As all kinds of businesses expand to meet customer needs and expectations, as well as exert efforts to remain competitive, the basic accounting standards, in any business, have remained the same; however, it is more on its accounting services where there are many new changes, especially in managing tax regulations, which are constantly being amended by the government and, thus, make it difficult for businesses to follow the right strategies for their companies to implement.
Even in the accounting service industry, we find as many service providers, nowadays, that are into the outsourcing business, basically, because of the reality that accounting services have rapidly changed and are more streamlined into specific accounting systems needed by a potential client company and so this situation makes it more conceivable that companies will likely outsource these kinds of service providers not only because of the technical and expert experience, but also because companies find the outsourcing idea least costly. At the accounting service providers’ end, since there is now a demand for outsourcing services of their kind, it is vital for them to provide high performing, professional services, focusing on the specific accounting needs of their clients, one that will help benefit more their clients.
Thus, the effect of outsourcing accounting providers will make the client company to allow for a two-way flow of communication and access of the following components: delivery of service, time, analytics procedures, remote access possibility, reporting tools with built-in accounting software and add-on technology, and possible need to train a select staff to handle these, altogether these expected components should at least lift up the burden on the decision-making process of meeting up deadlines for tax submission reports and accompany requirements. Because most of the procedures are using the software technology that is principally designed for outsourcing service, the sensitive matter of possibly experiencing a cyber security threat on vital company data may pose a risk of which the accounting service provider must include safeguards to mitigate this form of risk and the client company, as well, should realize this possibility and come up with a resolution agreement with its provider on how to handle this risk.
The shift of political leadership and environment has a major effect on the amendments of the tax codes and accountants, for that matter, are likely on their toes constantly being oriented and briefed on these changes, therefore, this scenario should also be applicable to outsourcing, accounting companies, such that they should be alert and efficient to gather enough and confirming information especially on matters such as corporate taxes, business credits and deductions, and that both parties, service providers and client, must mutually agree on the right strategies to be implemented that can largely affect the client’s taxable income.
Accounting service providers may expand their services to study and add on future outlooks on tax credits and deductions which are applicable as specialty tax services in research and development studies or cost segregation which could be potential measures for offsetting taxable income of a company, if it is qualified, and in the area of a company’s international transactions, the service provider can consider extending their services by studying the complexity of international tax regulations, should the client company see the benefit of retaining the provider’s services.