I couldn't have found a more ideal partner to work with when I was looking to get on top of my tax affairs. Paul has been brilliant from day one; holding my hand through all the technical aspects and ultimately saving me not only money, but also time and stress.
Having been a photographer himself, Paul is ideally suited to understanding the nuances of a photography business. On top of that, he is readily available to answer any questions - and I had lots of questions! He is quick to respond (even outside of office hours on occasion) and keeps me up to speed with exactly what I need to do.
I genuinely consider myself lucky to have found Shuttertax - the whole process so far has been about as far removed from the stereotypical experience of working with an accountant as I could imagine, and I can't recommend them highly enough.
We've worked with Paul now for almost a year and it was the best decision we took moving from our old impersonal accountant to Shuttertax. Paul is approachable, patient, understanding and passionate about making your accounts a simple, straightforward process, involving no stress or worry - sounds idyllic and it is!! We can't recommend highly enough and can't believe we didn't do it sooner.
I switched to Shuttertax from another accountant where I did my own books, and immediately felt a big weight lifted off my shoulders! From the first email I knew this was the accountant for me; no jargon, integration with my current CRM and invoicing system, and a feeling of being prioritised (I've never had to wait long to sort something out).
I'm now finally up to speed every month with my accounts, and I'm not dreading the usual receipt pile and tax return at the end of the year. In addition, Paul has experience with the wedding photography industry which has been very beneficial; like that I've been able to claim for things I didn't know I could.
In short, I don't have to worry about making mistakes with my accounting anymore. Even if I mess things up a little (because I'm absolutely number blind and sometimes things just don't make sense), it's never a problem for Paul and he'll sort things out or explain in a very straightforward way before you know it! I could not recommend enough!
Shuttertax is the accounting service both you and your business deserve!
Let's be honest, for most small business owners bookkeeping, tax and accounting form part of the dreaded admin we could all do without! It's for this very reason I am so over the moon that I came across Shuttertax... I honestly cannot recommend their services highly enough. From the word go, Paul has been friendly, responsive and highly knowledgeable on all counts. I'm really impressed with their entire setup and how meticulously the Shuttertax team ensure everything is up to date whilst involving me consistently too.
The transition from my previous accountant was totally painless from my perspective and I actually feel like I have a better understanding of what my financial outcome for the year will be. It feels like we have a well thought out plan and that I have a grasp on how my business can work better for me. It is also so refreshing to be using a system which completely embraces technology and makes life so straightforward, seamless and dare I say fun to be a part of too?
A big thank you Paul for setting up and offering such great service to our industry.
Paul has been a breath of fresh air! I used to dread doing my accounts; my previous accountant left everything to the last possible moment which meant trawling through bank statements and bookkeeping months, even years, after they were needed. The stress of impending tax returns was massive! Paul untangled the mess of years of 'papering over the cracks accountancy' and has set up a very slick, near-automated and transparent system where I know what's going on with my business at any point in the financial year.
Paul is thorough, precise and incredibly efficient at what he does. It's hugely reassuring to know that the tax and bookkeeping side of the business is now in good hands. It's been a pleasure to work with Paul and incredibly reassuring as well!
I only started as a sole trader photographer in November and Paul came highly recommended by other members of the Guild of Photographers.
Maths was one of my strongest subjects at school, but accountancy? Working within the Financial Services Industry I've dealt with many people who work on finance/payroll and been blinded with jargon. That's where Paul stands out from the crowd, laying things out in layman terms, prompt to respond to any questions and simplifying the whole process.
A credit to Shuttertax and someone I now consider to be a friend who loves my passion of photography and not to mention football.
Paul is a delight to work with, and has taken such a huge weight off of my mind. I'm sure, like many other photographers out there, accounting is not my forte! I was at that point where the dreaded tax return deadline was looming and I literally didn't know where to start. I spoke to one accountant who showed no interest in taking me on, then a friend recommended Shuttertax to me, and I'm so glad I got in touch.
From my very first contact with Paul everything has been super smooth, easy and professional. Paul really takes the time to listen and explain things, and deals with everything very efficiently and professionally - you know you're in safe hands. His personable style really puts you at ease, and nothing is too much trouble.
Paul has really helped me out and I can't recommend his services enough.
I feel compelled to write a quick endorsement for the services of Paul Simpson who with his lovely wife Debi run Shuttertax - Guild Trade Partner accountants.
I run my photography business on a sole trader basis, I think quite a lot of us in The Guild do the same. I do not enjoy end of year accounts - I could do them if I had to, but honestly, I would rather be doing something else. With my previous accountants, the idea was that I would run a spreadsheet that I would update periodically and at the end of the March-April financial year I would finish off and submit for the accountant to do his stuff and complete a tax return. The reality was that I would be fine for the first two weeks of the year and then fall behind and not really do anything until after the end of the financial year. Then followed the laborious process of sorting out income and outgoings and mileage etc etc. Quite often it would be October/November before it was all sorted.
This year it has all been completed and I was actually due a refund from HMRC (result!) and today I received the refund - on the 16th May! All done!
The reason for this miracle is that with Shuttertax you get your business account linked to Intuit Quickbooks Online so Paul can see your income and outgoings and create reports to clarify entries that he is unsure about. He also utilises Google Sheets which means you can update mileage, expenses booked in advance and miscellaneous expenses as they happen. Everything can be done online and Paul is always available for email or telephone support when you need it.
Both Paul and Debi were formerly wedding photographers so they can relate to our world which definitely helps. Very reasonably priced with monthly payments - what's not to like? So if you hate doing accounts or have an accountant that leaves you to do a spreadsheet that you never complete, take a look at Shuttertax. Highly recommended.
I have just started using Shuttertax for my accounts and I can say it has been one of the best decisions I have made. No more rushing to finish my tax return or sit there thinking have I remembered everything?
Paul is just fantastic, so knowledgeable, helpful and patient. He keeps on top of everything for me now leaving me to the more creative side of running a business. He's already earned me his money back in spotting things I had missed and his advice has been worth every penny.
Knowing that I can get on with business and not worry about the finances side is such a nice feeling and I can't thank Shuttertax enough for that! Looking forward to the next year of worry free shooting of weddings!!
I have just started working with Shuttertax but I know they are going to change my business for the better. Paul has been so helpful in offering advice on all aspects of my accounts - things I didn't even know about. Even after having worked with an alternative accountant for the previous 4 years I have never been offered half of the options that Paul has suggested will benefit my business.
I am excited for the future working with Shuttertax. They have been an absolute godsend so far in completing my tax return super fast for me to apply for a mortgage. Paul has answered all my silly questions - even out of hours and I am so grateful for him explaining everything to me in a way that is easy to understand and implement into my business.
I look forward to building a better business financially with the support of the Shuttertax team.
Why Shuttertax? You may ask. I say why not!! These guys are professional, down to earth and, in my books, absolute life savers!
Coming from South Africa, where the tax system is somewhat different, as well as opening my own business for the very first time, I found myself completely out of my depth when it came to the accounting and tax side of things. A bit like a bunny caught in the headlights - frightened beyond belief, overwhelmed and stuck, frozen!
Deciding to acquire the aid of a tax consultant was my first wise step and then choosing to work with Paul at Shuttertax was the best decision ever. What a relief to find someone who not only understands my wide-eyed, hysterical approach to accounting, but who makes the whole business so simple and easy to do. My queries and silly questions are answered almost immediately and they are never more than an email away from assistance - even on a weekend!!
There really isn't more I can say, except to those of you who are on the fence about getting help - don't wait for the end of another tax year and the terrifying stress that comes with it - just give Paul at Shuttertax a call / email and let your worries be a thing of the past.
Some months ago I'd heard about Shuttertax from a photographer friend, but like everything else in life that has a deadline, thinking about my tax return was still some months off.
Fast forward six months and the realisation that January was around the corner, I sat down and began wading through the endless number of receipts that had gathered in my 'To Action' folder. Of course, with all good intentions, the year had started well as I promised myself that this year was going to be different and I was going to keep on top of my receipts and diligently record month by month my expenses onto my well thought out and logical spreadsheet I had lovingly created and saved to my desktop - Baloney!
I was drowning in a sea of paperwork. Paul was my lifeline, my floatation aid, my inflatable armbands and only and always a phone call away. Nothing was too much trouble, no question too daft. I admit to feeling a little smug when those around me continued to battle their demons tapping away ferociously on a calculator to make the sums add up.
I have so much confidence in Paul and Debra and knowing they have my best interests at heart is so reassuring. They are passionate, knowledgable and just simply, nice people.
The service you will receive from Shuttertax is A-maz-ing. I have and will continue to recommend them to all my photographer friends. It's a no brainer.
My tax return is no longer taxing. If it's the only thing you do today, go to their website, check them out and get ahead of the game!
Where do we start?!?!
We started our businesses at a relatively young age and went with an accountant who was recommended to us by a family friend and, to put it blankly, we did not have a clue! We ended up feeling trapped by a company that did not care about our business growth or financial wellbeing. To them we were just a very easy hefty fee for minimal work. There was no planning or explanation to what was required of us, our businesses, or in fact general HMRC rules/regulations. After 6 years it was apparent that something had to change. Whenever an email came from them, panic would set in and the stress of having unorganised and rushed return dates was taking its toll.
That is when we were introduced to Shuttertax by a fellow wedding professional/friend. It took one phone call to know that Shuttertax had our best interests at heart and within a matter of weeks we had moved over. We can honestly say it was the best thing we have done since starting our companies. We never feel stupid for asking a question about something we are not sure about, or discussing our future plans and goals. We now feel that we have someone on our side and that is SO IMPORTANT to us.
I never thought I'd say this about an accountant, but it's been a genuine pleasure working with Shuttertax over the last year.
For the first time since we started our business there's been no panic in the lead up to submitting our tax return. There's been no sinking feeling every time we get an email from them. Everything has been so seamless and easy. We've gone from spending days on our accounts to minutes. Literally.
We know that if we ever need a helping hand they're only ever an email away. Correspondence is always quick, professional and helpful. You couldn't ask for more.
Switching to Shuttertax has been one of the best things we've ever done for our business and we couldn't recommend them enough.
I've received an excellent service from Shuttertax - I really can't fault anything Paul has done.
I'm new to being self employed and needed my first tax return done quickly for a mortgage application. Although I'd kept records of sales and purchases, I basically had no idea where to start with doing my assessment. I felt quite overwhelmed by the whole process.
I had no idea how to manage and depreciate purchases of business assets such as my camera, and wasn't sure how to claim other expenses such as mileage. As I also have a job and two young children I just didn't have time to research all this myself, so I imagine had I not found Paul I'd have ended up not claiming for a lot of things I could claim for, and ignorantly claiming for things I shouldn't.
From the moment I got in touch with Shuttertax I knew I'd made the right decision to outsource this particular task to Paul. Paul is extremely knowledgable and friendly, and immediately put my mind at ease. He not only knows what he's doing inside-out, he understands my business and has meticulous attention to detail. He also got the job done really quickly at a very reasonable cost.
It's not easy for me to hand over anything to anyone (I'm one of those people who feels that if I want something done right then I should do it myself), but I'll be handing my accounts to Paul for years to come without a second thought. Thank you Shuttertax!
Andy & I would like to say how happy we are with the service that we have received from Paul since switching from our accountant to his accountancy company a couple of months ago.
Being a photographer himself he has a total understanding of our business and all of the incomings & outgoings and worked very quickly to get our account up and running, patiently explaining the systems to us. We feel that he went above and beyond during the changeover period as he had more work to do than was first anticipated but he offered a solution that was agreeable to us without any fuss.
We would highly recommend his services, we are already saving money and time!!
I switched to Shuttertax a few months back after becoming increasingly disappointed with my accountants, a well established national company considered to be a market leader. I've ran a limited company since 2003, only moving in to photography full-time this year. I needed to be confident the new accountants I chose could provide a full service package that covered all my needs. I found them in Shuttertax.
Changing to Shuttertax has proved to be a wise choice! They have highlighted and taken action to correct overpayments and errors, simplified how information is recorded through the use of QuickBooks Online, providing access to information and reports I didn't previously have.
The process of transferring my accounts to Shuttertax was quick and easy. Any questions I had were answered fully without the use of 'accountant jargon'. Their professionalism and customer service speaks volumes about how they view you as a client.
As if their friendly, professional service wasn't enough, I think their fees are extremely reasonable with no hidden costs which have resulted in reducing my accountancy fees by more than two thirds.
I have no hesitation recommending Shuttertax to anyone, even if you do your own books, save your time and engage Shuttertax. They'll do a much better job of it for you!
Wow, I wish I'd discovered Shuttertax years ago!
I recently switched from a High Street accountant who was charging me a fortune and had me typing up spreadsheets and labelling invoices every month - time consuming and tedious!
Shuttertax have a very straight forward and efficient way of working which requires very little effort from me. The process of switching was painless and it has made me more productive, saves time and costs far less.
Their customer service and professionalism is top notch too, after only a couple of months of working with Shuttertax I can see it has been a great decision and I can highly recommend them.
I have been really impressed with the service that Paul from Shuttertax has provided me.
Being someone who was a bit of a control freak where their finances were concerned, I probably spent too much time focusing on the accounts rather than the business itself. Paul assured me that I would have up to date account information at my fingertips but without all the hard work getting there. Paul has set up some bespoke reports for me in QuickBooks Online which provide me with the real time information that I am looking for.
The process of transferring my accounts to Shuttertax has been seamless. I cannot thank him enough and hope he won't regret all the extra transactions I get in as I have more time to focus on the business!
Highly recommend Shuttertax! Paul is friendly, helpful and very professional. No question is too stupid, communication is excellent and my tax returns have been painless now for two years since using them. I am definitely a customer for life!!
This is my first year with Shuttertax and I'm absolutely delighted I signed up with them.
When I started my business nearly three years ago I had plenty of time to record my sales and expenses, and even attempt my first self assessment. However, the busier I got over time, I found bookkeeping and tax matters a laborious task.
Paul took most of the tedium of accounting off my hands, and in completing two tax assessments for me so far, has certainly saved me more money than I've paid Shuttertax.
I've found Paul's knowledge of tax issues invaluable, and he responds quickly to any questions I've asked. I've absolutely no regrets signing up with Shuttertax.
I cannot shout for Shuttertax loud enough!!! I have just completed my first year in business and I had no idea about tax. I also have a full time job so time is scarce. An accountant was the only way to go.
When I contacted Shuttertax I really did not know what to expect so was very pleased when I spoke to Paul who is not only knowledgeable but a really friendly guy too. He goes out of his way to explain things to me in a way that I will understand and answers my questions quickly.
Shuttertax has definitely saved me money in my first year and with Paul's help, I am sure my business will grow and grow. Top marks for Shuttertax!!!
Oh - and Paul and his wife know the business too which he tends to keep quiet! They were excellent togs so know what hurdles we all face with running our business.
Having muddled through my accounting and tax returns for years, I contacted Paul at Shuttertax recently with a view to taking on their services. From the outset, I knew I had made the right decision. In addition to being qualified bookkeepers, Paul and his wife/business partner Debra are also professional photographers, and it was wonderful to not only be able to put my tax affairs into their capable hands, but also to know that they both completely understand my business, having "been there, done that!" themselves.
I've always been a bit dense in the figures department, but Paul patiently and expertly answered every single 'daft question' I threw at him and due to his expertise and patience my self assessment return has now been filed in record time and with the minimum of stress on my part.
I was so impressed with the service received from Shuttertax that I have signed up for their 'Finding your Feet' option, which means that, when HMRC enforce their requirement for businesses to use digital accounting, I'll be ahead of the game for once.
I have no hesitation in recommending the services of Paul and Debra at Shuttertax and look forward to working with them in the future.
If you're thinking of doing your own self assessment tax return, give Shuttertax a ring first unless you have hours and hours to waste viewing forums and sites for advice and still not being much clearer on the process.
Paul is a brilliant guy, extremely helpful, understanding, and within minutes you will realise that you've found someone who's passionate to help other photographers (for an extremely competitive rate) take all the hassle out of self assessment and tax matters. For me, it felt like talking to a knowledgeable friend who's keen to help, rather than an accountancy firm who only see me as a commercial opportunity. And Shuttertax are a trade partner of the Guild of Photographers too.
Having completed our first year in business, the feeling of accomplishment was short lived, before the big panic of tax and self assessment loomed. With Shuttertax there is no need to worry. Simple and straight forward, self assessments taken care of. If only all aspects of business were this easy.