3 Ways To Get More CPAs To Refer You

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Financial advisors tend to see the relationship between advisors and CPAs as strategic, well-balanced and win-win. From your vantage point, you’re bringing value to the relationship by providing your services. And the CPA is bringing value to it when they refer you to their clients. Unfortunately, CPAs don’t usually see things the same way. The reality is, CPAs often view forming a professional relationship with a financial advisor to have little to no benefit to them. From their perspective, … [Read more...]

How To Make Your Relationships With CPAs Stronger

The average CPA firm services over 800 clients each year. Typically, advisors want to build relationships with a CPA with the hope of being introduced to those clients. But the reality is, most of these relationships produce less than 10 introductions each year (yes, really). Is it worth the time you invest into that relationship for just a handful of introductions each year? What if you could get more than that? It’s possible. You just have to get a little creative. Typically, the … [Read more...]

How To Eliminate The Rivalry With CPAs

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Financial services companies have been competing with CPAs in the accounting and tax business for years. Many CPAs are or are in the process of becoming licensed investment advisors. As a Financial Advisor, you may find yourself avoiding a CPA who list financial services or specialty insurance licenses on their websites. It's easy to assume that the “most trusted advisor” badge automatically goes to those whose title includes those 3 little letters. This week I’d like to focus on why things … [Read more...]

Key Tax Terms You Need To Know To Win The Tax Game

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Welcome back! This month we're talking about all things tax related, including tax terms. If you missed our other posts this month, we invite you to check them out now. To learn how to choose the right entity, click here. To find out how you can take advantage of some surprising tax deductions, check this out. And to get your arms around tax obligations you need to know about, look here. This week we want to share some key tax terms you need to know to win the tax game. While CPAs are … [Read more...]

Tax Obligations You Need To Know About

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This month we're talking about everybody’s favorite topic: taxes and tax obligations. We know, we know…it’s actually not your favorite topic, nonetheless, it’s a very important topic so it’s something we’ve got to address. If you missed our first two posts this month, make sure you check out our posts on How To Choose The Right Business Entity and Surprising Tax Deductions—both are full of insights you need to know. This week we'll be continuing our series by talking about tax obligations … [Read more...]

Surprising Tax Deductions For Financial Advisors

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Last week we kicked off the month by giving you the information you need to decide which entity is best for you. This week, we want to talk about something that you might find to be a lot more fun—tax deductions! As a Financial Advisor, you can deduct your mileage and other auto expenses, office rental, employee wages and contract labor. But did you know there are a plethora of other things that you may be able to deduct on your taxes? Keep reading to learn about some truly surprising tax … [Read more...]

How to Choose the Right Entity

Which entity

Which type of entity is right for you? There are four types of entities and the one you choose can either work for you or against you. Let’s take a good look at some of the more important pros and cons associated with each entity type.   1) Sole Proprietorship This is the most common business structure. It’s easy to form and it offers owners complete control. The downside?  The owner is personally responsible and liable for all financial obligations of the business. If you get sued … [Read more...]

How To Conduct An Income Growth Strategy Session

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During tax season, most CPA’s put in at least 60 hours of work each week. They don't have the ability to look at growth opportunities for their clients at this time. It’s an exhausting few months filled with tight deadlines, anxious clients and more often than not, too few hours in the day to get everything on the to-do list done. It’s not uncommon for the clients your CPA networks manage to request help growing their wealth during tax season. After all, for many, this is when they take a … [Read more...]

How To Help Your Clients Get Organized At Tax Time

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Earlier this month we gave you a glimpse into the typical day of an accountant and last week, we taught you about some great time-saving hacks and technologies that you could share with the CPAs in your network. This week we’re going to give you some tips on how to add value to your relationships with clients by assisting them in coordinating their tax documents for their CPAs and get organized. By helping your client get organized for tax season, you’ll also be helping your client’s CPA. … [Read more...]

How To Work Within A CPAs Schedule

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As a financial advisor, it’s always good to expand your connections and try to create relationships with new CPAs. In order to do that, it’s important to keep in mind just how hectic tax season gets for CPAs. This will allow you to respect their time and give you the ability to know how to best connect with them and work within their schedule. Let’s take a glimpse into a typical day in the life of a CPA. The average accountant works 60 hours per week during tax season. Most CPAs start each … [Read more...]