Accounting tailored to Contractors.

One of the biggest challenges that a contractor faces is the changes to the IR35 legislation. Due to the most recent change which came into force on 6th April 2021, you will currently find yourself with more contracts that are inside IR35 than outside of the legislation. However, when end clients and agencies realise just how much they need you, this will change.


Because of fluctuating in and out of IR35 being more apparent than ever, having a personal accountant onboard could not be any more important. Your Shoebox accountant will always be on hand to administer the changes to keep you legislatively compliant, but more importantly they will advise you on each of the contracts that you undertake to make sure that you are armed with as much knowledge as possible to negotiate a higher rate.

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How can we help your contracting business thrive?

As contractors, you are the backbone of the economy. You enjoy the freedom of being able to take on the contracts of your choosing, and the opportunity to take time off whenever you like… but recently, times have been tough.

The same IR35 change that came into force in the private sector on 6th April 2021, shook up the public sector way back in 2017. The same thing happened, blanket assessments across the board putting all contracts inside the legislation. However, when deadlines started to be missed and end clients employee bills started to skyrocket, they took the time to understand the legislation and started to ensure that the contracts that they were offering were indeed outside of IR35.

The same thing will happen again. 

Be more tax efficient

Calculating the most tax efficient salary, advice on what expenses to claim, and advice on drawing your dividends, your personal accountant will ensure that we are maximising your take-home pay.

Advice on IR35

IR35 is becoming increasingly prevalent with more and more changes being imposed by HMRC. Our accountants will advise on all aspects of IR35 including your contracts, working practices and the new HMRC CEST tool.

Withdrawal advice

Drawing too much from your business can end up costing you additional tax, so it is vital that you know exactly how much is available. Your personal accountant will advise you on what salary, and expenses are owed to you, and how much is left to draw as a dividend.

Know your liabilities

We often hear horror stories about accountants leaving it to the last minute to advise you on how much tax is due. Your personal accountant will run through your liabilities in your financial reviews so you can ensure that you are setting enough aside for tax year end.

Online prices, high street service

At Shoebox we are all about innovation. Our processes are so refined it has meant that we can spend less time on your accounts, and more time focusing on you and your tax efficiency. Less time means less money and we have passed these savings on to you. 

Sole Trader

Dedicated personal accountant

FreeAgent portal with automatic bank feeds

Tax return completion

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Limited Company

Dedicated personal accountant

Year-end accounts and CT600

Personal tax return for one director

Cloud accountancy portal with automatic bank feeds

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Why Shoebox?

Our journey as a firm of accountants started way back in 2017 under our previous brand (Contrax Accounting). During this time we learned exactly what service contractors required and ensured that we always delivered over and above expectations.

You spoke, we listened…

Personal service

No more speaking to Tom, Dick, or Harry. All of our clients big or small will have a dedicated accountant. Our logic, if we can get to know you and your business it means that we can always offer you an exceptional service.


One of the biggest gripes that our clients had with their previous accountants was not receiving advice unless they asked the right questions. At Shoebox we will always pro-actively advise on the most tax efficient solutions for you and your business.

Fluid pricing

Being trapped with a fixed monthly fee regardless of how your business is performing can add unnecessary stress. At Shoebox we introduced Fluid pricing so if you have a difficult year, we can reduce our fees to help where needed. 

Your businesses finances at your finger tips. 

FreeAgent was designed by small business owners who grew frustrated with trying to calculate their profit and loss on a spreadsheet. We have been using the portal since our inception and our clients absolutely rave about it. 

Before you join the Shoebox family we will provide you with a demo of the portal so you can see just how good it is :).  

Take the stress out of accounting

Bank feeds to easily import bank transactions

Secure and easy-to-use on any device

Real-time view of company profits and taxes owed

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