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.
For more than a decade, Sidney Swenson, CPA, prepared tax returns for one of his more successful clients, Matt Morrow, a star salesman in the construction supplies industry. Morrow had taken a job five years earlier in sales for Acme Building Products and Supplies, headquartered in the British Virgin Islands (BVI). Morrow was a U.S. citizen and maintained his residence in the U.S. but lived part time in BVI.
Wally Bitman, CPA, a sole practitioner, was behind on completing a client's tax return. It wasn't totally his fault—a glitch in his tax preparation software meant fixing many other clients' returns as the April deadline approached. One of Bitman's wealthier clients was always late with his information. This year, he'd definitely need to file an extension.