Though I've accountant, I like to do books first before sending everything. I received a huge bill ever £12000.00 last year and after questioning tax office they sent me back a little over £2000. The reason for large tax was due to years back of not paying the right taxes they said! So I've always had a separate account for taxes or set up a direct debit with them so that when tax bill arrives it doesn't shock in the system although some rare occasion you're paying wrong taxes & this isn't your fault. Another bill to worry about!
Think you need a new accountant suzycb! That bill is ridiculous - unless you are operating a hugely successful business! If you have had the accountant over the years of the so-called underpaid tax, then they should have sorted the mess out for you.
Hi, I do all my own accounts and tax returns. I use the Ncma account book and try to keep it up to date every month. I think it's quite straightforward to do and there is a page at the back which gives step by step instructions to work out gross and net pay. I find if I keep up to date it isn't a big hassle and I'm now waiting for Hmrc to send out my tax return paperwork. (Although I've been told I could do it on line if I wanted). I would be well miffed with the accountant that left me with a bill of that much!
However good your accountant is, she/he can only prepare your accounts for submission to HMRC based on the information and records provided. Please do not judge the accountant unless you can be sure the "input" encompassed everything. Whilst any decent accountant will ask about things the "client" may not think are important, if things are withheld or not forthcoming, it it not possible to present the proper picture.