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Squar Milner is one of the nation’s 70 largest accounting firms as well as one of the largest independent accounting and advisory firms in California. We have offices in Los Angeles, Newport Beach, San Diego, and the Cayman Islands, and a combined operating experience exceeding 75 years.

Our financial and accounting professionals provide high-end tax, accounting, and consulting services to closely held businesses and SEC companies, their owners, and middle-to-high net worth individuals. 

 
$1,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
250 - 999
 Founded
1951
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Los Angeles, CA
headquarters
  • 11111 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 800
    Los Angeles, CA 90025
    United States
other locations
  • 4100 Newport Place Drive, Suite 600
    Newport Beach, CA 92660
    United States
  • 11717 Bernardo Plaza Crt., Suite 215
    San Diego, CA 92128
    United States
  • 15760 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1100
    Encino, CA 91436
    United States
  • 3655 Nobel Drive, Suite 450
    San Diego, CA 92122
    United States
  • P.O. Box 31521
    Grand Cayman KY1-1207
    Cayman Islands

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"For my client, the effect of Squar Milner’s work has been something close to a disaster."

Quality: 
0.5
Schedule: 
1.0
Cost: 
0.5
Willing to refer: 
0.5
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Nov. 2015 - June 2018
Project summary: 

Squar Milner prepared end-of-year national and international tax returns, reviewed internal filings on a monthly and quarterly basis, and ensured the accuracy of past returns prepared by a different firm.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Arizona
Senior Attorney, Law Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

While, in general, Squar Milner’s accounting services are provided in a timely manner, their negligence and evasiveness have led to government sanctions. Further, their billing procedures were deemed to be non-descriptive, misleading, and egregious.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am a senior attorney at a law firm based in Arizona.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Squar Milner?

One of my clients is a corporation that is headquartered, and has most of its operations, in Mexico, but it also has a presence in California. That client approached Squar Milner to review and prepare annual tax returns because they have expertise in national and international transactions.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Squar Milner’s first task involved reviewing tax returns from 2013 and 2014 to find mistakes made by a previous accountant with no international experience. At the beginning of each calendar year, Squar Milner provided tax advice as to how to reduce taxes based on their knowledge of international taxation. At the end of the year, they would prepare the yearly return—the quarterly and monthly filings were done internally. My client’s internal accountants also prepared a number of balance sheets and profit and loss reports. Squar Milner reviewed those to ensure their accuracy and offer adjustments to be made for tax purposes.

What is the team composition?

Their team generally consisted of three people.

How did you come to work with Squar Milner?

The company’s previous accountant was not aware of international differences in taxation, so we began a search for a firm that could recognize the intricacies of the transactions. We felt Squar Milner would be a capable partner.

How much have you invested with them?

So far, the client has paid over $360,000. Squar Milner claims they’re owed an additional $100,000 or so, but won’t provide documentation to support those claims.

What is the status of this engagement?

The engagement began in November 2015. We terminated the engagement in June 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

How did your relationship with Squar Milner evolve?

The amount Squar Milner has charged to this point is almost half a million dollars, and we are unsure how they reached this number. Since the engagement began, my client has only received statements for “accounting services.” When itemized statements are requested, they are just as bare as the originals. They are broken down by dates as opposed to the services. We understand that partners and associates are billed at different hourly rates, but we have no way of knowing who performed what services and at what rate. Squar Milner’s billing statements are not descriptive at all to the services provided.

Additionally, we believe Squar Milner has charged for work that was never completed, and they are currently withholding my client’s internal financial documents until further payment is received.

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

For my client, the effect of Squar Milner’s work has been something close to a disaster. The shoddiness of the work and the failure to complete some of the work has resulted in a lower line of credit. I have also received letters from the IRS and from the tax board of California saying that more taxes are owed.

How did Squar Milner perform from a project management standpoint?

They’re located down the street from my client in California, so we’d meet in person in addition to communicating through email and phone calls. The tax reports they prepared were always on time for IRS deadlines, but certain deadlines for work with my client were often missed.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The only positive I see is that they do understand the international transactions. They have experience in preparing complex returns. They were able to go back into previous years of returns and determine what components were missing that the previous accountant had not considered. In certain cases, they found certain deductions and were able to make changes that saved money for my client.

Any advice for potential customers?

We feel misled, so I would not hire them. Because of their failure to return important documents or even respond to the requests for the documents, they are doing damage to the client. The total charges are also far more than what we feel they should be. If you're going to use them, make sure you get an engagement letter with specific steps for what you will be charged for and how. Even if it doesn't provide a specific estimate, they should provide examples to some degree of the work they will do.

1.0
Overall Score Their advice and knowledge was useful, but the quality of their work was horrible.
  • 1.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    This was an ongoing problem. There were not meeting deadlines.
  • 0.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 0.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    We are still unsure of what services they provided.
  • 0.5 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would not recommend them at all.