Why Hire an Accountant?

Importance of Professionally Created Accounts for Startups

With most startups, it is vital to keep costs under wraps at all times. This is a good theory to live by, but in your quest to keep costs down, don’t look to false economies to do this.

A problem we encounter fairly often is businesses that spend countless hours each year creating and submitting their own accounts. A professionally prepared set of accounts, can be created quickly, with a minimum input from you and will probably end up saving you money. Most of the time, business owners would be better off spending their limited time doing what they do best and leaving the bookkeeping to the professionals.


Reasons to entrust us with your annual accounts include:

  • If you need a mortgage in a few years time, you may need to enlist the help of an accountant anyway, as many banks require at least 3 years audited accounts.
  • If you are audited by Revenue, your own bookkeeping methods may not meet the standards required.
  • Professional Accountants, such as Moloney and McCarthy and Associates, have years of experience of tax law and will make sure you don’t pay any more tax than you are obliged to.
  • Tax laws are changing each year. We keep up to date with these changes, so you don’t have to.
  • This is what we do every day. We know what to look out for and can more than likely do it faster and better than you.


If you would like to discuss working with Moloney and McCarthy and Associates about your end of year accounts, just call John or Pat on (068) 22455 for a free, no obligations consultation. We would be delighted to speak with you.

Universal Social Charge

The Universal Social Charge came into effect on the 1st of January 2011. This ia a tax payable on gross income, includind notional pay, after any relief for certain trading losses and capital allowances, but before pension contributions. This replaces the health contribution and income levy.

All individuals are liable to pay the USC if there gross income exceeds €4,004 per annum for 2011 and €10,036 for 2012.

The rates applicable are as follows:

                                                      No Medical             With Medical

                                                           Card                                Card 

The first €10,036                              2%                                     2%

The next €5,980                               4%                                     4%

The remainder                                  7%                                     4%


Also people aged 70 or over pay 4% on income over €16,016 and not at 7%.

What people do not realise is they may have overpaid there USC charge and should contact their accountant to look into it. Especially people that have a medical card should look into the matter. If you have any queries on the above please contact us.