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Ratcliff CPA and Consultants LLC provides a wide range of services to individuals and businesses in a variety of industries. At Ratcliff CPA and Consultants LLC, we strive to meet each client's specific needs in planning for the future and achieving their goals in an ever-changing financial and regulatory environment. We are in the business of helping small businesses and families grow and prosper.

Click the items in the Service List menu below on the left to learn more about our professional accounting, tax and financial services. You might also find helpful information in our FAQs on small business, banking and business loans, insurances including auto, life and long-term care policies, or when you subscribe to our financial newsletter.

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At Ratcliff CPA and Consultants LLC, we guide our clients through a full range of tax planning and preparation decisions with strategies that minimize your tax liabilities.

With more than 50 years of combined experience in tax services for business owners, our staff will assist each of our clients in order to optimize the financial opportunities that can be found in existing, as well as, recently altered tax laws.

It is our goal that you will be so pleased with our tax preparation services that you will refer us to others.

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Whether you are considering starting a business or have a well-established growing business, our team of accounting specialist and tax preparers can help you. All businesses need a solid accounting system. Ratcliff CPA and Consultants have helped hundreds of businesses implement their own systems, providing on-going support as needed. Our goal is to help you achieve your own financial goals. We help our clients with all of the issues they either don't have knowledge of or don't have time to handle. Call us for a complete proposal on customized accounting services.

Our approach is to be interactive with our clients. Our program of choice is Quickbooks Online. Quickbooks Online allows us to be involved in our clients' businesses on a daily basis rather than the way yesterday's CPA firms worked (giving them the check stubs and bank statements at the end of the month). When our clients have accounting issues, we can get them resolved almost instantly. Your business needs this level of service. We'll help make the process easy too, if that software is new to you.

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When your small business needs to automate your bookkeeping and accounting practices, we recommend that you consider Quickbooks by Intuit. At Ratcliff CPA and Consultants, we have 2 staff members that are QuickBooks Pro Advisors.

Tim installed his first accounting system in 1987 and has been a Quickbooks Pro Advisor for many years. Tim has worked with many popular accounting systems, such as Peachtree, BusinessWorks, MAS90, Certiflex, and PCLaw. Tim and his staff can help you plan which features in the program will help you manage your business better. They can show you how to use the features of the program and review your accounting on a regular basis to make sure that your financial statements and reports are meeting your needs. Go to www.quickbooks.com for more information and then call us for a free proposal.

Our software of choice for most small firms right now is Quickbooks Online. However, Intuit has many different products and we hope that before you make a decision about which one fits your needs, that you'll reach out to consult with us. Call us at 985-674-3455.

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Effective estate and trust planning can ensure financial security for your loved ones if something should happen to you. For businesses, estate and trust planning can also maintain a smooth succession of ownership.

Ratcliff CPA and Consultants LLC can help you navigate the complex and shifting tax laws to facilitate the transfer of assets to heirs and minimize the tax liability of your beneficiaries. While CPAs are not allowed to prepare estate plans, recommend or setup trusts, or advise on wills, we can connect you with a local attorney who can do these things for you and work as a liaison to provide the firm with financial information that is crucial to a successful estate plan.

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Ratcliff CPA and Consultants LLC's litigation support and forensic accounting services can be employed in a wide range of situations, including commercial litigation, financial investigations, business and marital dissolutions, and bankruptcies. These services can involve quantification of economic loss or damages, analysis of financial records, and fraud and theft investigation.

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Professional representation can be vital during a tax audit, and our experience with tax authorities enables us to guide clients in their dealings with federal and state agencies.

Whether you are behind in filing your returns or paying your taxes, or have a tax-related problem that needs to be resolved, call us to assist in easing the pain of getting up-do-date on your filings.

Also, don't forget to ask us about our "No-audit guarantee". For more complex audits, we work with local tax attorneys to get you the absolute best representation possible. Don't try to represent yourself when dealing with the IRS or your state government. We have extensive experience in dealing with local taxing agencies on sales tax audits. Call us today for a consultation. 985-674-3455.

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Accurate record-keeping is essential to a successful business yet can also be complicated and time consuming. Large businesses have personnel designated exclusively for the purpose of providing these functions to the company. Ratcliff CPA and Consultants LLC can help you with the organization and day-to-day tasks of bookkeeping so that you can focus on your core business. We can also provide personnel to review the bookkeeping functions performed by your in-house staff. If segregation of duties is important to you, we can provide services that you need to help assure that your existing personnel are doing their jobs as instructed. Call us to find out more about how we can be part of your team.

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Your business entity has a large impact on your taxes and other liabilities. From your company's inception through its growth and development, Ratcliff CPA and Consultants LLC can advise you on choosing an entity type and later restructuring if advantageous. Not sure if you should be a regular Corporation, an S Corporation, a Limited Liability Company, or a Sole Proprietorship? Call us for a free consultation.

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Choosing and implementing a new accounting software system can be a challenging undertaking. Ratcliff CPA and Consultants LLC's experience with various packages currently on the market as well as awareness of new products allows us to aid you in choosing and implementing a system that will suit your company's needs. Training and support will ensure minimal disruption of your everyday business processes. We currently consult only on Quickbooks products, published by Intuit. If your business is too large for this product, we can help you analyze other programs to determine which one is right for you.

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Whether your needs are corporate or personal, Ratcliff CPA and Consultants LLC professionals can assist you in making important financial decisions, such as whether to buy or lease equipment or an automobile for business. If you are considering buying a home, call us to find out the tax benefits. If you are having cash flow problems, call us to see if we can help reorganize your debts and improve your cash flow before you take any drastic measures.

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Ratcliff CPA and Consultants payroll services can help you reduce the time spent on administration through developing and implementing a computerized payroll system that will facilitate processing, timely payment and preparation of tax returns. We can either assist you in preparing your own payroll, or we can provide the service for you and free up your time to grow your business. If you are interested in payroll services plus human resources and employee benefits, call us. We can connect you with quality firms that specialize in those services.

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Good cash management can improve a company's liquidity, reduce costs, and increase profitability. Ratcliff CPA and Consultants LLC in Louisiana and New Mexico can help you maintain optimal cash flow levels by tracking sources and uses, forecasting, and budgeting accordingly. If you are just in need of setting up a budget, call us. We can help.

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No one can predict the future perfectly, but we can all benefit from planning for it. Ratcliff CPA and Consultants LLC in Louisiana and New Mexico combines expertise and experience with a gained understanding of your business to produce financial projections that can help you manage your business plan and spending. Depending on your needs, our work can range from top-level reports to detailed financial models.

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Business transactions and transitions are complicated affairs, and whether you are buying, selling, or considering a potential merger, Ratcliff CPA and Consultants LLC in Louisiana and New Mexico can provide professional know-how to help you successfully structure and negotiate the deal. Ratcliff CPA and Consultants LLC employs careful analysis and due diligence to determine a fair asking price, pinpoint the most favorable tax structures, evaluate financial and cash flow impact, and assess compatible business functions and tactics.

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Many people want to have their own businesses, but they don't know where to start. Many times they purchase a franchise, which enables them to associate with a brand name, offering instant name recognition and instant business. Often, however, owning a franchise is more costly than initially thought and ultimately, not worth the investment. More often than not, people start their own business without the proper resources. Those needed resources can be human or financial. With over 30 years of experience, we have the knowledge to assist you "before" you invest in a business that you may not be able to afford. Don't make that mistake. Don't start that business without calling us. We have helped hundreds of businesses with important decisions such as this. let us help you. Call us for more information about our start up assistance.

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NetClient CS private portals offer our clients an ultra-convenient way to access documents and software, transfer data, and convey information. As private, secure extensions of our own website, portals give clients 24/7 access to our services from any Internet connection. Private, secure portals enable our clients to retrieve and review personal financial documents and tax returns. Call us on how to get started using this product today. Don't forget to ask us about our NetClient CS app for your iphone. It helps you keep all of your important financial documents at your fingertips.

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At Ratcliff CPA and Consultants LLC, we believe in treating clients how we'd like to be treated. We work to be prompt and reliable, friendly and reachable. Maybe we're just the type of accounting practice that you've been looking for.