Managing finances and filing tax forms in a foreign country can be very stressful. You may find yourself struggling to find any English-speaking accountant that can guide you through each step of the complicated process. Luckily, for expats in South Korea, there are experienced English-speaking accountants throughout Seoul. Here is a list of 10 reputable English-speaking accountants and accounting firms in Seoul, from both small and medium-sized to the Big Four.
Small and Medium-sized Accounting Firms For Tax Filing and Bookkeeping
Established in 2012, Calibre is a specialist business advisory and accounting firm based in Sydney, Australia and Seoul, South Korea. By providing constantly ongoing engagement and dialogue with clients, Calibre aims to provide business and tax advice that suits each individual business’ needs. Calibre has a completely bilingual staff, and one of its specialties lies in helping foreign companies set up their operations in Korea, and vice-versa helping Korean companies expand their services to Australia.
Joseph Zoh, the CEO of JZ Associate, has more than 30 years of experience in accounting. He provides reliable service for expats and foreign companies in Korea. JZ also offers free initial consultation and tax review for his clients. His office is in Suwon, Gyeonggi-do, but can come to your location if you are looking for his service.
Hana Tax has three Korean tax accountants and one American CPA, Christie Lee. They have been working with clients for more than 15 years and provide various services including company setup, income tax filing, payroll calculation, and tax litigation.
LIAN Accounting Corporation is a medium-sized firm that specializes in tax and payroll services for foreign companies in Seoul. They have an International Services department with 30 English-speaking professionals that provide reliable service for foreigners in Korea.
H&R Block’s Korean branch is located in Itaewon and has six in-house English-speaking tax accountants. Their Itaewon office, the Expat Retail Office, has a specialized team of advisors to assist expats with tax preparation for Americans abroad.
Klemsen Consulting is the local Korean branch of the American headquarters, Tax Uncomplicated, and specializes in U.S. federal and state taxes for expats in Korea. Expats will find a variety of service packages that will help make tax preparation and filing processes much easier.
Kevin Cho of Kevin’s Tax Accounting Office in Itaewon is fluent in English and helps individual clients with tax returns, and personal or business finances. His office is located right by Itaewon Station exit 2.
Seoul, Korea Branches of the Global Big Four Accounting Firms – PWC, Deloitte, KPMG, E&Y
Below are the Korean counterparts of the global Big Four accounting firms (PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, KPMG, and Ernst & Young) that you can find right here in Seoul. These big firms provide a wide variety of services for each area of financial assistance you may be looking for.
Samil PWC has over 3000 professionals who can provide innovative, reliable services for public, private, and government clients. Their service offerings are conveniently organized into four Lines of Servic: Audit and assurance, Tax, Deal Business, and S&CC (Sustainability and Climate Change). They have a separate department with fluent English-speaking tax accountants providing service to foreigners and foreign companies in Seoul.
Deloitte Anjin is the Korean branch of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. They provide a wide variety of services in accounting audit, financial advisory, risk advisory, and international business support. Their English speaking accountants can help you with individual tax returns, or with business deals for your foreign company.
EY Han Young is the Korean branch of Ernst & Young. There are multiple English-speaking professionals to aid foreigners in Korea in many different financial services. Their general services include tax, assurance, transactions and advisory. In each area they offer a wide range of specialized services. For example, their transaction advisory includes M&A, strategic alliance, carve-outs, stock issuance and restructuring.
Samjong KPMG is the Korean branch of KPMG. They provide general services in audit, assurance, tax and advisory, and further specialized services in business reorganization support and start-ups. Samjong is part of the Global KPMG Network and provides an all-in-one service for its clients.
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