Running a business and handling finances at the same time is no joke. If numbers and invoices aren’t your thing, consider hiring an accountant to lessen your burden.
Whether you’re looking to hire a new one or planning to replace the one you already have, stay with us as we’re rounding up the best accountants in Galway.
We understand that cost is a primary concern, especially for small businesses. So, let’s talk about prices first.
How Much Do Accountants Charge In Galway?
In Ireland, some accounting firms charge a flat fee or hourly fee for their services. Meanwhile, other firms look at the complexity of your business and turnover before giving you a quote.
Check out the table below to get an estimate of how much our featured entries charge. We recommend clarifying with your chosen firm first to know the terms of service and corresponding fees.
Note that you’ll have to contact some of our entries to know their rates. You can find their contact information in the section that follows.
|ACCOUNTING FIRM||ESTIMATED FEES|
|Bradán Accountants||€129 + VAT Per Month (Basic Plan)|
|€249 + VAT Per Month (Online Plan)|
|€399 + VAT Per Month (Professional Plan)|
|Do My Books||€99 + VAT Per Month (Starter Plan)|
|€149 + VAT Per Month (Contractor Plan)|
|€169 + VAT Per Month (Growing Business Plan)|
|€500 + VAT Per Month (Outsourced Financial Control Plan)|
|Oliver Niland Chartered Accountant||Contact for More Information|
|Matthew Hanlon||Contact for More Information|
|Keogh Accountancy Group||Contact for More Information|
|GBS & Co Galway Accountants & Business Consultants||Contact for More Information|
The Best Accountants in Galway
Before moving on, allow us to take you through our selection criteria:
- Industry experience, to make sure that they’re fully qualified to do the job
- Client experience, which is a testament to the quality of their work
- Accessibility, which allows you to see or contact them conveniently
- Flexibility, to make sure that they can meet your unique requirements
Alright, let’s dive right into our picks of the top accountants in Galway!
1. Bradán Accountants
|SERVICES||Bookkeeping and Payroll, Annual Accounts and Tax, Starting a Business, Getting Online, Business Performance, etc.|
|ADDRESS||21 Eyre Square, Galway|
|CONTACT DETAILS||091 450 705 or 086 8122 882 | [email protected]|
|OPERATING HOURS||Mon to Fri: 8:30 am – 6:30 pm|
Bradán Accountants is a team of certified professional accountants who are well-versed in the intricacies of taxation and filing legal requirements in Ireland.
Here, you can get your company’s laundry list of annual filings and accounting checked in one place, thanks to their packages.
While these packages come with standard rates, they can be adjusted to match your unique needs. For instance, you can opt out of bookkeeping services if you prefer to do it on your own.
They also use a cloud accounting software called Xero, which you can use to send invoices and create expense claims on the go. There’s also Hubdoc, which stores and organises your records electronically—no need to worry about misplacing documents!
The only drawback we’re seeing is that Xero subscriptions aren’t included in the basic plan. On the bright side, they do offer discounts for that, though.
Of particular note is that they’re also centrally located at the heart of the city, so getting to their office shouldn’t be a problem.
Very friendly team
“Bradan Accountants have been looking after our affairs as a Ltd Company and Self employed from day one. They have a very friendly team which provides exceptional service. We are very thankful for the work they have done for us and Highly recommend their firm.” —Jason Williams, Google Reviews
Timeliness to respond is excellent
“Our company has used Bradán consulting for over 5 years and find their depth of experience and timeliness to respond excellent. We’d have no hesitation recommending Bradán consulting to other Information Technology companies.” —Michael Thornhill, Google Reviews
2. Do My Books
|SERVICES||Online Accounting Solutions, Income TaxReturns, Xero Training, Sole Trader Accounts, Partnership Accounts, Rental Income Tax Returns, Limited Company Annual Accounts, Corporation Tax Returns, Monthly Management Accounts, Accountancy Software Training, Anti Money Laundering Consultancy|
|ADDRESS||Do My Books Galway Accountants, Portershed, Eyre Square, Galway|
|CONTACT DETAILS||01 480 0531|
|OPERATING HOURS||Mon to Fri: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm|
If you want to use fully online systems for your accounting, then Do My Books is a fantastic option. Their team of accountants are certified Xero advisors, which means that they’re fully equipped to provide you with software training and support.
Their packages come in different tiers and inclusions to cater to businesses of different sizes. For instance, you can get the most basic plan if you only need help with compliance and wish to do your own bookkeeping.
On the other hand, we think that their “growing business” plan makes a great choice for companies who need an extra hand with payroll.
Apart from the most basic plan, each package already includes a Xero subscription. What we really like about these packages is that they also come with free software support, phone calls, stamps, or basic tax planning.
Otherwise, you can also hire them to provide bespoke Xero onsite training in your company premises or remotely using a screen sharing service. We think that this is beneficial for companies who already have their own accountants but would like to switch to online platforms.
There’s really not much to like about Do My Books. Perhaps others may see the lack of options for cloud-based software as a drawback, but we think that Xero is sufficient and incredibly easy to use for everyone.
Quick reply to emails
“Nothing but good things to say about the guys at Do My Books. No question is left unanswered anytime I have one, and a quick reply to emails anytime I send one. Great accountant.” —Lee O’Donnell, Google Reviews
Easy to work with
“Ralph is very knowledgeable and easy to work with. He has untangled my messy business accounts and saved me untold headaches. I would highly recommend his services.” —Robin Winkels, Google Reviews
3. Oliver Niland Chartered Accountant
|SERVICES||Accounts, Tax Returns, Starting a New Business, Bookkeeping, Revenue Audits & Disclosures, Company Secretarial Services|
|ADDRESS||Ballybane Industrial Estate, Unit 8, Royal Rock Park, Galway|
|CONTACT DETAILS||091 763 817 | [email protected]|
|OPERATING HOURS||Mon to Fri: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm|
Compared to our other entries, Oliver Niland Chartered Accountant is a one-man team. As a member of Chartered Accountants Ireland, Oliver Niland offers the necessities that you would expect in an accountant—bookkeeping, tax return filings, account management, and more.
As a sole practitioner, this may mean limited availability though, considering that he mostly caters to small businesses. So if you’re a relatively large company that needs an accountant, this firm may not give you what you’re looking for.
Despite this, we’re seeing some strengths with this arrangement though. For instance, being a sole practitioner may mean getting a more personalised service since you won’t be dealing with multiple people in a firm.
We’ve also heard that he’s quite responsive either by phone or email. So even if his office is located a bit far from the centre, reaching him shouldn’t be a concern.
We also like the fact that he uses Sage’s cloud-based accounting system to streamline his work. We’re just a bit bummed to see the lack of fees though, so you’ll have to contact him to get an exact quote for your business.
“Thank you Oliver for your professional service over the last 10 years allowing us time to concentrate on building the business knowing all our accountancy needs are looked after……..Thanks Oliver” —Gerry Keaveney Jimmy, Google Reviews
Easy and efficient
“Thank you Oliver for giving me a great service over the last few years. As a sole trader, I don’t get much time to keep an eye on the accounts like I should, but Oliver always makes it look easy, and efficient.” —James Tonery Equestrian, Google Reviews
4. Matthew Hanlon
|SERVICES||Business Startup, Accounts & Audit, Taxation, Regulatory Issues, Contract Work|
|ADDRESS||120 Renmore Park, Galway|
|CONTACT DETAILS||091 761 904 | [email protected]|
|OPERATING HOURS||Contact for More Information|
Matthew Hanlon is another one-man band you should definitely consider. He has over 15 years of experience in the industry under his belt, enabling him to set up his own private practice.
Similar to our previous entry, this accountant is well-versed in helping start-up businesses do all the necessary accounting. From tax registration to implementing a bookkeeping system, clients have the flexibility of customising a package best suited to their needs.
Speaking of flexibility, you can also hire him for contract work if you need a second pair of eyes to check if your accounts are maintained correctly. You decide on the duration of the contract, whether it’s weekly or every few months.
This flexibility is exactly what we like about him, but it comes with its share of minor drawbacks.
For instance, you won’t find standard rates nor set packages from the get-go. There’s no easy way of telling whether his rates offer the best value for money or not.
Hence, you’ll have to contact him directly to get an exact quote for the services you require. The good news is that he offers free initial consultations, which gives you ample time to decide whether he makes the right fit for you or not.
Straightforward in his assessment
“Excellent advisor, very easy to talk to. Give us great advice on our situation! Thanks!” —Andreis Garbuzs, Google Reviews
5. Keogh Accountancy Group
|SERVICES||Accounting, Startups, Tax Consultancy, Strategy, & Planning, Corporate Finance & Recovery, Business Advisory, Employment Law, Company Secretarial/Company Law|
|ADDRESS||Keogh Accountancy Group, Unit 6C, Liosban Business Park, Tuam Road, Galway|
|CONTACT DETAILS||091 778 690 | [email protected]|
|OPERATING HOURS||Mon to Fri: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm|
Now, if you want an all-around firm that goes beyond your typical accounting services, then you might want to consider Keogh Accountancy Group.
They’re a full-fledged accounting firm that offers a wide range of services including accounting, secretarial tasks, and employment law consultancy. Suffice to say that their team can accommodate different financial-related requests, not just accounting or bookkeeping.
Compared to most accounting firms, they have a large team of accountants and auditors, making them a great choice for businesses of all sizes.
What we really like about them is that they offer free consultations for all clients, regardless if you decide to go with their services or not. Despite having fixed hours, they’re quite flexible with their time just to accommodate clients—perfect for busy executives.
We would’ve liked to see more information about their rates or the accounting software they use, if applicable. However, those are minor concerns compared to all that they offer.
Professional, knowledgeable, timely
“They say a good accountant saves you more money than they cost – I have found this to be true with Keogh Accountancy Group! They are professional, knowledgeable, and timely. Highly recommend them to other small business owners & freelancers.” —Ruairi McNicholas, Google Reviews
Invaluable financial advice
“I highly recommend Keogh’s accountancy. Emilie Keogh who I deal with is always on hand to assist and support with any issues. Her financial advice has been invaluable over the years.” —Rachel Davoren, Google Reviews
6. GBS & Co Galway Accountants & Business Consultants
Provision of a full payroll
Operation of the RCT System for the construction industry
Preparation of accounts for Sole Traders & Limited Companies
Preparation of the associated tax returns including Income Tax Returns, Corporation Tax Returns and Capital Gains Tax Returns
Submission of all Returns to the Companies Office including B1 Annual Returns, Change of company address, change of directors or secretary, and management of all company information
Formation & Strike off of limited companies
Other standard accountancy services such as (but are not limited to) Budgets, cash flows, Variance Analysis
Provides structured pricing
|ADDRESS||Unit 3E, Deerpark Business Centre, Carrowmoneash, Oranmore, Co. Galway, Ireland|
|CONTACT DETAILS||Tel: (091) 447178|
Mob: (087) 9188907
Email: [email protected]
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday to Saturday: 7:30 AM – 7:30 PM|
Next on our list is GBS & Co Accountants in Galway.
When we were able to stumble upon this firm, we are amazed at how they are a leading provider of accounting and related services to businesses primarily in the west of Ireland.
We were able to see that they are dedicated to collaborating closely with their clients, developing long-term relationships, and providing a professional service. They don’t simply have a client-accountant kind of relationship but they never fail to add a personal touch.
They look beyond the numbers to understand your business and recommend courses of action and options that are likely to deliver growth, stability, and profitability.
This is because they tailor their services to your specific requirements. Their firm will advise and plan for the tax implications of individual and business decisions and transactions.
They also know how time can be as gold as it can be so they don’t squander time, so you don’t squander money. They listen first, and then they act for they believe that getting things done quickly does not imply sacrificing quality.
Here are some review of their past clients;
“We at the Excel Club, online learning services, approached GBS & Co looking for an accountancy service to help us drive our cost dependent, deadline drive business. We have found that, compared to other practices which we have used over the years GBS & Co delivered on their promise of fast, efficient and reliable service which would be unmatched for both price and level of service. The flexibility of GBS & Co has ensured our management accounts, tax returns and other ad-hoc on demand reports are delivered precisely each time. We strongly recommend GBS & Co. ” – Paula Lynch @ The Excel Club
“Running a small business means you initially do everything yourself, but as time has moved on, I am delighted to work with Ciaran, as he takes the stress out of my accounts, which means I can focus on those things I like and enjoy doing, and leave the account part to him. He’s easy to get on with, very approachable and has a wealth of knowledge. I have no hesitation to recommend Ciaran to anyone who runs a business, as his charges are affordable, and giving you the gift of time to grow your business!” – Katleen Bell-Bonjean of Belgian Treasures