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The Struggles of Private Company Accounting

Building your Accounting Department… When I meet a business owner operating at a successful $10+ mil in revenue I often hear them say “My CPA…” and I immediately know they are referring to a tax CPA. One thing ALL entrepreneurs have in common is that they have to file a tax return. So from day

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Selling Your Business & the Value of Accounting Records

M&A Current Environment 2020 and 2021 have been record years for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) despite COVID19.  Liquidity in the marketplace, abundance of retiring baby boomers, and low interest rates continue to fuel the M&A market.   This seller’s market has allowed multiples for selling businesses to remain at high levels.  Investment bankers representing sellers are

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Cash Basis vs Accrual Basis Accounting

Believe it or not, we deal with this issue of whether to use cash basis vs accrual basis accounting all the time. Many companies start from scratch with one person doing the accounting from home or a small office. Over time, their needs grow. It’s normal to see changes within the organization, especially when companies

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You Can’t Afford Not to Spend Money on the Accounting Department

As a former CEO to some CEOs, this Blog is to my counterparts that “don’t know what you don’t know.”  I have seen time and time again closely held businesses that have experienced growth make the same mistakes over and over again. To the CEO that believes bookkeeping is a necessary fixed cost that should be

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Do you need to be a CPA to be a CFO?

Not too long ago, the Academy Awards took place, and they played reels of the Academy Awards that happened in the past 80 or so years. It reminded me of the time when I showed my grandson an old western movie… I thought some of the parts were hilarious, but my teenage grandson was horrified by

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History of Accounting

See Also: History of Factoring Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Certified Public Accountant (CPA) History of Accounting Below is the history of accounting timeline is a general overview of larger events which have all contributed to modern day accounting. It encompasses primitive accounting, with the

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How to Select a PEO

See also: Defining a Professional Employer Organization Advantages of PEO Services for the Business Owner PEO Compared to Outsourcing Payroll Professional Employer Organization (PEO) FAQ’s Service Department Costs How to Select a PEO Creating a successful partnership with a Professional Employer Organization (PEO), for the co-employment of your employees, requires that the Business Owner apply

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How to Hire a CFO Controller

How to Hire a CFO Controller Tips When you need to hire a CFO Controller, there are a few steps that you need to take prior to the actually hiring. Start the ad placement process by first asking yourself a few questions about your company. How does the company describe itself, its culture and industry space?

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Choose a CPA or Auditor

Choose a CPA or Auditor Do you choose a CPA or auditor? Any company whose stock is sold to the public is subject to the reporting requirements of the Securities & Exchange Commission, which include having its financial statements audited by an independent certified public accountant. Whereas companies, whose stock is not sold to the

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Controller Duties

See Also: Controller Definition Controller Separation Of Duties Controller Vs Comptroller Duties Of A Financial Controller Controller Vs. CFO Financial Controller Duties The duties of a financial controller are to oversee the accounting functions within an organization and internal controls at the highest level of management. Financial controller responsibilities are to work alongside the executive

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Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

See Also: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants – AICPA How to Choose An Independent CPA/Auditor Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) The Future of the Accounting Workforce Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Definition A CPA or certified public accountant is a person in the United States who has passed the uniform

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Auditor Explanation In accounting, an auditor is a certified public accountant (CPA) who performs an objective examination of a company’s financial statements and internal controls. They evaluate the validity and reliability of the data and confirms whether the financial statements were prepared in accordance with the rules of GAAP. Furthermore, there are two types: an internal

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