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Are Accounting Services in Miami Profitable?

Accounting Services in Miami should never have profitability as a goal

It has been said that Accounting Services in Miami should never have profitability as a goal. Why? Because profitability should be the result of an Accounting Services in Miami efforts, not its goal. Profitability is a measure of success in accomplishing core business goals. The Disney Corporation probably says it best in their mission statement, which is short and sweet, but very powerful: “Our mission is to make millions happy.”

Disney super-pleases parents by creating hundreds of quality movies and lovable characters children grow up with and adore, and by creating theme parks that tap into our fantasies and imagination. They create the Disney magic by operating their entertainment facilities with fastidious devotion to efficiency and cleanliness, and fanatical attention to the tiniest details, and by countless other efforts. Disney’s customers not only pay for their access to Disney, but they do so with a smile on their face, and they keep coming back for more. At Disney, the philosophy is clear: Create and maintain a world-class organization that satisfies the customers’ needs, and the profits will come as a result.

The same theme is true with Accounting Services in Miami profitability. To be truly profitable, Accounting Services in Miami I need to achieve successfully business goals other than profitability. Then, and only then, will firms be profitable.

  • Do you want to find easy, quick ways to increase profitability?
  • Do you want to hear about proprietary techniques that previously have never been made public?
  • Do you want to discover revolutionary ways to cut costs?
  • Do you want to find a way to increase productivity without establishing partner accountability?

If your answer to any of the above questions is “yes,” you’ll be disappointed.

Let’s clarify what we mean by “profitable.”

At an Accounting Services in Miami, profits often are measured with an imperfect figure called Income per Partner, or IPP.  It represents revenues less expenses but excluding any payments to partners. Let’s say a Accounting Services in Miami has five partners and the total income for the five is $2 million dollars, which is distributed to the partners for an average income per partner of $400,000.

Now it becomes important to distinguish between the terms profits and compensation.

To properly measure profits, as opposed to “income,” a portion of the partners’ compensation would have to be classified as compensation expense. Since there is no simple way to allocate the $2 million dollars between compensation and profits, most Accounting Services Miami firms don’t bother doing so.



By Gustavo Viera

Gustavo A Viera, CPA, is the managing partner in Gustavo A Viera, PA, CPA. His experience spans more than 25 years. His public accounting experience includes a senior audit manager at PriceWaterHouseCoopers with a focus in the healthcare industry, and Chief Financial Officer of Hewlett Packard Latin America and Telefonica of Spain. Gus also writes a blog twice a week that addresses issues his clients have at He has also taught in the SBA program in Miami FL, and is admitted to practice in the State of Florida licensed Certified Public Accountant. Gus welcomes questions and he can be reached at Gustavo A Viera, PA, CPA, One Alhambra Plaza Floor PH Coral Gables FL 33134 (786) 250-4450.