Do big companies meet the needs of small ones?

Do the Big Take Care of the Small?

A 1998 survey asked some 500 small businesses if they believed that large corporations in various industries were responsive to their needs. (The survey covered industries that provide goods and services to at least 60% of those small businesses.) According to this annual survey, which began in 1987, not one industry has broken the 50% satisfaction mark. CPAs working for large corporations should look below to see how their industry fared in the eyes of small businesses.

How have large accounting firms met the needs of small businesses? Note the decade-long tumble, below.

Source: Cicco and Associates, Inc., Murrysville, Pennsylvania.


Year-end tax planning and what’s new for 2016

Practitioners need to consider several tax planning opportunities to review with their clients before the end of the year. This report offers strategies for individuals and businesses, as well as recent federal tax law changes affecting this year’s tax returns.


News quiz: Retirement planning, tax practice, and fraud risk

Recent reports focused on a survey that gauges the worries about retirement among CPA financial planners’ clients, a suit that affects tax practitioners, and a guide that offers advice on fraud risk. See how much you know with this short quiz.


Bolster your data defenses

As you weather the dog days of summer, it’s a good time to make sure your cybersecurity structure can stand up to the heat of external and internal threats. Here are six steps to help shore up your systems.