Think twice about hiring CPA
We have found it isn't necessary or favorable to hire a CPA.
Their hourly fees are very high because of their expertise especially involving income taxes. Churches do not pay income taxes, have no need for depreciation, so it's like hiring an architect to design a book case. We have found that it's very difficult for a CPA to do church books because it is so different from for-profit entity accounting which they are extensively trained to do. We are now hiring a bookkeeper instead. We do have payroll which bookkeepers can handle easily. The cost will be about half of what we were paying. Just thought our experience with CPA's might be helpful to other small to medium churches.
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