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Top services offered by accounting firms

Accounting

Accounting

Get your finances in the best possible shape and develop accounting strategies to push your business forwards. 

FROM $300

Bookkeeping

Bookkeeping

Keep your books organised and updated in accordance with Australian standards. 

FROM $150

Tax returns

Tax returns

Prepare and submit your tax returns and meet tax obligations including payroll, GST, FBT, etc. 

FROM $273

BAS

BAS

Prepare and lodge your BAS returns and fulfil all of your GST obligations. 

FROM $110

Incorporation

Incorporation

Set off on the right foot by incorporating your company in line with regulations and smart business strategies. 

FROM $99

Due diligence

Due diligence

Review financial statements of a business you want to buy to determine their value and negotiate a price. 

FROM $1,500

Instant asset write-off

Instant asset write-off

The instant-asset write-off threshold is $30,000 to $50,000 for businesses with a turnover of less than $500 million. 

JobKeeper payment

JobKeeper payment

Fortnightly payments of up to $1,500 for 6 months for every eligible employee. 

Taxation

Taxation

Comply with all of your tax obligations and implement smart tax strategies. 

Business advisory

Business advisory

Get expert financial and accounting advice to grow or transform your business. 

Tax advice

Tax advice

Get advice on tax implications when buying or selling assets such as capital gains tax (CGT). 

FROM $176

Regulatory compliance

Regulatory compliance

Ensure you are meeting corporate secretarial standards including ASIC requirements. 

FROM $3,000

Payroll accounting

Payroll accounting

Manage your payroll accounting including payroll, payroll, taxes, employee benefits and compensation. 

FROM $49

Budgeting and forecasting

Budgeting and forecasting

Get expert advice on annual or periodic budgeting and forecasting for your business. 

FROM $600

Dissolving a business

Dissolving a business

Wind down your business in accordance with regulations and finalise your accounts correctly. 

FROM $500

Average hourly rate for Accountants in Australia

min rate $76 - $184 max rate







  • XO Accounting PTY. LTD.
    XO Accounting PTY. LTD.

    ABN: 62164715100

    Accounting

    Werribee

    At XO Accounting our focus is on enabling you, your family and your business to reach your full financial potential through user- friendly technology and professional advice. We base our approach on our Core Philosophy of: Time; allowing you to focus on Important tasks rather than Urgent tasks Money; improving your overall financial position through: Better cashflow management Tax efficiency Improved business and personal profitability through better planning and advice Team; providing you with an extended support team to be there by your side when needed We achieve this through our Total Service Solution and range of packages suitable for you whether you are: A business; An individual; An SMSF; or A Not for Profit. Using the latest user-friendly technology tailored to your unique requirements.

  • The Diligent Group Advisory Services Pty Ltd
    The Diligent Group Advisory Services Pty Ltd

    ABN: 39627480675

    Accounting

    Darlington

    Accounting, taxation and advisory services dedicated to the start up and small business client. Our mission statement is about providing accounting & advisory services usually exclusive to large companies, to our local neighbourhood SMEs in a timely, proactive & cost effectively manner. Our vision is to focus on a small number of SME clients that want a more hands on, proactive and interactive approach from their advisors. The intention is always to be to help our clients achieve the GOALS our clients want, not what we want for them.

  • Capital Accounting Services Pty Ltd
    Capital Accounting Services Pty Ltd

    ABN: 11062194487

    Accounting

    North Adelaide

    We work with people who wish to build a profitable sustainable small or medium business,whilst meeting and minimising their tax obligations for the purpose of increasing and protecting their personal wealth. Where possible we fix your fees and we love technology and cloud accounting to save you time and money. At Capital Accounting Services we appreciate the individuality of people and businesses and are committed to providing timely, accurate solutions tailored to suit your particular situation. We work alongside you to solve problems that arise and help you reach your financial goals. The team of focused, friendly accountants at Capital Accounting Services offers a wide range of expertise and experience in business, taxation, financial planning, and wealth creation.

  • Shaw Accounting Pty Ltd
    Shaw Accounting Pty Ltd

    ABN: 28153115363

    Accounting

    Bridgewater

    Small Accounting and Financial Planning firm that specialises in Small to Medium sized business Accounting needs, & Self Manager Superannuation, compliance, advice and audits. We offer a full range of services which includes Financial Advice for individuals and have various levels of experience to cater for most sized jobs. We would be keep to have a discussion to see how we can help you. We offer a personalised service and can use various means of communication to suit all geographical locations. Chris Shaw is the principal of Shaw Accounting and Chris Shaw Financial Services and can be contacted at the office on 08 8370 9039 and by email at chris@shawccounting.com.au

  • Kuber Tax Solutions
    Kuber Tax Solutions

    ABN: 37169341351

    Accounting

    Richlands

    Situated in Richlands, Queensland, Kuber serves its clients across Australia and Papua New Guinea with the promise of perfect, prompt and effective solutions. Our wide range of services include all types of tax returns, including individual, sole trader, partnership, trust, SMSF, and company returns. We also engage ourselves to provide varied consultations on small business accounting services, including book keeping, BAS preparation, entity set up (company, trust, SMSF), financial statement preparation, tax planning, and advice.

  • XYZ Accounting
    XYZ Accounting

    ABN: 77674782832

    Accounting

    Norwood

    XYZ Accounting is an online tax accountant and small business partner. We offer an online service for Tax Returns, BAS, ASIC Company Secretary, New Business Startups, Superannuation Refunds, and SMSF Audits. We are a Xero Certified bookkeeper. We offer affordable bookkeeping services to small businesses and individuals. Instead of booking an appointment and driving to a tax agent, you can fill in the details on our website. We charge up front flat fees, if there is a service you are unsure abo

  • Gibbs Hurley & Co Pty Ltd
    Gibbs Hurley & Co Pty Ltd

    ABN: 13147042742

    Accounting

    Paddington

    GIBBS HURLEY is a Chartered Accoutants practice specialising in business compliance and advice since 2010.. We assist past, present and future business owners in every stage of their financial journey. With confident advice and clarity, we guide our clients through complex financial decisions, while helping them stay focused on their pathway to achieve their financial expectations. Let me guess, you feel your financial affairs and business are not going how you will like them to go. Maybe things are going well, but you feel there is so much more potential. Your current accountant does a good job with all the compliance work, but does not gives you advice. If you could only have someone that will take the time to get to know you and your business, did all the compliance work and on top of that give you proactive advice.

  • Refund Express Australia
    Refund Express Australia

    ABN: 58168255294

    Accounting

    South Albury

    We created a system designed to make lodging Individual Tax Returns quick and easy. We didn’t want any complex questions or forms. We wanted it to be simple and easy for anyone and everyone. The system has been designed to be done completely online and allow users to do it in their own time without needing to go out of their way to deal with anyone in person.

  • Somes Cooke
    Somes Cooke

    ABN: 76668377984

    Accounting

    West Perth

    At Somes Cooke Chartered Accountants, we understand that entrepreneurs are driven by vision - and thrive on change. We know the importance of seizing the advantage in a constantly evolving environment and understand the obstacles that often seem insurmountable, but by working together we also see the opportunities. Our goal is to help you transform your vision into reality with the help of our Audit, Corporate Finance, Financial Planning, Taxation, Business and International services.

Business Accountants

Accounting is one of the most essential components of running a successful business. It allows businesses to keep track of cash flow and ensures financial operations are compliant for tax purposes. 

Who needs business accountants?

Almost all businesses, regardless of their shape or size, can benefit from an accountant at some point on their journey. Accountants can help out at various stages of business growth. Here are just some of the reasons why businesses need an accountant:

  • To write a business plan
  • To get advice on the business’s legal structure
  • Bookkeeping services
  • Consultancy services
  • Audit and assurance services

Do I need a business accountant?

Many business owners hire accountants to ensure that they are compliant with regulations. Some businesses choose to utilise bookkeepers throughout the financial year and only involve their accountant when it comes to tax return time, but other businesses see significant value in keeping their accountants closer. 

What does a business accountant do?

The essence of an accountant’s role is to prepare, assess and examine your business’s financial records. Your accountant can help streamline your financial processes, minimise taxes and grow your business.

It’s useful to know about specialised accountants who may be a better fit for your needs.

What is a BAS agent?

A business activity statement (BAS) accountant deals specifically with completing and lodgings your BAS statement accurately and on time. BAS is a tax reporting obligation, and hiring an accountant will ensure it’s done correctly. 

What is a CPA accountant?

A Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) is a business accounting professional who has a degree or postgraduate qualification recognised by CPA Australia. A CPA qualification is the most credible accounting qualification in Australia.

Is a CPA better than an accountant?

A certified practising accountant has more credibility and experience than a regular accountant, but both types can offer excellent accountancy services. One of the key differences between CPAs and accountants is that CPAs can prepare audited financial statements, whereas an accountant cannot.

What is a tax accountant?

A tax accountant is responsible for assisting clients with financial and income tax statements and returns. Tax accountants have a thorough understanding of tax law and they can help businesses identify tax savings and analyse any potential tax issues.

What is a business services accountant?

A business services accountant is responsible for ensuring that organisations are compliant with tax requirements and assist with tax planning. They provide compliance support for a wide range of larger business clients and firms.

Do small businesses really need to hire an accountant?

If you’re a small business owner, you might be thinking that saving money by doing your own accounting is the way to go. 

However, if your time is valuable and better spent elsewhere in your business, hiring an accountant may actually be more profitable for you in the long-term. Accountants will take care of time-consuming tasks, which will then free up your time as well as give you the peace of mind to focus on generating more revenue for your business. 

How do I minimise my business accounting expenses?

It’s important to keep good accounting practices to minimise the amount of time your accountant needs to spend to keep your business financially healthy and compliant. The most important things you can do are:

  • Keep personal and business finances separate
    Do not mix up your business and personal records
  • Record everything
    Keep records for things such as how much money is coming in, and how much is going out, along with where it’s coming from or going to. You should also record any petty cash withdrawals and keep receipts for purchases made with cash.
  • Keep track of inventory and receipts
    Maintaining detailed records of all inventory, receipts and documents is vital come tax time.
  • Meet your payroll obligations
    If you fail to pay your employees on time, neglect to pay their superannuation or withhold Pay As You Go (PAYG) tax instalments, you may face penalties from the ATO or from Fair Work.
  • Prepare for the end of the financial year
    If you keep good records and follow the advice above, the end of the financial year should be simple, especially if you hire a bookkeeper to assist you in maintaining your records.

What can a business accountant do for your business?

Hiring a business accountant offers a wealth of benefits. Some of the things an accountant can do for your business include:

  • Prepare, examine and balance your accounts
  • Set up accounting or bookkeeping software 
  • Devise tax strategies to claim appropriate tax deductions 
  • Prepare your tax return and financial statements
  • Ensure your business is complying with laws and regulations and deal with the ATO on your behalf 
  • Provide auditing services and support during a government audit
  • Improve financial practices and systems to increase efficiency 
  • Provide accounting recommendations and best practices
  • Set up a small business with the right business structure and accounts
  • Incorporate companies and help with demerges, mergers and acquisitions
  • Set up the legal structure of your business 
  • Conduct due diligence for buying and selling a business

From this non-exhaustive list, you can see that accountants may be useful at various stages of a business’ development. When you choose to hire an accountant will depend on your business needs at the time. 

How much does it cost to hire an accountant?

Every business is unique and requires different accounting services, so it’s always worth getting a more accurate quote. 

However, accountants generally charge a fixed fee for periodic services such as tax return submissions and a monthly fee for bookkeeping and other operational accounting services. A monthly fee may or may not include a subscription to accounting software, depending on the accountant. 

How do I hire an accountant?

You should hire an accounting firm with a decent track record, excellent reviews and experience handling businesses like yours. Your accountant should be easy to work with, credible to give you the best advice and trustworthy in handling sensitive information of your business.

You should also ensure that any accountants you hire have the relevant tertiary qualifications and are a member of a professional accounting body e.g. Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA) or Certified Practicing Accountants Australia (CPA). 

How do I find top accounting firms near me?

Maintaining good accounting and top finances is at the heart of your business's longevity, which is why finding and hiring the right accounting firm is imperative. Check out our guide on how to hire an account for your business here.

Here on SavvySME, you can find top accounting firms near you and talk to trusted experts about your business accounting needs.