An Introduction to The Screwtape CPA Letters

C. S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters is a fictional book of letters written from a senior devil (Screwtape) to his nephew apprentice devil (Wormwood), instructing him on how to properly tempt the human race while holding our shortcomings up to ridicule.  Written by C. S. Lewis during the gloomy period of World War II, we write our version during a gloomy recession in the US with great economic uncertainly.  C. S. Lewis dedicated his book to his dear friend, J. R. R. Tolkien.  We dedicate our writings to you our clients.

We too will poke fun at our shortcomings.  The IRS, our governments and our business lives are fair game also – all the while hoping to fulfill our purpose:  helping you to be the very best that you can be, personally or in business.

The Screwtape Letters is a must-read.  There is also a stage version which is quite entertaining.

We hope you enjoy our series of fictional letters between these two devils discussing tax and business issues.  We call them the Screwtape CPA Letters.  Remember the letters are to be read backwards – with the understanding that the teaching is exactly opposite of what one would really do.  These devils’ goal is to trick and deceive you.  Don’t fall into their deception.

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Written by

Steve Moss, CPA is a partner at Holden Moss CPAs and loves helping businesses and their owners grow to be the very best they can be. Our other offices include Raleigh, Oxford and Warrenton.

We are a little different at Holden Moss CPAs. While we still provide traditional tax and accounting services, years ago we realized many clients wanted help in running their businesses and were hungry for ideas, solutions, strategy, and execution. In response, we expanded our skill set and joined Ran One, a global network of business consulting firms. Our membership with Ran One gives us access to proprietary resources and analytical software to help our clients grow, become more profitable and valuable, and have the lifestyle they desire.

Now, blended into the fabric of our normal tax and accounting needs, we are focused on our clients’ businesses in a very different way. While our approach is not right for everyone, for those whom it is, incredible results may be obtained. Whether you have a new, or established, business, or for those in transition of selling or retiring, or for those who simply need to develop an exit strategy or succession plan, our unique approach to client service may be the edge you need.

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