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Previous Accountant

T JT J Feels At HomeRegistered Posts: 26
Does anyone have experience in what to do when the previous accountant doesn't respond to your professional letter requesting info on a potential new client?

The clients want me to get on with their work as their bookkeeper isn't exactly experienced and the previous accountant only did year end, so nothing has been checked for months.

I wrote a professional letter initially and have emailed him, and the client has chased him (they don't owe any money). If I don't get working papers for the last year end he did will I have to work back to find bank balance, creditors, debtors etc? and do a best estimate?

The accounts aren't on Sage or anything so I will have to input everything anyway.

Thanks
TJ

Comments

  • deanshepherddeanshepherd Font Of All Knowledge Registered Posts: 1,809
    As frustrating as it is there is not much you can do.

    Get as much info as you can from the client, get as much as you can from the Revenue (previous years accounts and tax comps) and try and patch up the gaps as best you can.
  • BluewednesdayBluewednesday Font Of All Knowledge Registered Posts: 1,624
    We've often found our clients get fed up and go in to the previous accountant's office themselves, that usually does the trick!
  • DeanDean Experienced Mentor DevonRegistered Posts: 646
    We've often found our clients get fed up and go in to the previous accountant's office themselves..

    ...with a couple of blokes dressed like 'MIB'?

    Regards

    Dean
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