What Does An Accountant Do?

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You may not realise it unless you have studied accounting or worked in a large business, but accounting is about more than your yearly tax return.

Accounting forms the basis of the world’s financial and economic system.

Indeed, accountants play a big role in all types of businesses and organisations. From sales that are made through a cash register, to financial markets and farming.

In Australia, a registered tax agent is most often an accountant, who can advise you on your requirements under the law and help you prepare and pay your taxes.

In addition, some tax accountants are also financial planners. That means, they can detail your tax requirements and design and implement strategies for you and your family. 

In addition to tax accountants, we have:

  • Management accountants. In a company, management accountants help make high-level decisions like strategy and forecasts. Every company has a ‘Chief Financial Officer’ (CFO) who is behind the financial decisions made by the CEO and Directors. Because there is a CFO in every big company, accountants can find themselves climbing the corporate ladder very quickly! 
  • Financial Accountants. Financial accountants are great with numbers. They help to ‘balance the books’, prepare financial statements and keep the company moving. 

Ultimately, accounting is more than just numbers. It is the language of the financial world. Therefore, it is important for everyone to have an understanding of basic accounting.

As a bonus, it might save you a lot of money!

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Owen Raszkiewicz

Owen Raszkiewicz

Owen is the Founder of Rask Australia, Lead Investment Analyst for Rask Invest and head educator at Rask Education. Prior to founding Rask, Owen was an investment analyst at the highly regarded managed funds research business Zenith Investment Partners and a Writer/Analyst for The Motley Fool Australia. Owen’s formal qualifications include a Master of Applied Finance and Master of Financial Planning from Kaplan Professional, Bachelor of Technology (Information Systems) from Swinburne University of Technology, Advanced Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning) and Diploma of Mortgage Broking Management. He's also completed level 1 of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program.

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