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Looking for a good accountant in Canberra

By Postalgeek - 14 May 2009 23

Can anyone recommend a good accountant?  

My old accountant with whom I had a good rapport has left the firm I use, a fact I discovered only when I went in to drop off my tax.  

Now I’m feeling slightly gouged as the firm has jacked up its fees to twice what they were a year before with no warning.  

I expect price rises, my bill would go up around 10% each year, but not 100% price rises.  

Maybe my old accountant did me some favours, I don’t know, but I’m pretty sure I wasn’t receiving a 50% discount.  

It’s not like I present them with a ‘shoebox’ of receipts.  

Anyway, if anyone can recommend a competent and personable accountant, or small firm, it would be greatly appreciated.

What’s Your opinion?


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Looking for a good accountant in Canberra
old canberran 7:42 pm 14 May 09

Davo111 said :

Anyone can be an accountant…

Can’t agree with that comment. Took me 6 years part time to get an Accountancy Certificate.

CoffinRX2 6:31 pm 14 May 09

Luke Glanville from Achilleus Accounting. I think they just moved office and are in Leichardt St Kingston now?

gp 5:32 pm 14 May 09

Good advice and all, but the cost of getting the return done is an issue as well. I have a few investment properties, and have to balance the cost of getting a tax return done(and not having a headache as well) with the huge chunk of tax return taken out from paying that much for a couple of hours work for a trained professional.

$800 last year for something she admitted less then two hours. I wish I got paid that much… 🙂

Pesty 5:18 pm 14 May 09

dvaey said :

PBO said :

I will recommend ITP (Income Tax Professionals) in Belconnen. They are Tax marvels! I thought that I would only get back $1500 and they got me $4500. And they are so straight down the line and up front with you. In fact I enjoyed my Tax experience so much I offered to buy them a bottle of champagne.

I used them last year for the first time at the recommendation of a family member. They seemed a bit disappointed that my taxes were so simple but still got me a good refund. However, I heard through said family member, that the accountant who did our taxes last year from belconnen has now passed away, so we may be looking elsewhere this year too depending on what their fees look like now.

Ah! The old only to certainties in life theory proven!

Postalgeek 5:12 pm 14 May 09

Thanks all for the input.

Davo111 4:34 pm 14 May 09

Anyone can be an accountant… thats why i use a chartered accountant.

kean van choc 4:18 pm 14 May 09

Whoops – Hussey & Hussey are no longer in Civic – they have now moved to Dickson.

kean van choc 4:14 pm 14 May 09

I can highly recommend Pamela Hussey at Hussey & Hussey on London Circuit in the City. Very efficient, reasonably priced and is an actual accountant (not just a tax gent).

Jivrashia 3:08 pm 14 May 09

Your very own self (as an accountant)?

No no, I’m not trying to be a smart-arse. Let me explain.

If you’re only doing work-related expenses, investment properties, and shares, you might as well learn it and do it yourself. It’s a bit of a learning curve but once you’ve commanded it, it’d give you better control over your affairs. Furthermore, you might actually get back more in tax return?

In my case, being an investment property owner, it took me four nights to get it done…
Four nights of headaches and bitching and screeching…

What was that accountant’s name again???

dvaey 2:51 pm 14 May 09

PBO said :

I will recommend ITP (Income Tax Professionals) in Belconnen. They are Tax marvels! I thought that I would only get back $1500 and they got me $4500. And they are so straight down the line and up front with you. In fact I enjoyed my Tax experience so much I offered to buy them a bottle of champagne.

I used them last year for the first time at the recommendation of a family member. They seemed a bit disappointed that my taxes were so simple but still got me a good refund. However, I heard through said family member, that the accountant who did our taxes last year from belconnen has now passed away, so we may be looking elsewhere this year too depending on what their fees look like now.

Pommy bastard 2:37 pm 14 May 09

Gobbo said :

I am very fond of Matt’s work from Sleigh P E C in Kippax. He always finds me big refunds. Bless him.

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Ha! So do I use Matt, nice chap, highly recommended,.

Noodles 2:26 pm 14 May 09

I use John Taubenschlag, of Taubenschlag & Associates. He has always done a good job for me. He’s based at the Woden shops, which isn’t actually all that convenient for me, but hey, I only go there once a year. Ph 02 6232 5777.

Skidd Marx 2:10 pm 14 May 09

When it comes to accounting, remember the simple rule: the dodgier the better.

Gobbo 2:02 pm 14 May 09

I am very fond of Matt’s work from Sleigh P E C in Kippax. He always finds me big refunds. Bless him.

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Ph:(02) 6254 5717

PBO 1:59 pm 14 May 09

I will recommend ITP (Income Tax Professionals) in Belconnen. They are Tax marvels! I thought that I would only get back $1500 and they got me $4500. And they are so straight down the line and up front with you. In fact I enjoyed my Tax experience so much I offered to buy them a bottle of champagne.

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