Paul Moston’s Sunday Times achievement

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Sunday Times Top 200 Accountants On Sunday 10th April the Sunday Times published their first supplement listing the Top 200 Accountants in the UK based on reviews on the independent consumer ratings website VouchedFor.co.uk. We are proud, but not at all surprised, to say that Paul Moston was featured. To be included Paul was highly recommended by 23 of his clients. All had rated his services over 4 stars out of 5, which is a fantastic achievement. We’d like to thank all of the clients who ...
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Employers – Don’t bury you head in the Sand

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  Ostriches don't bury their heads in the sand; they wouldn't be able to breathe! But they do dig holes in the dirt to use as nests for their eggs. Several times a day, a bird puts her head in the hole and turns the eggs. So it really does look like the birds are burying their heads in the sand. Instead of this implying that these giant birds are hiding from a threat, they are actually nurturing their future offspring. This month saw the introduction of a new law on workplace pensions....
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Expansion of Mostons

Mostons are pleased to announce that from 1 April 2013, we will be incorporating J W Arnold & Co, Chartered Accountants into our Practice. John Arnold, who has worked out of his Winchmore Hill offices for many years, has joined Mostons as a consultant in the build-up to his retirement. John’s assistant Lesley Norris will also be joining Mostons and will continue to look after the clients that she has worked with over a number of years. John’s offices were a stone’s throw from 29 The G...
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Mostons expand

Wonderful news. Mostons are very pleased to announce that we have acquired the business of J W Arnold & Co. John Arnold will join Mostons as a consultant before his retirement and Lesley Norris will also join Mostons to boost out accounts team.
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Confused about child benefit?

To be perfectly honest, so are we! Attached to this blog is the NEW form SA1 - registering for Self Assessment and getting a Tax Return. The 7th criteria for now needing to prepare a tax return is that you earn over £50,000 and either you or your partner will be keeping the child benefit. It is your responsibility to register. Please call us on 020 8886 1884 if you would like advice or guidance.NEW sa1 form
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Free incorporations

Barclays Bank have introduced eSync. We can now download business bank account information straight into our accounting software. But more than that. Accountants and bookkeepers using this Free link, can create 10 new limited companies for FREE. Here's Jane Palmer from Barclays breaking the news at a recent business meeting. Find Jane in Enfield Town. Find me in Winchmore Hill if you are thinking of setting up a Company. .
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HMRC Bogus callers

HMRC has received reports of customers receiving telephone calls where the caller claimed to be from HMRC and asked them for their bank details so a tax refund can be made for a fee. HMRC will never ask you for a fee to provide any services including repayments of tax. If you cannot verify the identity of the caller HMRC recommends that you report it to the police immediately. HMRC has also received reports of bogus callers who visit people at their own homes offering tax refunds in excha...
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HMRC system is down

@Mostons: Just heard HMRC computers are down today so no access to records. Not sure if this is good or bad news. They can give you general advice, just nothing relating to your records.
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125 sleeps Alex

My son is always asking me how many sleeps until.......birthdays, Christmas, holiday, cinema trips.........? Imagine my surprise when a 4 year old boy says "daddy, how many sleeps until online tax returns have to be filed?". Well as of today it's 125 sleeps until 31 January 2013. Inspired by Alex, I won the 60 second cup at BNI vision today. Call Mostons if you need help with your tax return.
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Get To Grips With The Tax System

OK, this is a tough one, but you really should understand the different tax systems for each type of business and how they might effect you now and in the future. There is plenty of help on the web, however a good Chartered Accountant will always be willing to guide you and provide a basic outline of how you and your business are likely to be taxed.
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Sales And Marketing

Developing a strategy to grow your business is crucial to its long term success. In the fast changing world a business standing still will soon find that it will lose customers to those that are hungrier. The world of marketing has changed beyond recognition and social media is here to stay. Get on board this fast moving train.
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Consider VAT

This can be minefield and should not be entered unless you are absolutely certain of the right path for your business. Always consider whether your business should be or needs to be VAT registered. If you need to register then look at the various options available to make the administrative and accounting burden simpler.
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Don’t be afraid to ask for help

There are numerous bodies willing to help any business. The Bank, HMRC, Business Groups, on-line support, suppliers, friends and family and a solid group of local professionals, including (at the centre of all this) a great Chartered Accountant.
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Structure and Name

Make sure you have the right business structure. That can be Sole Trader, Partnership, Limited Liability Partnership, Limited Company or even Public Limited Company. Don't under estimate the importance of the name. You should also think carefully about the name in terms of future marketing and online presence.
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Always Plan

Any business, no matter what size should always have a plan. Imagine walking out of your front door now and not knowing where your ultimate destination will be. Even if it is to return home, you know that's where you want to end up. Now why would you run a businees and not know what the end destination looks like.
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BNI 10 minute presentation

Presented to BNI vision in Enfield this morning. 10 minutes on educating my sales team on how to refer me new business. If you are able to cope with more business and you are interested in how this referral system works please call 0208 886 1884.
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Social Media

Looking forward to learning from insight marketing tomorrow. A day of training in Reading to develop on-line skills, which may just help my blogging quality. Thank goodness!
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Helping other businesses

Today I was reminded that in business we need to continuously look to help others in order to be successful ourselves. I attended an excellent training session to improve how I can help other businesses get more referrals from me. Why? Well in life and in business if I help you, you may just feel like helping me. If this is a philosophy or approach you like the sound of, then give me a call on 02088861884.
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My introduction to accountancy

Yesterday was my late dad's birthday. He died four years ago but he's still an influence on my career. Even now my dad's former clients tell me how wonderful he was. He was a great accountant and I'd like think that I have gone a step further. It's all about looking after people, businesses and business people.
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