, details of savings and investments, and information about untaxed income.

Online submissions aren’t required until 31st January 2010.

If you need any help completing either the paper-based or online self-assessment forms then, of course, you can contact Lewis Smith & Co. for help and advice.

Lewis Smith & Co. – Taxation experts for Dudley, Kingswinford and Stourbridge

Move to new Dudley offices complete!

Our office move was completed successfully over the August Bank Holiday weekend and the business is up and running in our new Grange Road, Dudley premises.

We are not too far away from our old location and there is a Google map on our contact page that will (as if by magic) help you to get directions to us from wherever you are.

Many of our customers have our offices as their registered company address. You should have received a form to notify Companies House of the change of address. Just give us a call on 01384 235549 if you haven’t received it. Remember that your registered address should appear on your website so that may need to change too.

Lewis Smith & Co. – Accountants for Stourbridge, Hagley and Kinver

September 1st – The Big Day

Chandeliers_smallLewis Smith & Co., the Dudley based accountancy firm, will be operating from their new offices from Tuesday September 1st 2009.

The company is closing on Thursday 27th and Friday 28th August (and probably over the Bank Holiday weekend) to facilitate the move.

The offices have undergone an extensive refurbishment to make them a great place to work for the Lewis Smith & Co. team and also to create a good working environment for visitors.

Old-Doctor-s-House_smallLewis Smith & Co. look forward to seeing you there.

Just to confirm the new address:

“The Old Doctor’s House”
74 Grange Road

Telephone – 01384 235549

email – info@lewissmith.com

Lewis Smith & Co. – Acccountants for Dudley, Stourbridge, Kingswinford and the Black Country

Lewis Smith & Co – Black Country Clients Upbeat

Clearly the recession is causing plenty of problems to the Black Country economy but Andrew Smith, who is a director at Lewis Smith & Co. the Dudley-based Black Country accountants, is keen to point out that there is good news to be had.

“Our clients are much more upbeat than 6 months ago and they are beginning to see a real increase in business activity. Fortunately this optimism is coming from all sectors from service to manufacturing: we have a steel stockholder client back in profit after 6 months, for instance.”

“We are also seeing a lot of new business start-ups, an area that we specialise in, as people take redundancy and invest their pay-outs. We are confident that most of these emerging entrepreneurs will be able to hold their own during the downturn and then take-off as the economy improves.”

Lewis Smith & Co. is living proof that companies can prosper in the midst of difficulties as it prepares to move to new, larger offices in Dudley. The new premises are part of its expansion plans and are need in order to house new staff and provide improved facilities for visiting clients.

Lewis Smith & Co. – Business start-up specialists for Dudley, Stourbridge and Halesowen.

Call us today on 01384 235549 for help and advice with accounting, taxation or business planning.