Why “Forward thinking…”?

As an CPA and small business owner I often get asked “What can you do to help me be more successful in the future?”. When thinking about this, I came to realize that the majority of accountants are historians. As we all know, we can’t change history, but we can learn from it to impact the future.

When I decided to start my own firm, I knew I would have to play the part of historian because that is where many have a need. But, I also knew that I wanted to help guide other businesses to success. What we have become business consultants. We use the “history” to create a map for the future and are helping clients navigate the map.

Along those lines, my posts will be focused on what a small business owner (or individual) should be doing to prepare for the future. This can be as simple as reminding readers to make quarterly tax estimates or more detailed, such as commenting on tax law changes that would better position a small business owner for future success.

I look forward to your comments and welcome your questions.

About Brenda J. McGivern, CPA

Brenda McGivern started her own certified public accounting and management consulting firm in October 2001. The full service CPA firm provides tax and accounting solutions to meet the needs of today’s small business and individual. Brenda McGivern has become a trusted advisor and valuable resource her clients rely on for timely, accurate assistance when they need it.

Before starting the firm, she worked as an accountant for three years at a local firm and prior to that five years at a large international CPA firm in Boston. She has performed the following tax services: federal, state and local tax planning, international tax planning, estate and succession planning, mergers and acquisitions, capital retention and IRS representation. She has also coordinated assurance engagements, such as financial statement audits, reviews and compilations from the planning phase through the reporting phase. She has prepared and reviewed regulatory filings for numerous regulatory agencies including the Security and Exchange Commission.

Prior to these positions she was selected from over 2,000 candidates into an eight-person intensive financial management program at an international technology company. The program consisted of graduate level classroom study and two six-month rotational assignments in financial operations.

She graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting. McGivern also holds a license in Massachusetts as a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the American Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants. She resides in Stoughton, Massachusetts with her husband Brian, and their sons Sean, Ryan and Conor and their dog, Davis.

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