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Squared Up Accountants

We provide all of the standard services that you would expect from a chartered accountant. Accounts, tax returns, VAT and payroll to name a few. When it comes to business and personal tax advice, this is where we really shine. How can you make your business grow? How can you save tax? How can you plan for you and your family's future? At Squared Up Accountants, we do all of the number crunching for you and help you to understand the bits that actually affect your life. Rather than your accounts or tax returns just being a year-end job to tick off your list, we can use your financial information to help you make good business and personal decisions.

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What kind of accounting services do you provide?

We provide all of the standard services that you would expect from a chartered accountant. Accounts, tax returns, VAT and payroll to name a few. We can also assist you with cash flow and profit projections, forecasting and we also have a new business startup service providing everything that someone just starting out needs from a tax service perspective.

Why is it so important for businesses to hire a great accountant?

Hiring the wrong accountant can result in missed opportunities, over or under-paid tax and trouble from the tax authorities. How sad it would be for a business owner to look back and imagine how things could have been much better if he or she had hired a good accountant!

An accountant has a direct impact on the business in so many ways, and ultimately on the business owner's life and future, for better or worse.

A great accountant will be with you every step of the way as you make important financial decisions in your business and personal life, with the information and guidance that you need to be able to make sound choices in work and in life.

What do you love most about your job?

One of the best things is seeing our client's eyes light up when they "get it." For many clients who hire sub-standard accountants, they are handed a tax bill and told to pay it each year. They never understand how it is made up or calculated and many believe that this is just how things are.

We don't expect our clients to be accounting or tax experts, that's our job. But we do think that it's important for us to help them to understand things, such as their financial statements and tax bill, in plain English. After all, their financial situation has a huge impact on their quality of life. Seeing our clients prosper as a result of good financial and tax advice is probably the most satisfying part of the job.

What inspired you to start your own business?

Luke Stevens, founder of Squared Up Accountants began life in a small accountancy practice based in South Wales. Within 2 years, he had the opportunity to move to a Top 100 firm in Cardiff, where he completed his exams and became a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. He remained at this practice for 6 years as a Senior Accountant.

During this time, Luke won an employee excellence award as a recognition of the quality work that he produced and first class service that he provided to clients. However, whilst he thoroughly enjoyed working practice, he couldn't help but notice there were areas in which improvements could be made, and decided to set out to provide great practice-standard service without the old-school paper pushing or hourly billing.

He realised that there is more to providing accounting services than records in, tax returns out. With the time pressure that often comes with being in a larger practice, it can often be difficult to really add value to the services provided.

For example, is the client making the most of all of the things that they are allowed to claim on their returns? Are they using the best accounting software for their specific business? What are there future plans and are they making financial decisions that will help to facilitate these? There was a huge advisory opportunity to be taken, inspiring Luke to build a business that covers the basics but builds in these value added ideas.

Why should our clients choose you?

We are Chartered Accountants, qualified to prepare financial statements, tax returns and provide VAT and payroll services.

So what's difference about us? We place a real focus on value for money. Chartered Accountants often charge extortionate fees. Our rates are reasonable, but we also look for areas where we can add value to you and your business.

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Your expert Accountant will be able to advise you on the full range of services available and will be able to help you select the best financial services for your company. They will also be able to answer any questions you may have. Use Bark to get free quotes and find an accountant today.

The title 'Chartered Accountant' and the letters ACA or FCA, indicates that the person has undertaken a minimum of three years in-depth training, passed a series of examinations in financial management, auditing, business strategy and taxation as well as committing to continuing professional development.

As opposed to specialising in tax returns, a Chartered Accountant instead will focus on providing accurate records of all financial transactions for an individual or business. Consequently, this type of accountant is more likely to be found employed in a more commercial capacity.

Hiring the right Accountant for your business may take a bit of time. Who you choose to look after your accounts is vital, especially if you have plans to expand as you will need to look for someone who will get more involved in the financial side of things the bigger your company gets.

  • Research - Start with the company’s website and look at the accounting services they offer with an eye on what you might need in the future. If you choose an accountancy firm that doesn’t have the expertise to help you as your business expands, you will end up needing to finding another accountant.

  • Create a shortlist - Create a shortlist of three or four firms you
    think are a good fit and arrange face-to-face meetings with all of
    them. In addition to the fees, you need to find out about the
    services they provide, as well as their customer services.

  • Fees - Some Accountants charge by the hour while others operate on a fixed-fee basis. You need to be clear before selecting an Accountant for your business on how their fees are calculated.

  • Qualifications - It is important to ask questions about the
    qualifications and experience of the people who would be dealing with your accounts. You need to know that you could work with them, trust that they are on your side and are continually looking for ways of
    adding financial value to your company.

  • Accounting software - You will want to check that any systems you use are familiar to the accounting firm. Your current method of financial reporting may not be the most effective one for your business and they may recommend systems that can do it better.

  • Financial jargon - If you are not an expert on finance, your Accountant needs to understand this and be able to communicate with you in a clear and concise manner.

You can be confident that any of the Accountants listed on Bark will be a safe pair of hands for your finances.

Before you choose an Accountant, you could ask to see examples of their work, read testimonials and ask to see references of past work they have done.

The AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) qualification is the minimum level of qualification required for most kinds of accountancy. To become a chartered accountant, you need to obtain higher level qualifications such as the ACA, ACCA or CIMA, which will allow you to become a chartered accountant.

You could also look at their profile page on Bark and view reviews from past customers as well as examples of work that they have completed. This might also help you get some ideas for the types of services you need.

Accountants offer a range of different services. These include:

  • Accounting - All accountancy firms produce financial records, track your revenues and expenses and provide consulting on your business's overall financial health.

  • Auditing - Many businesses require a periodic audit of their finances which may be a requirement of your investors or written into the bylaws of your incorporation.

  • Tax Filing and Planning - Many accounting firms can ensure your financial reporting practices are compliant with current regulations, determine your company's tax liability and make sure you meet filing requirements and deadlines.

  • Management Consulting - Many accounting firms offer business advisory services to help you with your business plan, evaluate your current operations, identify new opportunities, alert you to changes in the business or regulatory environment and offer practical advice to help your business be more efficient and successful.

  • Speciality Services - Some offer services such as business valuation which helps determine what your business is worth should you be considering a merger, acquisition or sale. Some firms can offer fraud and forensic accounting services.

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4.92/5.00

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The average rating for Bark Accountants in Cardiff is 4.92, based on 190 reviews.

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