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Accounting And Tax Services

Fish Hoek, Cape Town, WC (1.2km from Fish Hoek)
We provide full functions of Accounting and Tax Services for "Businesses and Individuals" Don't miss your DEADLINES to avoid unnecessary PENALTIES & INTEREST. WhatsApp: 061 174 9570 - or Call: 021 300 7036 -
Their service is absolutely good and affordable prices
 |  Posted 2 months ago

Quotient Financial Solutions

Westlake, Cape Town, WC (6.8km from Fish Hoek)
Tailored Solutions Although we are an accounting firm at heart, we go the extra mile to ensure that our service is tailor made to your specific requirements. Onsite or Offsite We pride ourselves in providing a personal service to you whether it be at your offices or ours. Leave it to us We have experienced and qualified staff to find a solution for your accounting related requirements. Whether it be a simple accounting task or complex tax query we can meet your needs.

Harry Curtis & Co

Plumstead, Cape Town, WC (14.9km from Fish Hoek)
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...

Abakus Accounting Solutions Pty Ltd

Plumstead, Cape Town, WC (14.9km from Fish Hoek)
Not your old-school accountants. We’re different. Our vision is to collaborate with the entrepreneurs, the freelancers, the one-man bands, the start-ups, and all the other hustlers of the business world. To provide accounting, tax & advisory services that are relevant, comprehensive and innovative. Cloud-based, outsourced financial management packages structured with your core business in mind and not billable hours. Consider your hand held.

JM Tax & Accounting Consultants Pty Ltd

Kenilworth, Cape Town, WC (17km from Fish Hoek)
JM Tax & Accounting Consultants is a virtual firm of Business Accountants in Practice and Tax Practitioners that specialize in Tax compliance. We aim to assist taxpayers (SMME’s and Individuals) to become Tax compliant by demystifying the complicated world of Tax through a professional and transparent approach. We believe that all taxpayers should be Tax compliant without having to spend large amounts of time and money in the process. We offer reliable accounting and tax solutions at a very minimum charge.We are not your typical bean counters. We love people! We love helping small business owners get set up for...

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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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