Empowering Business Success: The Role of Effective Accounting Relationships and Internal Controls

March 14, 2024

Nick Grgas

Written by Nick Grgas
Audit Director

In the complex world of business, fostering a strong relationship between clients and accountants is not just beneficial—it’s essential for success. It’s clear that the most productive accounting relationships are those built on continuous communication and mutual understanding. Unfortunately, many businesses still adhere to a traditional model that only engages accountants reactively, primarily at the year-end or when issues arise. This approach often leads to less informed decisions and misses the opportunity to fully leverage their accountant’s expertise throughout the year, which can help optimize their organization’s financial operations leading to a clear picture during year-end planning.


Why is Continuous Communication Important?


A paradigm shift towards ongoing engagement between business owners and their accountants can dramatically transform the impact of financial operational management. Continuous communication allows accountants to gain a deeper insight into the business, enabling them to provide timely advice and proactive solutions. This not only strengthens daily operations but also fosters a more strategic partnership that can navigate challenges and capitalize on opportunities more successfully.


Understanding Internal Controls


In order to ensure financial data is reliable for management and business owners to make decisions on a timely basis, it is paramount that the company has internal controls in place. Internal controls are critical mechanisms within a business’s operational and financial framework. They serve several key purposes:


  • Establishing Processes: Crafting structured protocols for business activities
  • Improving Performance: Enhanced processes lead to increased operational efficiencies
  • Segregating Duties: This reduces the risk of fraud by distributing responsibilities and ensuring proper oversight
  • Mitigating Risks: Proficient controls help manage and reduce business risks
  • Organizing Information: Ensuring data is accurately collected and accessible
  • Ensuring Accuracy: Timely financial statements and reduced errors contribute to reliable reporting on a more timely basis
  • Enhancing Accountability: A clear system of accountability improves overall business operations


The Five Components of Internal Control


  1. Control Environment: The foundation of any internal control system, the control environment, is influenced by management’s leadership and commitment to integrity and corporate values. It sets the tone for the organization, emphasizing the importance of human resource policies and procedures, management philosophy, and organizational structure
  2. Risk Assessment: Identifying potential internal and external risks is crucial for adapting control mechanisms to the business’s unique needs. This proactive step ensures that strategies are in place to mitigate identified risks proactively
  3. Control Activities: These are the actions and procedures developed to address risks and execute the company’s objectives. They include protective measures such as delegation of duties, authorization of transactions, asset protection, and routine financial reconciliations
  4. Information and Communication: Vital for the smooth operation of internal controls, this component ensures that information flows efficiently throughout the organization, enabling both accurate and timely decision-making
  5. Monitoring: Regular monitoring of the internal control system by upper management allows for continual assessment and improvement, ensuring its effectiveness in meeting the business’s goals and adapting to changing circumstances


What is the Impact of Internal Controls?


Implementing proper internal controls is essential for businesses of all sizes. They play a critical role in detecting and preventing fraud, ensuring the accuracy and timeliness of financial reporting, and maintaining compliance with relevant regulations. While not foolproof, strong internal controls significantly increase the likelihood of identifying errors and fraud early on. Furthermore, they contribute to a culture of accountability and precision, setting a positive tone that permeates throughout the entire organization. This allows the company owners to constantly have a clear picture of where their company stands at any given moment.


Final Thoughts


Moving beyond the traditional, transactional client-accountant relationship to one of strategic partnership and continuous dialogue can significantly impact a business’s success. Likewise, establishing and maintaining effective internal controls are indispensable for safeguarding the business’s integrity and operational capability. Together, these elements form a solid foundation for achieving strategic objectives, managing risks, and ensuring sustainable growth.


For businesses looking to enhance their financial strategies and operational frameworks, the expertise and support of a dedicated accounting firm can be invaluable. LMC Advisors LLC is committed to providing clients with the professional guidance and services necessary to navigate the complexities of modern business environments through a committed and communicative white-glove services approach.


For more insights into optimizing your business practices, please contact LMC Audit Director, Nick Grgas at


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