Managing Law Firm Finances with BGM’s Outsourced Accounting Services Group: Cash Flow and Partner Taxable Income

Cory Parnell, CPA | Principal and Chief Executive Officer | Boeckermann Grafstrom & Mayer

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Law firms are unique businesses with their own set of financial challenges. Among these challenges, managing cash flow and determining taxable income for each partner rank highly. Addressing these issues effectively is crucial for the firm’s sustainability, growth, and equity among partners. That’s where BGM’s Outsourced Accounting Services Group can step in, providing expert financial services tailored to law firms.

Cash Flow Forecasting & Management: Tailoring Strategies for Law Firms

Effective cash flow management is the lifeblood of any business. It’s even more critical for law firms due to the unpredictable nature, irregular payment cycles, and the large sums involved. Here’s how BGM can assist:

  • Cash Flow Forecasting: BGM can create detailed cash flow forecasts based on historical data, expected income, and expenses. These forecasts can help your law firm plan for the future, manage resources efficiently, and avoid potential cash shortages.
  • Accounts Receivable Management: Delayed payments can severely impact a law firm’s cash flow. BGM can manage your accounts receivable efficiently, implementing strategies to encourage timely payments and reduce bad debts.
  • Expense Management: Keeping tabs on all expenses, from operational costs to unexpected expenses, is vital. BGM can help monitor your firm’s expenditure, providing you with real-time updates and recommendations on cost control.

Determining Taxable Income for Law Firm Partners

Equitable distribution of profits and handling of taxable income is crucial for maintaining harmony among partners and adhering to tax regulations. BGM can provide support in the following ways:

  • Accurate Bookkeeping: Accurate bookkeeping is the first step towards determining taxable income correctly. BGM can ensure that all financial transactions are recorded accurately and categorized, providing a clear picture of each partner’s income and expenses.
  • Partner Compensation Plans: BGM can help design and implement partner compensation plans that align with the firm’s goals, the partners’ contributions, and tax regulations. They can advise on different models, such as equal partnership, eat-what-you-kill, or a hybrid model, and ensure that these plans are transparent and fair.
  • Tax Planning and Preparation: Tax laws can be complex, and managing taxable income for multiple partners can be daunting. BGM can take on this task, offering expert tax planning and preparation services. They can help identify tax-saving opportunities, ensure compliance with tax laws, and prepare accurate tax returns for each partner.

Leverage BGM’s Expertise for Law Firm Sustainability & Growth

Managing a law firm’s finances can be a complex and demanding task. However, we effectively address these challenges with the proper support from BGM’s Outsourced Accounting Services Group. You can ensure accurate, efficient, and equitable financial management by entrusting BGM with your law firm’s cash flow management and partner taxable income calculations. Doing so smoothens your firm’s operations and also frees up more time for you to focus on your firm’s core services – providing top-tier legal services to your clients. To learn more about our Outsourced Accounting Services Group, please message us.

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