I would be the first to admit I am still inexperienced and learning my trade, however, I have taken and passes my ACA with ICAEW and am now a qualified Chartered Accountant with a Practicing Certificate. The shortfalls in my knowledge come from having qualified with a large firm of accountants and specialised in audit work and corporation tax to date I am now slowly building a practice specialising in small businesses and personal tax returns. I am doing it slowly so I can assimilate the extra skills needed for this type of work.
I have just started to recruit staff for the first time; I am looking for part time staff with experience of bookkeeping, payroll and VAT.
I have been very surprised, however, by the number of applicants who have been preparing and filing SATR's, VAT returns and RTI for clients even though they have no qualifications at all (except as one applicant put it QBE qualified ie "qualified by experience").
Is it legally OK for unqualified accountants to be doing this sort of work on their own and unsupervised?