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Wessel Forensic Accounting
Wessel Forensic Accounting
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Offers remote services
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Asheville, NC
Forensic Accounting/Fraud Investigation/Business Consultation/Internal Auditing Most of the services detailed below can be performed remotely. 1) Fraud Investigation - I am a Certified Fraud Examiner and have experience in many different industries, including family law. I investigate financial fraud for businesses and some individuals. I provide income/asset valuation and search services for family law/probate cases. I can provide asset searches if you have a legitimately obtained SSN and a valid reason for the search (divorce, fraud investigation). I cannot provide financial account statements - you need an attorney and a subpoena to do that. I also don't provide background checks, business valuation, or surveillance services. I help businesses set up well-controlled accounting, access, inventory, and IT procedures (with a partner) that will prevent (or quickly detect) errors, fraud, theft, embezzlement, and unauthorized access to systems or facilities. I coach business owners/managers through an initial fraud investigation if they suspect that they are being embezzled by an employee. I can help them decide whether to contact law enforcement, file civil charges, terminate the employee, and/or improve their procedures to prevent future embezzlement and theft. Part of this service includes assessing employee morale, and if there is need for a compliance and ethics program. 2) Business Consulting - As a fraud investigator I have a lot of experience with messy accounting records. I am a problem-solver and frequently hired to dig into an accounting system to solve (accounting) issues that are causing problems or confusion for the business. If your accounting is a mess and needs to be cleaned up, I can help with that. I help businesses set up well-controlled accounting procedures that will prevent (or quickly detect) errors, fraud, and embezzlement. I can also coach business owners/managers through an initial fraud investigation if they suspect that they are being embezzled by an employee. I can help them decide whether to contact law enforcement, file civil charges, terminate the employee, and/or improve their procedures to prevent future embezzlement and theft. 3) Internal Auditing - I am a former Certified Internal Auditor for a large corporation. I provide outsourced internal audit services to businesses of all sizes who want/need to verify policy/procedure compliance or evaluate their internal control system. 4) I provide accounting system set-up services and accounting-related problem-solving.See more


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What is an accountant?

Accountants are financial professionals who have received an accounting degree from a four-year university or college. By trade, accountants prepare, maintain and examine the financial statements of an individual, business or institution. An accountant prepares reports for tax purposes and can also perform audits of public companies. Common tasks include creating budgets, analyzing profits and losses of a company, processing payroll, preparing financial statements for company leadership, and creating and maintaining financial database systems for a company.    

Accountants do not automatically have a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation unless they have passed the Uniform CPA Examination and received the proper license. Regardless of whether they are CPA certified or not, accountants can assist businesses and individuals with bookkeeping and financial reporting, while CPAs are more knowledgeable in tax codes as a result of the CPA licensing examination and continuing education requirements. CPAs are also eligible to represent clients before the IRS if audit support is required, while a non-CPA accountant is not. Academic background, years in the field and professional reputation all can affect an accountant’s rates.

Check out the average hourly rate for accounting services in your area.

How much does it cost to hire an accountant?

Accountants’ rates vary based on their education, licenses, experience, and the work for which they are being hired. An accountant may charge an hourly rate when a company or individual needs their services on a short-term basis, such as when performing an audit or requesting assistance setting up a financial database or process. Hourly rates can range as widely as $40 per hour to $300 or more per hour, depending on your geographic location and the accountant. Check out the average hourly rate for accounting services in your region.

Accountants may offer a package rate for weekly, monthly or annual services to reward ongoing customers. Many accountants offer online services where small businesses can access online accounting software and payroll assistance, and the accountant — for a monthly or other recurring fee — provides financial analysis and reporting of their numbers. For basic monthly accounting services, an accountant might charge anywhere from $75 to $500 or more, depending on what was included in a given package, the size of the client’s business, and the complexity of work requested. Nationally, full-time staff accountants earn between $40,000 and $80,000, depending on experience and other factors.

How much do accountants charge for tax help?

On average, individual tax preparation services cost $242, and prices typically range from $137- $454. However, many factors can impact how much an accountant will charge you for tax assistance. For an accurate price estimate, request quotes from several certified public accountants (CPAs) near you. 

Who licenses CPAs?

The Board of Accountancy for your state or district licenses certified public accountants (CPAs). When searching for a CPA to help you with your finances or taxes, make sure they are properly licensed in your state. Here are a few tools you can use to verify an accountant’s license:

You can also ask an accountant to provide proof of their license and credentials.

What do forensic accountants do?

Forensic accountants investigate financial crimes involving fraud, embezzlement and other issues. They often work closely with law enforcement and lawyers, and they can help determine the legality of financial activities, according to the BLS.

What do CPAs do?

According to the American Institute of CPAs, certified public accountant (CPAs) financially advise individuals, big companies and small businesses to help them reach their financial goals. For example, they can consult you on taxes and other accounting needs. 

Reviews for Asheville accountants
Brack J.
Answered all my questions and developed a solid accounting process for my business.
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Al M.
Vanessa responded quickly and began working in my Quickbooks Online account immediately. She is friendly and is clearly great at what she does. I can see why she had such positive reviews on Thumbtack! I can't recommend Honor Bookkeeping enough.
Honor Bookkeeping, LLCHonor Bookkeeping, LLC
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