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Choosing a SIC Code for your accountancy business

Catherine BoxallCatherine Boxall
Last updated on:
August 11, 2022
Published on:
March 22, 2022

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Before setting up your accountancy business, you will need to incorporate your business. During the company incorporation process on Companies House, you will need to provide your company’s SIC code based on the nature of your business and services. There are over 600 SIC codes to choose from which can be overwhelming. This article explains what a SIC code is and how to choose one for your new accountancy company.

What are standard industrial classifications?

A Standard industrial classification code (SIC code) is a five-digit business code which describes a company’s economic activities and business services. These codes help the Office for National Statistics (ONS) track the state and growth of United Kingdom (UK) companies. The condensed UK SIC code list maintained by Companies House is available on the website. A private limited company (the most popular type) can have multiple SIC codes. Dormant companies and non-trading companies are also required to have a SIC code.

Your accountancy business can have multiple SIC codes if it has multiple business activities. SIC codes can also be updated via a confirmation statement if ever the business’ activities evolve.

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What SIC code should I use for my accountancy business?

Your accountancy business will likely offer a host of accounting services, such as bookkeeping, auditing, payroll accounting services, and general management consultant advice surrounding accounts. As an accountancy firm or small business you will want to use SIC code 69201 to cover your accounting and auditing activities.

If a part of your accounting firm extends to providing tax consultancy, such as through giving advice on income tax returns, you might want to consider also using the SIC code 69203.

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The opinions on this page are for general information purposes only and do not constitute legal advice on which you should rely.

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