Benchmark Accountants Limited are Chartered Accountants, based in Tring, Hertfordshire, with over twenty years experience in the accountancy profession and we pride ourselves on building personal relationships with our clients enabling us to see the whole picture, working with our clients and not simply for them.

Emma Egan & The Team

Emma has been providing advice, support and a complete range of accounting services to her clients for over 20 years. She prides herself on working with quality and integrity for the benefit of her clients on a personal level.

Emma is supported by enthusiastic staff and support services working together to meet the needs of her clients.

Whether you are an owner-managed business, a regional or national company, a charity or small business poised to grow, Benchmark Accountants has the expertise to support you.

Our range of accounting services includes bookkeeping, VAT services, tax services and business plans and we are always on hand to guide you every step of the way.

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Emma Egan ACA

Chartered Accountant


Emma graduated from Leeds University in 1996 and immediately embarked on her accountancy career attaining Chartered status in 2002.

She is the sole practitioner with ultimate responsibility for the delivery of accounts and tax services and for maintaining the personal relationships she has with her portfolio of clients. A keen squash player, Emma also enjoys skiing and spending time with her three children.

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Dawn Tate

Practice Administrator


Dawn has a wealth of experience having worked in the legal profession for 28 years before joining Emma at Benchmark to provide both clerical and administrative support. She is responsible for the coordination and implementation of office procedures to ensure efficiency and compliance to company policies.

Dawn enjoys travelling and Picpoul de Pinet!


Tax Services

Tax and VAT is a part of everyone's life and is something all clients must consider, whether they are a business or an individual.

Benchmark Accountants has the knowledge to support businesses in a variety of sectors and works closely with clients to plan for the present and the future. Whilst minimising tax liabilities is important, we consider the wider picture and look at tax planning issues alongside commercial reality and the practicalities of life.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • VAT Returns
  • Corporate Tax
  • Annual Accounts
  • Bookkeeping Services
  • Personal Tax and Self Assessment
  • Company Secretarial Services
  • Payroll
  • PAYE

VAT Registration

Benchmark Accountants will take away the hassle of you having to worry about completing your tax return, provided you supply all the relevant information and documents to us within an appropriate timescale.

For VAT registration we can assist with:

  • Advising if it would be beneficial to register
  • Completion of the VAT registration forms and formalities
  • Advising on the best VAT schemes to use suitable to your business

In addition we can assist with:

  • Completion of VAT Returns or training on how to complete them
  • VAT planning
  • Attendance at VAT inspections

VAT Returns

Compliance with VAT is complex. Investigations by the VAT man can be intense. It is therefore important that your VAT returns are completed correctly.

There are three methods we can use to assist in completion of VAT returns:

  • Let us do your bookkeeping and we complete the return from there
  • Give us your books and we'll complete the return for you
  • Provide training on how to complete your return

We complete VAT returns in good time to ensure you avoid any penalties

Annual Accounts Preparation

We can:

  • Prepare accounts to help in the completion of self-assessment tax returns
  • Produce financial statements to file at Companies House and abridged accounts to ensure the minimum amount of your financial information is made public

Accounts are prepared to agreed timescales and deadlines

But we can do more than just report the history of what's already happened:

  • Identify areas where we can assist in minimising your tax liability
  • Identify areas of the business that give you the most opportunity to make improvements
  • Use the accounts to help you measure where you are in meeting your goals and what actions you need to take

We take the time to explain your accounts to you so that you understand what is going on financially within your business, helping you to plan for the future

Bookkeeping - Stressed out with the paperwork?

Let us take it off your hands:

  • Drop off your invoices, bank statements, etc
  • We do all the processing
  • We can then easily prepare for you
    • Management Accounts
    • VAT Returns
    • Key Performance Indicators
    • End of Year Accounts
    • Estimated Tax Liabilities as you go along so there are no end of year surprises

It also makes it easy for us to handle any VAT inspections

Company Formation

There's more to consider than just buying a cheap readymade company on the internet!

We can assist you with company formations for:

  • An off-the-shelf ready made company
  • A tailor made company
  • Limited Liability Partnership
  • PLC formation
  • You pick up the records (neatly filed and organised!) and all the information we've agreed to provide you with

For urgent requests we can also arrange same day formations.

Our Company formation packages can include:

  • Advice on the pros and cons of incorporation in your own situation
  • Appointment of directors
  • Appointment of company secretary
  • Issue of subscriber shares
  • Registered office services
  • Completion of all necessary minutes and resolutions
  • Assistance in opening a bank account
  • Tax review with regard to company formation
  • VAT registration
  • Company registration for Corporation Tax
  • Set up of Company PAYE scheme
  • Bookkeeping set-up advice
  • Business plans

Registered Office

You can use our office address as the registered office for your company.

This will ensure all important documents come straight to us to deal with on your behalf. Any that are not for us, we forward to you.

To avoid penalties, you must send HMRC your Tax Return form on time otherwise surcharges will be added if the deadline is missed. The tax return deadline for paper submission is 31 October and the deadline for online filing is 31 January.

HMRC usually issues a tax return form to taxpayers such as the following:

  • Landlords
  • People working within the construction industry (CIS)
  • Company Directors
  • Individuals and sole traders
  • Partnerships

The self assessment regime is full of penalties and HMRC enquiry powers are extensive. It's important that:

  • Returns are correctly completed
  • They are filed on time
  • All backup records are retained for the appropriate period of time

As well as the completion of your return we can assist with:

  • Advice on your tax liabilities
  • Negotiating with the collector, if necessary
  • Identifying suitable tax planning opportunities
  • Completing all the necessary tax computations
  • Dealing with all correspondence from HMRC, taking the worry away

Benchmark Accountants uses software that is approved by HMRC to:

  • Fully complete your Tax Return
  • File the return online or by paper return
  • Communicate with you on what amounts are to be paid to HMRC and their due dates

Payroll and PAYE Returns

Let us take the strain away from you and let you get on with running and growing your business. Payroll is complicated and has to be done on time and you, as the employer, are responsible for the mistakes.

We run payrolls on time and can provide a tailor made service for your business including:

  • Employee payslips
  • Monthly summaries
  • Departmental reports
  • Dealing with leavers and starters
  • Provision of analysis of staff costs
  • Real Time Information (RTI) PAYE returns for the Revenue
  • Assistance with automated payment set-up to your employees
  • CIS returns completed by us

And at year end

  • Employee summary P60s
  • P11D and P9D benefit and expenses returns

Personal Tax

Personal tax services are available both for business owners and private individuals including:

  • All aspects of self assessment
  • Dealing with tax returns
  • Tax enquiries
  • Computation of liabilities
  • Tax disputes
  • Correspondence with HMRC
  • Inheritance tax planning