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When Is The Best Time To Find A Small Business CPA?

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Written by Pauline Ho

In a recent interview with ABC, I revealed some key insights on when it’s best to start looking for a small business CPA.

When asked to comment, I said, “Many small business owners are unsure as to whether investing in a small business CPA will pay off in the long run. The answer is yes. Hiring a CPA can help you save thousands and can lift the burden of bookkeeping and doing taxes off your shoulders.”

There are several indicators that I suggest point to hiring a CPA for a small business.

For example, a great time to hire a CPA is if a person is just starting out in their small business.

When asked to elaborate, I said, “Getting an accountant to help set up your books from the onset will be hugely beneficial for you down the line. Accountants can not only help make recording keeping easier but can also assist in creating your company’s financial strategy and in preparing financial statements.”

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In fact, CPAs can help in deciding how to financially structure a business, a decision that should be made early on.

“Various business structures – such as sole proprietorships, LLCs, partnerships, and corporations – each have their own potential financial benefits and downsides. A CPA can run an analysis based on your particular situation and advise you on how to structure your company,” I commented.

A CPA can also help if a business owner is unsure about or doesn’t have time for tax preparation.

When asked about the benefits of this, I stated, “A CPA will prepare and file your taxes based on your company’s financial structure and will know which business tax credits and deductions to take advantage of. This will minimize your tax liability and could save you thousands each tax year.”

Accountants are great professionals to turn to if a person is in trouble with the IRS.

“If you’re facing an IRS audit, a CPA can save a lot on time and stress. CPAs are well versed on IRS processes and can provide important advice on how to navigate the audit process as well as how to avoid one in the future,” I said.

“Of course, it’s better to be well prepared and to have an accountant long before the IRS comes knocking on your door, because you’ll then have your books in order and ready to show a tax authority,” I added.

About the author

Pauline Ho

Pauline Ho was born in Hong Kong and educated in Hong Kong and the United States. She is a U.S. CPA in both Florida and Washington states and a U.K. Chartered Accountant. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting from Hong Kong, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Andrews University of Michigan, and a master’s Degree in Accounting from University of Central Florida.