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Accountant Smart LLC

King County

We are a team of accounting professionals who are focused on your company's success and dedicated to helping you manage your finances. Our outsourced accounting services provide customized solutions for your company delivered by a team of accounting and bookkeeping professionals led by seasoned CPAs. Based on your needs, we act as your accounting department, so you can focus on growing your business without having to grow your in-house accounting staff.

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What kind of accounting services do you provide?

General ledger accounting
Accounts payable and accounts receivable processing
Payroll processing
Sales and excise tax compliance
Internal control policies and procedures
Financial statement preparation and compilations

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

In the business world, success is all about execution. Whether you're a small startup or more mature company, having a great accountant on your team gives you access to expertise, knowledge and technology that will deliver efficient impact to your organization.

What do you love most about your job?

We love helping our clients develop systems that will help them maximize bottom-line profit.

What inspired you to start your own business?

After leaving my corporate finance position as division CFO for AT&T Broadband, I spent 6 years as a stay at home mom before I decided it was time to go back into the workforce. But when I did go back, I wanted to be my own boss. I wanted to own an accounting firm that was focused on helping startups and small business owners maximize their ability to create wealth, and that provided flexible work options for accountants and bookkeepers. Shortly after launching out on my own as an independent consultant, I met my business partner, Jennifer Bandow, CPA, and we started Accountant Smart.

Why should our clients choose you?

Outsourcing back-office processes to Accountant Smart can reduce your cost for back-office operation by 30-50% while significantly increasing efficiency. We are committed, knowledgeable and technology driven. We have experience working with large multi-national companies as well as startups which means we know how to scale down services to meet the needs of small businesses, but can scale up as needed to meet the changing demands of a growing company. We're good listeners and fun to work with.

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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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based on 492 reviews

The average rating for Bark Accountants in Seattle is 4.96, based on 492 reviews.

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