It is important that you choose your tax accountant carefully. Here are a few tips to help you.
If you have not used the services of a tax accountant before you should be aware that anyone can call themselves a tax accountant whether or not they are professionally qualified. There are some non-qualified accountants who may have the experience to help you; however, those that are qualified have completed relevant qualifications and will be regulated by their professional body. Furthermore, professionally qualified accountants will have achieved a qualification comprising knowledge, work experience and ethics. They keep their skills and knowledge up to date through continuing professional development and make an annual statement to their professional body that they have done so. They are also required to hold a professional indemnity insurance.
Some of the professional bodies who can help you find an accountant/tax adviser are: