I've recently taken on a new client and have a difficult situation as the previous 'Accountant', who was mostly doing bookkeeping, is still involved.
I'm finding issue such as:
Customer receipts not posted (going back 5 years!)
Purchase Invoices not paid (again a long way back)
No Sage bank reconcilation since inception (2008) - although there are paper based reconcilations - of a sort.
No Payroll journals - just net payments from Gross wages, pensions, 2210 for Paye (which has a big debit balance as a result)
Basically a mess - but clients don't change when everything's smooth do they!
I do have a small concern about the accuracy fo prior year accountants (double counting for VAT for example looks like a possibility)
However - really struggling to get any assistance from the previous bookkeeper, but he is arguing about how I'm trying to enter corrections.
Not sure he his qualified at all (no affiliation on his invoices, not even a full address) although they refer to him as an accountant.I've been unable to verify him at all.
After 6 weeks I think I'm faced with a choice. I don't believe it's going to work while the previous person is still involved at all, but as he has the backing of the company owner (not involved day-to-day) it seems he's unlikely to be let go. The directors that run the company both want him gone!
I don't believe I have enough concerns to warrant filing a SAR (unless incompetence qualifies as a crime).
I'm most likely to have to let the client go.
Any obvious thoughts from those with more experience?