Protect Your Firm by Implementing Sound Billing and Collection Practices

Problems arising from billing and collections practices have often plagued CPA firms. But by taking a few basic steps, firms can avoid or manage such problems. Further, those same steps will help firms improve the quality of their practices, attract a better client base, generate more fees and improve cash flow. Many of those steps should begin in advance of a client engagement.

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Now is a Good Time to Re-Evaluate Clients

Many CPAs are still catching their breath after what may arguably be one of the more difficult tax seasons. It goes without saying that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) which passed into law on December 22, 2017, (Pub. L. 115–97) was a "game changer" for the profession. Tax professionals have been tasked not only with the steep learning curve as it relates to the provisions of the new law, but also with the added burden of having to educate clients on the law’s nuances that were of impact to their own unique tax situations.

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  • 13 Sep

    Proactively Managing Fee and Collection Issues

    An effective way to avoid having a collection problem in the first place is to communicate with the client regarding your billing and collection policies, and to include stop-work or disengagement provisions, or both, in your engagement letter. Such provisions can then be enforced if the c... read more

  • 03 Sep

    What’s the Right Policy Limit for Your Firm?

    If one had to choose the question most frequently asked by CAMICO policyholders, the likely winner would be, "What should our policy limit be?"

    This is not an easy question to answer, which may explain why it is asked so often. Regardless of your level of expertise in C... read more

  • 21 Aug

    Preparing for the Next Recession

    Economic conditions historically have a significant impact on CPA professional liability claims. When the economy is doing well, and businesses are relatively flush with money, people are less likely to notice funds missing. Fraud therefore tends to flourish and go undetected in good times... read more