An accounting agreement template typically comprises essential components such as the parties involved (the client and the accounting service provider), services to be provided, fees and payment agreement terms, terms of engagement, confidentiality clauses, dispute resolution mechanisms, and termination provisions. Additionally, it may outline responsibilities, timelines, and any specific accounting standards or regulations to be followed. These elements establish the legal and operational framework for the accounting services, ensuring clarity and protection for both parties.
Yes, an accounting agreement template is a legally binding contract when properly executed and signed by both parties. It serves as a formal agreement that outlines the terms of service and conditions of the accounting services to be provided, including fees and responsibilities. Breaching the terms of an accounting agreement can lead to legal consequences, including disputes, financial liabilities, or the termination of the agreement, depending on the specified terms and applicable laws.
Absolutely, accounting agreement templates are often customizable to accommodate the unique requirements of both the client and the accounting service provider. Parties can negotiate and modify the template to include specific services, fee structures, reporting formats, and other relevant details tailored to their engagement. However, it's vital to ensure that any modifications are agreed upon, documented clearly within the agreement, and comply with legal and regulatory requirements. Consulting with legal professionals or accounting experts can be beneficial, especially when dealing with complex changes or specific compliance needs.You can also explore free contract templates exclusively made for business and professional purposes by Legitt team.
This Agreement with Accountant (the "Agreement") is made and effective [Date],
BETWEEN: [YOUR COMPANY NAME] (the "Client"), a company organized and existing under the laws of the [State/Province] of [STATE/PROVINCE], with its head office located at:
[YOUR COMPLETE ADDRESS]
AND: [ACCOUNTANT NAME] (the "Accountant"), an individual with his main address located at OR a company organized and existing under the laws of the [State/Province] of [STATE/PROVINCE], with its head office located at:
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants set forth herein and intending to be legally bound, the parties hereto agree as follows:
Parties to This Agreement
The Client, in order to properly conduct its business, employs the Accountant. The Accountant is duly licensed by the laws of this state and engaged in the business of providing independent accounting services and assistance to clients.
Both the Accountant and the Client agree that the relationship created by this agreement is that of independent contractor and not that of employee and employer. The Accountant is responsible for the payment of any taxes, including without limitation, all Federal, State and local personal and business income taxes, sales and use taxes, other business taxes and license fees arising out of the activities of the Accountant.
Services to be Provided
During the length of this contract, the Accountant shall serve the Client and perform any and all services in accounting and tax matters as the Client requires in connection with the Client's business including the preparation of accounting statements, tax reports and returns. The Accountant will also provide supervisory and advisory services to the Client when requested.
Payments to Accountant
The Client agrees to pay the Accountant for services at the following rates:
[Describe rate of compensation]
When Payments Are Due
The Accountant shall bill the Client on a regular basis for services rendered which bills will be due and payable [UPON RECEIPT/NET 30 DAYS/ETC].
Accountant hereby acknowledges that Company has made, or may make, available to Accountant certain customer lists, pricing data, supply sources, techniques, computerized data, maps, methods, product design information, market information, technical information, benchmarks, performance standards and other confidential and/or Proprietary Information of, or licensed to, the Company or its clients/customers (“Customers”), including without limitation, trade secrets, inventions, patents, and copyrighted materials (collectively, the “Confidential Material”).
Accountant acknowledges that this information has independent economic value, actual or potential, that is not generally known to the public or to others who could obtain economic value from their disclosure or use, and that this information is subject to a reasonable effort by the Company to maintain its secrecy and confidentiality. Except as essential to Accountant’s obligation under this Agreement, Accountant shall not make any disclosure of this Agreement, the terms of this Agreement, or any of the Confidential Material. Except as essential to Accountant's obligations pursuant to their relationship with the Company, Accountant shall not make any duplication or other copy of the Confidential Material.
Accountant shall not remove Confidential Material or proprietary property or documents without written authorization. Immediately upon request from Company, Accountant shall return to Company all Confidential Material or proprietary property or documents. Accountant shall notify each person to whom any disclosure is made that such disclosure is made in confidence, that the Confidential Material shall be kept in confidence by such persons, and that such persons shall be bound by the provisions of this Agreement. Accountant further promises and agrees not solicit Customers or potential Customers of the Company, after the termination of this Agreement, while making use of Company’s Confidentiality Material.
For the purpose of this Agreement, “Proprietary Information” shall include, but not limited to any information, observation, data, written material, record, document, drawing, photograph, layout, computer program, software, multimedia, firmware, invention, discovery, improvement, development, tool, machine, apparatus, appliance, design, work of authorship, logo, system, promotional idea, customer list, customer need, practice, pricing information, process, test, concept, formula, method, market information, technique, trade secret, product and/or research related to the actual or anticipated research development, products, marketing, advertising, business or finances of Company, its affiliates or related entities.
All right, title, and interest of every kind and nature whatsoever in and to the Proprietary Information made, written, discussed, developed, secured, obtained or learned by Accountant during the term of the relationship with the Company or the
period immediately following termination of that relationship, shall be the sole and exclusive property of Company for any purpose or use whatsoever, and shall be disclosed promptly by Accountant to Company. The covenants set forth in the preceding sentence shall apply regardless of whether any Propriety Information is made, written, discussed, developed, secured, obtained or learned (a) solely or jointly with others, (b) during the usual hours of work or otherwise, (c) at the request and upon the suggestion of Company or otherwise, (d) with Company’s materials, tools, instruments, or (e) on Company's premises or otherwise.
Term of Agreement
This agreement shall become effective [DATE] and shall continue in effect until [END DATe] or until terminated in accordance with this agreement.
Termination of this Agreement
This agreement may be terminated by either party on [NUMBER] days notice to the other party. All such notices shall be by certified mail or delivered personally.
This contract expresses the entire agreement between the Client and the Accountant regarding this matter. This agreement can only be modified with another written agreement signed by both the Client and the Accountant. This agreement shall be binding upon both the Client and the Accountant and their respective heirs, legal representatives and successors in interest.
If either party brings a lawsuit in order to enforce or interpret the provisions of this agreement, the prevailing party shall be entitled to reasonable attorney's fees in addition to any other relief to which that party may be entitled.
This agreement shall be interpreted according to the laws of the [State/Province] of [STATE/PROVINCE].
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed this Agreement as of the day and year first above written.
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