Learn more about Kirsty Murphy, and her responsibilities as an Accountant here at The Accountancy Partnership.
Give an overview of the duties, functions and responsibilities of your job.
I have responsibility for my own portfolio of clients, including sole-traders, partnerships, and limited companies. I complete VAT returns, annual accounts, corporation tax returns and Self Assessments whilst also dealing with any queries clients may have.
What is a typical working day like for you?
I start my day with emails and initial consultation calls, then move on to accounts work before ending the day on emails.
What particular challenges do you regularly encounter?
The ever-changing tax legislation. With Brexit and Covid a lot has changed, so I have to ensure I am up to date on this and able to offer the correct advice to clients.
What are some of the biggest challenges faced by your clients?
Over the last couple of years Covid has really impacted our clients. Whilst some clients unfortunately had to close their companies due to lack of trade, it is nice to see the majority of clients bouncing back now restrictions have been lifted.
How are you able to use your skills to solve problems for them?
I am fully AAT qualified and have almost 8 years’ experience working in practice, so I put my knowledge and experience to use on a day-to-day basis. Being able to simplify tax jargon for clients can also be extremely helpful to put them at ease.
What is your favourite part of the job?
The accounts work, I love working with the numbers! I also love that the clients are so varied. I can work on accounts for a baker in the morning, and in the afternoon be discussing capital gains for property sales.
What do you like most about working for The Accountancy Partnership?
The people, everybody is friendly and easy to get on with. I’ve made some friends for life working here.
What skills do you find most useful to do your job?
Being organised and a problem solver. With a large number of clients, I have to manage my time efficiently to ensure I can meet clients’ expectations.
Where’s your favourite place to visit on days off?
I love going to gigs and always have a few planned to look forward to. I go all over the UK to see bands and artists I like. I’m also really close with my family so I spend lots of time with my sisters and their kids.
Tell us about your proudest achievement.
Becoming an accountant! I worked in retail for years and was bored of the work, decided in my mid 20s to go back to college to get a career, and really like the sound of the AAT courses. Since then, I’ve become fully AAT qualified and after 5 years of having the qualification I now have fellow membership status.
How would your colleagues describe you?
Knowledgeable, approachable, friendly, quiet, and reserved until I get to know people then I’m talkative and love a laugh (not my words!)
What are you reading/binge watching at the moment?
Currently rewatching Stranger Things in anticipation of season 4. I’m an avid reader as well and read a variety of genres including sci-fi, fantasy, thriller etc. My book collection has got a little out of hand in the last year or so.
Who do you admire, and why?
My younger sister, she’s a military wife with 3 young children. With her husband’s job they’ve relocated quite a few times around the UK and she still manages to hold down her career whilst raising her family. I don’t know how she does it.
What question would you really like to answer, and what’s the answer?!
If I haven’t read all the books that I’ve bought should I buy more? The answer is yes! Always buy the book!