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CAMICO War Story: Tax return preparation and non-filing of FBAR form. January 2015 – Tip of the Month
“War Stories,” drawn from CAMICO claims files, illustrate some of the dangers and pitfalls in the accounting profession. All names have been changed.
When James Clay, CPA, put together his clients’ tax organizers and questionnaires, he included the question regarding whether the client had “a financial interest in, or signature or other authority over, any financial accounts (including bank, securities, or other financial accounts) in a foreign country, exceeding $10,000 in the preceding calendar year.”
Client screening is excellent risk management as well as practice management. It’s the first step in an effective loss prevention program, and it can be used to identify less desirable clients that may be keeping your firm from developing the clients you want. Re-evaluate your relationships with clients on a regular basis—at least annually. The following checklist highlights some of the warning signs that it may be time to disengage from certain clients.