Financial and admin operations

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.

Q&A: Should you dump the billable hour?

A growing number of industry pricing experts are urging CPA firms to jettison the venerable billable hour and replace it with value pricing. In this Q&A session, value-pricing champion Ron Baker provides an in-depth look at the benefits of making the switch.

2014 MAP Survey: Firms experience growth, stockpile cash

U.S. public accounting firms are socking away chunks of equity, according to the 2014 Management of an Accounting Practice (MAP) Survey from the AICPA Private Companies Practice Section (PCPS) and the Texas Society of CPAs (TSCPA).

How to price an owner’s interest in a CPA firm

Many accounting firms are facing a daunting challenge paying for partner retirements. Long-standing buyout agreements often aren’t calibrated for today’s demographic and market realities. This article shows how firms can assess and adjust the terms and types of buyout agreements to facilitate successful ownership transitions.

Buckle up: The importance of engagement letters

If your firm has never used engagement letters or perhaps has not implemented them consistently, where do you start? Here are some tips to help increase the efficiency and effectiveness of this critical tool.

2014 MAP survey: Firms experience growth, stock up on cash

U.S. accounting firms are storing up equity as they prepare for a number of financial challenges over the next few years. That’s one of the findings of the 2014 National Management of an Accounting Practice (MAP) Survey, released Monday by the AICPA Private Companies Practice Section (PCPS) and the Texas

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.

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

Do's and don'ts of due diligence

When is the best time to perform due diligence in the accounting firm merger process? What should each side look for? How should the parties respond to unexpected findings? Find out in the 12th and final installment of the series “CPA Firm Succession: Solidifying the Future.”

The culture test

Ask managing partners for the top reason an accounting firm merger succeeded or failed, and the most popular answer you’ll hear is culture. Learn how firms can assess and adjust for cultural differences in a merger in the 11th installment of the series “CPA Firm Succession: Solidifying the Future.”

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.

How to maximize client retention after a merger

Client retention is essential to the success of an accounting firm merger. Find out how to minimize client turnover in the 10th installment of the series “CPA Firm Succession: Solidifying the Future.”

Managing owner transition through an owners' agreement

The contract that establishes owners’ terms with a firm also can play a pivotal part in whether a succession plan will succeed. Find out the key succession-related elements to address in an owners’ agreement in the ninth installment of the series “CPA Firm Succession: Solidifying the Future.”

How to manage internal succession

Young talent is at the core of successful internal succession plans. How can firms identify and develop the leaders they need to replace retiring partners? Find out in the eighth installment of the series “CPA Firm Succession: Solidifying the Future.”

Alternative deal structures for succession

Accounting firm partners looking to retire need to either find an internal successor or sell their practice to an external buyer. What types of deals are possible in an external sale? Find out in the seventh installment of the series “CPA Firm Succession: Solidifying the Future.”

How to value a CPA firm for sale

One of the key components of a CPA succession plan is the sale or transfer of the retiring CPA’s ownership interest. How is the value of that interest determined? In most circumstances, the value of an owner’s interest is different when selling to an external buyer than it is in

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Why cybercriminals are targeting CPAs

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How tax reform — and Excel — are changing the CPA Exam

Mike Decker, the vice president of examinations at the AICPA, discusses changes being made to the exam as a result of tax reform — and about how Excel will now be available for use on the test.