Using A Chartered Accountant: The Benefits
In my experience, many people or clients don’t fully understand the various roles or activities that bookkeepers, accountants and Chartered Accountants attempt.
Whilst some activities are undertaken by all three, it’s important to observe the meaningful differences between them before choosing your specialized advisor.
Bookkeepers (also known as accounting clerks or assistant accountants) often label themselves as accountants.
However, this doesn’t average that they are qualified Chartered Accountants (or Chartered Certified Accountants or Certified Public Accountants in other countries).
Bookkeepers chiefly record, course of action and report a business’ day to day business transactions. Typically, anyone can become a bookkeeper.
They don’t need to have passed any accounting qualifications and may “qualify” by experience.
specialized bodies, such as the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) or the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), require its accountants to complete progressive education.
Chartered Accountants typically attempt a minimum of seven years training and education before being allowed to call themselves one.
They must also complete a minimum number of training and specialized development hours each year to continue their membership. They’ll stay up to date with recent changes to tax legislation, the economy and general business ecosystem.
Many accountants are not Chartered Accountants and do not need to comply with these standards.
Reasons to Choose a Chartered Accountant
The modern-day business ecosystem is extremely competitive and fraught with risk. Engaging a finance specialized is often seen as a meaningful part of a business’ success.
It’s not mandatory to include an complete accountant but they may without the knowledge and experience to offer the best advice for your business.
A competent Chartered Accountant will be an asset and will help you and your business prosper. They’ll generally have more tax knowledge and understand the financial intricacies of running a business.
To continue high specialized standards and competence, they must continually meet high specialized standards and are bound by a strict code of ethics.
This provides greater assurance that your business is in safe hands.
Trusted business partner
Your Chartered Accountant should be a trusted and valuable business partner. They possess the skills and knowledge to provide insight and to estimate both financial and non-financial data and unwanted trends.
They’ll help you clarify viable financial and business strategies by recognising changing demands in the business ecosystem.
They will use this insight to recommend tailored solutions for your business. Offering you functional advice, they’ll help you meet the myriad challenges you and your business will undoubtedly confront.