Retired CPA Partners Face Pay Cuts from Covid

Facing the fallout from the Covid crisis, 10 percent of small and midsized firms are already trimming compensation for retired partners.

Firms target annual net profit caps, early retirement provisions, and mandatory retirement ages.

By Domenick Esposito

With profits likely to take a short-term hit, retired partners at many CPA firms are facing cuts to their payouts, according to our straw poll of 30 leading firms.

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With Covid-19 hurting revenues and bottom lines, firms of all sizes are reconfiguring their staff loads and renegotiating their space requirements.

But we haven't heard much about what firms are doing about their obligations for deferred compensation partner retirement plans. Until now.

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Domenick J. Esposito



About the Author

Domenick J. Esposito is the former CEO of Grant Thornton, vice-chair of BDO, national growth director at CohnReznick.

He is the author of "8 Steps to Great: The Eight Essential Strategies Driving Success at the World's Largest CPA Firms. And How to Apply the Lessons at Firms of All Sizes," published by CPA Trendlines.

His consulting firm, EspositoCEO2CEO specializes in helping managing partners and other senior partners in small and mid-sized firms evolve their firm from good to a mid-market sustainable brand. Esposito CEO2CEO, actively led by Esposito, draws upon a diverse and expansive pool of consultants with a wide range of expertise who are introduced into assignments when called upon.

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