The Best Regional Accounting Firms – 2020

best regional accounting firms

The Best Regional Accountants – 2020

How do you choose your accountant? Do you ask a friend or family member? How much do they really know?

While it’s great to get a personal recommendation from a friend or family member you trust, it can be even better to draw on the wisdom of the masses when making important purchase decisions. That’s why TripAdvisor and Zomato exist.

We’re bringing that same experience to people like you who need lawyers and accountants. We analyse hundreds of thousands of data points to bring you the best advisers for your need and show you exactly what they’re best at.

This will help people outside Australia’s major cities to get the best advice, and give them the best chance to get ahead. Below, we’ve listed some truly outstanding regional accounting firms on the Eastern seaboard, and some key tips for how to make the most out of them.

Tip 1: Check their specific experience

They might be the best regional accountants in some areas – but not others. Make sure you double check their profile for what work they’ve done. Some accountants specialise in unconventional areas (i.e. not just ‘Tax’ – though this is the dominant area for most accounting firms).

Tip 2: Fixed fees are king

Hourly rates might seem cheaper, but they can be a false economy – and you have to take the risk that the accountant will be slow.  $200 an hour might look a lot cheaper than $2,000 at first, but if it takes your accountant longer than 10 hours to complete your work you might be in for a nasty shock.

Our research shows that people who get fixed fees agreed upfront are generally happier than those who get charged by the hour.

Tip 3: Leave a review!

Others have taken the time to share their experiences to help you choose better – give back!  It helps others a lot if you leave a review when you’re done.

Tip 4: Search

Our data doesn’t stop here – you can use our powerful search engine to drill down to what you really need.

Queensland

Shanahan Swaffield Partners, Rockhampton City, QLD

Main areas of practice: Tax, Auditing

Best regional accountants Australia - Shanahan Swaffield Partners
Best regional accountants Australia – Shanahan Swaffield Partners

At Shanahan Swaffield Partners have a more diverse experience of work than GTS, so you may want to consider them if you’re after more than just your tax work. They’re also Queensland based and have a reputation for being down to earth and friendly.

Shanahan Swaffield Partners reviews and profile.

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General Taxation Services, Banyo, QLD

Main areas of practice: Tax, Bookkeeping

Best regional accountants Australia - General Taxation Services
Best regional accountants Australia – General Taxation Services

General Taxation Services is a well-established, community-based accounting firm located in Banyo, on Brisbane’s northside. They’re previous winners of FirmChecker’s service awards for delivering high quality taxation work with personalised service.  They pride themselves on being proactive, not reactive.

General Taxation Services reviews and profile.

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IQ Accountants, Burleigh Heads, QLD

Main areas of practice: Tax, Business Advice

Best regional accountants Australia - IQ Accountants
Best regional accountants Australia – IQ Accountants

IQ Accountants are located at Burleigh Heads. While this is arguably on the periphery of a major city in the Gold Coast, it makes the list because many of its clients are remotely located. IQ’s approach is technology driven to match people’s busy schedules – so you needn’t go to their office regularly.

IQ Accountants profile and reviews.

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PKF, Rockhampton, QLD

Main areas of practice: Tax

PKF Rockhampton

Part of the PKF Australia, with offices around the country, PKF are known primarily for tax and business advisory work. They provide strong value for money.

PKF Rockhampton profile and reviews

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Victoria

Davidsons Accountants, Newtown, VIC

Main areas of practice: Tax, Auditing

Best regional accountants Australia - Davidsons Accountants
Best regional accountants Australia – Davidsons Accountants

Davidsons is a leading accounting and business advisory firm with offices in Geelong (Head Office) and Torquay. They also have an outpost in inner Melbourne. They have a high number of high quality reviews.

Davidsons Accountants profile and reviews.

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AC Accounting & Business Solutions, Ballarat, VIC

Main areas of practice: Tax, Business Advice

Best regional accountants Australia - AC Accounting & Business Solutions
Best regional accountants Australia – AC Accounting & Business Solutions

AC Accounting and Business Solutions are trusted advisors to many businesses in the Ballarat region. Their reviews show they are exceptionally responsive to clients and forming lasting relationships that make their business easier.

AC Accounting & Business Solutions profile and reviews.

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Sharp Accounting, Ballarat, VIC

Main areas of practice: Tax, Business Advice

Best regional accountants Australia - Sharp Accounting
Best regional accountants Australia – Sharp Accounting

Sharp Accounting focus on helping their clients achieve financial freedom – so their businesses work for them – not the other way around. They were one of the highest ranked firms from FirmChecker’s data in 2018.

Sharp Accounting profile and reviews

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New South Wales

Mark Kenmir & Co, Cooma, NSW

Main areas of practice: Tax, Financial Planning

Best regional accountants Australia - Mark Kenmir & Co
Best regional accountants Australia – Mark Kenmir & Co

Mark Kenmir & Co are Cooma Accountants, specialising in accounting and taxation services for small to medium sized enterprises. We provide not only financial statements and tax returns, but also comprehensive tax planning services. We have expertise in primary production activities as well as retail, service industries, professional service businesses and self-managed superannuation funds.

Mark Kenmir & Co profile and reviews.

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DFK Crosbie, Newcastle West, NSW

Main areas of practice: Tax, Auditing

Best regional accountants Australia - DFK Crosbie
Best regional accountants Australia – DFK Crosbie

DFK Crosbie are one of the more diversified accounting providers on FirmChecker. While a high proportion of their work is in tax, like other firms, there is a more even spread.

DFK Crosbie profile and reviews.

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Allan Hall Business Advisors, Brookvale, NSW

Main areas of practice: Tax, Business Advice

Best regional accountants Australia - Allan Hall Business Advisors
Best regional accountants Australia – Allan Hall Business Advisors

Allan Hall Business Advisors is a firm of Chartered Accountants and specialist business advisors established on the Northern Beaches in 1957. We are currently ranked 34th in Australia in the highly regarded Australian Financial Review Top 100 Accounting firms.

Allan Hall Business Advisors profile and reviews

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Maxim Accounting & Business Advisors, Newcastle, NSW

Main areas of practice: Tax, Business Advice

Best regional accountants Australia - Maxim Accounting & Business Advisors
Best regional accountants Australia – Maxim Accounting

Maxim are accountants, but specialise in business advisory services. They’re a very strong option for businesses in Newcastle who want to take their performance to the next level.

Maxim Accounting & Business Advisors profile and reviews.

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Journey2 Business & Personal Wealth, Wollongong, NSW

Main areas of practice: Business Advice, Tax

“We work with SME’s that are out growing their traditional tax only focused accountant. What our focus for our clients is – MORE PROFIT – LESS TAX – MORE CASH & WEALTH – AND A BETTER LIFESTYLE”

Journey2 Business & Personal Wealth profile and reviews.

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Further reading

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5 Key Tips to Choose the Right Accountant. It’s not always enough to check a list of the best accountants in Brisbane – sometimes there’s a little more work to be done. In this post, we help you know what to do.

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