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Clinton Mullins

Port Elizabeth Central, Port Elizabeth, EC (0.8km from Port Elizabeth)
CWM is a private accounting and audit firm based in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape. With more than 15 years’ experience in both accounting and auditing, CWM assists multiple businesses across the province; making use of our wide range of services to ensure that you receive the ‘full package’ when it comes to your business’ accounting and audit needs. From small businesses to medium-sized enterprises, we pride ourselves on an exceptional level of personal, time-sensitive and affordable service. By choosing CWM, you are choosing value-added excellence.

Mabcon Financial Services

Central, Port Elizabeth, EC (1.8km from Port Elizabeth)
The founders of MabCon Financial Services started planning the company in 2010 and officially started operating in July 2014. Our Professional Accountants have more than 5years experience in the industry. As a company, we are recognized for the CAPP factor – Confidentiality, Affordability, Personalised Services and Professionality. This combination of service is usually not available to average small businesses today

Synthesys

Walmer, Port Elizabeth, EC (2.5km from Port Elizabeth)
Tax Services Estate Planning Training & Coaching Bookkeeping & Administration Services Personal Finance Management

Fenns Incorporated

Walmer, Port Elizabeth, EC (3.3km from Port Elizabeth)
Fenns Incorporated is a South Africa-wide accounting and auditing firm built on principles of professionalism and integrity; committed to the sustainable evolution and development of our staff and clients. We provide Financial Accounting, Tax, Audit, Advisory and Statutory services to businesses and Individuals.

BRADLEY & VAN DER MERWE CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS

Newton Park, Port Elizabeth, EC (4.6km from Port Elizabeth)
In order to assist the management of a business enterprise it is important to have key financial information throughout the year. We offer a monthly accounting package whereby the owner of the business must focus on five key elements of the business i.e. a) stock b) invoicing c) credit control d) receipts and banking e) petty cash The remainder of the work is outsourced to us to produce a management reporting pack and ensure that all monthly returns are submitted. Our staff are able to assist you with regular bookkeeping, budgets and cashflows.

Landman Van Rensburg

Newton Park, Port Elizabeth, EC (4.6km from Port Elizabeth)
To be an accounting, taxation and business financial advisory services firm of choice for individuals as well as Small and Medium enterprises. To provide small to medium business owners and tax liable individuals with business advice, company secretarial, accounting and taxation services at an affordable rate and in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Financial statements will be prepared by competent and qualified staff who will ensure that the financial statements comply with the prescribed accounting framework relative to the business. Personnel that keep abreast of the latest tax developments will ensure that tax calculations conform to tax legislation and tax...

A F B GROUP

Newton Park, Port Elizabeth, EC (4.6km from Port Elizabeth)
Specialty areas are: Accounting Services Bookkeeping Services Taxation Services Payroll Administration Company Secretarial Services Statutory Registrations Close Corporations and Company Registrations Business Consulting Business Plans Submission of Statutory Returns Pastel Software – Sales & Training

PFG and Associates

Newton Park, Port Elizabeth, EC (4.6km from Port Elizabeth)
PFG and Associates offer advisory services in estate planning, the formation of trusts and acting as independent trustees for clients. Through our accredited associates, we also facilitate wealth advisory services to ensure your financial planning and future is taken care of and fits into your long-term growth plans

T I A M Services

Newton Park, Port Elizabeth, EC (4.6km from Port Elizabeth)
Vision and values constitute the core principle of our organisation – it is that which will assure its sustainability and growth. The practice offers, in addition to accounting and taxation services, a very diverse range of services capable of meeting our clients every need, be the client an individual, trust or corporation. The practice has a reputation for the efficient finalisation of tasks and employs a pro-active approach when dealing with problems. No task is considered too large or too small at T.I.A.M Services. T.I.A.M Services will endeavor to provide our clients with sound advice based on current legislation, without...




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Why do I need an accountant?

If one likens a company or business to a human body, the accountant may be seen as the circulatory system, ensuring that the financial resources are controlled and available as needed in order for the company to survive and profit. As such, an accountant is vital to the smooth running of the company.

Qualifications of an accountant

An accountant is, by definition, more than a bookkeeper (see Uptasker’s articles on Bookkeepers for information). He (or she) has obtained a B.Com Accounting degree or an equivalent CA(SA) undergraduate qualification at a SAICA (South African Institute of Chartered Accountants) accredited university. Once the degree has been completed, it is necessary to complete the Certificate in the Theory of Accounting (CTA), which focuses on Accounting, Auditing, Financial Management and Taxation.

The accountant then enters into a 3-year on-site apprenticeship and practical training period in a Registered Training Office (RTO) if planning to specialise in auditing, or an Approved Training Organisation (ATO) in order to specialise in financial management. This qualifies the accountant to accurately assess and control all financial matters through the keeping of detailed financial records, including the provision of advice and guidance relating to financial matters. There is a difference between a bookkeeper and an accountant, in that only an accountant is qualified to sign off annual accounts and present these to the external auditors for review.

Types of accountant

An accountant may be permanently employed by a small company, business or organisation, or be part of the team of a large national or international corporation. Alternatively, an accountant may be employed as and when needed in the case of smaller companies or businesses which do not have high financial turnovers and therefore do not need a permanent full-time accountant. Self-employed accountants are an ideal solution for small enterprises, as they are able to assist when needed, but are not permanent employees which smaller businesses cannot afford.

In addition, there are external specialised forensic accountants who are independently appointed to look into possible financial irregularities or suspected fraud in companies. Such accountants are highly skilled and experienced in laws relating to financial affairs.

Accountant’s duties

An accountant is responsible for all matters relating to the financial affairs of the organisation for which he or she works. Although there may be more junior clerical staff working under the accountant, it is the accountant’s responsibility to ensure that all matters of finance are accurate, up-to-date, in line with legal requirements, open to scrutiny and above reproach.

The accountant is tasked with ensuring that management is kept informed of the financial affairs of the company, and will provide advice and guidance when needed. He is given the overall responsibility of ensuring that creditors are paid timeously, and that debtors settle their accounts as agreed, thereby ensuring a steady flow of income into the company.

The accountant is also responsible for ensuring that the company’s employees are paid correctly and on time. The accountant is an integral and vital member of any business, for many reasons.

Choosing the right accountant

Check their reputation and online reviews

Accountants who form part of the permanent workforce are selected with extreme care, bearing in mind their qualifications, skills and experience. However, for those smaller businesses which choose to use an external accountant, it is wise to appoint an accountant who has an excellent reputation.

Whilst accountants can and do widely advertise their services, it is advisable to find out if they are well known, how long they have been in operation, whether they are reliable and affordable for your particular needs, and, if available, who else they are working for. Make use of a reliable and informative resource such as Uptasker where possible to check their reviews and range of services.




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Top accounting tips

Even small businesses will find the services of an accountant invaluable, especially when it comes to taxation matters, collecting debtors’ payments and preparing annual accounts for inspection by the auditors (if you have a (Pty) Ltd company). A bookkeeper can assist you to a large degree, but an accountant is your safe haven at the end of the financial year.

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