Chartered Accountants. Our team are here to help!

Experienced accountants, providing expert advice and services relating to tax, accounts vat and other business matters. Unlimited support, plus no contract and fair fees tailored to each client’s needs for most services.

Chartered Accountancy Services
tel: 01908 262646

Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers

Whatever your business, we can help

Thompson Balch have been offering chartered accountancy services in Old Stratford, Buckinghamshire for over 25 years. We specialise in providing business advice, tax planning and advice, complex accounting services, payroll, VAT and Bookkeeping and can help move your business to digital accounting.

Mainly we provide accountancy services to small and medium sized business in and around  Milton Keynes, Bedford, Northampton, Brackley, Towcester and Buckingham.

If you’re starting a new business or need support with a more established one, having the right accountants behind you is an important decision. 

  • We pride ourselves on being honest, fair and offering the best advice we can.  
  • We take a personal interest in you and your business
  • We charge fair fees
  • We make ourselves available to provide business support when you need it

Our personalised accountancy and business support services are ideal for sole traders, start ups and limited companies alike.  We have worked with some businesses for years and have developed long and enjoyable working relationships with many of our clients in and around the Milton Keynes and area. Our clients trust us to offer the best advice for their businesses, and we do not let them down.

See our list of key services below.

"Taking the stress out of your business accounting"

Old Stratford and Milton Keynes

Accountancy Services

We offer a range of business services, our key areas of focus are helping new business get off the ground and supporting more established business throughout the year.

Business Support

Our business team deals with everything from bookkeeping and payroll, year-end accounts and audits, and of course taxation for sole traders, partnerships or family companies.

Digital Accounting

Using Digital Accounting for VAT submissions and soon tax submissions can save you so much time.  Spend more time on your business and less time on paperwork. 

Tax Advice

Get knowledge-driven advice on a range of issues faced by small and medium-sized businesses, entrepreneurs, and investors.

Taxation & VAT​

Whether it be corporation or personal tax, we ensure you only pay the correct tax required by law. We provide up-to-date tax information and guidance to make sure you make well-informed decisions for your business

Management Business Support

Learn to better control crucial areas such as credit control, stock control, budgeting and financial reporting systems identify as well as address specific problem areas.

Regulatory Compliance

Leave it to us! We’ll take the regulatory burden and worry of meeting your compliance obligations.

Start Ups & New Business

We love new businesses … Over the years we have helped many new business owners grow and develop their business ideas into real success stories. We are always on hand to advise and help

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Digital Accounting
Digital Accounting

Digital Accounting – Spend less time on paperwork and more time on your business

Our digital accounting services are ideal for small businesses. Being paperless, it is an easier and more efficient way to …

Don't let worrying about your accounts divert you from running your business

• Tax Preparation and submission
• Bookeeping and Payroll
• Financial Statements
• New Businesses and Startups
• Management Advice

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Trading through a limited company can be tax efficient for the extraction of profits. As a shareholder in your business you can pay yourself in the form of dividends (from retained profits after tax) which do not attract either employee or employer’s national insurance (at the moment!!).

We normally allow 24 hours but in most cases it can be quicker.

We can take over the administration for you and look at tax-efficient ways of extracting income for you and your family.

As a general rule it is ok to pay your spouse a small salary but:-the amount must be reasonable- must equate to what you would pay to a third party for the same duties and actually be paid to your spouse. However, it is also possible for your spouse to be a shareholder in your business and receive dividends. We would provide advice on a case by case basis once we know the facts.

As a general rule it is ok to pay your spouse a small salary but:-the amount must be reasonable- must equate to what you would pay to a third party for the same duties and actually be paid to your spouse. However, it is also possible for your spouse to be a shareholder in your business and receive dividends. We would provide advice on a case by case basis once we know the facts.

That contract would be treated as within IR35 and the required tax and NI would be charged. This would be after all allowable expenses, personal contributions and an allowance of 5% of invoices to cover notional expenses.

No. A Director can pay what level of salary they decide unless you happen to have a formal service contract with the company that dictate otherwise. We will discuss with you the level the salary should be set at for tax efficiency and personal requirements.

Yes – there is a HMRC guideline for such a calculation which we follow so that a deduction against profits can be made.

We will commence registering you and your company (if applicable) with all of the relevant government bodies. We will also write to your previous Accountant/Adviser for professional clearance so that we have all the connecting information.

We can do this as soon as we have your contract and bank account details. HMRC can take about 4 weeks to send your registration notification.

Corporation tax is payable on business profits. and is not affected by the level of dividends. Higher rate personal tax is payable on dividends over the basic rate threshold.

There is a “nil” rate band of £2,000. All dividends above this level within the basic rate band are taxed at 7.5%. Once this total income exceeds the basic rate band the higher rate level of tax on dividends is 32.5%.

These are costs incurred that you would have been able to claim whilst you were trading eg. accountancy fees, rent, rates or stationery, etc. (s. 61 CTA 2009) However, the cost of a company formation is deemed to be a capital expense rather than a revenue expense and a tax deduction cannot be claimed regardless of when it is incurred.

As with all costs if the broadband connection is in the name of the limited company and is “wholly and exclusively” for business then a deduction can be made. If any personal use is purely incidental, and does not incur additional costs, then there will not be any tax or national insurance consequences.

If personal use is significant, and you do not reimburse your company for the personal use, then you will be taxed on the personal use as a benefit in kind. This will be advised to HMRC on form P11d and your company will have to account for Class 1a national insurance.

Where you do not have a broadband connection and you can show that this is required to do your work, then HMRC accept that this may be claimed.

The cost of entertaining clients is not tax-deductible.  With regard to staff entertaining, you are allowed to claim the cost of one or more annual functions, as long as the cost to the company does not exceed £150 pa for each person who attends.

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