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HOW TO CHOOSE ACCOUNTANTS

Accountants are more than number crunchers.

Sensible advice when choosing an accountant!

New businesses just starting out may feel it is advantageous to opt against using accountancy services to keep costs low. Whilst this is certainly possible and there is a wealth of knowledge available on basic bookkeeping online it is not always advisable. Bookkeeping can be time consuming and errors can be costly. Your time may be better spent in other areas of your company. Whether you require assistance with your tax return; payroll obligations or obtaining a bank loan, the benefits of choosing a suitable accountant can extend far beyond basic bookkeeping.

A good accountant can save your business money!

Choosing an accountant can feel like a leap of faith. Which accountant will be right for your business needs?

Qualifications

Regulation of accountancy within the UK is well established. Choosing an accountant with a recognised qualification will ensure they are highly capable. The recognised accountancy institutions within the UK are as follows:

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Association of International Accountants (AIA)
  • Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS
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It is possible to offer accountancy services without any formal qualification and avoiding questionable accountants is paramount to ensuring you do not waste your time and money. When choosing a qualified accountant you can be assured that they are well informed as the examination process is rigorous.
Financial laws and regulations are constantly changing and updated. To maintain a chartered status qualified accountants need to undertake continuous professional development and keep abreast of budgetary and legislative changes. This ensures your accountant’s practices are not antiquated and more importantly they are right for you.

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Is this accountant right for you?

Your company accountant will regularly be dealing with confidential information and thus they should maintain a high level of professionalism. As an accountant is often a long term commitment you may find a friendly accountant will ensure a cooperative relationship is sustainable.

Location and responsiveness can also be important factors. A local accountant can be easily accessible when dealing with physical paperwork. Emailing, online conferencing and cloud storage however, may prove that the location of your accountant need not be your biggest concern. Large accountancy firms can provide support on an array of bespoke situations and larger accountancy matters. Nevertheless, a freelance accountant can be more flexible and responsive when you have urgent matters to attend to.

You may also find friends or family members are accountants and using their service may seem like a good idea initially. If you are comfortable with a friend accessing your confidential information and have a strong relationship then this could be ideal. However, if this relationship breaks down on a personal level your business could suffer. When choosing an accountant make sure your prioritise the future of your company.

Contact a few accountants and arrange a meeting

Most good accountants will provide a free consultation to discuss your business.

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