Tax Accounting vs Management Accounting

Tax accountants vs management accountants. We know - not exactly a super exciting topic but an important one just the same.


Have you heard the terms 'tax accountant' and 'management account' and wondered what they are, how they differ and which one is best suited to you? We can help! Keep reading about what a tax accountant and management accountant are, what they do and when you'll need one. Give Bottom Line Control a call on (07) 5471 7077 if you need some further help.

What does a tax accountant do?

A tax accountant, also known as a taxation accountant, helps both individuals and businesses when it comes to giving information and advice on fiscal and taxation topics.

What does a management accountant do?

A management accountant assists a company when it comes to the financial implications of different situations and business decisions.

What is the difference between tax accounting and management accounting?

There are a few differences between tax accounting and management accounting:

  • A tax accountant is an external party.
  • A management accountant is an internal party.
  • Tax accountants are generally used smaller businesses and individuals.
  • Tax accountant are registered with the Tax Practitioners Board.
  • A management accountant can not work with external clients, whereas a tax accountant can.
  • A management accountant works with strategy, whereas a taxation accountant works within a regulatory environment

When do you need the services of a tax accountant?

A tax accountant is someone that can assist both individuals and organisations all year round, not just when it is the end of the financial year. A tax accountant can help throughout the year to ensure you stay on top of your taxation requirements, as well as making things easier when June 30 does arrive.

When do you need the services of a management accountant?

A business that has grown large enough to have internal accounting staff usually employ a management accountant to assist with a range of financial demands, all within the company. Management accountants assist with the financial implications of business decisions, as well as strategy and business arrangements.

Tax accountants you can rely on

If you need some further assistance, give Bottom Line Control Sunshine Coast accountants a call on (07) 5471 7077 and we would be happy to help.



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Bottom line Control, headed by Malcolm Chilman, have been by tax agent/accountant/book keeper for more than 10 years now, and I have nothing but praise for the efficient and cost effective way they go about their work. I have recently given them my SMSF as well and am impressed by the meticulous way he goes about the process of staying within the lines of the over-complex Superannuation law. Whether it is simple BAS bookkeeping or complex questions of tax law, Malcolm is always there to help. And if he does not know some intimate detail of our almost incomprehensible tax process, he knows where to find the answer. Every business has the occasional need for a quick answer, so one of the characteristics that I appreciate here, is Malcolm's ready availability, by phone and email.

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Byron Scott

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Thank you for your support, and assistance over the past several years. I personally feel that from our cooperative services that Ram Automotive has been able to grow toward the sustainable company of which is today. Bottom Line Control has given myself a great understanding of the companies finances, and also through ongoing fiscal performance meetings. Now knowing what Ram Automotive can expect for the future. I look forward to an ongoing relationship with Malcolm and Bottom Line control, to secure our future within our community.

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Matthew Katterns

Ram Automotive

Proprietor of Ram Automotive Coolum Beach

We changed all of our financials over to Bottom Line a few years ago and have been quite impressed with the service and advice we have received. Nothing is too much to ask of them. Thank you to Malcolm and staff for being there for us.

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Wayne & Penny Rex

Rex and Turtle

Business owners and Property Developers

We switched to Bottom Line Control after realizing that our previous accountant was giving us incorrect advice and charging a premium for it. We have now been using Bottom Line Control for several years and have found Malcolm to be thorough and reasonably priced. He always finds ways to save money on our taxes. Malcolm and his staff are highly responsive and very easy to work with. We highly recommend.

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Alex & Rebecca Watson

Equathon Horse Riding

PO Box 301 Noosa Heads, QLD 4567

Phone: (07) 5474 2665

Thanks Malcolm for saving me the stress of sorting through all the issues of self-employment, and the many confusing deductions and tax items associated with that. Although I was extremely late in lodging my tax return, it was not a problem for you, and you managed to get me a healthy refund when I was sure I was going to have a bill! I will certainly be using your services in the future and have already been recommending you to others.

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