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Poll: Do you have an accountant?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Do you have an accountant?".

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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 06:58
Member (2006)
German to English
Yes, May 7, 2013

absolutely essential here in Germany, and he worth all the money he gets!!

The laws keep changing everywhere and he knows all of the "legal" tricks on saving tax money.


 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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Yes May 7, 2013

For my taxes. I keep all the records during the year, but then he makes sense of them at tax time.

 

Terry Richards
France
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French to English
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Other May 7, 2013

I use an umbrella (portage) company. They have an accountant so I effectively have the services of an accountant but I don't have (or pay) one myself.

 

Leticia Klemetz, CT  Identity Verified
Sweden
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Swedish to Spanish
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Yes and I couldn't live without him May 7, 2013

That answer was missing. Actually I should say, "Yes, and he really earns his wages, because what he makes me save / recover from taxes is far superior to what I pay him." I worked without an accountant for 10 years and now that I have one, I'm so happy about him!

 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 05:58
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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Yes, May 7, 2013

and she is worth every penny I pay her!

 

svenfrade  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 06:58
French to German
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Not yet... May 7, 2013

I thought I would be able to do everything myself but it is now time to surrender to the German tax system and get an accountant. Should have done that years ago, I guess...

 

John Cutler  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 06:58
Spanish to English
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Yes and no May 7, 2013

He's more of a tax preparer and someone who gets legal paperwork done.

I do my own invoicing.


 

Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
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Member (2003)
Danish to English
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... and a cook and general handyman... May 7, 2013

Yes, I definitely have an accountant.

My husband retired a couple of years ago, and does my accounts - he always has. He used to be the CFO of a medium-sized export company, and would not dream of letting me send off an invoice, let alone a tax return, without checking it himself.

And with good reason. I have no head for figures, and making out my invoices is a pain. So if for any reason my husband is not able to sort out my acounts and finances as long as I need him, I will go running to the nearest reliable accountant who can take over. It is not mandatory here, but a very good idea.

Before I met my husband, I managed my student finances by the 'teapot method'. (My father had a tale about a man who kept his money in a teapot.) I used the bank instead of the teapot, but if there's money there, you're OK, and if not, you have to do without. Unfortunately that doesn't entirely satisfy the Danish tax authorities!


 

Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
Cyprus
Local time: 07:58
Turkish to English
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Yes May 7, 2013

Ever since I became VAT registered, and mainly just to handle the VAT side of things.

 

Gudrun Wolfrath  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 06:58
English to German
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Used to have one, May 7, 2013

but he raised his fee by 10 % each and every year.

Meanwhile I do it myself.


 

Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 13:58
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
Yes May 7, 2013

Tim Drayton wrote:

Ever since I became VAT registered, and mainly just to handle the VAT side of things.


@Tim
VAT Does that stand for Value Added Translation? icon_smile.gif

Oh, I have an accountant who is quite adept at cracking the whip, too!


 

David Wright  Identity Verified
Austria
Local time: 06:58
German to English
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Yes May 7, 2013

I could do it myself, but the time she saves me is well worth the money - and there are fewer queries from the revenue office when they know the tax return has been filed by a professional.

 

DianeGM  Identity Verified
Local time: 07:58
Member (2006)
Dutch to English
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Yes May 7, 2013

Since day 1 as a freelancer, the best investment

 

Antonio Contreras  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 06:58
Member (2011)
English to Spanish
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Yes and it is worth it May 7, 2013

numbers are not definitely easy to handle, especially when it comes to taxes and saving money. I prefer to spend my time working in something I can master, get paid accordingly and outsource tax related tasks. I do my own invoices, sure, but it would take me ages to do all the tax related paperwork and still would be unsure about the outcome... Better to spend that time translatingicon_smile.gif
Accountants also need to work J


 
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