Why should I work with a dental CPA instead of a traditional, general CPA? By utilizing the skills and knowledge of a dental CPA, you’ll be able to manage your practice more efficiently, so you can devote more time to dentistry and become more profitable.
You can gain valuable information about the health of your practice from a dental CPA, get assistance with planning to ensure that you will achieve your personal and professional goals, and get excellent advice on how to improve profitability from a dental CPA firm.
The three main areas of focus for a dental CPA when setting up a new client relationship are:
A solid bookkeeping system
The first step in working with a dental CPA is to get your bookkeeping in order. While this is the most basic service that a CPA can provide, a dental CPA’s industry knowledge can help ensure that the information is presented clearly and in a useful way. You can arrange your accounts so that the important information is prominent and easy to compare.
Your dental CPA will also make sure that accounting principles are being applied correctly to your bookkeeping so that an outside agency looking at your books will not question the practice’s presentation or health. Many dental CPAs offer monthly bookkeeping services along with monthly or quarterly meetings to review financial statements, so you can understand and act on the information. Dental CPAs provide a wide range of services, but bookkeeping is the foundation of all of them.
Dental Practice Planning and Projection
Developing a long-term plan and making projections is crucial for your practice’s success. Planning and projections can be done by a dental CPA to ensure that your practice is on the right track and on track to meet your goals. Due to their familiarity with the collections and expense patterns experienced by dentists, dental CPAs are generally better equipped to make accurate projections for your practice. Having created a reasonable projection, a dental CPA can assist you in determining your initial plans or executing existing ones.
The three things most dentists want to plan for are taxes, retirement, and the education of their children. Are you utilizing tax strategies to minimize your taxes? Will you be able to retire comfortably and on your own terms? Will your children and grandchildren (if you have any) be able to attend college?
Services provided by dental CPAs
The majority of consulting services provided by a dental CPA will be in conjunction with other services. For example, during a quarterly bookkeeping meeting, a dental CPA will typically review your monthly or quarterly statements in order to assess the profitability of your practice and identify areas for improvement or investigation. During half-yearly planning, a dental CPA may review your fee schedules with you to ensure that you are not undercharging or overcharging.
During year-end planning, a dental CPA might discuss equipment and expansion plans with you to ensure that your capital investment will result in a healthier practice and more enjoyable dentistry for you. As a result of this type of consulting, your dental CPA can help you identify trouble spots in your practice or identify opportunities that can be utilized to your advantage. Although a general CPA may be well equipped to help with financial consulting and a dental consulting firm may be well equipped to assist with practice management, a dental CPA can provide both financial and practice management services.
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