Choosing an Accountant
What are the most important points to consider when choosing your accountant?
- Are they a qualified chartered accountant?
Beware, anybody can call themselves "an Accountant" and they may not be qualified. Make sure your accountant is fully qualified. We are members of the Chartered Institute of Accountants England & Wales (ICAEW) giving you peace of mind that you are in the hands of the professionals.
- Do they hold a practising certificate?
This should be issued by the professional accounting body and displayed at their office.
- Do they have professional indemnity insurance?
This information should be displayed on their website or at their office.
- Do they offer the services and have the experience you need?
Smaller accountancy firms can often be better suited to smaller businesses.
- Good Relationship/Understanding – Do they listen to you or mainly talk at you?
You need to get along with your accountant. Your accountant needs to understand what you are saying and to communicate with you in a clear open way.
- Who will you deal with?
By choosing a smaller accountancy firm such as M A Accountancy you will deal directly with the owner of the business and not passed around different people.
- Can you obtain any independent feedback/testimonials from clients?
M A Accountancy Services is a member of Check A Professional and client feedback is displayed on this website www.checkaprofessional.com/MAAccountancyServices/
- Commercial Awareness – Talk to them about your business and your ideas and see how commercial they are. Do they understand your business?
M A Accountancy Services has had many years' experience of different types of business.
- Tax Advice
You want an Accountant who will proactively give you sound ideas to save you tax. Ideas that work and that you are comfortable with.
You need to know what it will cost. Enquire at the outset about the first year's fees and if fixed fees are available. M A Accountancy offers fixed fees agreed in advance to help you budget.
- Response Times
Make an enquiry and see how quickly they respond. There are many key deadlines for your business to meet. If they are slow in getting back to you this may mean they will struggle to provide a timely efficient service.
With the Internet they can be based anywhere, but it is often more convenient having your accountant nearby. Are they willing to visit you?
M A Accountancy Services are chartered accountants authorised to provide accountancy services by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). A Chartered Accountant can help you start up a business and run it with confidence ensuring that you make the best decisions right from the start. ICAEW Chartered Accountants are financial experts with the knowledge, initiative and judgement you can trust.
M A Accountancy Services is the trading name of M A A Accountancy Services Ltd which is a company registered in England & Wales - Company No. 8638951. The registered office is 1 Yew Lane, New Milton, BH25 5BA.