This has been updated for August 2017
Doing your taxes is a complex and time-consuming job that many Aussies prefer to pass on to the professionals.
Finding a fully-qualified, friendly, and experienced tax accountant isn’t always straightforward. Pick the wrong one, and you could end up wasting time and money.
We’ve taken local knowledge and real-life experience and put together this list of the top 4 tax accountants in Canberra. So, have a read before you pick up the phone.
What to Look for in a Quality Tax Accountant
Your personal and business finances are important. You don’t want to hand them over to just any accountant.
Here are a couple of key characteristics we believe every quality tax accountant must have.
- Relevant qualifications. First and foremost, your accountant must be registered with the ATO and possess relevant professional qualifications.
- Knowledgeable. The best tax accountants know the ins and outs of the process, keep up with any changes in taxation legislation, and have an eye for detail.
- Organised. Even if your taxes are relatively simple, your tax accountant should be borderline obsessed with staying organised. Poor organisational skills may result in mistakes and unwanted delays.
- Reasonably priced. We understand that tax accounting is a niche profession, but it shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg.
- Approachable. The best in the business take the time to understand your financial situation and business structure. They are friendly, considerate, and explain the process in an easy-to-understand way.
The Top 5 Canberra Tax Accountants According to You
RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 19 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.
To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and maintain a minimum average of 4/5 stars on both Google and Facebook reviews.
As the country’s sixth largest audit, tax, and consulting network, RSM Australia has helped hundreds of Canberra’s residents claim their tax refunds. With a fast 3-week turnaround and a maximum refund guarantee, RSM is a reliable, no-fuss Canberra tax accountant.
Established over 95 years ago, RSM Global has offices in 120 countries worldwide, with 1200 staff in Australia alone. The carefully selected team are dedicated to ensuring each and every client understands the process and discovers what matters most to their business.
Their reasonable pricing structure has no hidden fees – it’s no wonder RSM performs over 100,000 tax returns every financial year!
Capital Tax Returns
With 15 years of accounting experience, and a membership to the Tax Practitioners Board and National Tax Agents Association, Shaun from Capital Tax Returns in Canberra is a reliable choice.
Whether you’re behind on your taxes, want the maximum refund, or need your taxes done fast, Capital Tax Returns can help. Shaun works for you, the client – not for the ATO. His services are personalised, thorough, and prompt. In fact, your taxes will be lodged on the same day as your appointment, by the same accountant.
One of our commenters, Sthain, had this to say about Shaun at Capital Tax Returns: “He is friendly and approachable. His rates are very reasonable.” Sounds pretty good to us.
Global Accounting Services
Global Accounting Services in Canberra offer fully qualified tax accountants and are a registered tax agent with the Australian Taxation Office.
Although Global Accounting Services specialises in individual tax, investment properties, defence tax returns, and small business, they can lodge taxes and provide sound tax advice to trusts, companies, partnerships, and self-managed super funds.
With 30-years combined accounting experience, the team at Global Accounting Services provide a friendly, tailor-made tax accounting service. One commenter, OLydia, wrote, “They got me and my husband very nice refunds this year and reviewed previous accountant prepared returns to find extra deductions. Very happy.”
Mobile Tax Returns
Mobile Tax Returns is an Australia-wide network of accounting professionals that provide a variety of taxation services. From planning and advice, to the preparation and lodgements of your tax returns, Mobile Tax Returns can help you reach your financial and business goals.
All tax accountants in Canberra that work within the Mobile Tax Returns network are fully qualified and have years of accounting and legal experience. They strive to keep up-to-date with changes in tax legislation to ensure their clients take advantage of all opportunities.
Mobile Tax Returns offer taxation services and advice to those with an individual, company, and trust financial structure.
Our commenter, Vix, recommended Bill Barlin at Mobile Tax Returns. They had this to say: “We find him easy to understand and on the ball with tax issues.”
For nearly ten years, the competent team at Tailored Accountants have helped residents in the Canberra region make sense of their finances and complete their taxes. Offering an award-winning range of accounting services, Tailored Accountants is a fool-proof option.
The friendly team understands that no two individuals’ financial situation, goals, and aspirations are the same. That’s why they customise their services to help you secure an optimal outcome come tax time.
Whether you need urgent disaster recovery, advice on starting up a business, professional guidance for the financial requirements of your not-for-profit, or a scalable solution for your corporate company, Tailored Accountants can provide professional expertise. With a fantastic reputation, you can rest assured that your finances are in safe hands.
What’s more, the accountants at Tailored are proficient in all leading accounting and bookkeeping software, including XERO, MYOB, and QuickBooks. In fact, Tailored Accountants are Canberra’s bookkeeping specialists. Proper bookkeeping can make end-of-year taxes much easier.
With a comprehensive range of services and a committed, enthusiastic team, Tailored Accountants have been nominated for the coveted Telstra Business Awards since 2014.
Finally, you will know you are working with the best in the business with Tailored Accountants. Their team is recognised and certified by all necessary industry bodies.
Your Experience with Tax Accountants in Canberra
Do you have a go-to tax accountant? Maybe you’ve recently tried working with one of the companies mentioned above.
If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.
Please comment below detailing your experience with Canberra based tax accountants? Who would you recommend? Who would you use again? Who would you steer clear of?