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The Tax Shop Durban

Essenwood, Berea, KZN (0.5km from Berea)
The TSF was the first publicised franchised accounting and tax services firm in South Africa. The franchisor company was incorporated in 2007 and growth of franchise license sales was rapid. Operations are currently conducted from Head Offices in Pretoria and Tzaneen as well as from our more than 70 outlets nationwide. We also have footprints in Namibia and Dubai. Franchisees are well educated, knowledgeable, experienced individuals having gained exposure in all sectors of business. TSF franchisees, together with specialists at Head office, are well placed to service the needs of individuals and small and medium-sized entities. The following table provides...

Y Ismail Group

Essenwood, Berea, KZN (0.5km from Berea)
Making sure that your accounting records are up to scratch is a critical part of any business but unfortunately this is often neglected by many until the last minute. If done correctly and timeously, well maintained accounting records become a vital part of a business decision making process and also assists in understanding ones business on a more intimate level. Our services include: Monthly management accounts and book keeping Annual financial statements Payroll, UIF and workmen's compensation Month end debtors and creditors reconciliations

Platinum Accounting

Musgrave, Berea, KZN (0.8km from Berea)
Platinum Accounting was established in April 2010 by Mohamed Simjee and Imtiaz Rajah. The company is primarily an accounting, auditing, taxation and consulting practice. Our focus is on small and medium size companies and our intention is to provide quality service with a personal touch.

Catto Young & Lester Inc

Musgrave, Berea, KZN (0.8km from Berea)
Catto Young & Lester Inc. provides accounting, auditing, company secretarial, taxation and wealth administration services to individuals, trusts and to small and medium sized enterprises operating throughout KwaZulu-Natal on an individual and personal basis. Catto Young & Lester Inc. has its foundations in the practice started by the Late Bob Catto in May 1949, which operated out of two small offices in central Durban. In the years to come he was joined by the Late Bruce Young (1951) and the Late Mick Lester (1965) and on 29 April 1965, the name of Catto Young & Lester was registered. The practice...

IS Consulting

Overport, Berea, KZN (1.4km from Berea)
Accounting Services Included in our accounting services are the following: Financial statement compilations Independent reviews Bookkeeping Cash Flow Projections Accounting and financial advice Management accounting and monthly reporting. Taxation The following are among some of the taxes we deal with : Tax on income (including provisional tax) Capital gains tax (CGT). Value added tax (VAT). Employees tax (PAYE). Unemployment insurance (UIF). Included in our range of taxation services are: Tax consulting, planning and advice. Registrations and deregistration of taxes. Calculation of tax liabilities. Completion and submission of tax returns. Checking of assessments. Objections to incorrect assessments. Tax clearance certificates. Business...

M Shaikh & Co

Sydenham, Berea, KZN (1.8km from Berea)
M Shaikh & Co is an accounting firm registered with the Department of Trade and Industry, South African Revenue Services and the South African Institute of Professional Accountants. We act as accounting officers to Close Corporations, Schools, Trusts and certain Body Corporates, Our client base consists of individuals as well as small to medium size enterprises operating in various industries. Our offices are located in Overport which is centrally situated in the greater Durban area. We are a team of hands on proactive individuals. We are the strategic partner in your business and tax affairs. The firm ensures that clients...

V N Kandailal & Company

Greyville, Berea, KZN (2km from Berea)
Who we are Kandailal Financial Group is an authorised financial services provider providing a wide range of products and services including risk and investments products, legal services, tax advice and auditing services. Our Pledge We, Kandailal Financial Group, commit our energies, intellect and knowledge to attaining the financial objectives of our clients by providing the highest possible level of service and delivering superior investment alternatives. We believe that putting the financial well-being of our clients first ultimately serves the best interests of our shareholders, our communities and ourselves. Remaining responsive to the needs of our clients in a financial environment...

Y D Maharaj & Co

Greyville, Berea, KZN (2km from Berea)
Our firm commenced practice on 1 April 1984. We practice from our premises at Y. D. Maharaj House, 161 Mathews Road, Durban and have a staff compliment of twenty two. At Y. D. Maharaj & CO., we offer a broad array of accounting and auditing services over a wide spectrum of industries. Our approach and methodologies are based on the principle of adding value rather than the traditional audit approach. The result is that the audit is no longer merely a statutory requirement, but rather a value added business service to our clients addressing business risk as well as providing...


Morningside, Berea, KZN (2.1km from Berea)
GBCA is an established firm of Professional Accountants, Business Consultants and Tax Specialists with a national footprint. We provide creative, innovative and cost effective solutions that will assist you in achieving both your short and long term financial goals. We see ourselves as business advisors rather than accountants. Our goal is to understand your business needs and provide sound professional advice and guidance to help your business achieve its potential.

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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.

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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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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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