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Accounting for Small Business Owners

One of the most challenging jobs entrepreneurs and small business owners are responsible for is accurately managing their finances and taxes up to legal standards. From payroll services to tax preparations most small business owners find that investing in expert outside help is well worth ensuring meticulous perfection throughout the books. Below we review some key points you or your CPA should be aware of when managing the finances for your small business.


It’s crucial for small business owners to keep accurate financial records regarding all aspects of their business through bookkeeping. Bookkeeping can include anything from payroll services and financial statement preparation to reviewing invoices and managing expenses and revenue. It provides vital data that can help with management decisions, taxes, and getting approved for business loans.


Nearly all successful businesses will perform regular internal and external audits to ensure authenticity and search for any inconsistencies. External audits are more effective than internal audits than because they eliminate any possible conflicts of interest, must be completed by a CPA, and provide impartial results.


When it comes to small business taxes there is so much more involved than just the tax preparation itself. Many small business owners benefit from strategic tax planning and audit representation to further ensure their business is safeguarded by the best. Texas is home to the second largest economy in the country and with that comes unique tax conditions for franchise owners, limited liability companies, sole proprietorships and other small business owners.

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Over the years Mariela Ruiz, CPA, LLC has provided countless business owners in Hidalgo County, TX with affordable and convenient bookkeeping and payroll services including audits, tax preparations, financial consulting, forensic accounting and much more. Visit our website for a full list of our array of services or call (956) 997-0067 for any questions you may have.

Qualities of an Excellent CFO for Your Small Business

As a business owner, you understand the importance of making sure your finances line up month after month. Hiring a CFO or chief financial officer to keep an eye on your business’ money is a big step. Keep reading to learn four of the qualities to look for in your ideal candidate in order to ensure a prosperous future for your company.

CFO display.
CFO display.

Knowledge of Your Company’s Industry

Every industry is different and each has different financial needs. Ensuring you choose a financial team member that understands the ins and outs of your company’s financial field is incredibly important. In order for your CFO to be successful in the company they need to fully understand where your clients and stakeholders are coming from to make the best money choices.


If you are ready to take the step of hiring a CFO, you’re choosing to hire a leader that you will be able to rely on in any given situation. They will not only be leaders of your accounting and financials but they should also be reliable during difficult times in order to keep the business moving forward.

Problem Solving Skills

No matter what stage your business is in, there are always problems to be solved. Whether concerns faced by small businesses or issues that arise after profitability, you need to trust your CFO will have the problem solving skills necessary to address the issue.

Nameplate with CFO printed on it.
Nameplate with CFO printed on it.

Wide Range of Financial Knowledge

It goes without saying that your CFO needs to understand the ins and outs of finance. However, it would also be highly beneficial to work with someone that understands other aspects of business such as investments and risk management. A CFO with this knowledge would be incredibly helpful for the growth of your company.


Choosing to work with anyone in a financial capacity is a big step, especially if you own a business. These are only a handful of the qualities needed in the perfect CFO for your company. That’s why MARIELA RUIZ, CPA, PLLC prides our self on holding all of these and many other positive aspects that make a good chief financial officer. Visit our website today to learn how we can best help your company keep growing.

3 Types of Small Business Audits

All business audits share things in common, but do you know what they entail? The auditor, whether someone within your business or an external auditor, will do a thorough evaluation of your accounting books and financial statements. They usually check an entire year’s worth of financial data, including income and expenses. If you’re a small business owner, or maybe just curious about the auditing process, keep reading to learn about the different audits for businesses.

Internal Audit

An internal audit is a self-audit that’s scheduled and conducted by a representative of your own company. Many businesses do an internal audit once a year to ensure the accuracy of their books and financial statements. An internal audit is for your own purposes, and to check for errors or other issues.

Larger companies usually have audit departments, but a smaller business might employ just one or two people to conduct audits. Internal auditors don’t just check business finances; they also check company policies, procedures, and processes to check compliance with internal guidance and federal, state, and local laws.

External Audit

An external audit, also known as an independent audit, is an audit conducted by someone outside the organization. This is called an independent audit because the auditor has no loyalty or responsibility to the business that could create a conflict of interest. In their report, they’ll have to provide an opinion as to whether your company passed the audit. An auditor might take one of the following stances in a business audit:

  • Clean opinion – The business’s books and financial statements accurately represent the company’s financial position.
  • Qualified opinion – The auditor disagrees with parts of the company’s financial records, but the audit was too limited in scope or access to come to a definitive conclusion.
  • Adverse opinion – The auditor found that the business financial records materially misrepresent the company’s financial position.
  • Disclaimer of opinion – In this type of report, the auditor doesn’t give any opinion on certain financial records.

IRS Audit

An IRS audit occurs when the IRS finds potential errors in your tax return. Usually, the IRS schedules audits for tax returns that were filed in the last three years. A few factors can trigger an IRS audit. For example, if you claim losses for multiple years in a row or report high income levels, you may be subject to an IRS audit. 


As you’ve read above, small businesses go through the audit process to check on financial records and other important documentation. Whether it’s an internal or external audit, it’s best to let a professional do the job. At MARIELA RUIZ, CPA, PLLC, we have the audit services you need to keep your business in check. Contact our team today!