We provide a wide range of services to individuals and businesses in a variety of industries. We strive to meet each clients specific needs in planning for the future and achieving their goals in an ever-changing financial and regulatory environment. Our professional services include:
- Tax Management Services
- Assurance and Advisory Services
- Estate and Trust Planning and Tax Preparation
- Debt and Finance Advising
- Accounting Software Selection, Implementation, and Support
- Payroll Services
Tax Management Services
We guide our clients through a full range of tax planning and preparation decisions with strategies that minimize your tax liabilities. Our expertise, experience, analysis and thorough research allow us to optimize financial opportunities to be found in existing as well as recently altered tax laws.
From start-ups to established enterprises, businesses rely on accurate and insightful financial information in order to maintain profitability and capitalize on new opportunities. Carlson Branstad and Co's accounting services steer you closer to these goals with accurate record-keeping and reporting as well as support on financial issues such as initial accounting system setup, cost-containment, tax planning, investments, and employee benefit and profit-sharing plans.
These services include but are not limited to:
- General ledger and financial statement preparation
- Bookkeeping (Monthly, quarterly, or annual)
- Accounting system setup and support
- Payroll processing
- Cash flow budgeting and forecasting
- Personal financial statements
- Employee benefit and profit-sharing plans
- Corporate tax planning and return preparation
Assurance and Advisory Services
At Carlson Branstad and Co, we focus on building close client relationships that add long-term value. This includes assuring the solidity of financial records, evaluating financial procedures and working to produce strategies that help our clients face the myriad challenges of business planning and execution. Our clients benefit from objective analysis to assist in controlling costs, increasing efficiency, and implementing new technologies and procedures that take advantage of changes in the marketplace, accounting standards, and tax law.
These services include but are not limited to:
- Reviews and compilations
- Entity selection and restructuring
- Accounting software selection, implementation, and support
- Business valuations
- Financial projections and forecasts
- Debt and finances advising
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Transaction structuring and negotiations
- Business succession
Reviews and Compilation
Our financial statement services comprise two levels of assurance depending on your company's needs.
Reviews provide limited assurance to outside interests and involve inquiries and analytical procedures that confirm financial statement matters and identify any items requiring further analysis. We perform reviews to ensure the integrity of your data.
Compilations are usually requested for internal purposes and are based upon information provided by a company's management. They do not offer assurance but may involve some adjustment to accounting records.
Estate and Trust Planning and Tax Preparation
Effective estate and trust planning can ensure financial security for loved ones. For businesses, it can maintain a smooth succession of ownership. Our role is to help you navigate the complex and shifting tax laws to facilitate the transfer of assets and minimize the tax liability of your beneficiaries.
Cash Flow and Budgeting Analysis
Good cash management can improve a company's liquidity, reduce costs, and increase profitability. Carlson Branstad and Co can help you maintain optimal cash flow levels by tracking sources and uses, forecasting, and budgeting accordingly.
Debt and Finance Advising
Whether your needs are corporate or personal, Carlson Branstad and Co's professionals can assist you in sorting out the different options available for debt management and financing that will result in optimal tax implications.
Professional representation can be vital during an audit, and our experience with tax authorities enables us to guide clients in their dealings with federal and state agencies.
Accurate record-keeping is essential to a successful business yet can also be complicated and time consuming. Carlson Branstad and Co can help you with the organization and day-to-day tasks of bookkeeping so that you can focus on your core business.
Entity Selection and Restructuring
Your business entity has a large impact on your taxes and other liabilities. From your company's inception through its growth and development, Carlson Branstad and Co can advise you on choosing an entity type and later restructuring if advantageous.
Accounting Software Selection, Implementation, and Support
Choosing and implementing a new accounting software system can be a challenging undertaking. Our experience with various packages currently on the market as well as awareness of new products allow 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.
Mergers, Acquisitions, and Sales
Business transactions and transitions are complicated affairs, and whether you're buying, selling, or considering a potential merger, we can provide professional know-how to help you successfully structure and negotiate the deal. We employ 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.
Carlson Branstad and Co's 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.