Cheap Accountants

Feb 17

If I’m totally honest pricing is one of the hardest parts of being in business. We run the practice as efficiently as possible to keep costs down for our clients. Clients are now getting more and more price sensitive. But like most other products and services it can be a complete false economy to choose your accountant solely on price and heres why –

Tax planning Whether we give fixed prices* (90% of Do My Books clients are on fixed price) or bill by the hour it comes back to two simple things for accountants: the amount of hours to complete the task and the experience of the individual involved. If an accountant is pricing ‘cheaply’ are they putting in the time to ensure the client isn’t over paying tax? Is the accountant charging enough from each client to allow them selves to take time out each month to read, study and attend training seminars on the latest tax affairs? The other concern is if an accountant has a technical query have they charged enough in the quote to engage a  tax consultant who is an expert in their field? Ultimately ensuring your accountant is well versed in current tax matters and is budgeting for adequate amount of tax planning time is critical.

Cheap Accountants

There's more to value than price

Management Accounts A huge amount of Irish small businesses and even some medium ones have no idea how much profit they are making on a monthly basis and rely on the end of year statutory accounts for management information. This can lead to poor business decisions, cash flow problems and ultimately business failure. When comparing prices between accountants its important to discuss what management accounts (If any) are included in the price.

Qualification The word accountant is not protected by law in Ireland. So effectively anyone can call themselves an accountant. It goes without saying that you ensure your accountant is a member of a recognised accounting body.

Availability Its important to ask, who will be dealing with your account and working on your accounts in the longer term. A managing partner? A junior? The level of business advice and expertise you will receive can vary considerably from a junior to a 10 year veteran.

This may all seem like common sense but as the recession (Sorry for using that word!) continues small businesses rightly look for value, its just important to remember to compare like with like.

As always if you would like to discuss any of the above please do not hesitate to email me ralph@domybooks.ie or call on 091-442009

4 Comments

  1. Atul
    Sep 17

    OK, Note to self: Do HMRC Company Tax Return’ BEFORE doing the Companies House’ return, the latetr is very much a subset of the former. The former was submitted this evening. Had to use HMRC to calculate my corporation tax (or buy more software) and it matched the value I already sent to Companies House yesterday (to the penny) phew!

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  2. Ignacio Arrieta
    May 22

    I have set up a company and I need to register for tax and submit the expenses for 2012.
    There was no income that year but I had to travel and I have some expenses I want to account for.

    I also work for an american company and have some shares.

    I have the TR1 and the E11 with me. I have worked in accounting before but I want an accountant to review this and help me out.

    I started making profit this year.

    Thanks, Ignacio

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  3. adelina
    Jan 28

    Hi i am in the process of opening a business ( was thinking of a limited company) it will be a hair and beauty salon and was wondering how much would a accountant cost and also what will he do for me? Also is there a way of doing a part of the accounts and to end up cheaper or how does it work? sorry im very new to this and have no idea

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  4. PIERRE EMOND
    Feb 18

    Hi ,
    I reside in France, and work out of my home.
    I have a registered business name in Ireland, with a Cork mailbox, that I use to invoice USA customers for my IT consultancy services. They pay my invoices into a Dublin bank
    I earned approx USD 125K from one customer
    and have approxUSD 20 expenses in receipts

    I need my financial statements done for 2014.

    Is this something you do?

    Thanks,
    Pierre Emond
    0033 (0)643 25 57 59

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