How often do you read an About Us page and find it full of pompous, self-serving drivel? You won’t find that here. I promise not to gas on, like other CPAs, about how the staff visited a panic room, as if that helps you. Or their latest smarty-pants online self-help class.
This page is about YOU, YOUR business vision, and how I can help YOU get to where you need to be. FYI: we are no longer accepting new personal tax clients, business only. This all starts by recognizing your biggest challenges with other CPAs. The questions vary, but the three main client concerns are:
- My CPA treats me like a bill collector when I call
- My CPA keeps running up the tab without warning
- My CPA ghosts me until February 1st
Each one of these items is a pain-point for you, and it’s understandable. You pay a lot of money but each year you’re receiving less. And worse, you’re treated like a dead-beat second-cousin when you have a question. Ughhh. Let’s look at each line above and you’ll see how I can change your outlook going forward.
First, when you call your tax accountant, why are you blown-off or treated like an annoyance. A client recently told me approaching their CPA was like this scene in Oliver Twist
Can you imagine the thought of that? If you’re not relaxed talking to your accountant, it’s time for a change. I can promise you that, at no point will you feel uncomfortable talking with me. It’s like talking to a friend or an associate. Interacting is done in a format you prefer, i.e. telephone, text, email, Zoom or in-person. The choice is always yours.
Second, you should not be paying ever increasing rates without warning. If your situation changes, and it happens quite often, you will be provided a new cost range for service. This is only fair to all involved. My pricing structure is above board and very transparent.
Last, it’s a weird position to be in when a service provider, like your CPA, “unfriends” you. What I mean is, they just disappear or ignore you until you become a cash flow resource again. You’re only a valuable asset at tax time, but not the rest of the year. This was the case with someone I worked with the past season. He was ghosted by his CPA. That is until February 1st when he became a cash source once again. Not cool to do to someone.
The bottom line, jump on board with me and it will be “About You” as it should be.
Let’s discuss some other pain-points in your world
If you think you’re the only person that finds accounting and tax preparation a chore, you would be wrong. In a room of a dozen business owners the question was asked, “raise your hand if you enjoy doing accounting”? The result was not one person put their hand up. This reality is your reality, and I can help. Accounting is a process that is vital to your business, but not something you should be spending your valuable time on. Nor should you pay too much for it.
I’ve been where you are
To help you understand how I can help your business, some background. Before becoming a CPA I spent ten years in management and ten years as a contractor. I made my living on a roof, like some of you. I would bet that most CPA’s never spent a day, much less ten years as a contractor. This experience has given me many insights into what you’re going through. Back then, I was accounting-phobic…just like you.
Three common accounting problems
I could list a dozen reasons you, as a business owner, don’t enjoy accounting. But let’s stick to the top three and I’ll explain how I can help. First, you don’t know how much, or whether, you’re making a profit. This is a common theme I hear all the time. Business owners bill customers, collect cash and pay bills. It seems like your making money, but if pressed, you really have no idea if and how much. This cash flow mystery will lead you to rely heavily on credit and cost you a fortune in interest.
Second, you may be taking advice from accountants or CPA’s that have never been where you are. This will lead you to take risks or make decisions based on flawed data. If your adviser only has a cursory understanding of what it’s like to be in your position, how can you succeed?
Last, you do not have the time to be focusing on accounting. The reality is that you should be spending your time growing your business, not on bean-counting. This is perhaps the worst of all the pain-points of being a business owner. Quite frankly, lack of competent accounting has prevented many from growing their businesses.
How I can help
I became focused on accounting because I saw the need for expert and focused help in the business community. It’s hard enough finding good employees, you shouldn’t have to spend resources finding a good accountant. My background in business management, contracting and accounting have provided me with specialized knowledge. The focus now is to use my experience to help you excel by removing the pain of accounting from your hands. I use best practice standards to work with non-native businesses. Some of the communities reached out to include Asian, Hispanic and Hindu business owners. I spend the time to get to know your concerns.
I appreciate you taking the time to learn a little about this company and hope to work with you. Please feel free to call, email or set up a virtual consultation with the links provided below.
Ernest L Tomkiewicz CPA
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the New Office of Ernest L. Tomkiewicz CPA PLLC
Our latest location is adjacent to many local services. We are immediately near local hotels, restaurants and shopping.
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Thank you to the Concord Chamber of Commerce for their warm welcome
A background you can trust
My company is a member of many professional organizations including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New Hampshire Society of Certified Public Accountants, The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce. You can access our social pages here: LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook. I received a Master’s of Accountancy degree from Saint Joseph’s College in Maine. I worked for many years at the firm of Diane B. Rohde CPA PLLC in Plymouth New Hampshire. Currently I hold CPA licensure in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.