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The AICPA Private Companies Practice Section

The PCPS offers an array of valuable resources to CPA firms. Find strategy and planning information, marketing resources and much more!

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PCPS Essential Habits for Working Remotely

PCPS April Tool of the Month

Tool: Paycheck Protection Program overview guide

Description: One of the most impactful opportunities available after recently enacted federal legislation is the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), designed to provide access to cash so that businesses can keep paying their employees and other expenses such as health insurance premiums, rent or mortgage payments and utilities. This important financial relief will help small businesses return to being fully operational quicker once conditions improve. Use this co-brandable PPP overview guide to help your clients understand the new PPP funding option including eligibility, how the maximum loan amount is calculated, forgiveness considerations and more.

These tools are an example of the turnkey practice management tools and resources PCPS delivers.  PCPS is an add-on firm membership section within the AICPA.  A PCPS firm membership at only $35 per CPA, up to a max of $700 per firm, is a great investment for a broad range of practice management resources.  Find out if you are already a PCPS member or register for a virtual tour to learn more.

 

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Monthly Meeting Groups give you a forum to voice your questions and benefit from the knowledge and experience of your peers, as well as a place to share your knowledge with others and discuss the latest developments that affect your practice.

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A Wealth of Knowledge at Your Disposal

When you need information, the MICPA Small Firm Practitioners Task Force is here for you! The members under the listed topic areas have volunteered to assist their peers, so if you have questions, please feel free to contact one of them for assistance.

Practice Start-Up

  • Naming your firm
  • Choosing your business entity
  • Insurance (liability insurance)
  • Budgeting (time & money)
  • Vision for your practice (goals)

Pam Bingham, Pamela A. Bingham, CPA
Phone: 248.568.2427


  

Operational Issues

  • Taking work you don’t want
  • Preparing for a tax season
  • Hours you want to work
  • Billings & Collections
  • Type of clients you want to take in
  • Personnel Issues & Staffing
  • Insurance (workers comp & employee)

Harold Montgomery, Montgomery & Co., PLLC
Phone: 248.557.2881

Jim Reinert, Reinert & Company, PC
Phone:
248.542.1040

Information Technology

  • Tax software
  • Accounting software
  • General communications
  • Security
  • Hardware
  • Data Storage
  • Managing Client Data

Sharon Barry, Barry Associates Inc
Phone: 269.629.4436

Linda Geary, The Geary Group PC
Phone: 586.726.0010

Jamie Lopiccolo, The Henry Group
Phone: 248.641.0770

Marketing

  • How will you market
  • Networking
  • Advertising (flyer, brochures, etc)
  • Merging Two Different Practices
  • Working with Clients
  • Public Relations

Doug Relyea, Douglas Relyea CPA PC
Phone: 586.465.1979

Doug Wright, Gordon Advisors PC
Phone: 248.952.0274

Technical Issues

  • Quality Control (audit reviews, peer review, etc.)
  • General vs. Niche Practitioner
  • Accounting Research
  • Tax Research
  • Continuing Professional Education

Jamie Lopiccolo, The Henry Group
Phone: 248.641.0770

Doug Wright, Gordon Advisors PC
Phone: 248.952.0274

New Resource: “What are Attest Services?” FAQ Sheet


The AICPA State Regulation and Legislation Team has developed a one-page FAQ sheet that answers basic questions about attest services, including what these services are and who can perform them. The sheet helps lay the groundwork for discussions with state lawmakers regarding the comprehensive definition of attest, which many states are looking to adopt in the upcoming year.

For more information, contact James Cox at jacox@aicpa.org.

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Sample Privacy Policies for Your Business

It is important that your business addresses privacy issues. Online users are especially concerned that information they supply over the Internet may be misused or distributed without their permission, and the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act requires CPAs to disclose their privacy policy to clients.

These sample policies will help ensure that your privacy policy addresses key consumer concerns.

Sample A   Sample B