4 Ways to Get the Most out of Your CPA Relationship

Successful business owners and leaders build a network of trusted advisors to help them achieve their goals, including CPAs. But how can you ensure you are using your CPA relationship to the fullest? Here are four tips for getting the most out of your relationship with a CPA.

1. Partner with a CPA with industry expertise

If you’re not currently working with a CPA, seek out a firm that has specific expertise in your industry. Interview several CPAs to find the right fit for your organization’s needs. Ask them about other clients they work with that are in your industry, and find out if you can speak directly with some of those clients.

2. Communicate proactively

Keep your CPA informed on what’s happening at your business.Although many clients naturally build solid relationships with their CPAs through the normal course of doing business, a little proactive communication can go a long way towards heading off any financial challenges and fostering a rewarding relationship.

3. Ask questions

If you have questions about the tax effects of certain decisions, or about how to approach banking relationships, do not hesitate to ask your CPA. He or she has probably addressed those same issues many times before and can offer valuable input.

4. Make their jobs easier

What’s one of the best ways to build a relationship with someone?Make his or her job easier. Many companies opt to share access to employee data and reports through online reporting tools. By allowing their CPAs to view fiscal year-to-date reports and other information, you can help make the year-end process run more smoothly and save your CPA valuable time—which in turn, saves you money.

From Paycor Industry Insights

Published: 07/15/2015