What to do if my client gets divorced

Divorce can be a highly charged situation for CPAs, especially when one accountant represents both parties in a divorce. CAMICO has more than 30 years’ experience handling such situations. These are some of our best practices for CPAs with divorcing clients.

Representing both sides in a divorce is a potential conflict of interest

Prevent Improperly Documented Client Extensions

If you need information at the last minute to complete a return, have the client send the data via e-mail or fax. The e-mail or fax becomes part of your records and support. Document, document, document!

Another effective way to prevent the problem of improperly documented client extensions is a written confirmation of the amounts used to calculate the extension payment. The confirmation is sent to the client with the extension form and gives the client an opportunity to review the information and to change any information that appears incorrect, prior to April 18, 2017.

31 Reasons CPAs are Sued

CPAs who are sued are often in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong decision. These situations that landed CPAs in court are real—drawn from CAMICO's claims files.

1) Trusting a client too much

A long-time client asked her CPA to perform an audit for a new insurance company she's invested in. The CPA uncovered unverifiable assets but never verified them.

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