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Frequently Asked Questions

Changing your current accountant may feel like a stressful scenario you’d rather avoid. Perhaps you’ve justified staying with your current firm because you’ve always been with them. Or maybe you tell yourself the hassle of changing is too hard – even with an accountant who isn’t providing the level of service your business demands.

If you feel you’re not getting all that you should from your existing relationship, it costs you nothing to get a second opinion. Why not meet us to discuss how we can match your needs? There’s no obligation, just an opportunity to talk with business professionals who aim to do their utmost for you, your family and your business.

No stress, we make it simple for you.

If you decide the time has come for a change, we’ll take care of everything else, including:

  • Contacting your current accountant explaining that you are moving your business to SumTotal Accounting & Business.

  • Arranging for any of your books or records which they currently hold to be transferred to us;

  • Obtaining copies of your accounts, tax computations and any other necessary information;

  • Advising the Australian Tax Office and any other government offices that we’re now looking after your affairs.

Our logical and effective processes relate to how your business stands, help us understand where you want your business to go and devise suitable plans and business goals.

  • Does it produce consistent growth above industry average?

  • Does it give you industry leading profitability?

  • Does it always produce positive cash flow?

  • Does it provide protection for your personal and business assets?

  • Is it sustainable, saleable or transferable?

  • Does it give you the lifestyle and time you want?

  • Statutory creditors not paid on time (ie. Superannuation, PAYG, GST, Payroll tax, income tax)

  • Suppliers have stopped supply or insisted on COD terms only and opened a new account.

  • Cheques are being dishonoured

  • Trade creditors outstanding past contract terms.

  • Insurance, does it exist; is it adequate and up to date?

  • The holding of cheques that are drawn but not sent.

  • Slow debtor recoveries (shown by an increase in debtor ageing) Accounting records in disarray. Simple financial information cannot be provided quickly.

  • Creditors being paid in part payments and regularly (ie. Round amount cheques, cheques drawn to cash, payment programs, post-dated cheques).

  • Evidence exists of contra deals with creditors in payments of accounts.

  • Creditors seeking to have goods returned for non-payment of account.

  • The company’s balance sheet shows deficiency

  • No access to alternative finance

  • Trading at a loss

  • The company has a working capital deficiency

  • Unpaid rent to landlord or unpaid lease payments to financier

  • Inability to raise further equity capital

  • Debt collection agency or legal action by creditors evident eg. Issuing statutory demands.

  • Not complying with terms of loan facility with bank, exceeding overdraft limit or have passed deadline to reach agreement with lender.

Our assessments streamline successful businesses with our objective and workable strategies to improve performance. When assessing your business we aim to focus on improving areas including:

  • Stabilising cash flow

  • Assessing long-term profitability

  • Analysing management structure, processes and administration

  • Establishing an accurate market position

  • Assessing accounts payable and receivable policies, to name but a few.

Helping you to improve your business’ profitability and cash flow doesn’t stop when we’ve conducted our assessment. Our comprehensive plan will provide you with:

  • Knowledge of the key areas you need to focus on for improvement

  • Detailed action plans

  • Monitoring of your progress as you implement change

  • Assistance with implementing new systems and processes.

SumTotal will conduct comprehensive assessments to help you achieve all you want from your business. Providing you with detailed feedback and workable strategy to help your business achieve the next level. Our personalised, collaborative processes, combined with extensive knowledge and experience across a range of industries, translate into a market-leading edge for SumTotal clients.

Our pricing structure is transparent and straightforward. We offer customisable packages based on the specific services you require and the size of your business. Our goal is to provide affordable solutions that deliver maximum value and help you achieve your financial objectives.

With our secure online portal, you can access your financial information anytime, anywhere. We provide regular updates and reports to keep you informed about the financial health of your business and help you make informed decisions. 

Getting started is easy! Simply book in a time below that suits your availability and we will contact you. During the consultation, we’ll discuss your business goals, assess your accounting needs, and develop a customised plan to help you achieve success. We’e here to support you every step of the way.