Accountants who have had some experience working with freelancers and/or creatives are extremely groovy in our eyes. Here are some of the best, all recommended by people from our mailing list. We don’t necessarily endorse them, but we do recommend you give them a call and find out more for yourself. If you have one you’d like to add, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us all about them!
Electra Frost Advisory
Electra Frost has specialised for the arts, design, media and entertainment industries since 2000. Electra and her team work with businesses in a uniquely structured way because better financial management yields returns all year round, not just at tax time. Based in Queensland, with Sydney origins, they consult with clients Australia-wide over video, and place importance on site-visits to understand how their clients operate. “We developed our accounting and advisory solutions to provide the right level of personal support, financial insights and strategic guidance needed in these changing times. So many creative business owners feel like they are drowning and I love helping them feel like they are back on top, and in control.”
Above the Line Accounting
Above The Line Accounting is a proactive Chartered Accounting and Tax firm servicing the Australian media and entertainment industry with accounting, tax and financing advice. The team understand the intricacies of creative practice and screen business very well. Matt Carter, the director of ATLA, has been a producer, production accountant and financial advisor on many film and television projects. Above The Line Accounting is a screen and media focussed firm that delivers services in a timely, innovative and professional manner, ensuring that their client’s ideas, inspirations, and goals lead to profitable results.
Brian Tucker Accounting
Brian Tucker established his practice in Brisbane specifically to provide quality accounting, auditing and taxation services to the arts. His clients include visual and performing arts practitioners, writers and editors, theatre and dance companies, and more. They provide accounting services for sole traders as well as larger companies and not-for-profits. They also have a fabulous amount of free information on their website.
Creative By Numbers
Caroline at Creative By Numbers has over 10 years experience as a Chartered Accountant and has worked at the Sydney Festival for five festivals, gaining significant experience accounting for events and the Arts. She partners with creative organisations to offer them all the benefits of a full-time Finance Officer, whilst only paying for the time that they need. Creative by Numbers is also a registered tax agent and chartered accounting firm, dealing specifically with individuals and sole traders in the creative sector. Caroline works with a number of freelance artists and designers and she’s passionate about helping people in this industry when it comes to the numbers.
The Pen Accounting
With over two decades of combined experience in accounting for the creative media, film and marketing space, The Pen Accounting understands intimately the financial needs of small business entrepreneurs in the creative industries. They are focused on making their client’s dreams a reality – breathing life into their ideas and inspirations. Our CPAs are highly qualified accounting professionals who are truly passionate about finance and seeing businesses thrive. Let our passion and experience in accounting help your business focus on your passions, dreams, and creativity.
Creative Crunchers “love making life easier and more profitable for creative people”. Their accountants are highly skilled. Creative in their own way, they understand the arts and creative industries as they relate to taxation, accounting and specialist production accounting. They understand the grants, the adjustments, the offsets, the allowances, the deductions, the lodgement dates, and we know how to work them to your advantage.
Count Out Loud
Count Out Loud is a boutique accounting firm specialises in film, television and the creative sector. With over 10 years experience in the industry they aim to simplify all things business and tax matters for our clients. Their niche are small to medium sized businesses looking for partners which through support, advice and direction provide clients with confidence to achieve more enjoyable, successful and profitable business.
White Sky are a friendly bunch of finance pros committed to helping the music and entertainment industry do business better. Since their foundation in 2001, White Sky has always been at the forefront of defining accounting services in the Australian music industry. Their drive to continually adapt, innovate and improve the services is why White Sky quickly became, and remains Australia’s largest music and entertainment accounting services business, working with many of Australia’s biggest entertainment names. They don’t just work with your numbers, they work with you. By getting to know you and your goals, they’ll fix the real headaches in your business, letting you get on with doing the things you love.
Recommended by one of our own, Detax Services was established in 2008 by David Elliott to provide affordable specialist tax, accounting and business services to the entertainment and arts industries. David has over 10 years taxation and accounting experience in Australia and over 20 years experience in various fields within the entertainment and music Industries.
ITP is a boutique accounting firm in Surry Hills, Sydney. They have 20 years experience and specialise in the entertainment industry, including actors, dancer, producers and directors, writer, crew and behind the scenes folk. ITP understand that these professions have a different and highly specialised tax treatment, including an insider’s knowledge of averaging for special professionals. They also offer a free 30 minute chat to help you work out if they’re the right people for you!
Michael Fox Arts Accountant and Valuer
For over 20 years, Michael Fox has specialised in working with creative professionals across Australia and internationally, helping his clients better manage their tax affairs. Clients include visual and performance artists, designers, musicians, writers and producers in TV, film and radio as well as IT industry professionals.
EntArt are an established boutique accounting firm exclusively servicing the Arts and Entertainment Industry. We specialise in ‘Accounting for Creative People’. EntArt can assist you with Preparation and Filing of your Income Tax returns and BAS statements, regular accounting reports, royalty (or industry) audits of your record company/publisher/agent/gallery and advice on a range of business and financial topics for people in the arts.
The Gild Group is an accounting and business advisory firm servicing the entertainment, creative and sports industries. Founded in 2015, managing director Paul Luczak had spent the previous decade working with Australia’s largest international touring artists, entertainment & creative based businesses.
Looking after clients like Tame Impala and Angus & Julia Stone, The Gild Group has developed a speciality around domestic and international touring & royalty business and accounting issues.
The Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance also offers up-to-date fact sheets on taxation and superannuation for creative people, with lists of tax and financial professionals who have had experience working with freelancers in the arts. You can download contact sheets for every state, and it’s free.
PAXINOS & HABASH
John Paxinos and Shadi Habash decided to combine their knowledge to come up with a solution that provides assistance to artists and art organisations when dealing with their tax affairs. There is no one too big or too small for us when it comes to the size of your business and helping individual artists is the core of our operations. Contact them to find out how they can help you and be with you in good times and tax times.
The Real Thiel is a like personal trainer for your business. Lauren Thiel, owner and chief Groovy, says “I understand that business admin and accounting can be confusing, time consuming and overwhelming when it’s not your ‘thing’. Lucky for you it’s my thing and I am here to help you get smart, get organised and free up your valuable time so you can focus on your creative strengths. I’ll meet you where you are today; we’ll set some goals and put plans into action. I’ll stand with you, coaching, educating, supporting and helping you get on top of your business.”
From free educational blogs, to products and practical templates, to bookkeeping and other accounting services – The Real Thiel has got your back.
Based in New Zealand, Naked Accounting provide accounting and business services for small and medium enterprises, start ups and individuals. Their clients include breweries, artists and charities. Their services include auditing, tax, general bookkeeping, reporting and budgeting. They also provide auxiliary services of staff training, Xero set up and start-up consultation.