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5 Remarkable Moves for CPA Firms to Step-up Revenue Post-tax Season

Posted on 03/08/2018

CPA accounting firms must be breathing a sigh of relief post-tax season, after a hectic lap of tax filing this year. Successful firms don’t stop with a January to April alliance with their clients, but continue to do business with them throughout the year.

Find out how CPA firms can gain revenue effectively post-tax season.

5 Remarkable Moves for CPA Firms to Step-up Revenue Post-tax Season

1. Extend consultations to existing clients

A little twist to an old saying goes, “Make new clients, but keep the old, one is silver, the other is gold!” Client retention is the key to build steady revenue. It is cost-effective to extend new services to existing customers rather than spend money on acquiring new customers.

Clients who approach you for tax filing consultation may have issues in financial accounting too. The IRS Oversight Board says, about 60 million taxpayers, constituting 37% of the total filers for income tax, contact the IRS for various reasons. Clients will come back to you when they receive a notice or email from the IRS. Usually, they are charged on an hourly basis for expert support whenever necessary.

2. Extend advisory services and asset management services

Individuals opting for services of tax filing may not necessarily return for other accounting and financial services. Encourage clients to communicate with you and connect with you whenever they have questions or issues at hand. Communication through emails, postcards and newsletters are popular ways of being in touch with your clients.

3. Make the customer experience a priority

Generally, customer retention and customer service are never the focus of accounting firms. When your satisfied customers have a pleasant experience in resolving their issues, they would spread the word around. Such referrals are bound to bring you more customers. Request for regular feedback from your clients to help enhance your customer service.

4. Extended other accounting services –payroll, bookkeeping and bank reconciliation

The clients of cpa bookkeeping services are offered additional services such as payroll, bank reconciliations, and bookkeeping. The clients must trust you enough to try other services as well.

When it comes to hiring experienced staff and new infrastructure, contact us for complete dedication and delivery on time of various bookkeeping services.

5.Extend professionalism

When you understand the inherent financial situation of your clients, you can develop a strong bond by being proactive. Build a niche for your firm by providing services to a target group. Clients like to approach, skilled accountants in their specific field of business. Stay on top of the game by updating your knowledge constantly on changes in regulations and policies announced by the Government.

Extending more bookkeeping services to more clients will invariably mean hiring more accountants for your firm. A better option is to outsource your work to specialists in this line of work. Look for accounting professionals who are imbibed with qualities to be current, consistent and compliant. Contact us today and take advantage of our expertise in bookkeeping services.

Topics: Accounting firms , CPA


10 Small Business Accounting Trends to Kick-start 2018

Posted on 16/01/2018

10 Small Business Accounting Trends to Kick-start 2018

2018 is here and just like every other year, we’re mopping our brows thinking the previous year went down way too fast. But the New Year is not about moping on bygones but learning from the past and looking forward to the future! So here are 10 Small Business Accounting Trends for the year 2018.

Small Business Accounting

For all small businesses who’re looking to make bookkeeping and accounting a lot easier this year, your first thought should be to approach a reliable outsourcing partner. Not only SMEs but CPAs and accounting firms should ideally look to increase workforce as well. We all know – “that” time of the year is pretty near! After the lull of the holidays, it is time to spring back to action with a lot of holiday workload piled over – the best way to keep up is to avail outsourced bookkeeping and accounting.

What went by in 2017

Automation process gradually replaced manual work in accounting during 2017. We hope in 2018 accounting will continue traversing the path of further innovations and keep up the trend of automation. CPAs, accounting firms, & business owners have started concentrating on the key areas of analysis and forecast. It was evident in 2017 that CPAs, accounting firms and business owners were able to achieve more returns on their time and investment, all thanks to nifty insights, analysis and forecasts.

2018 Small Business Accounting Trends

Without further ado, we’re going to delve into the predicted trends for 2018.

  1. As we have seen in 2017, we believe 2018 will also see automation gradually work towards reducing the paperwork. A paperless environment will prove highly conducive to outsourced bookkeeping and accounting.
  2. 2018 will take business owners to the point where there will not be any requirement to manually categorize the transactions.
  3. Accountability has drawn a lot of focus from business owners and rightly so. 2018 will see business owners, CPAs, and accounting firms focus on the positive impacts that an accountability-driven work culture can have, on retention, service, profitability and growth.
  4. AI in 2018 is going to play a fairly big role in driving accountability.
  5. 2018 will see an upraise in the demand for reporting nonfinancial information as well – something the CPAs and accounting firms need to pay close attention to.

Know More..

  1. Intangible assets of the S&P 500 were 17 percent in 1975 and 84 percent in 2015. It’s a trend that the accounting profession simply can’t ignore and 2018 will also demonstrate the same.
  2. The trend of hiring outsourced bookkeepers and paraprofessionals will be on the rise.
  3. You didn’t have to hear us say it but here goes – blockchain technology will continue trending. How it affects us – we will save that for another post.
  4. The timing of tax reform is an area that could impact tax season for accountants.
  5. The need for informed business decisions using business insights will be on the rise with the increased availability of expertise. Business owners, CPAs and accounting firms will look forward to having extra time to focus on accounts analysis, thereby improving quality.

If you’re looking to increase time on hands using reliable outsourcing services, give us a call at +1-860-215-4997 or email us at info@velaninfo.com and our executives will be happy to assist you.

Topics: Accounting , Bookkeeping Services


In-house Payroll Processing or Outsourced?

Posted on 14/03/2017

Is outsourcing the right solution to get your payroll sorted?

Payroll is one of the major costs for most of the businesses plus there is no assurance of ROI. Outsourcing is increasingly available for all parts of the business.

There are umpteen off-the-shelf payroll software packages available. Many businesses take the bait and often find that one-size-doesn’t-fit all.  Therefore, it is imperative to look at what values do the outsourcing company deliver.

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Typically, all in-house software is written and maintained by the in-house IT team.  Statutory calls for annual updates and this can be expensive for the company. This is because the systems employed would be often older ones and upgrading they cannot stay within the budget.

Outsourcing is the best choice for a business, if the business has to propel towards achieving the vision and mission rather fritter away time with payroll activities.

Some other reasons why outsourcing has become the go-to place for many businesses are:

  • Increased complexity
  • Ever-changing compliance requirements
  • Accuracy in payroll
  • Reduced risks
  • Latest technology employment

Nowadays, payroll providers also streamline a business’ processes and constantly deliver industry best practices.

As tempting as outsourcing may sound, there are due pros and cons associated with it. Taking this into consideration, we bring to you some important points to ponder on to conclude what’s the best fit for your business

  1. Flexibility- Change is a constant in payroll processing. Do you have enough resources available in your organization to make the eleventh hour amendments?
  1. Confidentiality– payroll is one of the most sensitive areas of the business. So discretion at all times is advised. Indiscretion can cost a fortune for the company.
  1. Time- does your business possess the time and knowledge to shift their focus anything but away from the business? Payroll requires constant updates. Do you have the time and resources to handle payroll in-house?
  1. Cost- cost is one of the major considerations any business may have when they consider payroll outsourcing. On one hand it is thoroughly beneficial to have staff in-house to handle your payroll. On the other hand, the cost involved in employing staff may not be as great. Besides costs will also include the cost of the software, maintenance, and the yearly mandatory updates.
  1. Reliability- needless to say, your employees would like to get paid on time every time. Your payroll has to be accurate and processed on the due date irrespective of the holiday or any other contingent situation.

What now?

If you have seen anything that might be advantageous for your business, contact at +1-860-215-4997 for more details. We’ll be glad to help you out.

Topics: Bookkeeping Services , Outsourcing Accounting


Why outsourcing is a must-do for CPA firms?

Posted on 20/02/2017

In today’s competitive world, outsourcing your CPA firms bookkeeping is one of the wisest choices to stay ahead of the competition by focusing on your core business. If you would like to stay ahead of your competitors consistently then you need to offer more values more than anybody does. With bookkeeping in hands you will have time to focus only on mundane CPA activities.  This is because bookkeeping demands greater attention and can be a lengthy process.

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Essentially CPA firms should concentrate on bringing new clients and profits to their business. This requires more energy, efforts, and time to be invested in the complex and core areas of the clients. Certain things like planning client’s taxes, investment planning, wealth planning, and working on strategies to increasing the profitability of the client can go a long way to give you a competitive advantage. On outsourcing your bookkeeping activities, you can focus more on providing your clients with these added values for a low or almost no price.

Below are some of the benefits of outsourcing your CPA firms:

  1. Leveraging skilled and efficient accountants at a much reduced cost. These resources can be billed at a much higher rates
  2. No time wasted on hiring and training accountants, according to your needs
  3. Leveraging state-of-the art technology and infrastructure without having to invest in them
  4. Decreased visits to the clients and travel time, thus increasing the realization rates
  5. No independence is impaired. You can still check the progress of your records online. Online access can be set up using third party service providers, if your outsourcing partner is not able to provide you with online access
  6. No need to suffer downtime as your outsourcing partner will take care of it
  7. Enjoy faster turnaround time and check your files at any point in time
  8. Stay ahead of the competition, plus benefit from colossal savings up to 50%
  9. Get benefited from the stringent QC policies from your outsourced partner to provide seamless services to your clients.

Bear these “things to look for in an outsourced partner” in mind while choosing your partner:

  1. Knowledge and skills of the top management team
  2. Quality procedures and policies followed
  3. Strength of the service provider financially
  4. Length of time of their presence in the business
  5. Years of experience and level of skill of the staff
  6. Check if you will be working with the same person/ team throughout
  7. Reliability and Scalability
  8. Check if they provide online support

If you are in agreement with the above stated facts and in need of a reliable partner, here we are to help. Call at +1-860-215-4997 or visit our website www.velan-bookkeeping.com for more details.

Topics: Accounting , Bookkeeping Services , Outsourcing Accounting


Top 5 Practices For Account Reconciliation

Posted on 13/02/2017

Account Reconciliation is very important for CPAs and accounting firms. If they are not handled effectively, they can be time consuming and exhaustive.  Below are some of the practices for you to handle account reconciliation in a whole new perspective:

Account Reconciliation

1. Prioritizing the Balance Sheet

Strategically planning your priority is the key approach. This method is also called “risk based prioritizing.” You need to identify the accounts that have high chances of becoming erroneous essentially. This can be done by ranking the risks as high, medium, and low. Ensure that risks that are ranked high should be given more importance. You can also set times for each category. For example, you can set time frames like monthly, bimonthly, quarterly, etc to process the accounts. You need to thoroughly analyze the accounts both qualitatively and quantitatively to categorize each account.

2. Standardization

You need to identify one “Best Practice” and ensure that you communicate the same to all the departments of the organization and everyone follows it as told. For instance, a company has to standardize the accounts reconciliation process, policies, templates, etc across the whole organization.

3. Monitoring the process

Every member of a team should stay updated with the process going on. This may not work as desired if the team does not have a leader. When we talk about leading a team, it doesn’t mean that this leader should be from management; any person at a lower grade who has the flair to run the show will work. All he has to do is ensure that all the team members finish the tasks on time, follow up with late or unfinished reconciliations.

4. Utilizing technology effectively

Technology these days is playing a vital role in the reconciliation process. Use the software from companies like Trintech, Hyperion, and BlackLine. These companies have designed software which has made the accounts reconciliation process much easier. Some important features of the software include automated balance interfaces, automated notifications for the users, real-time dashboards, etc.

5. Improvements driven by metrics

The leadership in monitoring the processes can also take care of the performance enhancement and improvement by utilizing the metrics available. There are certain metrics that should be reviewed at regular intervals like a person’s or department’s completeness, material reconciling items, and overdue reconciliations. This can also help enhance the above mentioned standardization process.

Contact @ +1-860-215-4997 to know more about reconciliation and handle any of your accounting activities.

Topics: Accounting , Accounts Payables , Accounts Receivables , Outsourcing Accounting