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Using an Accountant vs Doing Your Taxes Yourself

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If you are an employee, it’s highly likely that your employer deals with your taxes on your behalf, deducting a set figure towards taxes from your paycheck each month. But if you are a small business owner, a freelancer, or anyone else who works for themselves, you’ll find that the responsibility of figuring out, filing and paying your own taxes falls on your own shoulders.

It’s not all too surprising, then, that almost every small business owner or freelancer is likely to spend a fair amount of time determining what’s the best route for them when it comes to dealing with taxes. The first option is to deal with their taxes themselves. The second is to actively seek out the services of an accountant. The best option for you will fall down to your individual circumstances and preferences.

Hopefully, some of the information below will help!

Filing Your Taxes Yourself

First, you might want to file your taxes yourself. If this is the case, you need to make sure to be organized throughout the year, deducting tax from each sale you make or contract you’re paid for. This can be put aside in a savings pot for the end of the fiscal year. You will need to do a whole lot of research to determine how much tax you should be paying and what expenses you can claim for. There’s also tax software out there that can help you to deal with the whole scenario. A good example is taxbit.

Finding an Accountant

If you don’t have time or the ability to deal with your own taxes, you can use an accountant to deal with your financial records and help you to file your taxes. They can also advise you in other financial areas. Of course, you’re going to have to seek this individual out. Here are a few things to look out for when choosing your accountant.

  • Qualifications – in most countries, accountants have to be professionally qualified to officially deal with your accounts. They are going to be dealing with legal requirements, so make sure that your accountant has the necessary qualifications to be recognized by the law.
  • Experience – you also want to find an experienced accountant. The more experience an accountant has, the less likely they are to make mistakes and will likely offer a faster service. Look up their reviews and recommendations. You should only use an accountant who has plenty of positive feedback from other people they’ve worked with and worked for.

As you can see, there are a couple of different options available to you if you’re looking to file your taxes accurately and on time at the end of each tax year. Hopefully, one of the options outlined above will prove perfect for you and your business’ needs! You can switch between these options to determine which is best for you if you wish!

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