A good Accountant should be all of the following:
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Be a qualified member of one of three main Accounting bodies, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), Institute of Chartered Accountants (ACA), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). This qualification should be mentioned on all correspondence including e-mail.
You need to have at least two to three years experience dealing with clients to obtain this. You also need to have your CPD (Continuing Professional Development) up to date and you need to get at least two references from your current clients to obtain your Practicing Certificate. The fact that you have a Practicing Certificate should also be mentioned on all correspondence.
Both for IT and Personnel, Indemnity insurance and insurance to cover all of the accountant’s time in the event of a HMRC tax enquiry or inspection.
Be recommended by at least one of his / her present clients
Should be a Tax expert and be up-to-date at all times on the tax laws.
They change so often so a good accountant needs to be on the ball with tax changes and should always be looking at ways of saving you money!
Should have a good knowledge of your particular type of business and should have similar clients in this area.
Should be familiar with your type of Accounting software. Ask how many of his other clients he has that use this type of software). Should encourage you to prepare your own Accounts yourself. He should make sure you use your Accounting system to run your own business in an efficient way to help you make better decisions. The best way to use an accountant is, as an advisor not as a bookkeeper!
Most accountants offer a monthly standing order (as distinct from a direct debit) payment system. Because it’s a Standing Order the client has the option to cancel the payment at any time.
Should save you money – either by reducing your tax bill, helping to reduce your other costs or increasing your turnover, should always offer proactive advice and make sure you never ever miss a deadline or receive fines from HMRC or Companies House. In fact you should always recover your accountant’s fee by savings (tax or otherwise) he has implemented or advised on in your business.
Should be someone you can trust, confide in and depend on, at all times. A good accountant should give the impression that you are their only client.
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