An accountant’s day begins like any other. Our alarm goes off, and we hit snooze once (or twice). We eat a hearty breakfast to prepare for the day. Oatmeal, eggs, bagels, or the oh-so-trendy avocado toast, are great choices for keeping us full or satisfied until lunch break. We brush our teeth, put on our suits and are out the door. Back to the place we know and love: the office.
A Normal Day’s Tasks
On a normal day (so not during tax season…) we will work on a wide range of tasks. These can include working on a client’s tax returns, bookkeeping, bank reconciliation, payroll, and other fun stuff. At Stevens Pierce & Associates, CPA’S, we work with a lot of small- and medium-sized businesses, so we are generally helping them with their accounting, saving them time and money so they can focus on their company.
Other times, we might be providing expert witness testimony. This involves defending our clients if need be. Providing testimony involves gathering a lot of evidence and information and can be a very involved and time-consuming task, but it is worth it to gain the trust of our clients and make sure they are protected.
We also provide assistance with transactions. If a client is trying to buy or sell a property or a business, we will handle the documentation regarding the purchase and make sure all of the information is accurate.
Outside of tax season , how busy we are during the day really depends. During this time, we usually work a normal number of hours. Some days the phone may not ring at all, and we will just work on the tasks we already have on our plates. Other days, work is steady. A client may call with an emergency, and we will address that immediately. Here, we base our priorities on whoever is screaming the loudest!
Our New Clients
This year our work has been steadier than usually outside of tax season. This is because a local firm recently closed, and they referred all of their clients to us. At Stevens Pierce & Associates, CPA’S, we never say no to a challenge. We decided to see what we can handle, within reason of course! We accepted all of these new clients and are really enjoying the business they bring. Plus, we love forming new relationships and helping even more individuals and businesses in the area with their accounting. We provide professional work, but we like to have fun, and it’s exciting to show even more clients when they work with us why accounting can actually be fun!
During Tax Season…
It is pure chaos! We are generally doing our regular tasks, bookkeeping and preparing tax returns and handling payroll and all that good stuff, but on a much larger scale. During tax season, we gain a lot of new business. Understandably, many people don’t want to have to do their taxes themselves. Therefore, by the end of January, we are handling W2 and 1099 forms, payroll reports, and more. Work becomes a lot more intense. Our team works for five hours on Saturdays from January to April to accommodate the increased workload. We always ensure that our clients’ tax returns are correct. Inaccurate tax returns can lead to lawsuits, which nobody wants to deal with. That’s why it is so beneficial to simply hire an accountant to do your taxes for you, so you can rest assured that your taxes are done correctly.
Please Excuse This Interruption
Like any other industry, accountants often deal with technological difficulties. This year, during tax season, we had a fun couple of days when our server went down. A few weeks ago, the internet stopped working for a portion of the day. Although these challenges are difficult, we believe that you just have to make the best of what you have.
Another Day Comes to an End
Suddenly, we look at the clock and it’s 5 o’clock! It’s been a busy day, so we pack up our things and head home. After dinner and a glass (or two) of wine, we put on our pajamas and head to bed to get a good night’s rest, so we can continue to provide excellent work for our clients tomorrow.
An accountant’s day is really never the same. Although we handle many of the same tasks everyday, there is always something new to address, especially when we have so many new clients coming in. We love our jobs and are always looking forward to helping you. Contact us at 208-734-8662 to schedule an appointment with us. If you didn’t think accounting could be fun, give us a chance to prove you wrong.