"As a director of 2 companies I had put my trust in a local accountancy firm with numerous branches around the region to ensure that all was correct with my company accounts / payroll and my personal tax returns etc. This year I was landed with a tax bill of approx £35k due to said accountants making a mess of my returns and they eventually insisted that there was nothing else but for me to pay the tax bill !"

"I fortunately found Darren and Jamie from Moynan Smith as they had been recommended to me, they listened, gathered all the evidence then challenged and won the battle with HMRC reducing my tax bill from £35,000 to £167.11 ! I really cannot thank them enough for everything they have done, it has been a very stressful time for us but Darren / Jamie and their team have been absolutely superb, exceeding all our expectations !! Our companies & personal accounts have all now seamlessly moved across to moynan smith where they’ll be in good safe reliable and friendly hands for many years."

Many thanks again, N metcalfe

Formula Design

"I write to thank you for the services provided to Formula design by MoynanSmith Accountants.

I have had nothing but a great service from MoynanSmith Acountants. Darren is always available by either phone or email to assist me with any queries regarding my accounts or Quickbookss software. All of which are dealt with rapidly and professionally.

I would definitely recommend Darren and MoynanSmith Accountants to others.

Again I would like to thank you and I will continue to use your services."

Steven Jones - Formula Design

Rachael Bell Wealth Management

"Working with Darren & Jamie at MoynanSmith is a pleasure and we are happy to have them looking after us as a business, and to be able to refer clients to them.

The service is down to earth, honest and professional and we do not hesitate to recommend them.

Their proactive approach to accounting and tax advice is refreshing and innovative, and their client friendly ethos matches our own and perfectly complements what we want to achieve for ourselves and for our clients."

Pam Brown - Rachael Bell Wealth Management, Practice Manager

Web Industry

"When we first learned about the principle of Research and Development claims we were already three years into doing R&D activities BUT not benefiting from the tax benefits for doing so. It's fair to say we weren't doing Research and Development for the tax benefits - it was far more to advance our business - however the thought of paying less tax was music to our ears. We NEEDED to find out more.

Thankfully we didn't need a Tardis to go back in time and put things right...Darren and Jamie from MoynanSmith were able to look into our accounts and help us find qualifying expenditure, fill in all the required documentation and deal with HMRC on our behalf. It couldn't have been more straightforward.

We got a cheque from HMRC in the post a couple of weeks later for nearly ten times what they charged us to get it back! The best thing is though we've only processed the claim for our tax return three years ago, we've still got another two years to claim back. We are delighted with what MoynanSmith has done for us.

On reflection the problem we experienced is - we hadn't asked the right people to help us. Indeed, our own accountants didn't know enough about our business in order to properly identify opportunities for us. MoynanSmith are the right team and they could be for you. If you would consider their free "60 MINUTE HEALTH CHECK".

Previously HMRC were very happy because there were sat on a small pile of cash that should have been in the area's best Web Designer's bank account! No business should aim to make the tax man happy, we were and we didn't even know about it until Darren discovered it.

To summarise - a quick question: we are looking at five-figure savings, what would that look like in your bank account?"

Oliver Warnes - Web Industry, Director

Woodgrange Developments Ltd

"I would have no hesitations in highly recommending MoynanSmith to anybody looking for an experienced accountant with a great knowledge and who offers a very personal service.

Prior to using Moynan Smith we used one of the larger accountancy firms in Carlisle and we much prefer using MoynanSmith as it is a much more personal service and Darren is very approachable and knows every detail about our business.

The service we have received has exceeded our expectations. If I ever need a quick question answered or want to discuss something Darren always has time to talk either it being over the telephone or popping in at our home to run through things. Nothing is ever too much trouble.

MoynanSmith provide a personal and professional service. Darren is very knowledgable and explains things in a clear precise manner. Darren always keeps in touch and we speak numerous times each month as Darren likes to keep up to date with every aspect of our businesses and is always on hand to offer his expert advice.

MoynanSmith are a forward thinking accountancy firm offering sound advice in a professional and personal manner and I would have no hesitations in recommending them to anyone."

Caroline Quinn - Woodgrange Developments, Director

A Hull Building and Joinery Ltd

"By speaking to MoynanSmith, I learned that not all accountants are the same!

They helped improve what I had before and gave me: flexibility with meetings (outside of hours), peace of mind that my affairs are correct and I am not paying too much tax.

They provide excellent customer care - even though I am a small account, I feel I still get the best level of service.

I approached MoynanSmith after being advised to do so by a friend. Straight away it was obvious that they were not just another accountant. Quite clearly their tax knowledge and proactive advice can only be a benefit to us. Not only do I know my accounts and tax affairs are correct, but they also deal with our CIS and VAT affairs, leaving me to focus on my business."

A. Hull - A Hull Building and Joinery Ltd, Director and Owner

Business Doctors Cumbria

"After dealing with one of the big four accountancy practices in Carlisle since I started trading in 2014, I decided in March this year to change my accountant to MoynanSmith to obtain a more personal and better level of service.

All I can say is that Darren and Jamie are a pleasure to deal with, they have answered all of my questions which were left undealt with previously, and they have also made it simple and easy to finalise my year end accounts early.

Darren has also given me excellent tax and business structure advice and dealt with my tax affairs promptly.

This has all been done based on an upfront and agreed package. My previous experience had been if I rang or contacted my accountant, they charged as soon as they answered my query.

I can certainly highly recommend MoynanSmith for your accountancy, business and personal tax needs."

Peter Fleming - Busines Doctors Cumbria, Director

Catlowdy Carriages Ltd

"I'd just like to thank you and your staff for the prompt and efficient manner in which you have prepared and presented my company accounts and personal tax liabilities.

Your service is excellent and highly recommended, I'm very pleased I appointed MoynanSmith as my accountant".

Janine Hunt - Catlowdy Carriages Ltd

Joanne Ashbridge


Regarding the training session you held this week on Quickbooks I wanted to say thank you so much for hosting this and for also inviting me along to attend.

I found the morning to be very worthwhile and I got a lot out of it, so much so that I am now going to attend one of their classroom sessions as I want to be able to get more out of QB.

Well done for putting this on.

Thank you both so very much."

Joanne Ashbridge

API Mechanical Services Ltd

"Darren comes across as a down to earth, easy, approachable accountant. Not only is he professional at what he does, he actually adds a personal touch. He spoke to me and explained the ins and outs in layman's terms. Always easy to speak to, he invited me into the office to discuss my accounts. He has also tried to help in other fields not just accountancy."

Adrian Sandall - API mechanical Services LTD

The Yoga Studio Carlisle

"I had been self employed for five years with my accounts being handled by one of the large companies within Carlisle when I started my new business, when I noticed that my tax bills were getting higher and higher and I was getting less and less support from the team looking after me. I spoke to my accountant about this and was told that if I wanted to pay less tax then I should earn less money. Upon receiving this advice I decided it was time to look elsewhere.

I approached Darren at MoynanSmith and he gave me a free consultation and looked into my tax position. I liked the way he was down to earth and explained everything clearly. It gave me confidence that there was a better way to manage my financial matters. All of this was set at a fixed fee, so there were no hidden costs.

I get lots of support from all of the team. Jamie is particularly patient with my endless Quick Books queries as I want to keep the accounts accurate as I go along. I have even been provided with additional Quick Books training free of charge!

When it came to completing the accounts, Darren took the time to go through everything with me ensuring that I fully understood all aspects of the return.

The result was a reduction in my tax bill and I'm waiting for a tax rebate in the region of £8,000. He has certainly given me better advice than his predecessor, and I feel confident that my financial affairs are in much better hands.

Thank you so much to Darren, Jamie and the team."

Janet Richards, Director, The Yoga Studio Carlisle Ltd

DATS Cost Management Ltd

"Many thanks for your prompt processing of my draft accounts and personal tax liability; fantastic and personable services as always, fantastic company and team!"

Alan Brown - DATS Cost Management Ltd

Paul Patrick Joinery and Construction

"I was recommended to Jamie Smith at MoynanSmith by one of their clients, as I was not happy with the service I was getting from one of the larger accountancy firms in Carlisle. The service received in all departments has been wonderful, Tax, VAT, CIS and Payroll everything is explained in a way you can understand and advice given is for your benefit.

Jamie has gone above and beyond to assist us with a HMRC enquiry, which was very time consuming and stressful. He worked very hard with myself and the people at HMRC to achieve a result which was acceptable from both sides. Jamie, Darren, Stacey and the boys in the office are all very pleasant and helpful. I would not hesitate in recommending Moynan Smith to anyone looking for an efficient caring friendly accountancy company. My sincere thanks."

Paul Patrick - Paul Patrick Joinery and Construction

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