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4 Factors To Consider When Choosing An Accountant

Author: Niall Byrne
Category: Accounting: Accountants
Date Added: August 02, 2011 09:40:13 PM
Page Views: 3507

Choosing an accountant is not always as easy as it seems. Here are four important factors that you should consider before you hire your accountant.

 

Choosing an accountant is not simply a matter of finding one who is located nearby. There are a number of factors you should consider before hiring your accountant, and here are the four most important.

 

1. Speciality

There are many different types of accountant, including management accounting,

Taxation accountants, corporate recovery accountants, forensic accountants and more besides. The first thing you need to do then is clarify the exact reason you are hiring an accountant. Some firms have accountants of all specialities, so you should not have difficulty finding one who fits your specific requirements.

 

2. Qualifications

Without holding the right qualifications, you should be very wary of hiring an accountant. Accountants can belong to a number of professional bodies, including the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Accountants amongst others, so if you want to reassure yourself that you are choosing the right accountant then make sure they hold some form of qualification.

 

3. References

It is always a good idea to ask for suitable references when you are choosing a new accountant. Accountants should be happy to provide you with one or two references of previous or existing clients in a similar situation to yourself to demonstrate how they helped them with their financial issues. You should then ask the references questions such as how reliable the accountant is and whether they are good value, as this will help you to make your decision.

 

4. Contact

How much contact will you be expecting from your accountant?  Some accountants will just contact you once a year to process your taxes, whereas others will stay in touch regularly with news and advice that might affect  you and your business, so make sure you know what to expect.

 

Conclusion


Choose Your Accountant Carefully

Choosing an accountant is an important process and you want to ensure that you hire the right person or company for the job.  Remember to look carefully and consider the above factors when making your decision.

 

Rob Hurren - About the Author:

 Since 1988 Hurren Accountants has established an enviable reputation as one of the North East's most respected accountancy practices. In that time we've helped over 1200 loyal clients with their accounting, payroll, tax returns and bookkeeping.


More than just flexible, efficient and professional, we partner our clients with friendly, approachable and individual advice. No acronyms, no jargon - just good, solid, reliable, and easy to understand accounting support and advice.


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