Choosing a Bookkeeper – Part 2
In the previous Blog we looked at how to make sure your bookkeeper has sufficient accounting knowledge and skill to accurately look after your books. In addition, good bookkeepers should be a member of an accredited industry body (eg. CPA Australia, Institute of Certified Bookkeepers) and can demonstrate commitment to continuous development so they are up to date in their knowledge and skill. If a bookkeeper will be preparing your BAS they need to be registered with the Tax Practitioners Board and comply with all their requriements. Good bookkeepers will have appropriate insurances (eg, professional indemnity) and conduct themselves professionally. Questions to ask a prospective bookkeeper are:
- are they members of an accredited industry body.
- are they a registered BAS Agent.
- can they demonstrate commitment to continuous development.
- do they have appropriate insurances.
In the final installment in this series, we will look at the value add a bookkeeper should be providing to a business owner/manager.