Things You Should Not Hire an Accountant to Do

Things You Should Not Hire an Accountant to Do

basics podcast Mar 17, 2023

Accountants are insanely valuable and versatile professionals. So much so, that it's actually really confusing what the hell an accountant's job is and what it isn't. It can feel like the accountant is the Swiss Army knife to any business solution, but that isn't always the case.

I want to clarify a couple of things, I have a pretty strong opinion about this. I believe that there are certain things accountants just should not be doing for business owners. We implement these boundaries in our practice, there are just some things we will not do for our client, no matter what they pay us, no matter how much we love them. I'm going to share what those things are and why we avoid them.


"No one will care as much about your money or your business as you do. So the level of attention to detail will be different than what it is with you."

In this episode, you will learn the following:

1. What forbidden tasks should accountants never do for their clients - and why?
2. What is the dangerous recipe for embezzlement that accountants must avoid?
3. What do business owners need to know about managing payroll, commissions and other payments?


What you'll hear in this episode:

  • Accountants should be doing certain things for business owners and should not be doing certain other things.
  • If we are the ones holding the checkbook, no one will care as much about your money or business as you do.
  • Managing your cash concept.
  • The Steve Harvey case and the recipe for a potential crime.
  • The last thing that accountants should not get involved in if they’re hired as an external party.


Here are some brief snippets from this episode:

Accountants should be doing certain things for business owners and shouldn't be doing other things. There are just some things we will not do for a client, no matter what they pay us. These things that are deal breakers for us that we won't do are not for our best interests.

Accountants should not be if you're hiring an accountant externally, to do your taxes. They should also not be managing your business as cash. That is the ultimate recipe for embezzlement.

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The last thing accountants should not really get involved in if they're hired as an external party is approve payroll. There has to be intervention from the business owner when it comes to approving payroll, commissions and other types of payments. Having some type of internal financial operations in addition to a high level external strategist is the recipe for greatness.


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