Happy New Year

We would like to wish all of our readers a very happy and prosperous 2010.

With changes in the VAT rate coming into effect on the 1st of January and other changes relating to the Companies Act 2006 also starting to affect businesses in the UK there are going to be several reasons to be talking to  your accountants during the coming year (don’t forget to ask them about the shorter time for submitting company accounts for example).

If you decide that your current accountant does not seem to be looking after you or want to change accountants for any reason why not have a look at our 10 tips for choosing an accountant article.  This is aimed at giving you some ideas about what you should be considering when looking for an accountant.

Naunton Jones Le Masurier – Cardiff, Barry and Penarth

Naunton Jones Le Masurier is a firm of Chartered Certified Acountants & Registered Auditors with offices in Cardiff, Penarth and Barry, South Wales that provide  accounts, taxation and business advisory and support services to a wide range of businesses and individuals across the area.

Established in the 1920s’ they are a firm of reliable, professional and approachable accountants who are happy to travel to see you if you are unable to visit them. Their four partners have many years of experience between them including experience in trusts and estates as well as the more normal accountancy, taxation and auditing services that you would expect from a firm of accountants.

Finegan Gibson – Belfast, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland

Finegan Gibson are a local, client-focused chartered accountancy firm based in Belfast, Northern Ireland who operate over several specialist sectors.

Their forensic accounting team know that dealing with fraud and financial investigations requires more than technical know-how. It requires speed, sensitivity and discretion. Finegan Gibson understands the importance of reacting quickly and confidentially to a crisis. They appreciate the need to stop illegal activity, safeguard your company’s assets and reputation, arrive at a resolution with as little disruption as possible to the regular flow of business, and prevent reoccurrences.

Another of their specialist areas is in providing financial services to charities and not for profit (NFP) organisations. They are one of a very few number of firms in Northern Ireland who specialise in this area and are extremely experienced in assisting organisations of all sizes in this sector. The vast majority of their clients have implemented the Statement of Recommended Practice for Charities (SORP) for the preparation of their financial statements. The team at Finegan Gibson have guided their clients through this process which has resulted in them being well prepared for the implementation of the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008.

J C Wallace and Co, Bearsden, Glasgow

J C Wallace & Co are a firm of Accountants near Bearsden in Glasgow.  John Wallace, the principal has been in practice in the Glasgow area since 1993 and has many clients, both individuals and SME’s in the local area.

A key service they offer to clients is in the area of taxation planning, aimed at minimising your future tax liabilities. In addition to providing the normal tax services  such as Self Assessment Returns, they can offer advice on: Inheritance Tax, Capital Gains Tax, benefits in kind (such as company cars, private health, in fact any benefits that may be taxable as part of you income), employee pay Schemes and the use of Trusts.

Fitzgerald and Law – Central London, UK and Silicon Valley, California

Fitzgerald and Law are an unusual listing for this blog in that they are a  multi-disciplinary team of chartered accountants, lawyers, tax, HR, financial services and IT professionals.

They offer a unique range of business services to both UK and international clients and understand the many issues facing businesses today.

Their specialists can provide intelligent and scalable solutions to all kinds of routine and complex business demands no matter whether it is in the UK, the USA or EMEA.

One of their specialist areas is advising companies that are looking to expand their business overseas. they can advise on global expansion, employee benefits, immigration and work permits, and give expatriate tax advice.  If you are an overseas business looking to invest in the UK or Europe, or if you are a UK business looking to invest in Europe or the USA Fitzgerald and Law have the specialists and expertise to be able to help you.

Of course, if you are looking for UK business advice  then Fitzgerald and Law can help you there too with everything from tax advice, audit services, payroll and corporate law advice.

Certax Accounting – UK

Certax Accounting is a professional accounting and tax advisory practice with local accountants offices throughout the UK.

The firm has a policy of “No customer is too small”, this means that they are very willing to help anyone, from sole traders to partnerships and from small firms to large limited companies.

Their clients are all assured a high degree of quality service from their team of professional accountants and tax specialists.

You can use a Postcode search on their website to look for the nearest Certax Accountant or ring them on a free-phone number.