The end of the financial year can be either stressful or a seamless part of what you do. Ideally, your end-of-year accounts will confirm what you think your business has been doing for the past 12 months.

Be a good Scout to avoid end-of-year migraine

Being prepared is the key to avoiding end-of-year financial drama and stress

First make sure you have all the documents we'll need, such as PAYE statements, bank statements showing interest earned, dividend statements for shares, and receipts for expenses.

Don't forget receipts for charitable donations.

Look at writing off old debts. Scrap redundant or worthless assets, so you get a deduction on your books.

Print out profit and loss, balance sheet and general ledger listing reports and store them safely.

Have a final look at your payroll reports. You don't have to give summaries to your staff, but if you give them Earning Certificates, they can be used to check IRD information.

Note odometer readings on vehicles and ensure logbooks noting business and personal use, mileage and costs etc. are in order.

Dispose of obsolete stock by the year end or write it down to its net realisable value.

Talk to us on any planned dividend payments, as managing imputation credits will be important.

Finally, get us to work with you on reviewing your business plan and updating it for next year – and to review your accounting software.

We'll probably adjust your reports or accounts. Once we're done, lock all accounts relating to the financial year – and keep them secure.