CUSTOMER SERVICE POLICY


POLICY DOCUMENT


The purpose of this policy is to have clear guidelines on how to deal with the clients to ensure the highest level of customer satisfaction.

CLIENT ENGAGEMENT


• Initial consultation is conducted with the client by a qualified accountant.
• After initial assessment is completed. Before any work is commenced, have client engagement in place, which is signed by the client. A copy of the client engagement is provided to the client.
• Ensure appropriate commitment is made to the client.
• Ensure client is informed about the payment structure, appropriate professional fees and timelines to complete the job.
• Ensure client has details of relevant people responsible for doing the job.
• Creating and maintaining client files all times.

JOB MANAGMENT


• Deliver on time every time, take complete ownership and responsibility of the assigned job.
• Be punctual for all meetings and appointments. Do what we say.
• Answer client questions/concerns and provide update to the client of job status.
• Make notes in the workflowmax each time we communicate with the client. Update job notes each time a contact is made as the job progress.
• Do not file tax return unless appropriate signatures are obtained, and signed copy is saved in the job.
• Treat each client fairly with dignity and courtesy.
• Build and develop relationship with the client.
• Complete small jobs with in 7 days and large jobs within 28 days of receiving all information.
• Retuning client queries as soon as possible.
• Provide regular updates to the client.
• Inform and prepare client in advance for any upcoming issues
• Ensure each client is assigned to a primary contact.


EMAILS


• Check emails regularly throughout the business day.
• Aim to reply within in 24 hours.
• If a detailed response is required provide within 5 days.
• Communicate clearly.


PHONE CALLS


• Ensure log of all incoming calls are recorded in a phone system. Before transferring the phone call to a specific person, brief that person with the information before transferring the call.
• If the specific staff member is not available to answer the call, ask the caller to give an appropriate time to call back, and pass the information to that staff member.


CLIENT FILES


• Ensure client files are maintained in Workflowmax, including latest contact information.
• Setup appropriate relationship between clients, associated person and entities.
• All active jobs must be recorded in workflowmax at client level.
• Ensure client info is current and correct.
• Record specific client instructions into their respective files.


ACCOUNTS


• A proper invoice is always issued.
• A reasonable quote is provided to the client. Once accepted it must be acknowledged by the client.
• All new clients are billed 50% fees in advance and balance on completion.
• Ensure clients have understood and agreed with our professional fee.


RECEIVING INFORMATION FROM CLIENT


• All client information is received from the client. Where information is received in the paper format, information is scanned, and the original is returned to the client.
• Protect client’s confidentiality and do not disclose client’s personal information.
• Always be open, honest and truthful to client.
• Do not get involved in the conflict of interest situation.
• Ensure client has provided us the best available information.


EMPLOYEES


• Ensure employees are trained to do their respective jobs in a professional manner.
• Only take the jobs where we have experience and capacity to complete the work in the allocated timeframe.
• Ensure staff is learning and developing new skills. Make funds and time available for their CPD (continuing professional development.)
• Ensure each staff understand IBBZ Policies and Procedure. Including Quality Control while working on client files.
• Keep client request the top priority. Great focus on client needs.
• Ensure email is the mode of communication so that it can be traced.
• Be polite and friendly with clients, be able to understand their needs.
• Always ensure correct information is provided to the client. Tax advice is only provided by the registered qualified accountant.
• Use of out of office to ensure clients can contact the other person.
• After hours mobile phone. Over the weekend client can contact us if the need arises via mobile phone.
• The “out of office” feature of outlook should be used when staff are on leave. Include details of another person for the client to contact during any absence.
• Ensure more than one person knows about the job, so if a person responsible for job is out of office the next available person and complete the job.


FEEDBACK, COMPLAINTS AND RESOLUTION


• Conduct annual client survey to receive feedback.
• Encourage clients to provide us reviews. Using paper-based client testimonials or Google Reviews or a web based on form on our website.
• Deal with the negative feedback. Get in touch with the customer and understand their issue, offer resolution.
• Deal with the customer complaint and follow customer complaint policy.