Think of the best relationship you have with a male client. He’s been with you for many years and you consider yourself “old friends.” How is your relationship with his wife? If your answer is anything other than “spectacular,” you should read the following carefully: There’s a 70 percent chance your client’s wife will fire you within a year after the death of her spouse.
One of the most important traits of a successful business owner is knowing “why” – why you do what you do. In a service-based business like ours, knowing your “why” is essential to helping clients feel confident that you are giving them excellent advice and to knowing you care about them and their families.
At some point in your career, it's likely that you've been involved in a project that seemed to meander endlessly without any real direction. It could be a marketing project or just about anything else. In marketing, there's a name for a project like this: the platypus.
There is constant reference by the news media about the aging of the Baby Boomers, but I, for one, did not know exactly what it meant. So, I "Googled" it. What I found is not good news for the accounting profession.
Successful CPA firms know that while business may be great today, there's no guarantee for tomorrow. That's why it's important that you're constantly thinking ahead - constantly considering where you'll find your next clients.
It has long been established that the CPA must meet certain standards of independence, objectivity and integrity when performing attest services. Similarly, certain standards are called into play when a CPA performs a business valuation.
A business owner calls a meeting to discuss the tax consequences of a particular business transaction. Two years later, the business is involved in litigation related to the transaction, and the plaintiff seeks to discover the outside accountant's notes from the initial meeting.
Exercising due diligence is a big deal to the IRS. CPA Tim W. Kaskey discovered that the hard way. He was disbarred for failing to exercise due diligence in preparing tax returns for a corporation and its husband and wife shareholders.
Unfortunately, divorcing clients may attempt to increase the amount of money they receive by making a claim against their accountant. When clients divorce, accountants are put in a variety of uncomfortable positions.
Tax season 2013 is over and the M&A frenzy will pick back up again where it left off. So, what's your practice worth? What can you expect whether you're a buyer or seller? One thing is for sure – baby boomers are selling at a rate the profession has never seen before.
Knowing just how satisfied clients are with your services might be difficult if not impossible to gauge on a daily basis. For accountants, recognizing whether clients are considering shifting to another service provider is not always blatantly obvious.
The majority of our society is familiar with the phrase "You never get a second chance to make a first impression." While the inherent logic of the phrase is apparent, our minds typically associate the phrase only with an initial face-to-face encounter between individuals.
Vault.com released its 2014 Vault Accounting 50, a ranking of the fifty best accounting firms in the nation to work for. The survey asked more than 7,900 accountants to assess their peer accounting firms on a scale of one to ten based on prestige and quality of life factors.
Most CPAs simply grab an extra cup of coffee to steel themselves for another grueling day during tax season. But this February, associates from Davenport, Marvin, Joyce & Co., LLP tried a much more "stimulating" approach to jump-start their day.
If you're at the point in tax return season when you're tearing your hair out – and who could blame you? – you might appreciate one firm's attempt at whimsy. On April 10, the accounting firm of Drucker & Scaccetti presented a special exhibit entitled "Finding Humor in Taxes."