Do you think of accountants as serious suit-wearing, pen-wielding number-crunchers? A bit dull and grey maybe? Think again! Our client accountants are an eclectic bunch of smart, interesting people, who are passionate about making your money work for you. In the spirit of this we have put together an equally eclectic bunch of facts we bet you never knew about accountants and the accounting profession:
  1. Bubblegum was invented by an accountant, Walter Diemar in 1928. It was bright pink in colour because that was the only dye he had to hand at the time.
  2. It was accountants who brought down Chicago crime boss Al Capone. Although believed to be guilty of everything from bootlegging to murder, he was ultimately arrested and convicted of tax evasion.
  3. Bookkeeper and the words derived from it (bookkeeping etc.) are the only words in the English language with 3 consecutive sets of double letters.
  4. Mick Jagger, Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin and comedian Eddie Izzard are just a few of the famous names who worked in accounting before their showbiz careers took off. Mick Jagger (1982)
  5. St. Matthew the Evangelist is the patron saint of accountants, as well as bookkeepers, tax collectors, bookkeepers, stockbrokers and bankers.
  6. Monty Python frequently poked fun at accountants (click here for a quick laugh). A possible reason for this is that John Cleese’s father wanted him to be an accountant; he was due to start work for Grace, Derbyshire & Todd Chartered Accountants in Bristol.
  7. Accounting has been around for millennia. Tokens dating back 7000 years were discovered in ancient Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq, Turkey and Syria). These are thought to be the earliest documented records of goods received and traded.
  8. Accountants play an important role in the Oscars. Every year since 1935 a team of accountants has spent an average of 1700 hours prior to Oscar night counting the Academy Award ballots by hand.
  9. Italian mathematician Luca Pacioli is regarded as the father of accounting. He published the first book on double entry accounting in 1494. Leonardo da Vinci was one of his students. Luca_Pacioli_(Gemaelde)
  10. The word “accounting” comes from the french “compter” meaning to count or score. Other accounting terms are derived from Latin, such as “debit” - “he owes” and “credit” - “he trusts”.
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Looking to further your accountancy career in a fast-paced, dynamic environment? We are currently looking for a talented Client Accountant to join our existing team in Portsmouth. If you are degree qualified or working towards your AAT / ACCA /CIMA qualifications - this may be the ideal role for you. Boox are a force to be reckoned with in UK contractor and freelance accounting. We pride ourselves on providing a slick, professional online accounting service while keeping the customer at the heart of everything we do. But we don't just look after our clients. As a valued member of the Boox team, we'll offer you a great office environment at Port Solent, a competitive package and lots of incentives in return for your hard work. Boox office

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We have a long history of supporting the careers of our people through continuous personal development. If you are AAT level 3 or part ACCA / CIMA qualified, Boox will help cover the costs of completing your qualification. AAT programmes of study are widely available locally at institutions including Highbury College, Portsmouth and the University of Portsmouth.

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We are delighted to say that Boox are the Number 1 rated accounting company on review website Trustpilot, ranked by Trustscore. Trust Pilot accounting At Boox we are all about making online accounting easy and accessible for our clients. We know that contracting makes a lot of demands on your time, so it's our job to step in and relieve the pressure when it comes to keeping your books. We love it when the feedback we receive reflects that we are doing this successfully. It makes us want to continue working hard to listen to our clients and augment our accounting services even more. Whether you are new to the contracting or freelance world, or a seasoned veteran, we blend the friendly support of our team with the latest online accounting technology, to provide the best experience possible. You don't just have to take our word for it! See our reviews To find out more about what Boox can do for you, get in touch.    
Now that we are approaching the end of the first quarter of the new tax year, it’s time to start thinking about your tax return for the 2015/2016 year. It’s not panic stations yet (see this year’s deadlines), so here’s a light-hearted look at some of the worst ever excuses people have given HMRC for filing their tax returns late. These are 100% genuine!
  • I was up a mountain in Wales, and couldn’t find a postbox or get an internet signal.
  • I fell in with the wrong crowd.
  • My pet dog ate my tax return…and all the reminders.
  • Barack Obama is in charge of my finances.
  • I’ve been busy looking after a flock of escaped parrots and some fox cubs.
  • My pet goldfish died.
  • After seeing a volcanic eruption on the news, I couldn’t think of anything else.
  • I live in a camper van in a supermarket car park.
  • My husband told me the deadline was March 31st and I believed him.
  • I was in Australia.
  • My bad back means I can’t go upstairs and that’s where my tax return is.
  • A work colleague borrowed my tax return to photocopy it, and didn’t give it back.
  • I had a run-in with a cow.
Needless to say none of these excuses cut any mustard, and according to HMRC, all found themselves on the end of a hefty fine. But while HMRC may not be hugely sympathetic on the demise of your pet goldfish, they are not heartless. If you have a "reasonable excuse" for filing or paying late, you can appeal for an extension. This is normally something unforeseen or beyond your control, for example a serious fire, postal delays or an unexpected stay in hospital. However HMRC are unlikely to class insufficient funds, lack of a reminder letter or difficulty using the online system as acceptable excuses for late tax returns.

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Switching your online accountant sounds like a hassle. Digging out ancient files and receipts, shopping around for an alternative, and having that awkward “it’s not me, it’s you” conversation. It can be tempting to just avoid the bother and stick with your current accountant, even if it’s not working. But if you are really not happy with how your accountant is managing your business affairs, it’s probably time to take the bull by the horns and look to switch. Look no further. Switching to Boox is easy. Find out more or contact us for further info.

Reasons to Switch

Communication and availability

If you have more chance of scheduling tea with the Queen than speaking to your accountant, it’s safe to say there’s a communication issue. If you have an urgent problem and the best solution they can offer is a telephone call a week on Thursday, it’s time to look elsewhere. You should never feel like your accountant is too busy for you. Likewise, if they can’t break things down and explain things in a way you understand, find a company who can. Yes, there’s a lot of industry jargon involved in accounting, but it shouldn’t feel like they’re speaking a different language.

Poor relationship management

Sometimes you meet people you just don’t get along with. It’s a fact of life and can’t be avoided. That being said, you should never feel worried or apprehensive about talking to your accountant. It’s important to maintain a good relationship, which means your accountant should make you feel relaxed by being easy to talk to. If they ever belittle you or make you feel like you’re asking stupid questions, show them the door. People like to deal with people, not faceless brands; your online accountant should know this and make themselves approachable and accessible.

They just don’t “get” you

Not being understood is frustrating. It’s even worse when someone is trying to help you, but doesn’t “get” what you’re all about. This can lead to all sorts of problems if that person is your accountant. Our dedicated accountants and support staff at Boox are not only knowledgeable and passionate about accounting, they’ll take the time to fully understand what makes your business tick, using all their expertise to help you flourish.

Cost and perceived value

Sometimes it just comes down to the most simple element: price. Feel like you’re paying more for a service than you think it’s worth? Look around for a cheaper alternative and ask your friends or colleagues for recommendations. If you’re having issues with your current online accountant, leave it with us. Our friendly, experienced client accountants are there to offer advice and guidance and to help you every step of the way.

Got a friend who is itching to switch?

Bring a friend or workmate onboard with Boox and we’ll give you £100 cash if they sign up for one of our accounting services. There is no limit to the number of people you refer, and you don’t even have to be a Boox client.
Several of our clients have been in touch with us this week regarding letters they have received, ostensibly from Companies House, making demands for payment. It declares that “lack of payment will result in lack of entry in the Register of Companies”. This correspondence is nothing to do with the legal registrar of limited companies - Companies House, with which your company is registered. It is in fact (if you check the small print), a marketing exercise by a company which collects “information on business entities, maintained in the computer system in the form of a central database updated on an ongoing basis.” Despite the alarmist language used, you only need to make this payment if you want your company to be included on this database. If you don’t, we suggest you disregard it. To reiterate, these letters are not from Companies House and you do not need to take any action. If you are unsure of this, or indeed any correspondence you receive pertaining to your limited company, do hesitate to forward it to us so that we can take a look and advise you. See what the letters look like here Contact us