13 Dec Who should you trust for VAT advice? Here’s how you find the right accountant
Taxation, in general, can be a minefield for the inexperienced. Specifically, understanding VAT is something a lot of businesses struggle with. It makes sense, then, for you to contact a specialist for VAT advice. But with so many out there claiming to be experts, how do you know who to trust?
Here’s how you make sure you’re working with the right accountants for your needs.
Do your research
There’s no substitute for doing a bit of homework when it comes to choosing the right accountant for you. If possible, ask said accountant for some references you can get in contact with. If they’re proud of their service, they should have no issues with providing a list of former or current customers.
Ask some key questions – how affordable were they? What were they like to work with? How did you find their service? Give yourself as broad a picture as possible of the reality of the accountant’s service. There’s no better judge than those who have previously paid for it.
It’s unreasonable to expect your accountant to be on the end of the phone any time of the day or night. If you’re finding that it’s difficult to get into contact with someone, there should be alarm bells ringing. If emails or calls go regularly unanswered, they’re not the firm for you.
When you’re speaking face to face or on the phone, pay attention to how they speak to you. Are they generous with their time and their knowledge? Or can’t they get rid of you quick enough? VAT advice is so important for the successful operation of any business, you shouldn’t trust it to just anyone.
You’re going to the accountant for VAT advice because they’re the specialist and you’re not. Right? So, pay careful attention to how they work and the results that they generate. Are mistakes regularly being made? Key oversights from someone who should know better?
Remember, this is your business. Your money. Your time. Trust it only with those who readily display the appropriate levels of knowledge and insight. Be discerning – it pays dividends.