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A CPA Can Help You Improve Your Cash Flow

by Wallace Hanson

Cash flows aren't the same as revenues and expenses for most businesses. However, they can be just as important. After all, you can't meet your short-term obligations unless you have enough cash on hand, meaning you're in serious trouble if your cash inflows can't cover your cash outflows for too long. There isn't a single way to solve cash flow problems because there isn't a single cause for them. As such, you'd be wise to consult a certified public accountant (CPA) to see how they can help. 

Here are four ways CPAs can improve your cash flow:

Keep Reliable Books

You'll find it much easier to bring your cash flow under control once you know your exact cash inflows and outflows. The best way to get this information is to keep accurate, up-to-date books. You can hire a CPA to keep your books. Even if you're doing your books yourself, you can benefit from a CPA checking your bookkeeping to correct bad habits and offer other recommendations.

Make Better Financial Forecasts

No one can predict the future with perfect precision. Despite this, you'll find financial forecasts useful for resolving cash flow problems because knowing what you pay in advance gives you more time to prepare the cash. Unexpected things can still happen. Fortunately, financial forecasts can tell you how much cash you should maintain so you're covered in such situations. CPAs aren't just bookkeepers. One of their core duties is financial forecasting, meaning they're the right people to give you an informative peek into your financial future.

Optimize Your Taxes

CPAs can ensure you're paying the right amount of tax while collecting every credit and deduction you're owed. That can do a fair amount to increase your cash inflows and decrease your cash outflows. Moreover, CPAs can incorporate your taxes into your financial planning, thus empowering you to better prepare for every payment.

Identify Unnecessary Expenses

Cost-cutting is a time-honored method for putting your finances in a stronger position. Sadly, businesses can err by cutting the wrong things. As a result, you should get a CPA to scrutinize your financial documents to check for any excess you can trim. Their financial expertise means they're excellent at spotting inefficiencies. Better still, you'll find it easier to determine whether a cost is necessary by debating it with another expert. It's easy to tunnel vision when you're invested in what's happening. Having someone else's opinion can help you maintain perspective.

Contact a local CPA to learn more.