This is an agreement between an accountant and a client setting forth material terms for
the engagement of the accountant's services. It contains provisions regarding the
payment terms, an agreement to mediate disputes, and the right to terminate the
agreement by either party. This document contains numerous of the standard clauses
commonly used in these types of agreements, as well as optional language to allow for
customization to ensure the specific terms of the parties’ agreement are addressed.
ACCOUNTANT ENGAGEMENT AGREEMENT
ACCOUNTANT ENGAGEMENT AGREEMENT (this “Agreement”) is made and entered
into as of _________________ [comment: insert date] by and between
____________________ (“Accountant”) and ___________________ (“Client”).
WHEREAS, Accountant is duly licensed by the laws of the State of _______________
[comment: insert state] and engaged in the business of providing independent accounting
services and assistance to clients;
WHEREAS, Client, in order to properly conduct its business operations, wishes to employ
NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual promises, covenants, warranties, and other
good and valuable consideration as set forth herein, Accountant and Client hereby agree as
During the length of this contract, Accountant shall perform any and all services in accounting
and tax matters as Client requires in connection with Client's business including the preparation
of accounting statements, tax reports and returns. Accountant will also provide supervisory and
advisory services to Client when requested.
2. PAYMENT TERMS
A. Rate. Client shall pay Accountant for services at the following rates:
___________________________________________ [comment: set forth rate
B. Payment Due. Accountant shall bill Client on a regular basis for services rendered. Bills
will be due and payable on the first day of the following month.
3. RELATIONSHIP OF PARTIES
The relationship of the parties is that of independent contractors. Nothing contained in this
Agreement and no action by either party shall be deemed to constitute any party or any of such
party’s employees or agents to be an employee or agent of the other party or shall be deemed to
create any partnership, joint venture, association, syndicate among or between any of the parties,
or shall be deemed to confer on any party any express or implied right, power or authority to
enter into any agreement or commitment, express or implied, or to incur any obligation or
liability on behalf of the other party.
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This agreement may be terminated by either party upon fifteen (15) [Instruction: insert any
number] days written notice to the other party. All such notices shall be by certified mail or
In the event a claim or dispute shall arise between the parties to this Agreement, arising out of or
relating to this Agreement, or the breach thereof, the parties agree to participate in mediation
prior to filing a formal complaint in a court of law. The parties agree to share equally in the
costs of mediation.
6. ATTORNEYS’ FEES AND COSTS
Accountant and Client agree that should any action be instituted by either party against the other
regarding the enforcement of the terms of this Agreement, the prevailing party shall be entitled to
all of its expenses related to such litigation including, but not limited to, reasonable attorneys'
fees and costs, both before and after judgment.
7. MAINTAINING CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION
Accountant agrees not to disclose any privileged or confidential information acquired while
performing accounting services for Client to any person, or use such information in any manner
that is detrimental to Client’s interests. For purposes of this Agreement, confidential information
shall mean, by way of illustration and not limitation, all information owned, possessed or used by
Client, which is communicated to, learned of, developed or otherwise acquired by Accountant in
the course of his service.
8. MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS
A. Notices. Notices shall be sent to the following address:
For Accountant: _____________________
For Client: _____________________
B. Entire Agreement. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement, and supersedes
any prior understanding or representation of any kind preceding the date of this
Agreement. There are no other promises, conditions, understandings or other
agreements, whether oral or written, relating to the subject matter of this Agreement.
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C. Severability of Agreement. To the extent that any provision hereof is deemed
unenforceable, all remaining provisions of this Agreement shall not be affected
thereby and shall remain in full force and effect.
D. Waiver of Breach. The waiver of a breach of any provision of this Agreement by
shall not operate as a waiver of any subsequent breach. No waiver shall be valid
unless placed in writing and signed by the waiving party.
E. Choice of Law, Jurisdiction and Venue. This Agreement shall be construed in
accordance with, and governed in all respects by, the laws of the State of
___________________, without regard to conflicts of law principles. The parties
further agree and consent that venue of any action hereunder shall be exclusively in
the County of ______________.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, each of Accountant and Client has executed this Agreement as of
the date first above written.
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