Accountants Chester

Small Business Accountants in Chester serving Chester and Wirral

Welcome to Phillips & Co – Accountants Chester. We are a firm of Chartered Certified Accountants in Chester serving Chester and Wirral. With over 40 years experience in helping small businesses grow, we have the expertise to help your business thrive and understand the importance of communicating with clients. We know that no two businesses are the same and we use our experience to tailor our accounts, tax, bookkeeping, payroll and business services to suit each individual client. As a family-run firm, Phillips & Co – Accountants Chester are passionate about helping local small businesses succeed and be as tax efficient as possible. View our fees page.

Get in Touch

Call us on 01244 220 062 to arrange a FREE, NO-OBLIGATION meeting or email us at

Accountants Chester | Phillips & Co | Package Fees

With clients across Chester and Wirral, at Phillips & Co – Accountants Chester, we strive to provide the best possible service. We make a point of not only completing all work to a high standard but also communicating the process and our findings in a clear and concise way in a language they will understand. It is our number one priority that clients get the service they deserve and it is very rewarding and motivating when we receive positive feedback.

A few years ago I was looking for a firm of local, professional accountants that would understand myself and my business and provide the services a small business requires. I can honestly say it’s been one of the best decisions I’ve made. Phillips & Co provide not only a professional service based on sound knowledge from years of experience, but whenever I have needed help and advice they always respond immediately and informatively.

Jason Wilcock

Jason Howard Photography Limited

It is a pleasure to recommend the services of Phillips & Co. They have answered all my queries professionally and, to me more importantly, in a language I can understand. From a technical view point, their knowledge and understanding of my business has helped us with complex tax issues, hence saving my company money. Terry runs a very professional and friendly practice and I have no hesitation in recommending them as assets to any business.

Colin Jones

Fairmitre Windows & Conservatories

Having worked with many accountants over the past 20 years whilst running my business, I can say without reserve that Phillips & Co have provided the most valuable, accurate and timely information of any accountants I have worked with. Questions are always answered swiftly and succinctly, allowing a degree of financial management that has really moved my business forward. I highly recommend Terry and the rest of the team at Phillips & Co unreservedly.

David Taylor

Desarch Limited

We’ll provide you with all the services your business needs to grow. That’s not just accounting, tax and VAT services, but a wide range of other business services too. At all steps along the way we will explain to you which services you may require and why. For costing purposes, we can then quote for each individual service or group them as part of a package, depending on client preferences. We use industry leading accounts, tax, bookkeeping and payroll software to provide the highest quality service.


We’re chartered certified accountants experienced in understanding our clients’ businesses, working closely with them and completing accounting assignments to agreed timescales and with an agreed fee structure.

Tax Advice

Our tax accountants specialise in tax advisory work, by providing bespoke tax planning solutions to suit your personal and business needs. We also advise on tax deadlines and how to pay taxes owed.


VAT is an increasingly complex part of running a business. We provide specialist VAT services and consultancy on a range of areas, identifying opportunities to improve cash flow, saving time and in many cases reclaiming VAT back.

Business Services

Our accountants and financial advisors prepare business management accounts, budgets and forecasts. We meet regularly with clients to provide financial advice and discuss their business development goals.

Get in Touch

To see how Phillips & Co – Accountants Chester can help your business call us on 01244 220 062 to arrange a FREE, NO-OBLIGATION meeting or email us at

Sole Trader vs Limited Company…which is right for your business?

Lets look at some comparisons to help you decide.

Sole Trader


As a sole trader you are personally liable for any debt of the business.


Sole traders pay tax on their business profits via a self-assessment tax return;

The deadline for filing online self-assessment returns to HMRC is 31 January after the end of the tax year. The personal allowance for the tax year 2020/21 is £12,500;

The Basic rate of 20% tax is paid on income from £12,501 up to £37,500, the Higher rate of 40% is paid on income between £37,501 and £150,000 and the Additional rate of 45% is paid on income over £150,000;

Losses can be offset against other income in the same year, carried back and offset against previous year’s profits or carried forward and offset against future profits.

National Insurance (NI)

A sole trader pays Class 2 NI contributions of £3.05 per week and Class 4 NI contributions of 9% on profits between £9,501 and £50,000. Above £50,000 there are contributions of 2% of profit due.

Accounts and Tax Returns

Sole Traders and Partners are not legally required to file annual accounts;

They must, however, keep records of income and expenses for the purpose of completing their tax returns.

Limited Company


A limited company is a separate legal entity, so as a shareholder your personal liability is limited to your shareholding.


A director of a company may take a salary from a limited company and this is taxed at source under the Pay As You Earn tax system (PAYE);

Unless they have absolutely no pay or benefits then a director MUST file a tax return. This is regardless of whether tax is owed or not;

A limited company pays corporation tax on its profits which is charged at 19% from 1 April 2020 and is payable 9 months and 1 day after the accounting period end. A company tax return must be filed 12 months after the accounting period end;

The dividend allowance (the value of dividends that shareholder can receive tax free) currently stands at £2,000. For dividends above the dividend allowance the following tax rates apply: 7.5% at the Basic rate, 32.5% at the Higher rate and 38.1% at the Additional rate.

Losses can be carried forward and offset against future profits or carried back and offset against the previous year’s profits.

National Insurance (NI)

Class 1 National Insurance may be payable on directors’ salaries and bonuses depending on the level of income. Employers National Insurance at 13.8% may also be paid on directors’ salaries and bonuses.

Accounts and Tax Returns

Please see below for more details of the legal requirements of a limited company.

Thinking of setting up a Limited Company? Here’s a brief outline of what is involved…

Accountants Chester | Limited Company Set Up


The following information must be provided to Companies House:

Memorandum of Association – limited company name, location, business type;

Director’s names, addresses and registered limited company address;

The limited company must be said to comply with the terms and conditions of the Companies Act;

Articles of Association – director’s powers, shareholders right etc.

Legal Requirements

A director of a limited company has certain legal responsibilities, including:

Your newly set up limited company must be registered at Companies House;

Annual accounts and confirmation statements must be filed with Companies House every year;

Statutory accounts must be filed with HMRC every year;

A Corporation tax return must be completed each year and filed with HMRC.

Phillips & Co – Accountants Chester can form your limited company and complete all necessary legal requirements, leaving you with the important task of running your business.

Have a company name in mind? Click on the link below to see if it is available.

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The latest tax news from Phillips & Co – Accountants Chester serving Chester and Wirral.

Rishi Sunak unveils £30bn 'National Recovery' package

08 July 2020  Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveils a £30bn package to to turn the UK’s national recovery “into millions of stories of personal renewal”. The package included:a £1,000 bonus for each worker that companies bring back from furlough and employ through to January next year;a “kickstart scheme” to directly pay firms to create jobs for 16 to 24-year-olds; cash for businesses to take on trainees and apprentices; an eight-month temporary cut in stamp duty, with no charge on property transactions below £500,000 and a cut in VAT on food, accommodation.

Flexible Furlough Scheme starts today (1 July 2020)

01 July 2020  Businesses will have the flexibility to bring furloughed employees back to work part time from today as part of the government’s plan to re-open the UK and kick-start our economy. From today businesses can bring furloughed employees back to work on a part time basis. Firms will be given the flexibility to decide the hours and shift patterns of their employees – with the government continuing to pay 80% of salaries for the hours they do not work. The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has so far helped protect more than 9.3 million jobs.

Government urged to consider VAT cut to stimulate spending

23 June 2020  The government has again been urged to consider an emergency reduction in the rate of VAT in order to help businesses once the Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown ends. A new report published by think tank Policy Exchange has suggested that reducing the rate of VAT to 15% could boost consumer spending. The standard rate of VAT is currently 20%. The publication of the report comes following rumours that Chancellor Rishi Sunak is considering cutting the standard rate of VAT to help tackle the economic fallout caused by the COVID-19 lockdown

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