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Nov 21, 2022

Knowing the right time to end a client relationship can be tricky. No matter the reason for termination, managing the practical components plus the human emotions can be difficult.

In this Tax Section Odyssey episode, April Walker, CPA, CGMA, Lead Manager — Tax Practice & Ethics, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, representing AICPA & CIMA, chats with Daniel Moore, CPA, Owner — D.T. Moore & Company, LLC, and Brandon LaGarde, CPA, JD, LLM, Director — Postlethwaite & Nettervile, about their perspectives on when and how to terminate a client relationship for a successful outcome for both parties.

What you’ll learn in this episode

  • The first steps in this process (1.22)
  • Tips and tools for ranking client relationships (3.40)
  • Client Evaluation Tool from the Private Company Practice Section (PCPS) (5.46)
  • Example of “buckets” of client relationship types (7.00)
  • The next steps after the client evaluation process (13.16)
  • Client termination letters (15.09)
  • Should you explain the why to your clients? (18.23)
  • Thoughts on referrals (20.45)
  • Considerations from a firm administration standpoint (23.53)
  • Final thoughts (27.22)
  • A page from the guests’ travel journals (29.33)

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