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Aug 23, 2023

In this episode, Mike Whitmore, CPA, Shareholder — HMA CPA, a member of the AICPA Tax Practice Management Committee, chats with April Walker, CPA, CGMA, Lead Manager — Tax Practice & Ethics, AICPA & CIMA, about a checklist of items to consider when in the market for acquiring a CPA firm. He highlights red flags to look out for and green lights that signal a firm is a “go” for acquisition, and what due diligence is needed to ensure the perfect fit.

What you’ll learn in this episode

  • The most crucial due diligence aspect when shopping for a CPA firm (2:08)
  • Ideal time commitment you should dedicate to the due diligence stage (7:52)
  • Red flags to watch out for (9:43)
  • Green lights to follow (13:00)
  • Lessons learned and a real-life example (16:07)
  • A page from Mike’s travel journal (18:54)

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