WoodWhite Accountants

A personal and professional commitment to our clients to go above and beyond in supporting their aspirations and goals.


Adopt our Chartered Accountants advice or ideas, develop new ways of thinking and doing to boost the way your business works. Whatever lifecycle stage you are at right now, our unique approach will help you to succeed.


With our financial, tax and business advice aligned to your future goals, together we’ll transform the business’ potential and mould it into the shape you want.


True partnerships are built on positive experiences and earned trust. In avoiding the stereotypes about accountants, we aim make it enjoyable to work with us!

You can sleep easy knowing we will be anticipating your requirements, and doing whatever we can to make your life just that little bit easier.


We are always trying to save you valuable time, explore opportunities and identify potential problems before they arise, so you can concentrate on the things that are important to you.


We provide you with a professional, personal and effective solution to all of your day-to-day accounting and tax needs. Use our expertise to help complete this work quickly, accurately and cost-effectively.

UK Tax Advisory for Business & Individuals

As qualified tax advisers based in Reading, our objective is to work closely with you to ensure you pay the minimum tax required by law. We will help you to understand the tax implications of your actions, in order that you can plan ahead and conduct your affairs in a tax efficient way.

Under Corporation Tax Self Assessment (CTSA), the legal responsibility for correctly calculating the corporation tax liability falls on business owners. We understand the issues facing owner-managed businesses and can prepare tax returns in a timely and efficient manner. We will also calculate your company's tax liability and assist with the calculation of any quarterly instalment payments.

The increased reporting obligations, investigation policies on the part of the tax authorities and harsher penalties for non-compliance mean that your time and resources can be taken up with tax administration. We will help to minimise corporate tax exposure and relieve the administrative burden of compliance with current tax legislation. Effective corporate tax planning can also result in significant improvements in your bottom line.

We are specialists in income tax, capital gains tax and inheritance tax.

We have the expertise and software to take the headache out of the form filling and compliance aspect of Self Assessment. We can provide you with practical advice on personal tax positions and the planning opportunities available to you. We can complete tax returns, calculate any tax liability and advise you on exactly when to make payments and how much to pay.

Today, more and more emphasis is being put on taxpayers' individual responsibilities and everyone who is subject to taxation needs professional advice and support if they are to optimise their tax position and ensure they meet the compliance requirements. Our specialist tax team can provide you with year-round advice on all aspects of personal taxation.

Few of us like to think about dying, however the relevant legislation requires us to plan well in advance. This means making the necessary provisions now. There are many tax opportunities available and the earlier arrangements are made, the greater the chance of taking full advantage of our complicated tax system.

It is important when planning to transfer an estate that adequate provision is made and getting the right balance requires considerable skill and foresight - along with a detailed knowledge of the current tax regime. We provide a discreet comprehensive estate planning service that includes:

• help with planning and reviewing a will
• making full use of exemptions and lower tax rates on lifetime transfers
• optimising lifetime transfers between family members
• transferring agricultural or business property
• transferring assets into trust
• arranging adequate life assurance to cover potential inheritance tax liabilities

We also have expertise in dealing with trusts; a relatively easy and very tax efficient way to set aside assets for future beneficiaries outside the inheritance tax net. We can advise on the most suitable type of trust to fulfil your wishes, assist in setting up the trust and provide the full range of accounting services required for trust management.

Ever changing regulations and the growing demands of HMRC mean VAT compliance can be a difficult administrative process. We can help to ensure that you comply with the regulations and that overpayments are not made. To help you manage this complex area, we provide an efficient, cost-effective VAT service, which includes:

• assistance with VAT registration
• advice on VAT planning and administration
• use of the most appropriate scheme
• VAT control and reconciliation
• help with completing VAT returns
• planning to minimise future problems with HMRC
• negotiating with HMRC in disputes and representing you at VAT tribunals

Being the subject of a tax investigation by HMRC can be a stressful and worrying experience. With the onset of personal and corporate self-assessment, HMRC staff can now review cases on a 'sample basis'; consequently, tax investigations have become more frequent. We have a wealth of experience in dealing with HMRC investigations, whether they are enquiries into an individual’s Tax Return under the Self Assessment regime, more detailed enquiries or employer-related investigations into PAYE and P11d compliance. If you are about to be the subject of an investigation, we can provide expert help and support.

With the increased risk of HMRC investigations we recommend that all our clients sign up to our annual tax investigation protection insurance policy, which is unwritten by CCH, the leading taxation experts, to protect you and your business from unexpected costs.

HMRC investigations will undoubtedly result in additional accountancy work being undertaken, this work will depend upon the complexity of the case but the cost could be substantial.

The fees in relation to HMRC enquiries are not always allowed as a deductable expense for trade purposes and accountancy fees for such an enquiry can escalate due to the very nature of these enquiries. Our scheme will insure you for up to £15,000 of accountancy fees for investigation into VAT, PAYE, CIS, Corporation tax self assessment (CTSA) and private clients self assessments, for a very modest annual premium of £100 for private clients, £150 for businesses up to £1M T/O and £180 for businesses with an annual turnover of more than £1M

Compliance Services - Accounts & Tax Returns

Peace of mind that your Reading business is on the right path.

We provide a range of compliance services to support all aspects of business administration.

By ensuring you are straight with Companies House, HMRC, The Pensions Regulator and the FCA (where applicable), we take the stress and pressure away from you.

Our experienced team of Accountants in Reading will relieve you of the regulatory burden and leave you more time to concentrate on other areas of your business.

Whilst there are statutory deadlines to adhere to, we aim to complete the work as soon as possible and within the (reasonable) timeframes that you request. It helps everyone to be up to date and as real-time as possible!

The compliance services we would love to assist with include:

• annual accounts and corporation tax returns
• company secretarial services
• payroll and auto-enrolment pension matters
• self-assessment tax returns (both straightforward and more complex)
• audits and assurance work (we are not registered auditors ourselves but can coordinate this on your behalf)

Probate & Wills

We are one of very few accountancy practices in the UK to have been granted a licence to provide probate services, by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). We can offer a comprehensive, non-contentious, service without any need to involve a third party, simplifying the whole process for you as a result.

We also work closely with local partner firms who can provide support in the creation of a trust arrangement, which can be tailored to our client’s specific circumstances. This can realise a significant tax saving for the future.

Emma Newnham is our Head of Legal Sevices and, as such, can assist with as many, or as few, functions of the executor role as you wish. We undertake the role with the utmost sensitivity and discretion.

As part of our probate services, we can:

Administer the realisation of assets, including bank accounts, property and share portfolios.
Assist with the identification of assets and liabilities associated with an estate.
Carry out tasks on behalf of the executor.
Consider any Deed of Variation opportunities.
Distribute the assets of the estate according to the terms outlined in the deceased’s will or via intestacy.
Obtain Probate.
Prepare, and submit, any outstanding Personal Tax Returns up to the date of death.
Prepare estate tax returns and ensure all outstanding tax liabilities of the estate are settled, prior to its distribution.
Prepare the final estate accounts.
Provide advice on tax planning opportunities for the estate and/or beneficiaries who may be in charge of significant income, or assets, for the first time.
Provide ongoing Inheritance Tax and succession planning advice.
By using WoodWhite you can have peace of mind that everything will be carried out correctly, being mindful of compassion and discretion. Administrative delays will be minimised.

Whether you need assistance in one or all these areas, we are here to help. We provide a fixed fee quote before work begins which is tailored around the work required so there are no unpleasant surprises.

Due Diligence & Growth Planning

Most people starting up in business in the Reading and surrounding areas do so because they have a good business proposition, as well as the enterprise and commitment to see it through.

Naturally, they may not be experts in the legal, financial or taxation aspects of running a business – making these topics appear daunting.

Fortunately you do not need to be an expert yourself in these fields to succeed in business…but the support of trained experts on your side will certainly help!

Just bring us your business ideas and our qualified Chartered Accountants and business experts

Our Accountants will help you to:

• decide on the most suitable structure for your business - sole trader, partnership, limited liability partnership (LLP) or limited company (limited by shares, limited by guarantee, CIC etc)
• prepare a business plan, cash flow projections, budgets, and trading forecasts
• assess the finance requirements, advise on the best sources of finance and draw up the necessary proposals
• establish a good working relationship with your bank
• complete any registration procedures with Companies House and HMRC
• deal with company secretarial issues
• set up a bookkeeping system (Xero) for your internal use and for complying with statutory requirements
• keep on top of bookkeeping, VAT, payroll and other accounting and tax requirements
• help with all aspects of business compliance and administration

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Chris has advised me on all aspects of our business. He is very prompt, courteous and knowledgeable with no hint of 'stuffiness' you sometimes find in people who are very expert. He also explains things very clearly and simply.