Our firm offers a wide range of services to our individual and business clients. Because our firm is relatively small, our clients benefit by getting personalized, quality service that is beyond comparison. Below we have listed the services that we offer to our clients along with a brief description.
As the list below is by no means all-inclusive, please feel free to inquire about a service if you do not see it listed. If it is not a service we provide, we would be more than happy to refer you to a qualified professional.
Providing financial information to our clients in a timely and accurate manner is a commitment that we feel cannot be compromised. Meaningful, well-organized financial records ensure that your business operations will run more efficiently on a daily basis. Our firm provides a full range of cost effective accounting services including the following:
*General ledger & financial statement preparation
*Accounting system setup for new businesses
*Computerized payroll services
*Business tax return preparation (Sales & Use/Business Property)
*Personal financial statements
Audits, Reviews and Compilations
We view our role in the financial reporting process as an opportunity to provide constructive solutions for maximizing your company's profitability and efficiency. We provide financial reporting on all three levels of assurance:
*Audit- an intensive examination with the highest level of assurance
*Review - some analytical procedures conducted with limited assurance
*Compilation - based upon client information provided and used primarily for internal use.
We can assist you in the preparation of your financial statements in accordance with professional standards, but express no opinion or any other form of assurance on the underlying information included in them. The financial statements produced can be a useful tool for management for making financial decisions.
We use accounting and auditing skills to provide an analysis of financial records in conjunction with dispute resolutions, as well as fraud and theft investigation. Our damage measurement methods can determine the extent of financial loss and illegal accounting practices.
We gauge our worth by the personal and business successes of our clients. We can help your business identify areas negatively affecting profitability and growth and develop solutions that are practical and technically sound. In addition to acting as a sounding board for management, we provide comprehensive, flexible strategies that address the issues affecting your business. Following, are just a few of the areas in which we provide consulting services:
*Accounting software selection and implementation
*Type of entity selection
*Buying/selling a business
*Financial & retirement decisions
*Estate, trust & gift planning
We prefer to take a proactive vs. reactive approach to tax services. By keeping current on new tax laws and legislation, we are in a position to identify key tax planning opportunities that minimize both your current and future tax liabilities. We provide our individual and business clients with the taxation expertise and knowledge that they deserve throughout the year. Tax services offered include but are not limited to:
*Tax planning & return preparation
- Estates, trusts & gift
- Not-for-profit organizations
*Taxing authority representation
*Divorce and support issues
*Tax effects of buying/selling a business
Expert Witness Services
Pending or existing litigation can result in the need for a qualified professional to present his/her opinion to support or oppose evidence submitted to the court. Our level of competence allows us the opportunity to function as expert witnesses in such cases.
Litigation support involves the quantification of economic damages pursuant to existing or pending litigation using accounting and auditing techniques. We have experienced, competent staff who can compile information efficiently to assist in the calculation and documentation of any potential economic loss or damages.
Peer Review Services
Powell & Spafford, Inc., has undergone its most recent peer review in 2014. Firms can receive a rating of "pass", "pass with deficiency (ies)" or "fail". Powell & Spafford, Inc. has received a peer review rating of "pass" and believe it reflects a sincere commitment to perform quality work. The firm is commited to this program as exemplified by our involvement as members of the California Peer Review Program. This commitment includes reviewing numerous CPA firms throughout California, and in particular those that provide financial statement and compliance services to not-for-profit organizations, governmental entities, construction, retail and manufacturing companies.