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Good tax accountant in Canberra?

By Emily Morris - 15 August 2017 19

Tax accountants CanberraThis 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

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 4 Canberra Tax Accountants According to You

We consulted your comments and feedback and sought out some local insight to create this list of Canberra’s top 4 tax accountants.

Learn a bit more about each business right here.

RSM Australia

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.”

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.

Why not share your experience with us here? What did you like? Where did the tax accountant you used fall short?

Your feedback will help others have the best possible experience finding a reliable tax accountant in Canberra.

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19 Responses to
Good tax accountant in Canberra?
Sthain 3:10 pm 10 Jul 15

Capital Tax Returns – Shaun Canning. He’s located at shop 246 /39 Benjamin Way.
He is friendly and approachable. His rates are very reasonable.
0424 829 129.
http://www.capitaltaxreturns.com.au

justsomeaussie 9:00 am 26 Feb 14

Feng said :

You should go out there and have a look around. You may be surprised what better offers is out there for you.

Care to provide some recommendations and expection of prices then? Otherwise who’s to say you aren’t a competitor i.e. a positive recommendation is always better than a negative one.

Antagonist 7:09 pm 25 Feb 14

Feng said :

justsomeaussie said :

Sergio at Taubenschlag has been great the last 4 years. In the end, you get what you pay for. Pay little, get little.

Sergio is not an accountant. He is simply a registered tax agent… if I may add, Unclear pricing and bad with appointments. Would avoid like a plague.

+100 to avoiding like the plague. While I have not dealt with Sergio, my own experiences with Taubenschlag and Associates have been very unpleasant. Unprofessional, unrealiable and unorganised to boot. Have not been back for several years. Will never go back either.

JohnNash 2:42 pm 25 Feb 14

I can bet my bottom dollar on Zarrar (Janjua & Co.) in Holt. He is qualified accountant and chartered tax advisor. I started my business in 1999 and since had issues with ATO resulted from a wrong advice at the time GST came in. I had been to 4-5 accountants form 2000 to 2012 without much help with fixing the problem and then I was referred to him by a friend. It took few months, considering the problem started in 1999, but finally fixed with half of the amount I paid to my last accountant without any results.
He works from home and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. The only negative I can think of him is bit choosy about clients.

Feng 6:48 pm 24 Jan 14

angrymonkey said :

Feng said :

justsomeaussie said :

Sergio at Taubenschlag has been great the last 4 years. In the end, you get what you pay for. Pay little, get little.

Sergio is not an accountant. He is simply a registered tax agent… if I may add, Unclear pricing and bad with appointments. Would avoid like a plague.

Don’t know about you, but when I see a tax ‘dude’ (accountant/agent/adviser/whatever) I am not looking for scintillating conversation. I want a boring tax mo-fo who lives and breathes the most boring subject in the world. I have given Sergio my info for years and have always enjoyed the results of his work. No idea what he does on weekends, what he does for laughs, whatever. I don’t care. He doesn’t care about me. He is a tax return processor who knows his shit. I’m happy with that!

Good for you. But when there are so many more capable ACCOUNTANTS who can provide same, if not better level of advice, I would not choose this Sergio guy. The OP is looking for an accountant – That means CPA or CA. Why would I trust someone without a professional accounting accreditation over someone who does? It doesn’t make sense… Plus the other issues I mentioned…

You should go out there and have a look around. You may be surprised what better offers is out there for you.

angrymonkey 10:02 pm 23 Jan 14

Feng said :

justsomeaussie said :

Sergio at Taubenschlag has been great the last 4 years. In the end, you get what you pay for. Pay little, get little.

Sergio is not an accountant. He is simply a registered tax agent… if I may add, Unclear pricing and bad with appointments. Would avoid like a plague.

Don’t know about you, but when I see a tax ‘dude’ (accountant/agent/adviser/whatever) I am not looking for scintillating conversation. I want a boring tax mo-fo who lives and breathes the most boring subject in the world. I have given Sergio my info for years and have always enjoyed the results of his work. No idea what he does on weekends, what he does for laughs, whatever. I don’t care. He doesn’t care about me. He is a tax return processor who knows his shit. I’m happy with that!

Feng 6:02 pm 23 Jan 14

justsomeaussie said :

Sergio at Taubenschlag has been great the last 4 years. In the end, you get what you pay for. Pay little, get little.

Sergio is not an accountant. He is simply a registered tax agent… if I may add, Unclear pricing and bad with appointments. Would avoid like a plague.

foxygirl 12:55 pm 26 Sep 13

I use Beames & Associates – local Canberra firm and I got my refund fast 🙂

CoffinRX2 9:48 pm 06 Sep 13

Luke from Achilleus Accounting, … Been using him for personal, investment and commercial stuff for the past 6-7 years.

OLydia 7:02 pm 06 Sep 13

I can’t go past the accounting firm I was working with until recently – Global Accounting Services http://www.globalaccountingservices.com.au/ They got me and my husband very nice refunds this year and reviewed previous accountant prepared returns to find extra deductions. Very happy.

justsomeaussie 5:40 pm 06 Sep 13

Sergio at Taubenschlag has been great the last 4 years. In the end, you get what you pay for. Pay little, get little.

dibs 4:50 pm 06 Sep 13

All tax accountants have qualifications in taxation law. It is an essential course of study toward an accounting qualification.

Vix 3:02 pm 06 Sep 13

Bill Barlin of Mobile Tax Returns is not just a tax agent but also a solicitor with qualifications in tax law. We find him easy to understand and on the ball with tax issues such as those you mention… his number is 0438 600 615 and he is based northside.

Ben_Dover 2:02 pm 06 Sep 13

We use Matt at Sleigh PLC, very highly recommended.

http://www.sleigh-pec.com.au/

Madam Cholet 1:55 pm 06 Sep 13

National Management Consultants or NMC – Tony Hanrahan. Level 1, Hobart place.
Used him for a couple of years on an RA recommendation. Very happy with my tax returns. This year cost us about $220 each – and we have one investment property to deal with, plus some self funded study etc.

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