How to find the right accountant?

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Lisa Ormenyessy

Lisa Ormenyessy, Business Coach and Marketing Specialist at

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Kirsty Fox

Kirsty Fox, Principal at Spitfire Accounting Solutions

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Have a chat with them to start with, and see if you feel comfortable with them and what they offer. Generally you'll be speaking with the principal or a partner, but they won't be doing the work, their staff will.

A couple of things to think about -

- are they a CA (Chartered Accountant) or CPA? They are the 2 major industry bodies that require completion of a course plus continual professional learning. If they are doing BAS or tax, they need to be a Registered BAS Agent or a Registered Tax Agent. You can also check this on the Tax Practitioners Board website It will also tell you how long they have been registered for.

- do they charge by the hour or give you a fixed price for an agreed upon amount (scope) of work.

- what do they require from you? How much work do you have to do (or are willing to do), and what systems do they have I'm place to make things easy for you?

At the end of the day, it comes down to who you feel comfortable with to do what you want/need, and (hopefully) that extra step for you.