Strategy and planning

How to keep clients after an accounting practice sale

Client attrition is one of the biggest threats to the success of an accounting firm merger or sale. Buyers and sellers both have pivotal parts to play if they want to maximize the benefits and minimize the risks of the transition process.

CPA firms struggling with succession

As Baby Boomer partners reach retirement age, they are having difficulty delegating work to staff members and developing leaders to replace them.

Preparing for what’s next

CPAs do a masterful job of taking care of their clients' business, but they also need to make sure they look out for their own. Practice-continuation agreements can minimize the chaos in the transfer of a CPA practice to a successor.

United we thrive, divided we fail

If you want your firm to thrive well into the future, make enhancing overall partner unity your No. 1 priority in the coming year.

Succeeding with a narrow focus

Specializing and focusing on a narrow range of services can help CPAs and audit firms reduce training costs and risks.

Models of success?

An accounting firm experiment hypothesizes that “there will be multiple successful business models for accounting firms of the future.” Explore the experiment’s results and different visions for public accounting’s future—and examples of that future already becoming reality.

Succession challenges for U.S. CPA firms to tackle

U.S. public accounting firms must tackle five challenges in their succession planning to fill the gaps left by Baby Boomer partners who have begun to retire, according to results from a Global Accounting Alliance survey.

CPAs have opportunities in financial planning and forecasting

Many accountants may have opportunities to expand their service offerings to small business clients by providing financial planning and forecasting, according to a new survey. Just one in three accountants offers financial planning or forecast services as part of clients’ business planning process, according to a survey of 150 accountants

High-functioning firms

High-functioning firms have leadership teams that assess situations, develop strategies, and make and execute decisions with relative ease, speed, and success. Others, however, function with a drag that pulls against their momentum, causing the business of leading, managing, and executing to take longer and produce less-than-stellar results. High-functioning firms seem

The Brazilian way

Brazil, which hosts the World Cup in men’s soccer this summer and the Olympic Games in 2016, remains a top destination for foreign direct investments despite slowed economic growth. Businesses that expand into Brazil quickly learn the Latin American country has many faces.

Managing change successfully

Leaders can foster success and overcome resistance with a well-thought-out strategy for implementing any transition and for communicating their plans.

Six trends that are reshaping business

Accountants excel at analyzing numbers and developing strategies based off them. The way University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill professor James Johnson, Ph.D., sees it, the numbers describing the demographics of the United States leave accountants little choice today but to embrace diversity and new business practices. Johnson spoke


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.