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From Nuclear Physics to Niche Tax Practice: Paul Kluskowski Journey

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Roger Knecht

President of Universal Accounting Center

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From Nuclear Physics to Niche Tax Practice: Paul Kluskowski Journey

Your Host: Roger Knecht, president of Universal Accounting Center

Guest Name: Paul Kluskowski, EA


In this episode of Building the Premier Accounting Firm, host Roger Knecht has an insightful discussion with Paul Kluskowski, an experienced financial advisor and tax consultant with expertise spanning over 20 years.

They explore how Paul leveraged his diverse experience to build a successful tax and financial planning practice. Paul shares the story of how he made the transition into accounting and tax preparation services. After nearly a decade working in operations at a nuclear power plant, he returned to college to obtain a physics degree. Paul then became a Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley where he ranked in the top tier before making the leap into tax services by earning his Enrolled Agent credential.

Roger and Paul discuss Paul’s valuable insights, strategies, and lessons around purchasing established tax practices, structuring win-win deals with retention clauses, building referral relationships, specializing in niche markets, developing efficient remote workflows, and effectively utilizing client portal technologies.

The catalyst for Paul’s transition was recognizing the high demand in the market and seizing the opportunity to add bookkeeping, accounting and tax services by becoming an Enrolled Agent. His story provides inspiration for professionals considering a switch into the accounting field later in their careers.

Based on lessons learned from two purchases, Paul shares recommendations around valuation, retention planning, obtaining past tax returns, and avoiding platform transfer issues.

Paul advocates for purchase terms with retention clauses and revenue thresholds to create wins for both buyers and sellers over the long term. These kinds of deals enable smooth transitions when buying remotely.

Paul understood the value of developing symbiotic referral relationships with professionals who provide complementary services. By establishing connections with a bankruptcy attorney and tax resolution specialist, Paul was able to benefit from steady sources of new client referrals. The bankruptcy attorney began regularly referring Paul to new clients who needed assistance getting their tax filings up to date.

Early in his career, Paul worked for almost a decade as a diesel mechanic. This hands-on industry experience gave him in-depth familiarity with tools and supply franchise models. So when the opportunity arose for Paul to acquire a tax practice with multiple Snap On Tools franchisee clients, he leveraged his unique background knowledge to quickly build rapport and craft tailored offerings.

By specializing in providing bookkeeping, tax preparation, and advisory services for franchisees in tool distribution, Paul and his team gained efficiencies through dealing with repetitive client situations. They were able to streamline and systematize their processes to enable smoother operations and higher profitability within this niche target market.

Paul highlights the game-changing capabilities of client portals coupled with tools like Quickbooks Online for smoothly exchanging documents and keeping projects on track in virtual engagements.

Paul Kluskowski’s unique professional background has fueled his ability to deliver specialized services in accounting and tax preparation for niche client groups. His insights around identifying opportunities, purchasing and building successful practices, leveraging referral networks, niching effectively, streamlining remote operations, and integrating technologies can help accounting professionals grow and enhance their own firms.

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About Our Guest: Paul Kluskowski

Paul Kluskowski is an experienced financial advisor and tax consultant with expertise spanning over 20 years. As an Investment Specialist and EA (Enrolled Agent) at TR Financial Management Group, he helps nuclear power plant workers and self-employed clients achieve financial success.

Kluskowski began his career in the nuclear energy industry, obtaining his reactor operator license at the young age of 22 and advancing to Senior Reactor Operator by 25. After nine years working in plant operations, he left to pursue a college degree, earning a BA in Physics from Andrews University. Kluskowski then expanded his skillset into the financial sector as a Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley, where he ranked in the top 10% of his peer group and earned multiple National Sales Awards. Today, he leverages his unique background to serve niche clientele through wealth management and tax preparation services. Kluskowski actively shares his expertise through publications like The Game Changer’s Guide to a Better Financial Life.


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  • Purchasing a practice
  • Creating a referral relationship


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