Canaria Accountants: How to choose them and why you need one
setting up a business here, there are different types of Gran Canaria
accountants who you can hire. Some specialise in accounting, while others specialise in taxation. Also, the size of the
companies that they handle varies. Most will charge a flat monthly fee to do
all the paperwork. That includes not only the accounting, filling out and submitting the tax forms correctly, but advice on how to legally run the business to get maximum profit. If you have workers, it includes preparing their wage forms.
Gran Canaria accountants: Why you
need to hire one
is a time saver. It takes too long to learn and do the accounts, which have to
be done properly following the Spanish accounting system. It is better to focus
on growing the business, and outsource the accounts to a professional who can
get the job done fast and efficiently. Many accountants will even take all the
papers to your business, or send them with a courier, for you to sign them, and
send them back for submitting.
saves you money and stress. Accounts and taxes have to be submitted on time. The
accountant will do these for you and remind you about deadlines. Tax papers
submitted after the deadline can have a surcharge of 20% or more. All you have
to worry about is signing the papers.
tax inspections: If you are a corporation, the tax authorities might want to
check your accounts. Instead of wasting
time taking the accounts to them, it is better to send a qualified professional
who knows what is going on.
laws: The professional accountants are always on top of the latest developments
on taxation laws, which change every year.
Choose the best from all of the Gran Canaria accountants
- Accounting companies instead of individuals: If
you choose to outsource (recommended, especially when you are starting out, and
your turnover is small), it is best to choose a small company that has various employees who can get the work done
on time. In some companies, work is done by one employee and then
double-checked by another.
- Complete business paperwork solution: Always
choose a company that not only specializes in accounts, but also in labor and tax laws. It is a time saver to
have all the paperwork done in one place.
Ensure that the accountant has a degree, and has a registration number, of the Association of Economists or similar.
There are plenty of people out there who never went to college, but claim they
are accounting professionals. If you hire them, things might go smoothly until
there is a problem, which is when they will not be able to help you.
established and experienced: It is better to choose an accountant who does
accounts for plenty of companies, and who has been doing it for many years. He
or she will be able to quickly recommend the best options and will save you
time and money.
The professional must be able to immediately answer questions, and not tell you
that he or she will let you know later. That means that the person is not doing
his/her homework, i.e. not spending any time to study the laws and be on top of
them. Some “professionals” pretend they are too busy to help (unless, of
course, the customer is being unreasonable and asking questions for
an hour every day of the week).
skills: The accountant not only has to be organized himself/herself, but also
must be aware of all the deadlines and prepare everything well ahead in time.
I personally use and recommend the services of
Carmelo. I feel he is one of the best Gran Canaria accountants. Not only he is
qualified, but comes from a business family background. He knows what he is doing
and has been really helpful since I started my business back in 2005. We were
together in college in the late eighties, and the friendship continues over
twenty years later, although we aren’t as handsome as when we first met.
Carmelo with his team in his office
Carmelo with myself, looking for new business opportunities.
Another photo of the (retired) superheroes
Carmelo and me outside his office, getting suntanned.
Carmelo's office is located in the heart of the capital of Gran Canaria, Las Palmas, just a short walk from El Corte Ingles department store. His details are:
Calle Valencia 66 bajo
35006 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Carmelo will be happy to give a personalised consultation
to anyone who is interested in starting a business in Gran Canaria. He can also give advice to non-residents on how to set up an office to manage running businesses in other countries, while enjoying pleasant weather all year round. A fee may be charged.
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