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How much do bookkeepers charge for their services?

Can someome shed some light on the average cost for basic and more advanced bookkeeping services?

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Amanda Hoffmann - Certified Bookkeeper, BAS Agent

Amanda Hoffmann - Certified Bookkeeper, BAS Agent, Owner / Manager ★ Certified Bookkeeper ★ BAS Agent at My Office Books - Virtual Bookkeeper & BAS Agent

Top 10% Tax

What services do you want your bookkeeper to perform?




If you want standard bookkeeping duties that do not include BAS services then you would be looking at using a virtual assistant, admin assistant, or bookkeeper to complete those tasks. 


The cost will be more expensive if you insist on them coming to you, as opposed to working online. 


Virtual assistants cost anywhere from $35 hour plus

Virtual bookkeepers cost anywhere from $25 hour plus


Onsite will generally cost you anywhere from $55 hour plus


A contracted bookkeeper cannot advise you about anything like superannuation, payroll, GST, or indirect taxes. They are strictly working on the defaults of your accounting software. You will not be covered by the Australian Taxation Office’s safe harbor regime that protects you if your registered BAS Agent or Tax agent makes a mistake. 





These days, most Tax Agents or BAS Agents will offer a fixed price package that offers a range of services. The below will “help” but not necessarily cover all questions you might have.


Simple Bookkeeping from $88 plus a month

Excel sheet or accounting software provided by you, the client

Bank Feeds coded by rules

Bank reconciliation

No payroll or superannuation


Mid Range Bookkeeping/BAS Preparation from $150 plus a month

Accounting software supplied with the smartphone app to capture receipts

invoices/expenses matched and/or bank feed rules

Bank reconciliation

Possibly 1 employee + super + STP

Quarterly BAS as part of the monthly package or charged separately


Higher Range Services - Usually requires a quote based on workload + payroll requirements

Accounting software supplied with the smartphone app to capture receipts

All invoices/expenses matched to the bank feeds

Bank reconciliation

Staff Payroll + Superannuation + STP

BAS completed as part of the package or charged separately


Other services that may be included in a fixed fee package, or may not

FBT installment 

Luxury car tax

Fuel tax credits

Taxable Payments Annual Report

PAYG Annual Reporting

End of Financial Year reconciliations and Reporting 

Hatty Bell

Hatty Bell, Community Manager at

Great insight @Amanda Hoffmann - Certified Bookkeeper, BAS Agent . What extra services will a virtual assistant offer than a virtual bookkeeper (to accommodate the extra $10 a hour more)?

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