Most small businesses cannot afford a full-time accountant and use the services of freelancers or outsourcing firms. The experience of cooperation is not always successful. Correcting mistakes is always expensive.
Forbes asked entrepreneurs and accountants what to look for when choosing cheap accountants so you don’t regret your decision later.
- A newly hired accountant does not bother you for weeks. You think you are lucky? Most likely, the situation has exactly the opposite side. A normal accountant should not care how the records are kept in the company with which he or she works: this person constantly asks for something, requires some additional documents. If the accountant has calmed down, most likely, he simply “draws” the balance sheets without focusing on the primary documentation. And this means that there will be problems with the tax audit.
- A good accountant must keep the details of all your primary documents (contracts, invoices, acts), putting them into the database.
- Take an interest in the past work place of the accountant, ask what he or she was doing, what experience this person has. Keep in mind that an accountant who has worked at a difficult level can deal with lighter topics, but on the contrary, most likely, it will not work.
- An experienced accountant can find a common language with the tax organizations. This is necessary in everyday work, and even more so when checking. If the accountant constantly complains about the tax office – this is a bad sign.
- A good accountant is not one who delivers balance sheets on time, but one who knows the laws and constantly offers the manager some methods of legal tax optimization. He or she begins to offer something, and it is clear that this is obtained, taxes are reduced, and the tax organization does not mind.
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