Beat Busy Season Burnout with Justin Korth

Justin Korth of Lutz Accounting joins Randy on Episode 117 of The Unique CPA to discuss how his firm faced down the challenges currently endemic in the accounting profession. To tackle the shortage of accounting graduates and high turnover rates, among other issues, Lutz started outsourcing some tax and audit work to a team in India. Justin discusses how outsourcing has helped reduce employee workload during busy season while still maintaining a high level of client service. He provides five key recommendations for firms considering outsourcing some of their work, covering topics like client consent, training the offshore team, setting expectations, and measuring key performance indicators. Listen in to learn how outsourcing can help your firm tackle the labor shortage crisis and improve efficiency.

Important Links

Justin Korth on LinkedIn

Justin Korth’s email

Lutz Accounting

About the Guest

Justin Korth serves as a Tax Director at Lutz in Omaha, Nebraska, where he began his accounting career in 2016. He is responsible for individual, business, and fiduciary tax compliance and consulting, estate & business planning, and taxpayer representation on IRS matters. He oversees Lutz’s international workforce initiative which is an outsourcing project utilizing tax preparers and accountants in Coimbatore, India, and which has seen major increases in the KPIs Lutz chose to measure its success.

Justin earned his Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2017, summa cum laude. He is a certified public accountant in Nebraska as of 2018.

Meet the Host

Randy Crabtree, CPA

Randy Crabtree

Randy Crabtree, co-founder and partner of Tri-Merit Specialty Tax Professionals, is a widely followed author, lecturer and podcast host for the accounting profession.

Since 2019, he has hosted the “The Unique CPA,” podcast, which ranks among the world’s 5% most popular programs (Source: Listen Score). You can find articles from Randy in Accounting Today’s Voices column, the AICPA Tax Adviser (Tax-saving opportunities for the housing and construction industries) and he is a regular presenter at conferences and virtual training events hosted by CPAmerica, Prime Global, Leading Edge Alliance (LEA), Allinial Global and several state CPA societies. Crabtree also provides continuing professional education to top 100 CPA firms across the country.

Schaumburg, Illinois-based Tri-Merit is a niche professional services firm that specializes in helping CPAs and their clients benefit from R&D tax credits, cost segregation, the energy efficient commercial buildings deduction (179D), the energy efficient home credit (45L) and the employee retention credit (ERC).

Prior to joining Tri-Merit, Crabtree was managing partner of a CPA firm in the greater Chicago area. He has more than 30 years of public accounting and tax consulting experience in a wide variety of industries, and has worked closely with top executives to help them optimize their tax planning strategies.