A day in the life of Helen Kirk

I am a Trainee within the Business and Tax Services department and I have been at Ellacotts since December 2015.  My job is mainly office based but I do, on occasion, visit clients at their premises.

My typical day involves:

Preparing accounts – this is the main part of my role at Ellacotts. Within this remit, I draft annual accounts for limited companies, sole traders and partnerships on a daily basis. This primarily involves me working alone, however sometimes I do require the expertise of my colleagues in niche areas. During the finalisation of the accounts, I also liaise with relevant Managers and Partners.  I enjoy the puzzle of putting the accounts together and the challenge when something is perhaps not as simple as you first think.

Preparing Business Tax and Corporation Tax computations – this is another part of my role at Ellacotts, which I do preparation for on a daily basis. I draft the computations myself and then liaise with Managers and Partners during the finalisation stage to agree any amendments. I enjoy this process as no two computations are the same and I see the variety in various tax rules and allowances being utilised.

Liaising with clients – I speak to clients on a day-to-day basis to discuss their queries, which is often through email and telephone calls. I also meet clients in person to discuss their accounts if required. I enjoy talking to the clients and find it rewarding when answering any queries they may have.

I also submit Corporation Tax returns to HMRC and statutory accounts to Companies House once the client has approved the annual accounts. I complete this task myself and help my colleagues to complete this task if necessary.

In busier periods, I also complete partnership tax returns and personal tax returns, which involves liaising with the Tax and Wealth Planning department. I enjoy completing partnership and personal tax returns as it adds variety to my role, as well as gaining valuable experience and seeing how personal work fits with the other areas of my role.

After a day at the office, I like to unwind by going for a walk and catching up with my favourite TV programmes.

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