One of the misconceptions many people have of accountants is that they are all boring and only care about numbers. Well numbers are their game but dig deep enough and you will find they are not boring at all – they are normal human beings. And of course just like us there are some who could do with a better bedside manner! Ask yourself, “How often do I speak to my accountant?” I hope the answer is often because you need to keep the relationship moving and make sure you work together and in doing so communication is vital.
You’ve heard the term “A dog isn’t just for Christmas”? Well the same applies to your accountant! What I’m trying to say is that SMEs have lots of deadlines to think about such as: end of tax year, Self-assessment, NIC payments, VAT deadlines and the list goes on but what you don’t want to do is leave these until the very last minute and only speak to your accountant when you are forced to. Having regular ongoing communication with your accountant means that you are always on top of deadlines and you give yourself plenty of time to get everything in order. Of course you will ask yourself “Why doesn’t my accountant do all of this for me?” which they will, but you need to work together.
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