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Michael Clifton, CPA provides a wide range of services to individuals and businesses in a variety of industries. At Michael Clifton, CPA, we strive to meet each client's specific needs in planning for the future and achieving their goals in an ever-changing financial and regulatory environment. Our professional services include:


Tax Management Services

At Michael Clifton, CPA, we guide our clients through a full range of tax planning and preparation decisions with strategies that minimize your tax liabilities. Our expertise, experience, analysis and thorough research allow us to optimize financial opportunities to be found in existing as well as recently altered tax laws.

Accounting Services

From start-ups to established enterprises, businesses rely on accurate and insightful financial information in order to maintain profitability and capitalize on new opportunities. Michael Clifton, CPA's accounting services steer you closer to these goals with accurate record-keeping and reporting as well as support on financial issues such as initial accounting system setup, cost-containment, tax planning, investments, and employee benefit and profit-sharing plans.

These services include but are not limited to:

  • General ledger and financial statement preparation
  • Bookkeeping (Monthly, quarterly, or annual)
  • Accounting system setup and support
  • Payroll processing
  • Cash flow budgeting and forecasting
  • Personal financial statements
  • Employee benefit and profit-sharing plans
  • Corporate tax planning and return preparation
  • Litigation support

Assurance and Advisory Services

At Michael Clifton, CPA, we focus on building close client relationships that add long-term value. This includes assuring the solidity of financial records, evaluating financial procedures and working to produce strategies that help our clients face the myriad challenges of business planning and execution. Our clients benefit from objective analysis to assist in controlling costs, increasing efficiency, and implementing new technologies and procedures that take advantage of changes in the marketplace, accounting standards, and tax law.

These services include but are not limited to:

  • Reviews, and compilations
  • Entity selection and restructuring
  • Accounting software selection, implementation, and support
  • Business valuations
  • Financial projections and forecasts
  • Debt and finances advising
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Transaction structuring and negotiations
  • Business succession

Reviews, and Compilation

Michael Clifton, CPA's financial statement services comprise multiple levels of assurance depending on your company's needs.

Reviews

Reviews provide limited assurance to outside interests and involve inquiries and analytical procedures that confirm financial statement matters and identify any items requiring further analysis.

Compilations

Compilations are usually requested for internal purposes and are based upon information provided by a company's management. They do not offer assurance but may involve some adjustment to accounting records.

Estate and Trust Planning and Tax Preparation

Effective estate and trust planning can ensure financial security for loved ones. For businesses, it can maintain a smooth succession of ownership. Michael Clifton, CPA's role is to help you navigate the complex and shifting tax laws to facilitate the transfer of assets and minimize the tax liability of your beneficiaries.

Financial and Retirement Planning

Michael Clifton, CPA's goal is to help you reach your financial goals and maintain financial independence through a comfortable retirement. We can guide you through tough decision-making processes such as asset allocation, investment performance monitoring, college education funding, retirement plans, insurance, and tax, estate, and business succession planning. Whether you are developing an investment strategy or evaluating current investments, Michael Clifton, CPA can ensure that your portfolio will take into account tax implications for an advantageous after-tax return.

Litigation Support and Forensic Accounting

Michael Clifton, CPA litigation support and forensic accounting services can be employed in a wide range of situations, including commercial litigation, financial investigations, business valuations, business and marital dissolutions, and bankruptcies. These services can involve quantification of economic loss or damages, analysis of financial records, and fraud and theft investigation.

IRS Representation

Professional representation can be vital during an audit, and our experience with tax authorities enables us to guide clients in their dealings with federal and state agencies.

Bookkeeping/Write-up

Accurate record-keeping is essential to a successful business yet can also be complicated and time consuming. Michael Clifton, CPA can help you with the organization and day-to-day tasks of bookkeeping so that you can focus on your core business.

Entity Selection and Restructuring

Your business entity has a large impact on your taxes and other liabilities. From your company's inception through its growth and development, Michael Clifton, CPA can advise you on choosing an entity type and later restructuring if advantageous.

Accounting Software Selection, Implementation, and Support

Choosing and implementing a new accounting software system can be a challenging undertaking. Michael Clifton, CPA's experience with various packages currently on the market as well as awareness of new products allow us to aid you in choosing and implementing a system that will suit your company's needs. Training and support will ensure minimal disruption of your everyday business processes.

Computer Consulting

As technologies rapidly advance, companies increasingly need to update their computer systems. Michael Clifton, CPA can audit your system competencies and gauge upgrade needs as well as provide support in choosing and implementing new hardware or network systems.

Payroll Services

Michael Clifton, CPA's payroll services can help you reduce the time spent on administration through developing and implementing a computerized payroll system that will facilitate processing, timely payment and preparation of tax returns.

Employee Benefits, Pension, and Profit-Sharing Plans

Choosing and administering benefit plans for your employees is often a complex process. Michael Clifton, CPA can help you develop, implement, and administer your benefit, retirement, and profit-sharing plans with an eye toward maximizing tax advantages.

Cash Flow and Budgeting Analysis

Good cash management can improve a company's liquidity, reduce costs, and increase profitability. Michael Clifton, CPA can help you maintain optimal cash flow levels by tracking sources and uses, forecasting, and budgeting accordingly.

Financial Projections and Forecasts

No one can predict the future perfectly, but we can all benefit from planning for it. Michael Clifton, CPA combines expertise and experience with a gained understanding of your business to produce financial projections that can help you manage your business plan and spending. Depending on your needs, our work can range from top-level reports to detailed financial models.

Business Valuation

The range of needs for valuing businesses continues to widen, and Michael Clifton, CPA can provide in-depth analysis to help you identify and analyze the factors that drive the value of your company or one in which you have an interest. Uses for this service include estate planning and compliance, buying and selling businesses, divorce matters, family limited partnerships and ESOPs.

Mergers, Acquisitions, and Sales

Business transactions and transitions are complicated affairs, and whether you're buying, selling, or considering a potential merger, Michael Clifton, CPA can provide professional know-how to help you successfully structure and negotiate the deal. Michael Clifton, CPA employs careful analysis and due diligence to determine a fair asking price, pinpoint the most favorable tax structures, evaluate financial and cash flow impact, and assess compatible business functions and tactics.

Debt and Finance Advising

Whether your needs are corporate or personal, Michael Clifton, CPA's professionals can assist you in sorting out the different options available for debt management and financing that will result in optimal tax implications.

International Taxation

Whether you're a corporation with overseas operations or a business or individual needing to work out taxation of U.S. residents working abroad or foreign citizens working in the U.S., Michael Clifton, CPA can help you plot a course through cross-border taxation issues.


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