Lawrence Katz, CPA, CFP

I know I am doing my job when I give more thought to my clients’ financial affairs than they do. Instead of using this space for the standard list of affiliations and professional achievements, I wanted to share some of my viewpoints so you can get to know me better and determine whether I am the right CPA for you.

Thoughts on Client Service

Clients don’t know what they don’t know. It’s my responsibility to provide laser-sharp focus and to enlighten and educate them so that they have all the information they need to make smart decisions. It’s also my job to provide total and long-term support to my clients once we have implemented a strategy. I’m always amazed at the substantial income and estate tax savings that can be achieved with just a little bit of focus and smart planning. The hardest part is just getting started.

Thoughts on Experience

Experience is good. But it’s also a commodity. There are lots of people with lots of experience out there. I can list all of the areas and industries that I have been involved with over the 30 years (accounting, tax, financial planning, etc.) that I have been in practice. However, experience is much more meaningful when it’s applied practically and when it prevents and solves problems. I like to think that my experience, mixed with my technical knowledge, makes me a good “counselor” to my clients.

Thoughts on Fees

Fees ought to be an investment that generates tangible returns for my clients, rather than being a sunk cost. Therefore, if I’m doing my job right, my clients will end up making, rather than merely spending, money. Whatever the task, I seek to generate returns by providing revenue and financial happiness, generating advice that leads to results (quantifiable income and estate tax savings, operating efficiencies, etc.) or delivering a quality product, whatever the engagement.

Thoughts on Taxes

Taxes are right up there with root canal when it comes to the pain inflicted on my clients. As I see it, preparing a tax return is merely the beginning of a process that allows me to lessen this pain, which I try to do every opportunity I get. I am never “tax complacent” because changing circumstances always require fresh thinking and planning.

Thoughts from You?

If any of this piqued your interest, whether you agree or disagree, I would be glad to hear from you. Contact me at lkatz@akmcpa.com or 212.382.0404

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Larry sees himself as a sort of “personal CFO” dedicated to helping his clients grow their wealth and enhance their financial standing. He takes a long-term strategic view of integrated financial decision-making. As one of only about 2000 CPAs in the U.S. also accredited as a Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) and Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP™), Larry is able to offer an unusual breadth and depth of knowledge to his clients. These include high net worth individuals, as well as various professional firms (law firms, medical practices, finance companies and real estate firms), manufacturers, distributors and multinational corporations. Larry is active in various professional organizations, recently serving as co-chair of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants’ Annual Personal Financial Planning Conference. As administrative partner at Adelman Katz & Mond LLP, he has successfully overseen two rigorous peer reviews, which the firm passed with flying colors. Larry lives in New City, New York with his wife, two daughters and two pugs.

    • Years as CPA: 25
    • Years with AKM: 25
    • Specialties:
      • Comprehensive tax and financial planning for business and individuals
      • Standards and compliance
      • Professional education
    • Memberships:
      • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
      • New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants
      • Financial Planning Association
    • Licenses:
      • CPA, NY
      • Life Insurance, NY
      • Health Insurance, NY
    • Accreditations:
      • Personal Financial Specialist (PFS), American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
      • Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP™)
      • Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc.
    • Education:
      • BA, Accounting, Queens College, City University of New York

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