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Bookkeeping, tax and related services for your small to medium business enterprise.... Bayside Accounting will provide your small to medium business enterprise with bookkeeping and financial services, tax compliance and other business services. Our team focuses on managing compliance and other challenges faced by our clients in a professional, cost effective and timely manner.

K2 Accounting

Cape Town, WC
We provide the full spectrum of accounting services from start to finish. All our work are done remotely and by Chartered Accountants. This makes our service affordable to everyone as our cost-saving we can carry over to you.

Cloud CFO

Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, WC (0.6km from Cape Town)
Cloud CFO exists to service Entrepreneurs with Accounting, Payroll, Taxation and Compliance Services by leveraging the latest cloud based technology and integrating an unprecedented operating model to deliver outstanding real time accounting service to its customers. Our service offering prices include XERO Accounting Software. XERO Accounting is a world leading cloud based Accounting Software, servicing more than 800,000 customers globally. Through its open API and a market place of 500 + cloud based XERO integrated applications it delivers an unparalleled could based business system offering. Our payroll offering uses the leading South African Cloud based software called SimplePay, which seamlessly...

Kirkman Lanfear

Gardens, Cape Town, WC (0.9km from Cape Town)
Kirkman Lanfear is a firm of chartered accountants, which has, between the partners, more than 75 years of experience. We like to believe that we offer our clients personalized and prompt services made possible by the use of systems and staff which ensure that all our clients needs are dealt with in an innovative, efficient and value-for-money basis. We are based in Cape Town, but have clients as far as Johannesburg and a few in Europe, the UK and USA. With the assistance of up-to-date technology we are able to service our long-distant clients with the same efficiency and timeliness...

Frymer & Associates

Woodstock, Cape Town, WC (2.9km from Cape Town)
Frymer and Associates was established in 1979 and with the knowledge and experience gained during the past 30 years are able to offer small and medium size businesses personalised and professional services at affordable rates. Today we are in the fortunate position of being affiliated with various members of the Cape Town Society who provide further specialised services in the fields of legal, financial advisory, brand strategy, business strategy, HR, wealth management, insurance and other critical business disciplines. Our staff composite is energetic, experienced and always eager to assist. Besides audit and accounting (including cost and management accounting), we specialise...

Ross Munro & Associates

Century City, Cape Town, WC (10.4km from Cape Town)
At Ross Munro & Associates we specialise in providing small and medium sized entities with accounting and related services. The Accounting services can be provided either in-house or at your premises and include: Processing of source documents Bank, creditors’ and debtors’ reconciliations Debtors and creditors age analysis VAT reconciliations and returns Management reports Assistance with design of accounting processes Implementing of computer process and support, including Pastel training Statutory registrations, including Income tax, VAT and payroll (PAYE, UIF and SDL)

Nicholls Accounting

Summer Greens, Cape Town, WC (12.4km from Cape Town)
We are a registered audit and accounting firm. We provide accounting and audit services to businesses in the SME sector. We offer the following services: Auditing Accounting Taxation Secreteral

Harry Curtis & Co

Plumstead, Cape Town, WC (12.7km from Cape Town)
Harry Curtis & Co is a firm, which is Registered as Accountants, Auditors and Tax Practitioners. The practice was established in 1988, its founder Harry Curtis having qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1979. The practice, since inception, has been registered with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) and the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA), formerly the Public Accountants and Auditors Board (PAAB). The practice operates from Cape Town’s, southern suburbs and has clients which include corporations with small turnovers to retail companies with turnovers exceeding R150 million p.a, non-profit organisations, schools, body corporates, trusts, medical practitioners...

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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

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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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