What do I do if my client won't pay

CPAs work hard for their clients, but clients don’t always show their accountants the same regard. Sometimes a client won’t pay their accountant. CAMICO has years of experience helping its CPA policyholders recover fees. This post will explain some of the ways you can try to get your money.

Disengagement

The best way to avoid having a collection problem is to communicate your billing and collection policies in your engagement letter, including stop-work and/or disengagement provisions that can be enforced if a client doesn’t pay you in accordance with the engagement letter.

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.

Pages

Latest Articles

  • 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

  • 10 Jul

    Trustee Red Flags and Best Practices

    Many clients look to CPAs as the natural choice to fulfill the trustee role, manage the assets, and carry out client wishes. For CPAs good at managing and minimizing the unique risk attributes of a trustee role, trustee work can be satisfying and rewarding. On the other hand, if a CPA unde... read more