The best chartered accountants in Canberra

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Working with a chartered accountant can give you peace of mind that your personal or business finances are in safe hands. Chartered accounts are experts and have years of formal study. They perform a wide range of tasks. This includes auditing, financial reporting, and taxation.

A top-quality, reliable chartered accountant can also support you in other ways. They can, for example, develop strategies that to help you and/or your business grow and prosper.

In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a chartered accountant, and share where to find the best in Canberra.

What makes a great chartered accountant?

Choosing the right chartered accountant can free you up to focus on your core business. After all, this is what you’re most passionate about.

It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a chartered accountant.

  • Experience. You’ll want a chartered accountant with years of experience. This will give you confidence that your chartered accountant can develop strategies for getting the most out of your finances.
  • Eye for detail. Accurate accounting is about the detail. The best chartered accountants are detail-oriented. They’re meticulous in crunching numbers.
  • Knowledge. You’ll want a chartered accountant who gains an in-depth understanding of your personal or business goals. Knowing the ins and outs of your circumstances helps your chartered accountant provide solid advice.
  • Price. The best accountants are fairly priced. They don’t overcharge for services and offer value-for-money.
  • Accessible. You’ll want a chartered accountant who isn’t so busy you never get any attention. They’ll respond promptly.

The best chartered accountants in Canberra

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RSM Australia – Chartered Accountants

RSM is a full-service chartered accountancy firm. Its suite of services includes quality advisory, auditing, risk/recovery and financial planning services. Through RSM in Canberra, clients benefit from depth of expertise and experience across all areas. RSM services individuals, small businesses and larger organisations (public and private).

In addition to local, on-the-ground service, RSM clients benefit from the vast knowledge and strength of its large national and international network. Providing personalised service and building genuine and productive relationships is critical. This way, the RSM Canberra-based professionals can provide clients with a high degree of technical and trusted advisory services.

The majority of accountants at RSM are backed by relevant qualifications with memberships in professional accountancy bodies. Each expert works to understand each client’s unique goals and aspirations.

On Google, George Cassimatis wrote, “If you want good tax, financial or planning advice, RSM is the place to go!”

Aero Group

Aero Group specialises in small and medium business taxation and business advisory services. The firm assists clients to perform at a high level across six pillars – grow, tax, wealth, protect, optimise and exit. Services begin with a strong understanding of a business owners’ lifecycle. Determining where a business is at and understanding its core drivers and needs enables Aero Group to always deliver the best outcome for clients and enable them to reach their true potential.

Aero Group guarantees that clients pay the least amount of tax legally possible. Each client is assigned a trusted business advisor and mentor, offering advice in plain English and providing both value-for-money and peace of mind. Dedicated staff are proactive in keeping clients informed and up-to-date on matters relevant to business and financial health.

Growing businesses, increasing profitability, improving cash flow, protecting assets, creating wealth, being financially organised and developing strategic planning are all part of Aero Group’s service equation.

Completely Taylored

Completely Taylored, established in 2016, offers professional trust accounting services. This includes specialised real estate trust accounts. Director Courtney Milne has more than 11 years of experience in accounting, administration, business development and real estate.

Completely Taylored handles all trust accounts in line with legislation. Work includes daily trust account bank reconciliations, mid and end of month processing and payouts, and end-of-month reporting. Clients receive efficient, effective services. They also receive informed, reliable advice.

On Facebook, Pamela Gonzalez wrote, “Completely Taylored has a great team. From working with real estate agencies, childcare centres, or other small businesses, they have it covered … Highly recommend.”

Vivid Chartered Accountants

Customer service is the heart of Vivid Chartered Accountants. The team works closely with clients to provide solutions, save money and add value. Vivid Chartered Accountants has a wide range of expertise in all matters of taxation and accounting, making it easy for clients to concentrate on individual and business goals.

David Miller wrote on Google, “Vivid Accounting have been 100% professional and supportive, keeping us well-informed and confident we are complying at every stage.”

If you’re looking for more information on accounting and financial services in Canberra, you might like our articles on the best tax accountants, the best financial planners, the best business advisors and the best defined benefit super financial planners Canberra has to offer.

Your experience with chartered accountants in Canberra

Have you had experience with any of the chartered accountants listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

What qualifications do accountants have to have?

In Australia, to become an Accountant, you need a qualification such as Bachelor of Accounting, Master of Professional Accounting or you need to complete a Certified Practising Accountant program. A Bachelor Degree in Accounting is required to apply to an Australian professional accounting body.

How much does it cost to hire a chartered accountant?

The cost to hire a chartered accountant varies depending on the type and level of service you require. It’s best to talk to your chartered accountant to get a clear, written estimate of fees before you dive in.

What’s the best way to work with my chartered accountant?

Talk to your chartered accountant about ways to work together. Certainly it helps if you get organised and provide your chartered accountant detailed and complete information so they can get on with the job.

What qualities should I look for in a chartered accountant?

You want a chartered accountant who is going to be by your side all the way. Look for qualifications and experience, including the type of experience you need. It’s also good to have a chartered accountant who has great communications skills and can think through strategies and options with you.

How much tax will my chartered accountant save me?

A great chartered accountant believes their role is to save you as much tax as possible, within legal guidelines. The amount they’ll be able to save you very much depends on your circumstances. The bet chartered accountants will review with you how much tax they’ve saved you, and how.

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colourful sydney racing identity2:28 pm 07 Aug 12

Jasmine_Keene said :

Try Nexis Accountants & Business Advisors in Belconnen. They did mine and they got me 98% of my tax back for me. Ripper!!

I doubt that.

Madam Cholet1:19 pm 07 Aug 12

On the recommndation of a someone who posted on a similar thread on RA some time a go, I used Tony Hanrahan from Australian Management Consultants. Very down to earth, wants the best outcome, no messing around. Already got one substantial return back. Handy for me as they are in the same building too!

MightyJoe said :

Tauben Schlag & Associates

-1 for Taubenschlag. The practically doubled their fees from my last return, very poor value indeed.

Jasmine_Keene4:48 pm 23 Feb 12

Try Nexis Accountants & Business Advisors in Belconnen. They did mine and they got me 98% of my tax back for me. Ripper!!

dph said :

Why is it the accountants fault that you don’t get a large return?

Why is it that people think they are entitled to a tax refund at all? Normally the same people who whine that government services aren’t good enough.

Why is it the accountants fault that you don’t get a large return?

Andrew Maroc & Associates in Lyneham are excellent.

Hadrill Accountants in North Lyneham, specialises in Investment returns too. My partner and I went and can highly recommend them. No farting around and got a great return.

Tauben Schlag & Associates

If you don’t mind travelling, I can’t speak highly enough of Ian Bain in Goulburn. Alternatively, if you’re after good quality financial advice and not specifically for tax agent/accounting services, Scott Malcolm at Money Mechanics in Civic is brilliant.

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