Common Misconceptions that CPAs Believe Why They Will Never Be Sued

Some CPAs believe that they will never be sued and therefore believe that they don’t need professional liability or other forms of insurance. The reasons for this position vary, but some common ones include, “I don’t make mistakes,” “All of my clients are friends,” or “I do tax work only.” The problem with this approach … Read more

Claim Chronicles 122

Topic: Voluntary PaymentsServices: Tax Return Prep, Submission Claim 1: Peter Thompson of A6 Accounting Services received a letter from the state of Michigan advising him that an audit had been performed on his client’s 2021 tax return, and that penalties of $2,888 and interest of $11,679 were assessed. Thompson’s client owns a boat rental company … Read more

Risk Management Considerations for Firms Contemplating Outsourcing

Outsourcing is a hot topic right now for the profession as CPA firms struggle with staffing constraints. Current challenges associated with firms attracting and retaining talent are expansive and include issues such as staffing qualified professionals for complex engagements, employee burnout, unrealistic and “heavy” workloads, as well as limitations on the ability to maintain and … Read more

Dilemmas Employee Retention Credits Pose for CPAs

Ethical Dilemmas Many CPAs are considering (or have used) contingent fee billing arrangements to assist their clients with obtaining Employee Retention Credits (ERC). Unfortunately, many believe they’re permitted to accept contingent fees for amending their clients’ payroll tax and income tax returns. But CPAs are not permitted to charge contingent fees for amending these returns … Read more

Report Potential Claims and Claims as Early as Possible

CPAs are often so busy that they don’t recognize or acknowledge a potential claim as it is developing. This can be particularly devastating when the damages claimed are significant and are not covered because of late reporting. It’s important to pay attention to potential issues and to report them as soon as there may be … Read more