IFA Direct Student Q&A: Simion Barcari

Simion Bacari tells us how IFA Direct has raised the profile of his business

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Describe your background

I had worked in the accountancy sector for about four years in the UK prior to my bookkeeping role abroad. In the UK I had initially started work at a chartered accountancy practice in London as an accountant’s assistant. Now I am running my own accountancy firm.

Where is your firm based?

Our firm Acctlon Tax Ltd. is based in Ilford, London.

What type of business is the practice engaged in?

My business provides a complex range of accountancy services starting from bookkeeping and finishing with the preparation and submission of annual accounts and corporation tax returns, and tax advice. The business is small, but I work hard, and it is continuously growing. The IFA membership has significantly added value to my business considering the support received from the team and the recognition I get from being an Associate Financial Accountant (AFA MIPA) member.

What do you find challenging/ rewarding within the sector?

It is very challenging to differentiate yourself and attract new customers in the accountancy sector. However, if you manage to do that, the job becomes rewarding.

How did you hear about IFA Direct?

I heard about IFA Direct from one of my ex-colleagues and after some research I realised that the IFA could help me become a qualified financial accountant fast, considering that I was eligible for a good number of exemptions based on my other qualifications.

What made you want to study on the IFA Direct programme?

IFA Direct was the option that I felt would help me in achieving my goal. It provided an effective and easy approach to learning by offering all the necessary study materials which were condensed and relevant for what I needed.

Which units did you study?

I studied:

  • Level 4 Personal Taxation
  • Level 5 Business Taxation
  • Level 7 Corporate Reporting for Strategic Business - Advanced
  • Level 7 Taxation for Business and Individuals