I work for an Accountant and based on those figures your fees would be around £1000 -1500 with us and that would include a lot more than just the Annual return. We are in The North though which might make a difference. We actually have a quite a few clients in The South as it's all done remotely anyway and we are cheaper PM me if you wouid like more info
I appreciate it's a tax issue, I'm a chartered accountant. BUT if you only expect your profit to be £2k it's not going to be much of a tax issue (I'm assuming you have other income which is utilising your personal allowance, otherwise it isn't am issue all) - and you'll probably pay more in accountancy fees than you'll save in tax. If you anticipate it growing that a different matter ...
Just with reference to your PM Nickynackynoodle, that's not a "setting up a tiny business" situation that your OP implied and which formed the basis of my initial reply. You need advice on how to proceed at this stage, and tbh I think thus is something you need to be prepared to pay for.
There are more requirements for a limited company and as Talkin mentions the IXBRL tagging in itself costs.
I'd see a couple of accountants for an initial visit, gets some quotes and choose one you feel comfortable with to give you the advice you need to make the decision.
I've made no reference to the detailed content of your PM at all, just made the point that it doesn't entirely tally with your initial post and suggested you seek advice. I didn't reply to your request on here to PM me and I didn't elicit the information you chose to share with me, and which I have not shared further with anyone else. I didn't imply that you weren't prepared to pay, I'm suggesting that paying for advice specific to your situation would be your best course of action at this stage. Others had already said that the quote in your OP seems high and I didn't think this needed reiterating.
Sorry if I misunderstood - I prepare the financial statements from the software and hand to accountant for formatting and filing - that's the scenario I had envisaged. Much cheaper than handing them records and getting them to do the lot which is what I thought the question was.