Can Accountants Work From Home

Short answer YES!

Most accountants can work totally normally from home. Over the last 10 years there has been a big change in accountancy. For example we have moved from paper invoices and software used on a server to paperless processing and online accounting. Examples are tools like Xero , receipt-bank and hubdoc which allow accountants online access to information.

When it comes to compliance. We file tax returns on Revenues online system and financial accounts and company secretarial documents are filed on the CRO’s CORE system.

As Xero now provide Hubdoc in the monthly price, you can have an online accounting system which allows working from home for $32 per month

Accounting for Professional Services Withholding Tax (PSWT) in Xero

Who deducts PSWT?

Generally PSWT is deducted by state and semi-state bodies. These are known as accountable persons and include:

  • government departments
  • local authorities
  • Health Service Executive (HSE)
  • authorised health insurers
  • commercial and non-commercial semi-state bodies
  • any subsidiary of the above or a body funded by any of the above.

What are professional services?

Professional services for which PSWT is operated include:

  • medical, dental, pharmaceutical, optical, aural or veterinary services
  • architectural, engineering, quantity surveying or surveying nature, and related services
  • accountancy, auditing or finance services
  • financial, economic, marketing or advertising services
  • legal services
  • geological services.

How do I deal with professional services withholding tax in Xero?

Aib Bank Import Xero

Download bank export from AIB IBB

Now that Yodlee bank feeds have stopped working we need to download AIB statements manually to import them into Xero.

Cliniko and Xero Integration

Cliniko: More than just an online diary
Cliniko is a cost-effective practice management solution that allows healthcare practitioners to:

  • Manage schedules: Cliniko makes it easy to access and change your schedules, create and modify patient bookings, track waitlists and even manage group appointments. It also allows users to manage multiple locations and monitor patient recalls. With its smart appointment reminders feature, Cliniko makes sure that you’ll never forget an appointment again.
  • Facilitate online patient bookings: This allows clinics and other healthcare institutions to accept patient bookings 24/7. What’s more, all new bookings are automatically reflected in the appointment calendar, ensuring that no bookings are missed.
  • Store and access treatment notes: Cliniko makes the creation, storage and access of treatment notes as easy as 1-2-3, with its configurable templates, user-friendly search features and secure storage system.
  • Draft and send correspondence: Writing and sending emails and letters has never been easier with Cliniko’s quick email and print options.
  • Create insightful reports: With its appointment and transaction report templates, Cliniko makes report-writing a breeze. It also allows users to fully customise their reports, and create new types based on the user’s needs and preferences.
  • Cliniko and Xero integration: The key to quick and easy accounts management
  • Cliniko’s integration with Xero, an online accounting software especially designed for small businesses, makes it easy for medical practitioners to
  • Keep track of accounts anytime, anywhere: Because both Cliniko and Xero are completely web-based, users are able to stay on top of their accounts from any device, anywhere, at any time.
  • Invoice and receive payments as quickly as possible: The online invoicing feature means that users can create and send invoices to patients as soon as possible and gives updates whenever the receipts are opened.
  • Monitor expenses: Xero makes it easy for Cliniko users to import, categorise, and reconcile transactions. This means that users can quickly keep track of all expenses, without having to dig through hundreds of files.
  • Integrating Cliniko and Xero takes less than a minute, but if you have questions or simply wish to learn more about the integration process, make sure to check out Do My Books, a Xero-certified advisor that can walk you through the entire integration process. Make the transition process easy and hassle-free by contacting Ralph at


Xero – There was a problem importing the file

Unfortunately in Ireland we don’t have many banks supporting feeds into Xero so must import the files manually as CSV.

If you are importing a bank statement into Xero as a CSV file and get

the error “There was a problem importing the file” I have found that changing the format of the date into DD/MM/YY in your CSV file in excel can fix the error.


6 ways online accounting saves you money

We have been providing online accounting services for a few years now and we love it. Over that period our clients have been delighted to notice that as well as getting real time access to their financial information they are also saving money. We’ve listed the reasons below:

  1. Online accounting is free to upgrade: If you use a desktop solution you will often be required to pay for upgrades.
  2. No server costs: Unlike desktop software, online accounting run’s on the vendor’s server so you save the cost of running and maintaining your own server.
  3. Reduced accounting costs : As accountants we spend a lot less time working on our online accounting clients tax returns  compared to traditional clients , their books and records are generally cleaner and far easier to access. Our time savings are passed onto our clients in the form of reduced accounting costs.
  4. Back up costs: As online accounting is backed up for free our clients don’t have to subscribe to a separate back up plan for their accounting software
  5. Reduced data entry / book keeping cost: If you use traditional accounting software you will have to spend time entering bank transactions into the software, With Xero online accounting we can import your bank statements saving costs.
  6. Improved cost control: As our clients have real time access to their finances on any internet enabled device they can review business costs as they occur allowing them to control spending before it gets out of control

Xero Accounts – Bank Reconciliation button disappeared

If your using Xero and you notice that the bank reconciliation button has disappeared this simply means that all transactions have been reconciled.

If you feel the need to double check this you can click manage on the account click reconcile there

How to save time when invoicing with Xero online accounts

One of the great things about using an online accounting package like Xero is the time you can save.  There’s still certain points in everyones business where manual data entry is required. One of these points is raising sales invoices.

  1. Use the copy function– A lot of small businesses issue the same or similar invoice every month. By using the copy function data entry time can be saved.  
  2. Use inventory items– If you consistently sell the same items, for example a days consultancy, You can set this as an inventory item which saves choosing the account code price and tax rate every time your rasing an invoice
  3. Recurring invoices– This are my personal choice, If you are invoicing the same client over a fixed period you can set Xero to automatically raise the invoice and either save it as a draft or post it to the sales ledger and email directly to the client. If you combine recurring invoices with auto bank feeds you will ‘almost’ have automated accounting with minimal human input
  4. Integrations– There’s now a large number of online packages which integrate into xero, Some of these like workflowmax can record time , raise invoices, and integrate these invoices directly into Xero saving data entry between packages. If  you use a software package not currently integrated into Xero you could have a bespoke integration made into Xero’s api

Import Quickbooks data into Xero

If you are currently using Quickbooks or another desktop software package and would like to import your data into Xero we can help. With our partners we have developed a script which will convert your data into a file which can be easily imported into Xero. This process can save your business time and money whilst minimizing the disruption of changing software packages.

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