"OUTSOURCING THE TAX FUNCTION-SOME VIEWS"
by Howie Kutcher, CPA/MS (Tax)
President, Kutcher Tax Careers, Inc.
We've informally surveyed over 2 dozen corporate tax directors and managers about their opinions of OUTSOURCING the tax function vs. keeping it in-house. These are some of our findings:
PRO: The CFO (or Treasurer, etc.) may save money on salaries and benefits and get "the prestige" of having an outside Big 4 CPA firm perform the work.
CON: There seem to be many. One, for example, is that the quality of the work below manager and/or partner on the engagement leaves a lot to be desired. Oftentimes they'll put on the account a junior-type who has a lot to learn. Then again, even more experienced personnel wouldn't be as familiar with the company's books and history as an in-house tax person. Not only would this affect the compliance, but it would carry over to the learning curve needed for tax audits, potential planning opportunities, etc.
Editor's note: What you see above is merely a "skeleton outline" of the fuller article that I will be writing and expanding upon in the near future.
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