Email cyber-attacksThe email looks legitimate and trustworthy, and it appears to be from someone you know, such as a long-term client of the firm. The client requests a change in bank accounts and routing numbers to send a tax refund to the new account. Or the client requests a wire transfer of client funds to a new bank account.
Here are some reasons why CPAs should always contact their insurance carrier or agent for expert guidance:
By Suzanne M. Holl, CPA
Clients will sometimes ask their CPA to assist them with human resources-related matters. A common scenario involves the CPA assisting in the recruitment of a new CFO, or assisting the client to “redesign an accounting department.”
CPAs often run into situations where they have been preparing tax returns for a married couple for several years, and the couple decides to get a divorce. Divorcing spouses who ask their CPA to provide advice and services to both spouses often present a potential conflict of interest. Friendly divorcing couples don’t always stay friendly, and who do they blame when things don’t work out the way they had hoped? The CPA.
Client screening is excellent risk management as well as practice management. It’s the first step in an effective loss prevention program, and it can be used to identify less desirable clients that may be keeping your firm from developing the clients you want. Re-evaluate your relationships with clients on a regular basis—at least annually. The following checklist highlights some of the warning signs that it may be time to disengage from certain clients.
The Loss Prevention Specialists at CAMICO consult with policyholders on a variety of topics, providing practice and risk management advice. In his video, Duncan B. Will, Loss Prevention Manager, shares an example of how CAMICO helps CPAs via our Advice Hotlines. One of the topics he mentions is fee collections – CAMICO frequently receives calls from CPAs seeking advice on this problematic area. Here are some practical tips on dealing with some of the issues.
Social media has contributed to the blurring of boundaries between work lives and personal lives, partly because social media sites are open to both personal and work-related content, which can be posted from home computers as well as work computers.
Tax season is over, but your firm’s exposure to liability risk is not.
CAMICO often hears of CPAs who choose not to purchase Professional Liability Insurance because they think it is unnecessary. Here are 4 reasons why CPAs don’t think they need malpractice Insurance, and how this approach can be risky.
As a CPA, you need ‘Errors and Omissions’ insurance to cover damages from an error committed by your firm in providing professional services; and to protect the assets of your firm and partners from the financial consequences of a claim.
Data breaches and identity theft have led to an increase in fraudulent tax filings, and tens of thousands of honest taxpayers have been subjected to delays in their legitimate refund claims, according to the Internal Revenue Service.