How To Keep Communication With Your Accountant Smooth For Completing Annual Accounts
Running a limited company can be a demanding and time-consuming endeavour, so it is important to ensure that all of the important processes are in order. One of the most important tasks you’ll do is to manage your accounts and make sure that your annual accounts are completed correctly and on time. It’s strongly recommended to work with an accountant when it comes to annual accounts, and beyond.
Here at Joanna Bookkeeping, we understand that keeping track of your business’s transactions and financial details is never easy, but it doesn’t have to be too difficult an complicated! Our team of Oxford-based accountants can take care of everything from annual accounts to tax and VAT.
It’s essential to have a good relationship with your accountant and to keep communication with them smooth. Here are some tips for maintaining an effective relationship with your accountant to ensure that your annual accounts are completed correctly and that the whole process is as smooth as possible for everyone involved…
Respond to your accountant's queries in a timely manner
This may seem like an obvious piece of advice, but it can be very easy to get caught up in the day-to-day running of your limited company. Delays will make the process much longer and you run the risk of your accountant’s fee being higher than expected because consistent delays make the preparation of annual accounts longer and more time-consuming.
Make sure you set aside time to respond to your accountant’s queries in a respectable timeframe, making it easier for you and them.
Respond to your accountant's queries in full
When it comes to organising your annual accounts (or any other correspondence with your accountant), it is essential to respond to queries in full. Clear and accurate communication is essential to ensure that your accountant can accurately advise you on financial matters. Not responding to their queries or providing incomplete information can lead to incorrect advice and mistakes. It is best to be as thorough and detailed as possible when responding to your accountant’s queries to ensure that you receive the best advice possible.
Don’t pick and choose which questions you want to answer; this will only delay things and your accountant will have to chase you over and over again for the same information they asked you in the first place. If you’re not sure how to respond to some queries, just communicate this with your accountant. They will then be able to give you more details or explain things differently or offer a video call to disuss things.
Be organised and keep proper business records throughout the year
Organisation and record-keeping are two of the most important elements when it comes to running a successful business. Keeping track of all your expenses, income, and other important information can help you make informed decisions, maximise profit, and remain compliant with legal requirements such as your annual accounts.
It is important to be organised throughout the year to ensure that you are collecting the necessary data and filing your legal documents correctly. You should be keeping track of all of your income, expenses, and other important data such as contracts, invoices, and client information. This information should be kept in a secure, organised system for easy access and retrieval, and to facilitate good communication between you and your accountant.
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Do regular bookkeeping
Keeping accurate records of all financial transactions can ensure business success and help you remain compliant with the law. Whether you decide to do the bookkeeping yourself or hire a professional bookkeeper, it’s important to do regular bookkeeping for your limited company.
By recording all income and outgoings and regularly reconciling your accounts, you can easily identify any discrepancies and make sure your financial information is up-to-date. This will allow you to make better decisions about how to manage your budget and allocate resources.
Bookkeeping also helps you to remain compliant with the law. It is necessary to keep accurate records of financial transactions so that you can provide them in the event of an audit or when your accountant needs them for the annual accounts. This will also allow you to accurately calculate any taxes you may be liable to pay.
Listen to your accountant's suggestions about processes
Changing how things are done during the year can help to improve the organisation for the annual accounts and shorten the time needed to prepare them at the year-end. It doesn’t mean that you have to implement everything your accountant says, but it’s worth having a chat, exchanging opinions, and considering some positive and constructive changes.
By following these tips, you can ensure that you have a successful relationship with your accountant and that your annual accounts are completed correctly and in a timely manner.
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