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5 benefits of outsourcing your accounting needs

CPA firms do more than audits and tax returns. They can also help you with everyday accounting-related tasks, such as bookkeeping, budgeting, payroll and sales tax filings. Should your organization outsource its accounting needs? Here are five potential advantages to consider when evaluating this decision.

1. Professional advice. Outsourcing to an experienced CPA firm provides access to professional guidance related to tax, legal and financial matters. This makes it easier to remain compliant with rules and regulations and avoid costly mistakes due to a lack of knowledge or errors in interpreting complex regulations.

By engaging a third-party firm, there’s a second set of eyes on your company’s books. This can provide peace of mind that your books accurately reflect the performance of your business. Additionally, a CPA can help streamline your accounting processes and help record complex transactions correctly.

2. Scalability. As your financial situation evolves, you can dial up (or down) the services provided by your CPA. For example, a start-up that outsources its accounting needs wouldn’t need to worry about outgrowing its bookkeeper over time — or training that individual to take on more advanced accounting and tax needs. Likewise, if you embark on a major financial project — such as a launching a new product, building a new factory or merging with a strategic buyer — your CPA has the expertise on-hand to help you achieve the best possible outcome from a financial and tax perspective.

Outsourcing can also be a viable temporary solution if you unexpectedly lose your CFO. This can provide breathing room while you search for a qualified replacement in today’s tight labor market.

3. Cost savings. Outsourcing can save you money on payroll taxes and insurance costs associated with hiring an in-house accountant. Further, CPAs enjoy economies of scale regarding software usage and purchases, so they likely can provide accounting services cheaper than your firm can by working alone or relying on independent service providers for each task.