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Unlocking Financial Success: Law Firm Accounting Service and Bookkeeping Services for Small Businesses

At ZMC & Associates, we understand that financial management is critical to the success of law firms and small businesses. With our specialized accounting services tailored to the unique needs of these industries, we help our clients transform their financial management and unlock their full potential.

In this onsite blog, we will explore the benefits of our law firm accounting service and bookkeeping services for small businesses, demonstrating how we can support your financial success.

Law Firm Accounting Service: Empowering Legal Professionals

As a law firm, you require specialized financial support to meet the unique challenges of your industry. Our law firm accounting service is designed to streamline financial operations, improve compliance, and enhance financial efficiency. Here’s how we can assist your legal practice:

1. Accurate Financial Records: Our experienced professionals will maintain accurate financial records, ensuring that you have a clear overview of your firm’s financial health. From managing trust accounts to tracking case-related expenses, we provide comprehensive accounting solutions tailored to your specific needs.

2. Compliance and Reporting: We understand the intricacies of legal accounting regulations and reporting requirements. Our experts will help you navigate compliance challenges, maintain accurate financial reporting, and meet the regulatory obligations of your industry.

3. Financial Efficiency: By leveraging automation and cloud-based technology, we can streamline your financial processes, saving you time and improving overall efficiency. Our solutions will help you optimize your financial operations, from billing and invoicing to expense management.

Bookkeeping Services for Small Businesses: Driving Financial Growth

For small businesses, efficient bookkeeping is essential for financial growth and stability. Our comprehensive bookkeeping services provide the support you need to focus on your core business while ensuring your financial records are accurate and up to date. Here’s how we can assist your small business:

1. Timely and Accurate Records: We handle the day-to-day bookkeeping tasks, including account setup and maintenance, bank reconciliation, and financial statement preparation. Maintaining timely and accurate records provides you with a clear snapshot of your financial position.

2. Payroll and Tax Services: Our team will take care of payroll processing, ensuring your employees are paid accurately and on time. We also provide tax preparation and planning services, helping you minimize tax liabilities and stay in compliance with tax regulations.

3. Strategic Financial Guidance: As your trusted financial partner, we offer advisory services to help you make informed business decisions. Our experienced professionals can provide insights and recommendations based on your financial data, empowering you to drive growth and maximize profitability.

Unlock Your Financial Success with ZMC & Associates

With many years of experience and a team of dedicated professionals, ZMC & Associates is committed to helping law firms and small businesses thrive. Our specialized law firm accounting service and comprehensive bookkeeping services for small businesses are designed to meet your unique needs and empower your financial success.

Whether you are a law firm seeking efficient financial management or a small business in need of expert bookkeeping support, our team is ready to assist you. Partner with ZMC & Associates and unlock your financial potential today.

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Is Your Bookkeeper Stealing

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Is Your Bookkeeper Stealing?

You would think it would be easy to tell that your bookkeeper is stealing from your company.  Unfortunately, life is not that straightforward.

Even if your employee has been with you for years, it is possible that they may be robbing your business without your knowledge. The fact is, good people can do bad things, even when it comes to small business bookkeeping. Sometimes, life throws a trusted employee wicked curve balls; big life events, such as a spouse losing a job, or when couples divorce. It might be the death of a child or parent that sends them into a depression, or a financial crunch caused by poor decisions, like having a mortgage they can’t handle, or college. Or, perhaps a formerly happy employee feels cheated due to a lack of promotion, disagreeable coworkers, or some other ongoing issue.

Many employers begin to suspect something is wrong when they realize that, in spite of business seemingly experiencing an upswing, cash flow is low. If customer payments are not lagging, it may be time to open the books and have an inspection. In fact, it may be time to hire an accountant for an independent assessment.

Controls Help

To fend off the ability to be tempted, it is critically important to have some internal controls built into your accounting systems.  This is especially true for small businesses with only a few employees. No employee should have unfettered access to your banking, for example. Create limitations. For example, only you should sign checks. On a monthly basis, review deposits against the accounts receivables to ensure things match. Check your accounts for irregularities periodically. Look for vendor payments that don’t seem familiar; in particular, companies that have reoccurring payments. Do different vendors have the same addresses or phone numbers? Check payroll numbers, too. If you are using a payroll service, is the bookkeeper’s paycheck correct? Do you ever inspect the payroll? Are there extra payments during the year under their name or social?

Other internal controls include things like separating tasks related to bookkeeping. Cash handling, in particular, requires specific controls.  Processing is another. For example, if one person keystrokes the bills into the system, perhaps a different person can be recruited to draft checks. There again, the person who drafts checks should not be the person who handles bank deposits. In addition, it may be wise to have one employee create new vendor accounts with the proviso that a second set of eyes must approve the account before it is active. Perhaps all bills require a signature of approval before being processed. The point is to create restrictions and checkpoints to make fraud more difficult—and easier to spot.

If you use QuickBooks, there are controls that can be set up to limit access to certain activities. You can check the Intuit site for more information here.  If you need assistance or advice on setting up these restrictions, please feel free to contact our office for help.

Employees who want all the controls are suspect. If your bookkeeper never takes a vacation, be curious. Mandate it. Then, poke around for irregularities, like deposit slips in the drawer. Or customer payments  logged on deposit slips, but somehow not reflected on their accounts.

Outsourcing your bookkeeping needs is another way to prevent fraud from taking place. With your chart of accounts in the hands of an outside party, you can be assured that controls are built in to prevent fraud.

As always, your ZMC & Associates professional is ready to assist you to improve your accounting and bookkeeping systems to be more secure and accurate.