Pharmacy How much stock should pharmacy have?You should aim for your stock turnover ratio to be 10 times or more. A healthy pharmacy will turn over its stock in 35 days or less.Stock Turnover Ratio = Annualised Cost of Goods ÷ Total Stock. Stock Turn Days = 365 ÷ Stock Turnover. Why is accounting important in pharmacy?Effective pharmacy accounting entails keeping your records up to date, ensuring their integrity, and ensuring that financial processes run smoothly. In today’s complex pharmacy environment this enables you to focus on tax planning options, the effective management of your business, reducing unnecessary everyday processes, improving controls and proactively seeking expansion opportunities. What are pharmacy assets?All Pharmacy Records, Prescription Lists, Pharmacy Scripts, Pharmacy Inventory, and other pharmacy assets, supplies, and equipment situated at or associated to any Store Property are considered Pharmacy Assets. How does stock management affect a pharmacy’s profit margins and cash flow?From a financial standpoint, effective stock management boosts gross and net profits by lowering the cost of pharmaceutical products purchased and associated operational costs. Reducing stock holdings will help to improve cash flow. How often do pharmacies count stock?Pharmacies count stock at least once a year at their financial year end. This should occur more regularly if a pharmacy is preparing interim management accounts. Stock takes are generally carried out by a 3rd party pharmacy sector stock counting specialist. What is considered stock in pharmacy?Pharmacy stock consists of prescription medicinal products, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins & minerals, healthcare and beauty products. Individual pharmacies may carry additional inventory lines. How much does it cost to open a pharmacy?It costs between €250,000 and €600,000 to open a new pharmacy. Capital will be required for unit fit-out, initial stock, working capital and professional fees pertaining to the lease etc. How do I start my own pharmacy business?Either by purchasing an existing business or by establishing a new pharmacy in a vacant retail unit. Strong adjacencies (particularly GP surgeries and parking) are important.General FAQ’s What services does Fitzgerald Power offer to SMEs in Ireland?At Fitzgerald Power, we provide tailored solutions to cater to your unique business needs, whether you’re an established SME or a scaling enterprise. From Outsourced CFO services to bookkeeping, payroll, monthly Management Information (MI) packs and tax and statutory compliance, our services are designed to drive your financial success. Our services will empower businesses with the flexibility, expertise, and efficiency required for effective financial operations, enabling a dedicated focus on achieving strategic objectives and fostering growth. How can your firm help with tax planning and compliance?Our team of experienced professionals specialises in Irish tax regulations. We work closely with clients to optimise their tax strategies, ensure compliance, and minimise tax liabilities while maximising available deductions and credits. Do you have experience working with start-ups and small businesses in Ireland?Yes, we have extensive experience working with start-ups and small businesses across various industries in Ireland. We understand the unique challenges and opportunities that SME’s face and tailor our services accordingly. Your ambition is our inspiration. What sets Fitzgerald Power’s accounting services apart?Our commitment to personalised service, industry-specific expertise, and a proactive approach to financial management distinguishes us. We are dedicated to helping thrive and succeed. Can you assist with financial forecasting and budgeting for SMEs?Absolutely. We help scaling and established companies develop accurate financial forecasts and budgets to make informed decisions, manage cash flow, and achieve long-term financial stability. How can your firm help optimise cash flow management?We offer cash flow analysis, strategies for improving working capital, and advice on managing receivables and payables efficiently, all aimed at enhancing cash flow for your business. What are the key tax considerations for SMEs operating in Ireland?Ireland’s tax landscape is complex. We can guide you through critical tax considerations, such as income tax, corporation tax, VAT, and more, ensuring compliance and minimising tax burdens. Do you offer payroll services?Yes, we provide comprehensive payroll services, including payroll processing, compliance, and employee-related tax matters, to help you manage your workforce efficiently. Can you assist with company incorporation and registration for scaling companies?Certainly. We offer support in company incorporation, registration, and regulatory compliance, ensuring your business starts on a strong foundation. How do you stay up-to-date with the latest accounting regulations affecting businesses in Ireland?Our team actively monitors changes in accounting and tax regulations, participates in professional development, and leverages industry-specific knowledge to keep our clients informed and compliant. What industries within the SME sector do you have experience working with?We have experience working with SMEs in various industries, including pharmacy, retail, hospitality, tech, manufacturing, and professional services, among others. How do you customise your accounting services to meet the unique needs of your clients?We take a personalised approach, tailoring our services to match the specific needs, goals, and challenges of each client we serve. Can you provide guidance on funding options and grants available to SMEs in Ireland?Yes, we can assist you in identifying funding sources, grants, and incentives that can benefit your SME, helping you access the financial support you need. What should SMEs consider when preparing for audits or financial reviews?We provide guidance and support to help SMEs prepare for audits, ensuring their financial records are accurate, organised, and compliant with regulations. Can your firm help SMEs with bookkeeping and record-keeping?Yes of course! Our suite of tailored solutions caters to your unique business needs, whether you’re an established SME or a scaling enterprise. Our award-winning bookkeeping team ensure accurate and up-to-date financial records, which are essential for making informed decisions and meeting compliance requirements. Do you offer advisory services to help SMEs grow and expand their businesses?Yes, we provide strategic advisory services to help SMEs develop growth plans, explore expansion opportunities, and achieve their business objectives. What is the typical process for engaging your accounting services as an SME client?To engage our services, simply reach out to us here. We’ll schedule an initial consultation to discuss your needs and determine the best way to support your business. Can you assist with VAT registration and compliance for SMEs in Ireland?Absolutely. We help SMEs with VAT registration, compliance, and reporting, ensuring adherence to Ireland’s VAT regulations. What software or tools do you use for accounting and financial management for SMEs?We use state-of-the-art accounting software and tools to streamline financial management processes, ensuring accuracy and efficiency in our services. How do you ensure client data and financial information are kept secure and confidential?At Fitzgerald Power, we prioritise the security and confidentiality of client data. We have robust data protection measures in place and adhere to all relevant privacy regulations to safeguard your information. Is there BIK on electric cars in Ireland?For 2020 no taxable benefit arises where an employee is provided with an electric in either of the following circumstances: (1) where the original market value of the car does not exceed €50,000 or (2) where the car was first provided to the employee in the period 10 October 2017 to 9 October 2018.Where the car was first provided to the employee after 9 October 2018 and the original market value of the car exceeds €50,000, the original market value of the car is reduced by €50,000 in calculating the taxable benefit.In addition, no taxable benefit arises where an employer provides facilities for the charging of vehicles in its business premises provided all employees can avail of the facilities.To continue the incentivisation of EV’s, a temporary suspension of the tapering of the preferential benefit-in-kind relief has been put in place, maintaining the existing €35,000 original market value reduction for 2024 and 2025. What is my EORI number?It’s necessary to apply for an EORI number through the EORI online registration service. If you have previously been registered for Customs and Excise (C&E), you may already have been allocated an EORI number and you should check the following weblink to ascertain if you already have an EORI number. Your EORI number will generally be “IE” followed by your VAT Registration number. How long does it take to register a company for taxes?Once incorporated, it will typically take a couple of days to register a company for PAYE and CT. Registration for VAT will often take longer and depending on complexity of the situation registration can take one to three weeks and in some cases longer. How many officers does a company require?A company in Ireland requires a minimum of one director and one company secretary, so each company requires a minimum of two officers. Does a company require Irish resident officers?Where all a company’s officers are outside the EEA, it will have to establish with Revenue and the CRO that the company has a real and continuous link with the State. This can be established by displaying that either the company has a person working from a location in Ireland managing the business or that it carries on trade in the State. How do I switch over to FP for bookkeeping, payroll and year end accounts?The on-boarding process is very straightforward. The first step is for you to inform your current accountant of the change. We will then write to your current accountant requesting professional clearance and the financial information we require to commence the engagement. Finally we register as your filing agent with Revenue and the CRO. How long do you hold financial records for?In general you must retain all books, records and documents relevant to your business for a period of six years.