Chris Bond, CPA
Senior Staff Accountant
What is your background and education?
Chris received both his Bachelors and Masters in Accounting from the University of Central Florida (UCF).
- BS, Accountancy, University of Central Florida (UCF)
- MS, Accountancy, University of Central Florida (UCF)
What are your areas of expertise in the accounting/bookkeeping field?
Chris has 4 years of experience in tax preparation and 2 years of experience handling most of the QBO accounting for a major client at his previous firm.
Any certifications or awards?
- Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
What service are you passionate about in the accounting field?
“The best feeling when preparing a return is discovering a credit/adjustment/deduction that would likely benefit the client, and then seeing their tax refund increase significantly after applying it, knowing that you’ve provided more than your share of value to the client.” ~ Chris
What is a quote you like to live by?
“Being smarter than you look is better than looking smarter than you are.” – Jeremy Clarkson
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Why should I engage the services of an accounting firm instead of handling my own finances?
There are several advantages to hiring an accounting firm. Firstly, accounting firms possess expertise in financial matters, tax regulations, and laws, ensuring precise and compliant financial management. They can offer valuable insights and guidance, assisting you in making well-informed decisions to optimize your financial well-being. Furthermore, outsourcing your accounting tasks frees up your time, allowing you to concentrate on your core business activities and strategic objectives.
What specific services can an accounting firm provide?
Accounting firms offer a wide array of services tailored to meet your specific requirements. These services may include bookkeeping, preparation of financial statements, tax planning and compliance, auditing, budgeting and forecasting, payroll processing, and financial consulting. By engaging an accounting firm, you gain access to a comprehensive suite of financial services that effectively streamline your financial operations.
How can hiring an accounting firm lead to long-term cost savings?
While there is a cost associated with hiring an accounting firm, it can actually result in long-term cost savings. Professional accountants possess a keen eye for identifying opportunities to reduce costs, minimizing unnecessary expenses and optimizing your tax strategy. By leveraging their expertise, you can potentially lower your tax liabilities, avoid penalties for non-compliance, and make informed financial decisions that maximize your profitability and long-term financial stability.
I have a small business with limited financial resources. Can’t I handle the accounting tasks myself?
If you have a small business with straightforward financial transactions, managing your own accounting may be an option. However, as your business grows or becomes more complex, the financial responsibilities tend to increase. At that point, an accounting firm can provide valuable assistance, ensuring accurate record-keeping, timely tax filings, and strategic financial guidance, allowing you to focus on expanding your business.
Won’t hiring an accounting firm be too costly for my business?
While there is a cost associated with hiring an accounting firm, it’s important to consider the potential benefits and long-term savings. Some accounting firms offer flexible pricing options, including scaled services based on your specific needs and budget. Additionally, the expertise and knowledge that accounting firms bring to the table can help you optimize your financial operations and minimize costly mistakes that might occur due to inexperience or lack of knowledge.
How can I maintain control over my financial information if I engage an accounting firm?
Maintaining transparency and establishing effective communication are crucial when working with an accounting firm. By keeping the lines of communication open and setting clear expectations, you can ensure that you stay informed and retain control over your financial information. Regular updates, reports, and meetings with the accounting firm will keep you in the loop and enable you to make informed decisions while benefiting from their professional expertise.