I'm a self employed writer...and also rent out a property, so not sure that would fit? Thanks for the suggestion regardless
Hes my accountant and I found him on HOL
I do some self employed work, also some paye and I also let out a property. I have done my own tax returns for many years. Unless you have quite a high income(ie need to register for VAT) its actually quite easy. Many people are terrified of tax returns without good reason. HMRC provide easy to read information and in my experience have been very helpful. Accountants sometimes charge quite low fees for straightforward returns, but that just means you can do it yourself. My wife went self employed a few years ago(educational consultant) and was determined to have an accountant but when she saw how easy it was she got on with it herself!
Ditto - I'm an accountant (not done tax stuff for years though) and you should be able to do self employed income plus a bit of rental on your own. Self assessment is really intuitive and well designed compared to say the US tax return which is basically a job creation scheme for tax accountants.
Also you really need to understand your own numbers!
Main advice would be to do your tax return early ie by the October deadline don't leave it till January!
I do my tax return by mid April just to get it done. And yes, I do have nothing better to do........
Thanks for all these responses. I did do my own last year and found it relatively straight forward. But am hoping to apply for a mortgage at some point in the near future and am under the impression that your accounts need to be officially certified for lenders to consider...if anyone knows different, please let me know!
I'd suggest that you won't go far wrong by getting on touch with David Martin, as Vix has suggested. He's professional and a nice guy. I'm sure he'll be very happy to have a chat with you ad answer your questions without any sales pressure.
Great, that's good to know. Thanks to everyone for the advice,