Our firm offers a wide range of services to our individual and business clients. Our clients benefit by getting personalized, quality service that is beyond comparison. Below we have listed the services that we offer to our clients along with a brief description.
As the list below is by no means all-inclusive, please feel free to inquire about a service if you do not see it listed.
Tax Planning & Preparation
Tax planning and preparation form a winning combination for our successful individual and business clients. Whether you are an individual, corporation, or a multi-tiered partnership, we can develop tax strategies that take advantage of new tax laws and legislation.
Personal Financial Planning
We help our individual clients make the best use of their resources to improve their financial well-being and quality of life:
> Budgeting, cash flow & debt reduction advising – Do you know where all your money goes? Are you spending money on what’s important to you? Are you saving enough to meet your life goals? Do you have a plan to eliminate unwanted debt? We can help you develop a plan to achieve your goals.
> Retirement planning – When do you plan to retire? How much money will you need? What can you expect from Social Security? How much money will you have? We can help you answer these questions and develop a strategy to retire comfortably.
> Stock option planning – If you are one of the lucky ones to have valuable stock options from your company, you may also know that the taxes and planning regarding those options can be tricky. We can help you develop and implement a plan to maximize the value in those options and minimize the inevitable tax bite.
> Estate planning – Do you need a will, a living will, a living trust, or a by-pass trust? What are the differences between them? What are gift and estate taxes? Make sure you have the peace of mind in knowing that these important issues and more have been considered.
> Planning during major life events – There is usually plenty of stress and uncertainty around major life events such as a job change, a death in the family, etc. We can help you address the financial issues so you can focus on other important items.
Business Consulting Services
Important decisions are made everyday, and our clients are better equipped to handle some than many others. We help educate our clients on the tax and financial issues so that they can make informed decisions:
> Business formation - Starting a new business? Do you understand the advantages and disadvantages of organizing your business as a Limited Liability Company, Partnership, or S-corporation? We can help you think through the various types of business entities so that you can start your new venture off on the right foot. In addition, we can work with your business attorney to make sure all the appropriate forms are filed with the federal and state governments.
> Tax strategies for the closely-held business – Are you aware of all the tax planning issues when you are part of a closely-held business? What is the difference between paying yourself a salary versus getting a return of your investment? How can you minimize or even eliminate double taxation? What is your exit strategy to get money out of your business? We will discuss these issues with you to make sure you understand the pros and cons in order to make good decisions.
> Pension plans – A company retirement plan is a great tax saving vehicle for the business owner and their loyal employees, but the alphabet soup of SEP's, SIMPLE's, and KEOGH's can make your head spin. We can help you understand the differences between the retirement plans available to small companies to find the one best suited to your needs.
> Computer accounting software assistance with Peachtree Accounting™ and QuickBooks™ – We are experienced with both products and assist clients in maintaining or getting set up with their own in-house accounting system.
Providing financial information to our clients in a timely and accurate manner is a commitment that we feel cannot be compromised. Meaningful, well-organized financial records ensure that your business operations will run more efficiently on a daily basis. Our firm provides a full range of cost effective accounting services including the following:
> General ledger & financial statement preparation
> Bookkeeping and "Write-Up" (Monthly/Quarterly/Annual)
> Accounting system setup for new businesses
> Personal financial statements
Financial Statement Reporting
We view our role in the financial reporting process as an opportunity to provide constructive solutions for maximizing your company's profitability and efficiency. We provide financial reporting on two levels of assurance:
> Review - some analytical procedures conducted with limited assurance.
> Compilation - based upon client information provided and used primarily for internal use.
Financial Education Workshops
Let us educate the employees or members of your organization. These workshops vary in length from 1½ to 4 hours and can be customized to fit your needs to include any of the following topics:
> Retirement planning / 401(k) / investments education – Find out how to plan and prepare for your retirement. Learn what your retirement investment choices are. Determine if your retirement funds are invested appropriately.
> Stock option education and planning – Understand how employee stock options work and the tax impact of exercising your options. Learn how to develop a personal strategy for your options.
> Spending & debt – Learn new ways to improve your saving and spending habits and how to save extra money in taxes.
> Estate and retirement choices – Understand what you can expect from Social Security, your pension, and your 401(k) plans. Learn how to get money out of your retirement plans and how to minimize taxes. Find out about basic estate planning including wills, trusts, and estate taxes.
A new law requires that CPAs and all other personal financial service providers disclose their privacy policies to clients in a written notice. These policies pertain to non-public personal information about current and former clients.
Of course, Parodi & de Laveaga has always protected our clients' rights to privacy with professional standards that are even more stringent than those required by law.
In order to assist clients with their professional needs and, in some cases, to comply with professional guidelines, we retain records relating to the professional services we provide. We have rigorous physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards in place to protect these records, and they are accessed internally only on an 'as-needed' basis.
Non-public personal information is never collected without our clients' authorization, and we do not disclose such information except as required or permitted by law. Permitted disclosures include third parties who assist us in providing services to our clients, such as CCH Incorporated, the vendor providing us with our tax compliance software, ProSystem fx Tax.
CCH has released their own Privacy Statement, reproduced here with their permission, in full and without modification.
ProSystem fx Privacy Statement:
At CCH, we are committed to keeping your information private and recognize the importance all customers place on the privacy and confidentiality of their information. While new technologies allow us to more efficiently serve our customers, we are committed to maintaining the rigorous privacy standards that are synonymous with our established and trusted name. When collecting, storing, and retrieving your firm's data - such as Tax Notebook information, electronically filed returns, returns submitted to us for customer support, and returns submitted to us for service center processing - extensive internal controls are maintained throughout the process to ensure security and confidentiality.
Data sent from your firm to CCH's secure servers is encrypted to ensure safety and privacy during transmission. Data encryption is the process of transforming information into a complex arrangement of illegible data.
In addition, CCH's Internet-based systems are protected behind firewalls and all mission critical servers are deployed in a cluster environment to provide an even greater level of security and protection against system failure. All data is maintained and backed-up on a regular schedule to provide adequate redundancy and ensure that the integrity of information is never jeopardized.
CCH employees are subject to a strict employment policy regarding confidentiality, and internal access to customer data is restricted to highly trained personnel on an 'as-needed' basis. Information provided by your firm is used strictly for lawful business purposes and is never shared with third parties without your consent, except as required by law."
Your privacy is just as important to us as our ability to provide you with quality financial services. Please call if you have any questions about this statement.