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Barrister accounts FAQs: Sole Trader or Limited Company?

Barrister Chambers

There are pros and cons of how you set up your business and the way you trade as a barrister. With over 30 years’ experience, acting on behalf of hundreds of barrister clients we often get asked which is the better option - Sole Trader of Limited Company?

In this, the latest article in our series of FAQs on barrister accounts, we look at the key considerations and which might be the right route for you.

Barristers - How do you handle your accounts when you retire or cease trading?

Barrister Retirement

When a barrister ceases trading, either through retirement, appointment or election to become a judge or a change in vocation or profession, the profits accessible in the final tax year (whether calculated under a Cash Basis or Earnings Basis) of practice will be those arising in the period beginning immediately after the end of the basis period for the preceding year and ending on the date of cessation.

In the latest in our series of articles on barrister accounts, we take a look at the different ways to handle your accounts when you are due to retire or choose stop trading as a barrister for any reason.

Can Barristers change their accounting basis to become more tax efficient?

Barrister Chambers

Depending on various factors, as a Barrister, you can choose how you would like your accounts and tax to be prepared. You are allowed to change between thebasis of accounting relatively freely providing you notify HMRC accordingly and make all the necessary transitional adjustments where appropriate. It might be the case that changing the basis of accounting could make you more tax efficient. Read the latest in our series of Barrister FAQ articles to find out more. 

Understanding Cash Accounting for Barristers

Barrister Chambers

 As a barrister, profits may be calculated in one of three ways; the ‘Old’ Cash Basis, the Earnings Basis and the ‘New’ Cash Basis. In our series of Barrister FAQs, we’ve talked about ‘What is Cash Basis Accounting? In this article we provide a helpful overview of each kind, for you to establish which system is right for you. 

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