Hello and welcome to the site. Thank you for your question.I am a qualified accountant in practise and have clients who are in similar position to you. You should consider changing your accountant if you are not happy with the type and quality of service you get from him/her.Your income (made up of state pension and other pension) is either taxed at source or accounted for in your tax coding. This suggests your tax affairs are fairly simple. You should not be paying a fee in excess of £400 to an accountant to provide you an expectable and quality service. I suggest you look at your local yellow pages for adverts of qualified accountants.Charitable gifts come into the equation if you are a higher rate tax payer.My suggestion to you is that your prepare working schedules showing:income by source to cover all pension receipts supported by P60;interest receipts if any;charitable donations by charity;and make them available to the accountant.You may wish to ask your accountant to review the fee structure and suggest you are not willing to pay a penny more than £400.
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Could I not submit my return myself at no cost as I used to do years ago when i was simply PAYE. How do I change from benign fee earner to a PAYE i.n the eyes of the IR