Wolters Kluwer ČR, under the professional auspices of the Chamber of Certified Accountants and the Association of Accountants of the Czech Republic, organised another year of the Accountant of the Year competition. The gala evening, during which four winners were presented with glass plaques, took place on Tuesday 10 December 2019 at the International Hotel in Prague.
The Accountant of the Year competition aims to select the best professional accountant/best professional accountant and the best accounting firm in the Czech Republic. This title is then valid for the next 5 years, as it is only possible to be nominated again after this period.
Nominations for suitable candidates for the title ACCOUNTANT OF THE YEAR 2019 and nominations for the ACCOUNTING FIRM OF THE YEAR 2019 could be submitted by the general public from 1 May to 31 August 2019. The decision on the winners was then in the hands of an expert jury, which met regularly during the autumn. Based on the nomination form submitted, the panel of judges contacted selected referral clients to evaluate their work with the accounting firm.
In their evaluation, the jury also took into account the provision of additional services, such as tax consulting, payroll processing, preparation of tax returns (e.g. VAT, income tax, property tax, etc.), the number of economic systems operated, extensive administrative support for clients, regular information on accounting and tax newspapers, maintenance of electronic files, application of internal control systems, as well as the firm’s internal corporate culture.
The last evaluation part of the competition was a personal meeting of the expert jury with representatives of individual accounting offices. Ing. Tomáš Slavík, representing the accounting and tax office SLUTO s.r.o., only confirmed the quality of the office, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2020.
As in the previous year, the jury consisted of representatives of leading accounting institutions in the Czech Republic and important personalities from the accounting sphere. Among them we can mention for example Mrs. Jana Skálová, member of the Presidium of the Chamber of Tax Advisors of the Czech Republic, or Jan Molín, Chairman of the Ethics Committee of the Chamber of Certified Accountants and Deputy Head of the Department of Financial Accounting and Auditing at the University of Economics in Prague. Libor Vašek, Chairman of the Chamber of Certified Accountants, took over the role of the jury chairman.