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SBOs: Michigan Marijuana Tax vs. Federal Taxes

Bill Morgan

December 6, 2019

As public opinion over marijuana use has shifted over the past 4 decades, so has law surrounding it. Two-thirds of Americans say the use of marijuana should be legal, reflecting a steady increase over the past decade, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.

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Hosting an employee holiday party that is festive, frugal and free of stress

December 2, 2019

Hosting a holiday party for your staff is one of the best ways to show them you care—while also creating some meaningful, team-driven memories. Follow our tips below for hosting a memorable soiree that doesn’t push your stress or your budget past your limit.

 

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Company Basis for 2019 Taxes: Are You Tracking?

Bill Morgan

November 25, 2019

Company basis is an owner’s investment in a particular business.

It’s probably one of the most difficult accounting points business owners must understand and track throughout the year. Basis must be tracked accurately for annual tax reporting.

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Form 8332: Are you able to claim your child?

Bill Morgan

November 18, 2019

Since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) passed into law, the deduction for personal exemptions is suspended for tax years 2018 through 2025.

Although the exemption dollar amount is zero, eligibility to claim an exemption may make you eligible for other tax benefits.

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Thinking about retiring? Here’s an easy 5-step calculation to see where you stand.

November 15, 2019

If you have retirement on your mind, the big question is this: Are you in a financial position to do so? While nothing replaces the advice of a seasoned advisor, you can take your first step to answering this question by applying a simple 5-step calculation.

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Is QuickBooks the best option for your business?

Bill Morgan

November 11, 2019

It could be that QuickBooks is still the best choice for you. It’s an excellent product and many owners use it successfully.

But it’s definitely worth a conversation with your accountant. Ask what other solutions on the market might better align with your business structure.

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Enjoy the deals without the Black Friday rush this year

November 8, 2019

If you’re not a fan of Black Friday chaos—you know…the crowds, the rush, the relentless search for a parking space—then ditch the onsite shopping this year while still enjoying the sweet deals.

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Small business owners scramble after MyPayrollHR collapse

Bill Morgan

November 5, 2019

At the end of September, federal prosecutors charged New York-based MyPayrollHR owner Michael Mann with a $70 million bank fraud scheme.

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What you need to know about the new overtime rule

November 1, 2019

The Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule that allows a much larger pool of employees to earn overtime if they work more than 40 hours per week. Specifically, the DOL raised the salary level for employees who are counted as “exempt” (or unable to earn overtime pay).

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Business Owners: Use These 2 Deductions for Tax Year 2019

Bill Morgan

October 28, 2019

If you’re a small business owner, finding deductions in the tax code can take up a lot of time.

You might be worried that you’re using them correctly.

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How to evaluate your relationship with your CPA

Bill Morgan

October 23, 2019

For many business owners, one of the main ways they evaluate a vendor (like a CPA firm) is a cost-benefit analysis. How much do you pay for CPA services, and how much money does the firm help you save?

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All S Corp Owners Need to Do This to Avoid IRS Audits in 2019

Bill Morgan

October 21, 2019

As a pass-through entity, an S corporation is set up so that income and losses pass through the corporation to the owners’ personal tax returns.

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It’s time to break up with your Tax Pro

Bill Morgan

October 16, 2019

There are a few telltale signs that you need to fire your current Tax Pro and start looking for someone new.

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Launching another business? Be sure to cover a few business basics…

October 15, 2019

If you’re starting a second business, then you know everything that’s involved with a business launch. However, there are a few business basics that every entrepreneur should revisit before diving into another enterprise. Consider these business basics and then put them into a well-thought-out business plan:

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7 Things Business Owners Should Know About Year-End Planning

Bill Morgan

October 14, 2019

Here are 7 things you should start checking off your list to prepare for the end of the year. A few small changes can make a big difference in your total income and tax liability for the year.

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How to stay effective as a non-profit board

Bill Morgan

October 7, 2019

Avoid the mistakes of some non-profit mishaps by proactively planning how to keep your board effective.

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3 cybersecurity tips to protect your small business

October 1, 2019

The 2019 small and midsized business (SMB) Cyberthreat Study from Keeper Security reported that nearly two out of three SMB owners do not feel threatened by or are not concerned about cyber attacks. Yet, in the previous year’s study, two out of three business owners reported falling victim to some level of data breach.

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Raise employee morale with 7 (legal!) fringe benefits

Bill Morgan

September 29, 2019

Employee perks or incentives can vary widely by company. Code Section 132 allows you to deduct “certain fringe benefits” that are offered to your employees.

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Save money on your tax bill with separate entities

Bill Morgan

September 23, 2019

Did you know that establishing a separate business entity could help you save money on your tax bill and boost your income?

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How to separate your business from a hobby (in the eyes of the IRS)

Bill Morgan

September 17, 2019

One red flag area for the IRS is when individuals claim that they’re running a business in order to write off their hobby expenses.

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De-stress your workday!

September 16, 2019

We can all get caught up in the day…meetings, calls, texts, emails and the myriad of other workday demands that pile up quickly and can create unwanted stress.

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3 easy ways to reduce your audit risk

Bill Morgan

September 9, 2019

Part of the dread over IRS audits is the fear of the unknown. But how often does an audit actually happen?

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Save money now with a tax planning strategy

Bill Morgan

September 4, 2019

The key to a tax planning strategy is to be proactive. A great CPA will examine each aspect of your business and investments to help you pay less and protect your assets.

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About to get grillin' for Labor Day? Mind a few of our safety tips first.

August 29, 2019

Labor Day is upon us—a popular holiday that is dedicated to the millions of women and men who keep this country going strong. For many, it also means that it’s time to break out the grill for that big end-of-summer celebration. And because most of us aren’t Grill Masters, this is a good time for a refresh on some basic grilling safety tips to keep everyone safe and the party going.

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8 tips for filing an amended tax return

Bill Morgan

August 26, 2019

If you feel that you paid too much in taxes in the past, there are ways to correct tax errors. Whether you discover a mistake or a missed deduction, you have a remedy.

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Are you overpaying the IRS in taxes?

Bill Morgan

August 20, 2019

Over the course of your lifetime, taxes are one of the biggest expenses you’ll have. And if you think you’re paying too much in taxes each year, you probably are.

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Back to school on a budget: 4 solid tips to save you money

August 19, 2019

Let’s face it. Kids aren’t cheap, so you have to save money where you can. Back-to-school shopping is a good place to start because costs can add up quickly—especially if you have more than one child. Consider these tips for sending your kids back to school without breaking the bank.

 

 

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Ask Yourself These 3 Big Questions About Your Previous Fiscal Year

Bill Morgan

August 13, 2019

As you think back through the last year of tax season with your current CPA, how did it feel? Was it an overall positive experience? Did everything go as you planned?

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$700 million is what Equifax will pay out as a result of its data breach. Make sure you get your share.

August 6, 2019

According to the commission's online claims process, those whose personal information was exposed can opt for 10 years of free credit monitoring, which breaks down as follows: Four years via the three major credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion) and six years specifically through Equifax.

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Deducting kid’s summer camp and daycare costs under the Child and Dependent Care Credit

August 1, 2019

With all the tax law changes this year, be sure that you are getting your just deductions in the coming tax season. That is, qualifying deductions that fall under the Child and Dependent Care Credit. According to tax giant and trusted resource Intuit, here’s the skinny…

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How to choose the right CPA for you

Bill Morgan

July 29, 2019

Selecting a CPA firm is like choosing a mechanic — you want someone you trust implicitly. Both professions can save or cost you thousands of dollars.

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Stay compliant with payroll tax requirements

Bill Morgan

July 15, 2019

If you own a business and pay employees any kind of compensation, you are required to pay federal payroll taxes.

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Traveling safe: Tips to keep you secure while on the road

July 15, 2019

These days, we seem to have endless articles on IT security while traveling, but far fewer on physical safety. Because summer can be big travel months for many businesses, we put together the following list of tips to help keep you safe while away from home. 

 

 

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Keep your business financially healthy with proper bookkeeping

Bill Morgan

July 8, 2019

Maintaining proper financial records is crucial to business health. Not only is it important for your bottom line, but it could help reduce your tax liabilities when tax season comes around.

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Is a backdoor Roth IRA conversion right for you?

Bill Morgan

July 1, 2019

Roth IRAs are a robust way to save for retirement. You pay taxes up front on a Roth IRA — but after enrollment, all growth and withdrawals are tax-free.

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Get up, get out and have some cost-effective fun this summer!

July 1, 2019

As your trusted advisor, we are always looking for ways to improve your financial health—and that doesn’t stop at business activity. We also want to support you with tips to help you save money in your personal life as well.

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Everyone gets tax savings with traditional IRA contributions

Bill Morgan

June 24, 2019

If you want to limit your tax liability right now, investing money in a traditional IRA might be a smart move for you. There are, however, contribution phaseout limits based on your income that can limit how much you can contribute.

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Large medical bills? Roll IRA money into your HSA, tax-free

Bill Morgan

June 17, 2019

The Health Opportunity Patient Empowerment Act of 2006 allows you a transfer of money from your individual retirement account (IRA) into your health savings account (HSA). This right is a one-time, penalty- and tax-free move.

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June is National Safety Month! Tips for augmenting your marketing efforts.

June 17, 2019

June is national safety month, and it never hurts to remind your clients and community that safety always comes first. Our goal with this blog is to help you augment your marketing initiatives with a few ideas around safety. While we can’t cover every industry in a single post, we hope that you find the tips below useful and that they spark some innovative new marketing ideas!

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The right strategies to beat the IRS — legally!

Bill Morgan

June 10, 2019

Creating a tax strategy is one of the best things you can do for your business — it ensures that you are paying the least amount of tax allowed by law.

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Tips to use your HSA account for tax savings

Bill Morgan

June 10, 2019

With the second quarter tax deadline quickly approaching, some taxpayers and business owners are looking to make wise money choices.

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Got paper? When should you shred it?

Bill Morgan

June 5, 2019

Do you have a backlog of paper in your home or business office? Between the daily mail, important paperwork and printed work product, it can be hard to decipher what to keep and what to shred.

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Tapping into a 529 plan for the first time? Tips for parents of college-bound grads…

June 3, 2019

It’s graduation season, and for many parents that means it’s almost time to start shelling out for college tuition. For those well-prepared parents with established 529 plans in place, the time has come to tap into that money pool. Of course, when it comes to tax-advantaged savings, trust that the IRS is keeping close watch, so it’s important to avoid making any rookie mistakes. It’s also important to keep saving as you move forward.

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The right benefit plan for you and your employees

Bill Morgan

May 20, 2019

Offering a defined contribution retirement plan, such as a 401(k), can help you stay competitive. These plans encourage employees to contribute their own money toward retirement every pay period.

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Tips for building a company culture that supports remote workers

May 15, 2019

Having a remote workforce can be challenging, especially if you are trying to build a positive, collaborative work environment. So, how do you create a sense of comradery when you have staff in remote locations? These tips can help:

 

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Taking advantage of retirement account types

Bill Morgan

May 13, 2019

When we talk about beating the IRS legally, we aren’t trying to game the system — we just want to help our clients take advantage of every possibility.

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Rethinking your business structure with the new tax reform

Bill Morgan

May 6, 2019

Most of the time, entrepreneurs choose their business entity when they first start the business. Maybe a lawyer gave an opinion, or a website or Google search provided options or recommendations. Having the right business structure might not be a topic that’s revisited often.

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Tax refund on the way? Use it to fortify your financial future.

May 1, 2019

If you are expecting a refund this year, you may be tempted to splurge on something not-so-practical. Before you do, take some time to think about ways to use your refund to bolster your financial health. We’ve put together a few ideas for you to consider:

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How emotions make taxpayers vulnerable to a phishing attack

Bill Morgan

April 29, 2019

It’s quite popular to go online to vent your anger, or rant. The problem with venting is that there are cybercriminals who lurk online to capitalize on your emotions.

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2019 income tax returns continue to be lower

Bill Morgan

April 22, 2019

When the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was passed in December 2017, the bill brought sweeping changes to the tax code.

The most notable changes include eliminating personal exemptions, nearly doubling standard deductions and lowering tax rates for both individuals and corporations. 

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Why you might be able to skip your next tax payment

Bill Morgan

April 16, 2019

Most businesses use accountants that help them at tax time. They keep track of all of your necessary information, help you sort out receipts and deductions and file for you. But what kind of proactive work do they do for your business?

 

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Take advantage of these Tax Day deals

April 15, 2019

Once your taxes have been filed, first, take a moment to breathe a big sigh of relief…and then enjoy some Tax Day (April 15, 2019) discounts. There’s nothing like a good deal to take the sting out of tax obligations. Below, we’ve compiled a short list of best food and drink deals, taken from offer.com.

 

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IRS holding $1.4B in 2015 returns

Bill Morgan

April 9, 2019

Did you know you have a three-year window of opportunity to claim a refund?

It’s true. Right now, there are an estimated 39,700 people in Michigan who have unclaimed money from the IRS from tax year 2015.

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Budgeting and planning for 2019

Bill Morgan

April 2, 2019

If the new year got away from you the last few months, right now is a great time to review the first quarter, make any adjustments necessary, and look toward the rest of 2019.

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It’s spring! Reboot your enthusiasm with these tips…

April 1, 2019

The long stretch from the end of the winter holiday season until the next break in your routine can feel like eternity. If you feel the need to reboot your enthusiasm as the spring season arrives, try these tips:

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Staying focused on your year-end business goals

Bill Morgan

March 26, 2019

Why is it that goals are easy to make, but harder to keep? When you set New Year’s resolutions early in January, you were probably full of optimism that come March, you’d be right on point. Did you know that 80% of resolutions fail by February? Is that your current reality?

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Trump’s tax law changes rebate amounts

Bill Morgan

March 19, 2019

As federal tax returns start rolling in across the country, many Americans are surprised, and even angered by smaller returns. Others are finding that they owe money when they’ve typically always had a return. Varying emotions rise when individuals depend on a large return for trips, purchases or spending.

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5 tips to dial down distractions

March 15, 2019

Our most precious commodity is time—and our attention is a close second. That’s why everyone can use some help on how to tune out daily distractions. We compiled the following helpful tips from copyblogger.com to get you started on dialing down distractions:

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Important tax deadline dates for businesses

Bill Morgan

March 13, 2019

We get it. Thinking about taxes while you’re trying to run a business is obnoxious. While it’s not unusual to rush before filing deadlines, it’s important that you file on time to avoid extra fees. Below is an update on important deadlines ahead.

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4 reasons to file your return early

March 1, 2019

The April 15 filing deadline is rapidly approaching, so we encourage you to send us your tax documentation as soon as possible to expedite the filing process. Here are four important reasons why you should file your return sooner rather than later:

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2019 trends for African-American small business owners

Bill Morgan

February 25, 2019

A survey of 2,700 African-American small business owners (SBOs), polled by Guidant Financial and LendingClub, found that there are a few key differences for this demographic compared to the overall small business owner population.

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A few key tax reform provisions every business owner should know about

February 15, 2019

This tax season is an important one for many business owners because it’s the first that will be impacted by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). How big of an impact is dependent on your unique situation. We’ve compiled this short list of provisions that may affect the business community:

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How trusts can utilize the 20% QBI deduction

Bill Morgan

February 11, 2019

If you haven’t already, this might be the year to create separate trusts for individual beneficiaries instead of a single trust. While it may make the most sense when children are young, many factors influence the beneficiaries as they age.

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What businesses qualify for the 20% QBI deduction?

Bill Morgan

February 4, 2019

A new deduction is creating a lot of buzz for business owners this year. This applies for passthrough entities (S corporations, partnerships, and sole proprietorships) under Sec. 199A.

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Ways to skinny down Super Bowl Sunday

February 1, 2019

According to Forbes.com, Super Bowl viewers traditionally load up on millions of pounds of less-than-healthy foods during the big game—including ribs, pulled pork, tortilla chips, nuts, popcorn and bacon—all washed down with beer (the Super Bowl beverage of choice). If you are trying to stick to your New Year’s resolution to eat better, consider a few healthy substitutes for the traditional Super Bowl eats:

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How do the TCJA tax changes affect my business?

January 29, 2019

It is true that in past years, tax code changes have been less sweeping. But you can rest assured that Morgan & Associates has been carefully studying the changes and is well prepared to help you with all of your needs this tax season.

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On your mark, get set…GO prepare for tax season

January 17, 2019

The combination of running a business and your life and preparing for tax time can drive some people into a slight panic. But no need to get stressed if you are prepared. Now is the time to start organizing all documents required to file your tax return.

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5 tips to mitigate paying taxes on Social Security benefits

January 2, 2019

Like the old paraphrased saying goes: In this world, two things are certain—death and taxes. The recent federal tax overhaul changed a lot of rules, so it’s as important as ever to understand your tax obligations, including those on Social Security benefits.

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New IRS warning: Email scams will surge this holiday season

December 10, 2018

Unfortunately, cyber scammers never take a vacation. In fact, the IRS has issued a warning of a surge in fraudulent emails that bait potential phishing victims with fake tax transcripts. Links within these emails lead recipients to documents containing the well-known malware, Emotet.

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Minimize the hustle and bustle and stay on budget this holiday season

December 3, 2018

The holidays can be overwhelming. You only have so many hours in a day, your gift list is long, and your budget may be tight. A bit of up-front planning and prioritizing can help save you time and money. Here are a few ideas to help you minimize the hustle and bustle, stay on budget, and find more peace this holiday season.

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Spreading the feeling of gratitude

November 19, 2018

Instilling a thankful frame of mind among your staff makes for a gratifying work place. Consider a few suggestions for developing an atmosphere of thankfulness to get into the spirit of the holiday season.

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Ramp up awareness to ‘shop small’ on Small Business Saturday this month

November 12, 2018

Black Friday and Cyber Monday need no introduction, but for small business owners it’s all about Small Business Saturday—an annual holiday shopping tradition that gets communities out in support of their local small businesses. Small Business Saturday falls on November 24 this year, so if you haven’t already…start getting the word out.

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Important Update: 1099 Reporting for 2018

November 1, 2018

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015 requires Forms 1099-MISC reporting non-employee compensation (NEC) in box 7 to be filed by January 31.

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Bring in extra traffic with some trick-or-treat action

October 15, 2018

Small business owners in many communities offer downtown trick or treat events. Take advantage of this opportunity to build your business reputation. Involvement in local events goes a long way with both existing and prospective customers—indicating a vested interest in your community. Find creative ways to make your business stand out this trick-or-treat season. We hope the following suggestions will spark fun promotional ideas:

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Recognizing Women-Owned Small Businesses Everywhere!

October 1, 2018

October marks Women’s Small Business Month, and we are happy and proud to recognize women in business both locally and around the world. Successful business women of the past and present continue to forge new paths for female entrepreneurs. We celebrate all those who are breaking the glass ceiling and serving as role models and mentors to women everywhere.

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Take Advantage of the September Slowdown

September 17, 2018

For many business owners, September tends to bring a bit of a slowdown. The chaos of getting kids prepared for going back to school has passed, and a focus on saving money tends to kick in as people prepare for the coming holiday spend. Combined, this can often translate into a lull for business owners.

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Reminder: Q3 Tax Estimate is Due Soon!

September 4, 2018

This is a friendly reminder that the Q3 tax estimate payment deadline is coming up fast. Be sure to make your payment by September 15, 2018 to avoid penalties. Currently, penalties for late or no payment average about 4 percent. And wouldn’t you rather keep that money in your pocket?

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Dinner, Drinks and Deductions

August 21, 2018

According to new rules from the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, meals and entertainment tax-deductible expenses for businesses have undergone considerable reform. Because the explanations of new deduction guidelines can be confusing, we’ve created this brief outline for you. A visit with your accounting professional to ensure your Chart of Accounts is correct may also be beneficial.

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Back to School on a Budget

August 15, 2018

August is upon us once again. The collective “UGH!” is heard nationwide as families trudge toward the school supplies aisle in preparation for the upcoming academic year. Sadly, the “days-gone-by” supplies such as a box of crayons, spiral-ring notebooks and a pack of #2 pencils have evolved into a much longer list. But never fear, we’ve put together these useful tips to help you do “back to school” on the cheap.

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Healthy Summer Eating Made Easy – Part II

August 1, 2018

So popular was the topic of our last post, that we created Part II to create our eating-healthy-this-summer-themed blog series. Enjoy these added nutritional and time-saving tips for summer meal planning.

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5 Tips to Eat Healthy While on Vacation this Summer

July 16, 2018

If you are like most, summer is prime time for family and friend vacations. It’s a time to unwind and recharge…to see new places and try new things. For many, “new things” often means food. And if you are trying to maintain or lose weight, that can be a problem. So, for all you travelers trying to stay healthy this summer, here are 5 great tips to help you stay on a healthy eating plan and still enjoy your vacation!

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5 Tips to Get Kids Out of Technology and Into Nature this Summer

July 2, 2018

If you are like most families, summer means vacation. And if your kids are like most kids, they tend to be tethered to their technology. Whether planning to travel abroad or a long weekend at a local campground, summer is a time for exploration and simply paying attention to the beauty around us.

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Ideas for Multigenerational Family Vacations this Summer

June 18, 2018

Multigenerational family vacations have experienced an uptick in popularity, especially with older generations being more active and families living farther apart. Family getaways certainly bring people together physically, but also emotionally. Dedicated family time is simply good for the soul…even more so when multiple generations take part. With this in mind, we bring you a few ideas and tips to consider when planning your next multigenerational vacation.

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Your Smartphone Preparedness Travel Guide

June 4, 2018

For many of us, our smartphone is a vital travel tool. We rely on it for navigating unfamiliar places, taking photos, and identifying recreational activities. Michael Zhao, an editor for TheWirecutter.com, offers the following tips on what to pack in addition to your smartphone—so you won’t be stranded when traveling this summer...or any other time of the year.

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Facing the Facts: How to Interpret Facial Expressions at Work

May 15, 2018

You may be completely proficient at decoding emojis on social media and in text messages, but for many of us, figuring out what other people’s facial expressions mean can be quite a challenge. Here’s a quick rundown of how to interpret different facial stances based on research from people-communicating.com:

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Summer is Just Around the Corner— And So Are Potential Childcare Tax Credits

May 1, 2018

Summer will be here before you know it! If you are a working parent with school-aged children, you know that it can also mean pretty steep bills for childcare and summer camp. However, you may be able to soften the hit to your family’s budget if these services qualify for the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit.

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Employee Recognition – A Great Way to Motivate Your Staff!

April 18, 2018

Quite often we can get so wrapped up in checking projects off the company’s to-do list that we forget to recognize the labor that went into each accomplishment. Acknowledging milestones provides opportunity to show appreciation to the employees who helped you achieve them...

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Receiving a Tax Refund? Spend It Wisely With These Tips!

April 2, 2018

Are you expecting a tax refund? If so, don’t treat your tax refund as ‘bonus’ cash. Rather look at it as simply a return of taxes paid beyond your actual obligation. This will help you think about using this money purposefully. Here are some ideas to try:

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Spring Cleaning Time is Here! An Easy 3-Step Checklist for Cleaning Your Office

March 19, 2018

The spring season is here! In addition to taxes, many of us want to take care of some overlooked cleaning tasks. Procrastination often creeps in when it comes to cleaning—especially our offices. It can feel overwhelming and somewhat unproductive to spend time decluttering and cleaning your workspace, but once complete, most people feel a sense of relief and calm. Use this handy checklist...

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Disappearing Tax Deductions! Don’t Miss Them on Your 2017 Tax Return

March 5, 2018

Have you filed your 2017 taxes yet? If not, you still have the opportunity to make sure that you lower your tax obligation as much as possible. With new tax laws in effect for 2018 and beyond, the following deductions will disappear after this tax season—check them out to see which ones may help you lower your taxable income...

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Tips to Boost Client Appreciation Efforts… Even When Time is Tight

February 15, 2018

When you are super busy running a business, it can be easy to let customer appreciation slide to the bottom of your long to-do list. The problem is, if you don’t show your customers love on a regular basis, they’re going to feel neglected, which can put their continued loyalty at risk.

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Considering Hiring a Cybersecurity Professional? Here’s What to Look For.

February 1, 2018

With the occurrence of cybercrimes affecting businesses increasing daily, many companies are looking for outside expertise to help them mitigate their risks. If your company has never engaged a cybersecurity professional before, you may be unsure of what to look for. The IRS suggests businesses use the following four steps when evaluating and selecting a cybersecurity...

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Need Help Trying to Make New Habits Stick? Try These Simple Tips…

January 16, 2018

Even if you are not a New Year’s resolution maker, it’s likely that at some point in your life you’ll want to adopt healthier or more productive habits. When you do want to make a change for the better, consider trying the following tips from lifehack.org to increase your chances of making your new good habits stick:

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Quick Tips to Help You Tackle Your Taxes with Ease

January 3, 2018

Tax season is approaching quickly. It’s just a few weeks until the IRS officially starts accepting returns, which means now is the perfect time to use the tips below to help you net some last-minute tax-savings and tackle tax season with ease.

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5 tips to mitigate paying taxes on Social Security benefits

January 2, 2018

Like the old paraphrased saying goes: In this world, two things are certain—death and taxes. The recent federal tax overhaul changed a lot of rules, so it’s as important as ever to understand your tax obligations, including those on Social Security benefits.

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Tips to Help You Truly Enjoy the Most Wonderful—and Overwhelming—Time of the Year

December 18, 2017

It’s amazing how much festive fun can be packed into a few weeks. While the holidays truly can be wonderful, they can also feel overwhelming with too much to do and too many temptations that derail us from enjoying what is truly important. To help you make your holidays feel more fulfilling and less frantic, try these suggestions...

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Tax Reform Update: A Snapshot of Key Proposals in the GOP Bill

December 4, 2017

On November 16, the House passed a new tax reform bill that moves the GOP closer to bringing the legislation to fruition. Now the Senate is preparing its own tax reform package. If passed, it must be reconciled with the House before any final legislation goes to the White House. Here is a snapshot of some of the key changes proposed in the tax reform bill:

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Tips to Simplify Your Thanksgiving Spread

November 14, 2017

With just days to go before Thanksgiving, the clock is ticking down to some of the most memorable meals of the year. However, for many of us, the pressure of preparing a perfect Thanksgiving feast can be overwhelming. If this is true for you, consider these tips to simplify your seasonal spread.

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Plan Now and Take Advantage of 2017 Tax Savings

November 1, 2017

The end of the year is often hectic, which is why it’s important to take some time now to reduce your tax bill. Our firm can offer additional strategies to further mitigate your tax burden; however, the following 5 tips are an excellent starting point:

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Simplify Seasonal Staffing with these Smart Strategies

October 16, 2017

Whether your business needs temporary workers to get through the holiday season or you hire short-term help on a regular basis, the process of finding the right candidates can be challenging. Try applying these strategies to make seasonal staffing easier:

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5 Tips to Reset Your Stress Response

October 2, 2017

Because stress related to work, family issues and other events is something that affects many of us, it’s important to reset your own stress response to protect your health and productivity. Sharon Melnick, Ph.D., a business psychologist, offers these tips:

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Proposed Tax Reform Plan: What Could It Mean for You?

September 29, 2017

Tax reform, one of President Trump’s key legislative agenda items, is moving closer to fruition. Based on the outline of his proposed tax reform package, which he unveiled on September 27, 2017, we’ve compiled this brief overview of the President’s major tax proposals:

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Impacted by the Equifax Hack? Take These Steps Now!

September 14, 2017

If you were a victim of the recently announced Equifax hack, you need to take action to mitigate any negative impact it may have on your finances and credit. If you’re not sure if you were affected, you can use Equifax’s Potential Impact tool to find out. You will need to input your last name and the last six digits of your social security number to use this tool.

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Tips for Maximizing the Value of Your Next Staff Retreat

August 30, 2017

Staff retreats can offer companies a lot of value. They can also be expensive and, unless managed effectively, not particularly productive. Before you plan your next (or first) staff retreat, review the following key factors to help you make the most of...

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Free Money-Saving Apps for Every College Student

August 15, 2017

There likely aren’t many college students who don’t have a smart phone loaded with helpful apps. However, it is unlikely that any of these apps are dedicated to helping them build their financial fortitude. This is why we created our list below—chock-full of apps designed to make it easier for college students of any age to save money.

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Expert Advice to Keep Your Internet-Enabled Devices Safe from Cyber Criminals

August 1, 2017

Did you know that your webcam and even your home or office internet router can be the gateway through which cyber criminals gain access to your most sensitive data? If not, don’t panic—we have helpful tips below from the experts at the National Cyber Security Alliance to ensure that you head off this type of malicious action.

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Be Alert and Aware: Tax Scammers Don’t Take a Summer Vacation

July 13, 2017

The IRS has identified several new variations of standard tax scams involving fake tax bills and demands for payments. Many of these scams involve purchasing and transferring information using a gift card or iTunes card. Other scams to be aware of include:

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Tips for Implementing a Successful Flex-time Schedule this Summer

June 29, 2017

Now that summer/vacation season is here, your business may be enjoying a more relaxed vibe with employees taking time off or leaving early. If you’ve ever thought about implementing a flexible work program, now may be the time to pilot one, especially if your business is a bit slower this time of year. To help, we offer the following tips...

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Four Money-Saving Mid-Year Financial Planning Tips

June 15, 2017

It’s almost exactly the mid-point of the year, which makes it prime time for a mid-year financial review. If you need some monetary motivation for evaluating your financial progress so far this year, you may want to think of mid-year planning as a series of potential money-saving opportunities, for example:

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How to Protect Your Business from the Next “Wanna Cry” Attack

June 1, 2017

The recent “Wanna Cry” ransomware attack that paralyzed several large organizations in the U.S. and Europe is a solemn reminder that the risk of cyber security breaches is real. Every business owner should take steps...

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Tips to Help You Stem the Flow of Potential Risks This Flood Season

May 16, 2017

Whether from heavy rains or hurricanes, this time of year can bring with it the risk of floods across many parts of the United States. While you may not be able to predict the likelihood of a flood in your area, with these tips you can help to mitigate physical and financial damage if a flood occurs where you live.

  1. Treat structural damage seriously. In any...

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How to Really “Clean Up” at Your Next Yard Sale

May 4, 2017

This time of year is when you often see yard sale signs popping up. For some, holding a yard sale is a means of clearing out unwanted items. For others, it’s an opportunity to get some great “finds.” Whichever side of the yard sale fence you’re on, these tips can help you “clean up”:

Choose your timing carefully. Research continues...

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Take Your Spring Cleaning to the Office with These Tips

April 19, 2017

Window washing, carpet cleaning, garden grooming—these are all popular spring cleaning chores for homeowners. However, with year-end and tax season behind you, this time of year is also perfect for spring cleaning at the office. These tips will help you and your staff get—and keep—that “just cleaned my office” feeling:

Start with a clean sweep of...

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These Tax Day Treats Shine Light at the End of the “Tax Season Tunnel”

April 3, 2017

With just a few weeks to go until Tax Day on April 18, it’s time to make sure that you’re on track to get your individual return filed. If you haven’t already engaged our firm to help you with your taxes and you need assistance, don’t delay…it’s time to let us know!

While tax season can be stressful, Tax Day itself can be quite rewarding if you...

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Do You Sit All Day? Take a Stand Against a Sedentary Lifestyle

March 20, 2017

The average American sits a lot. Many of us sit while we work, while we relax and while we learn. Over the long term, this sedentary way of life can have a negative impact on our health, increasing the risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer—in addition to shortening life spans. To counteract these negative effects, it’s important to get up, get active and get...

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Set the Stage to Help Your Home Sell This Spring

March 1, 2017

Spring is in the air...which means peak home-selling season isn’t far away. In fact, according to recent market data, 60 percent of all home sales in the United States will occur in the spring and summer months. If you’re thinking about putting your home on the market, now is the time to get prepared—which includes considering how you will “stage” your home to...

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Avoid March Madness—Why You Should File Your Taxes Now

February 17, 2017

For sports fans, this time of year is an exciting one. First the Super Bowl, and then the buildup toward the NCAA March Madness tournament. While tax season isn’t quite as exciting as these events, you’ll still want to make the effort to get ahead of the game—and the April 18 deadline—to score the benefits of early filing.

Avoiding identity...

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Small Businesses Can Restart Health Reimbursement Accounts in 2017

February 1, 2017

Although the fate of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) is not yet clear, thanks to the passing of the 21st Century Cures Act at the end of 2016, employers with fewer than 50 employees can now start funding stand-alone health reimbursement accounts (HRAs) again. Employees can use HRAs to pay for medical expenses, including health insurance coverage on the Obamacare health insurance...

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Tips to Defend Your Business from Cyber Attacks

January 17, 2017

You need only tune into the news to see that cybercrimes are a very real threat. From viruses to malware, everyday computer use and online browsing can leave you vulnerable to hackers who want your valuable information. If you have a small business, your risk of a cyberattack is likely even higher, especially if you do not have the resources or know-how to enact effective security policies....

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Break Barriers in 2017 with These Mind-Changing Mini Resolutions

December 28, 2016

There’s a reason why the regular New Year’s resolutions like losing weight, exercising more and sticking to a budget are popular—so many of us need to do them! There’s also a common reason why so many of us fail to meet our goals in these areas: we haven’t developed the mindset to support the changes that we want to make.

Instead of setting a big,...

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Keep the Holidays Merry with These Simple Stress Relievers

December 14, 2016

The holiday season can be wonderful, but they can also be one of the most stressful times of the year. Fortunately, the experts at Psychology Today also offer these simple stress relievers to put the joy back in this special time of year:

  1. Take a time-out. Time-outs aren’t just for toddlers who have a tantrum. In fact, rather than being a...

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Obama’s New Overtime Pay Rule is On Pause—What Does it Mean for Your Business?

November 30, 2016

Just days before it was scheduled to be implemented on December 1, a federal judge in Texas has blocked the implementation of the new Department of Labor (DOL) federal overtime rule, which would have doubled the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA’s) salary threshold for exemption from overtime pay. According to an NPR report, this extension of overtime eligibility would have...

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Take Note of New Business Tax Deadlines in 2017

November 15, 2016

As a result of the highway funding extension bill signed into law by President Obama in 2015, there are important changes coming in 2017 to deadlines for business tax filings including:

  1. W-2 and 1099 filings are due January 31 in 2017 instead of March 31. These forms are still due employees and contractors by January 31, so it’s important to prepare and...

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Five Key Areas Every Business Owner Should Review Before Year End

November 1, 2016

We’re well in to the fourth quarter of the year, which means year end is fast approaching. Here are five important areas of your business to review before the calendar turns to 2017.

  1. Tax planning opportunities. November and December are prime time for tax planning, which can pay big dividends when filing time arrives. Touch base with our firm now to...

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Start Holiday Gift Giving for the Kids with an IRA Contribution

October 17, 2016

If you’re like many parents and grandparents, you may already be thinking about what kind of gift to get the children on your list this holiday season. For teens and young adults especially, it can be challenging to come up with truly unique and meaningful gifts. One idea with long-lasting impact is to make a contribution to either a traditional or Roth IRA on your children or...

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Don’t Let Year-End Cost-Cutting Derail Your Business Goals

October 3, 2016

Many businesses need to adjust their spending to meet the reality of their cash flow during the last few months of the year. While it can be tempting to just cut expenses across the board, this strategy may actually backfire if you cut in the wrong places. Here are four budget areas you should try to preserve to avoiding derailing your long-term business goals:

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Wondering About Tax Deductions for Political Contributions? Here’s the Lowdown

September 19, 2016

With election season in full swing, you may be wondering, “Are political contributions tax deductible?” Here’s the lowdown:

Whether it’s your county mayor or the future President of the United States, the rules on taking advantage of tax deductions for political contributions are the same: Donations are deductible if the organization you give to is a 501(c)(3)...

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Take Note! The Filing Deadline for W-2s and 1099s is January 31 in 2017

September 1, 2016

Consider this blog post as early notice that the date by which employers must file their W-2s and 1099s with the Social Security Administration (SSA) and IRS will change to January 31 in 2017.

Previously, W-2s and 1099s were not due to governmental agencies until March 31, so this new deadline will significantly reduce the window for making any necessary changes. These forms are still...

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The World is Chipping Away at Credit Card Fraud—But Individual Vigilance is Still Key

August 16, 2016

EMV chip technology, which is the first major upgrade for credit card fraud protection in many years, is slowly being rolled out by merchants around the world, including in the United States. While this technology has the potential to provide better security for your credit card data, it still has its limits and it is not completely hacker-proof or secure. As such it is still important to be...

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Before the First School Bell Rings, It’s Time to Reset the Alarm Clock

August 2, 2016

It’s August and children and parents everywhere are facing a grim reality: back to school season is just around the corner. At this time of year, many parents struggle to get their kids back into a regular sleep routine. To help, we offer these tips to reset your family’s alarm clock before the first school bell rings:

  1. Start tonight. While child...

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Getting Married this Year? Here’s Your Tax Tip Sheet

July 18, 2016

While most couples go to great lengths to ensure that their wedding day is perfect, far fewer think about how their nuptials will impact their tax liability. The truth is, the moment you get married, no matter what time of the year it is, in the eyes of the government you are considered to have been married for the entire tax year. With this in mind, here are some tax tips to consider as you...

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Key Lessons from the Financial Fallout of the ‘Brexit’ Vote

July 5, 2016

It’s fair to say that the recent ‘Brexit’ vote by Britons to exit the European Union (EU) has shaken global financial markets to their core, at least in the short-term. Financial analysts say that it’s too early to tell what the long-term impact of this historic vote will be. But one thing is for certain, the Brexit offers several important lessons that individual...

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Smart Strategies to Handle the “Downfall” Problem 1 in 4 New Businesses Experience

June 21, 2016

One of the most (if not the most) important indicators of business health is its cash flow. Even if your business is profitable and growing, if you don't have a consistent stream of cash coming in, you'll run into financial trouble. Lack of cash flow is the primary reason that more than one quarter of new businesses fail—29 percent to be exact. Here are some smart strategies...

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IRS Fights Scammers – Instructs Staff to Initiate All Future Audits by Mail; Never by Telephone

June 10, 2016

With a rise in IRS phone scams, the Agency changed its policy on contacting taxpayers whose tax records are subject to an audit. The new policy instructs IRS agents to contact affected taxpayers only by mail—never by phone (which used to be the IRS’ go-to method of contact). As such, we urge all of our clients to adhere to the following guidelines should...

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No Time to Garden? Try These Time-Saving Tips

June 1, 2016

While many of us appreciate the glory of a beautiful garden, there’s no denying that having one is a time-consuming endeavor. That’s why we’ve compiled these tips to help you make the most of your yard in less time:

1. Start with a plan.
A well-thought-out plan for your garden that utilizes low-maintenance plants and flowers will save you time...

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Overtime Pay Eligibility Expanded – What Businesses Need to Know

May 20, 2016

President Obama, declaring that “Americans have spent too long working more and getting less in return,” ordered the Labor Department to revise federal rules on overtime pay for salaried workers that log more than 40 hours a week. The long-awaited rule change will extend overtime pay to an estimated 4.2M workers.

Under current federal regulations, only salaried employees...

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Sleep on This! Think Quality Not Quantity When It Comes to Shut-Eye

May 16, 2016

We’ve likely all heard the news—Americans are incredibly sleep-deprived. However, according to recent research, achieving better quality sleep may be more important than actually increasing the number of hours of sleep. In fact, experts report that 6 hours of deep refreshing sleep is more beneficial than 8 hours of light interrupted sleep.

May is Better Sleep...

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Be $1,000 Richer by Next Year with These Simple Savings Strategies

May 2, 2016

Wow! May is already here—and if you’re like many Americans your savings account balance is still stuck where it was at the beginning of the year. So what to do? You can’t make up for lost savings opportunities…or can you? We believe that you can with a little bit of discipline. For example, saving $125 a month can be as easy as:

  • Renegotiating your...

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5 Actions to Reduce Cyber Liability Risks in Your Business Today

April 14, 2016

A quick glance at the news is all it takes to realize that the threat of cyber attacks is increasing for businesses. So how can your business beat the odds and avoid becoming another victim of cybercrime? Try putting the following five action items at the top of your priority list:

  1. Encrypt your data. Whether it's bank routing digits, credit card accounts or...

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Final Check – Did You Claim Every Eligible Tax Deduction?

March 31, 2016

Every year, American taxpayers leave millions of dollars on the table for Uncle Sam—in the form of unclaimed tax deductions. With Tax Day just around the corner, it’s time to do one final check to make sure that you are not missing out on three of the most common deductions:

  • Retirement contribution deductions for single-income couples and the...

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Five Snacks to Spring Clean your Body and Mind

March 15, 2016

Spring is here and the season for new beginnings. This is a good time to re-think "spring cleaning" and choose snacks that can cleanse our bodies from the inside out.

These five snacks are guaranteed to feed your mind, detoxify your body, and satisfy your palate!

1. Guacamole - High in fiber and “fat” but don’t worry, it’s good fat!...

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Make Your Spring Break Worry-Free with These Home Security Tips

March 1, 2016

If you’re packing your bags for a spring break getaway, take a little time before you leave to implement the tips below—they’ll help keep your home safer while you’re gone, and free your mind of worry so that you can truly enjoy your trip.

  1. Tell your neighbors that you will be away. Inform your neighbors and friends of the dates that you...

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Tax Season is Scam Season... Keep Your Information Safe!

February 16, 2016

The IRS has joined with industry and states on a public awareness campaign to provide taxpayers with easy tips to better protect themselves. For some quick tips, you can watch an informative video here.

Tax-related identity theft occurs when someone uses your stolen Social Security Number to file a tax return...

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Identity Protection PIN Letters List Incorrect Tax Year

February 1, 2016

According to a recent IRS notice, due to an error, taxpayers are receiving Identity Protection (IP) PIN letters with an incorrect year listed. If you received the CP01A Notice dated January 4, 2016, be aware that the PIN contained in it is valid for use on all individual tax returns filed in...

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Getting Over It… Quick Tips for Beating the Post-Holiday Slump

January 18, 2016

It’s a stark reality that millions of us face once the holiday season is over: the post-holiday slump. Even just a few days off can make coming back to the office seem excruciating—there’s all that work to do, the anticipation and cheer of the holidays are gone, and for many people the next vacation day is a long way off. Yes, being a working adult is tough, but getting over...

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Customer Service Goes Social—Is Your Business Prepared?

January 4, 2016

If your business engages in social media, you may have noticed an uptick in the number of customers who are posting questions on your Facebook page, tweeting comments or engaging with your company on other social platforms looking for customer service support. It’s a trend that is affecting just about every type of business—and using social media as a customer service channel will...

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IRS Simplifies Filing and Recordkeeping for Small Business – Hooray!

December 15, 2015

In an ongoing effort to keep you informed of IRS changes, we have a new and important one to report. And this time, the change eases your filing burden.

Within the last month, the IRS significantly simplified the paperwork and recordkeeping requirements for small business by raising the safe harbor threshold for deducting certain capital items from $500 to $2,500. This applies to...

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Tis the Season! Avoid Common Holiday Scams with These Tips

December 1, 2015

As cybercriminals begin to take advantage of the holiday season, it’s important to take extra precautions to avoid having your money, credit card information, social security number, or identity stolen. E-commerce thieves, at this time of year especially, will try to create holiday-related websites, scams, and other phishing e-mails that can trick even the most alert consumers. The...

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The Key to Scoring on Black Friday? Create a Pre-Game Plan

November 16, 2015

The countdown is on to the what retailers hype as the best shopping day of the year—the day after Thanksgiving dubbed by Americans as ‘Black Friday’—represents the kick-off to the holiday shopping season. However, given the explosion of retail competition and the Internet in the past several years, Black Friday is really not what it used to be. And if you’re not...

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It’s Tax Planning Time—Here Are Some Money-Saving Tips for Individuals and Businesses

November 2, 2015

With just a few short weeks to go before the end of the year, it’s important to take a look at your tax situation and consider ways to decrease your tax obligations. In other words, it’s time for tax planning. We put together the following tips for you to support smart tax decisions:

  1. Stay apprised of potential tax provision extensions. Congress...

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4 Steps to Finding the Sweet Spot for Success

October 14, 2015

Ah, the sweet smell of success! Achieving goals and bringing our vision to fruition is the end-game for most of us, especially in our business lives. Unfortunately, success can sometimes elude us to the point where we have to start looking at what, exactly, is going wrong. Perhaps, though, the question we ought to be asking is this: What is going right? By honing in on what is bringing you or...

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Ease Aches, Pains and Worker’s Comp Claims with These Ergonomics Tips

September 30, 2015

The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society has designated each October as National Ergonomics Month (NEM). Ergonomics is an applied science that incorporates principles of usability into the design process with the goal of making finished products more effective and safe for people to use.

In the workplace, proper ergonomic practices can play an important role in reducing pain,...

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Spending Less Cash on Gas? Use Your Savings to Rev-Up Your Finances

September 15, 2015

If you did any road trips over the summer—or you commute to work—you’ve likely noticed that filling up your vehicle doesn’t necessarily empty your wallet anymore. Thanks to lower gas prices, the average American is on track to save approximately $750 on gas this year.

While it’s not life-changing, $750 can make a difference to your personal finances if...

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New Tax Law More Than Doubles Fines for Failure to File Information Returns and Failure to Provide Payee Statements

September 1, 2015

The Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 was recently signed into law. Part of this new law includes a provision that more than doubles the cap on penalties from $1.5 million to $3 million for 1) failure to file correct tax information returns and 2) failure to provide payee statements. In both cases, fines have been increased from $100 to $250.

These changes are...

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How the Health Care Law Affects Aggregated Companies

WTM

August 18, 2015

The Affordable Care Act applies an approach to common ownership that also applies for other tax and employee benefit purposes. This longstanding rule generally treats companies that have a common owner or similar relationship as a single employer. These are...

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Highway Funding Bill Ushers in New Tax Return Due Dates and Other Important Changes

August 13, 2015

As reported by The Journal of Accountancy on July 31, the short-term highway funding extension passed by the Senate—and signed by President Obama—at the end of July contains several important tax provisions (H.R. 3236). The bill was passed by the House of...

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Ten Tax Facts about Home Sales

IRS

July 31, 2015

In most cases, gains from sales are taxable. But did you know that if you sell your home, you may not have to pay taxes? Here are ten facts to keep in mind if you sell your home this year.


1. Exclusion of Gain. You may be able to exclude part or all of the gain from the sale of your home. This rule may apply if you meet the eligibility test. Parts of the test...

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Not Sure Which Metrics Are Right for Your Business? Help is Here!

July 29, 2015

As legendary business author Peter Drucker once said, "What's measured improves." If you've been in business any length of time, you know that creating meaningful measurements that tell you how your business is doing (a.k.a. Key Performance Indicators or KPIs) can be challenging. The good news is, you only need a few KPIs to really get a handle on the financial pulse of your...

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Plan in Advance to Help Aging Parents Manage Their Money

July 14, 2015

For many adult children, it’s hard to contemplate the fact that their once seemingly invincible parents may now—or at some point down the road—become dependent on them to take care of their everyday needs. If you don’t feel prepared to take on these tasks, this scenario can be very stressful—especially when part of your duties involves taking care of your...

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How to Change Corporate Culture from the CEO of GM

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July 7, 2015

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Four Ways Mid-Year Financial Planning Can Pay Off

June 29, 2015

Tax season is over and one of the biggest American celebrations—the Fourth of July—is just around the corner.  Maybe you’re looking forward to a little downtime this summer, so perhaps working on your financial plan has slipped to the bottom of your to-do list. It’s understandable, but putting your finances on cruise control at mid-year is not an ideal strategy....

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Summer Break for Your Kids Could Mean a Tax Break for Your Business

June 15, 2015

School’s out for many kids, and if you run your own business, you may be able to turn your child’s summer break into a tax advantage—and some extra help—for you.

Hiring your offspring as an employee to do legitimate work in your business provides several tax benefits:

  • You can deduct the salary you pay your child from your business income as a...

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The IRS Confirms Hacking of Taxpayer Accounts—What You Need to Know

June 4, 2015

Last week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that a "brute force" hacking attempt compromised approximately 104,000 taxpayer accounts through the utilization of the “Get Transcript” tool located on IRS.gov. In the attack, hackers utilized information gleaned from black market sources to answer identity verification...

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Take Time to Really Live Offline

June 1, 2015

It’s no secret that the majority of Americans are spending a lot of time online. While some of the time we spend on the Internet is productive, there’s a lot of it that’s not—and it’s crowding out some of our higher value offline activities, according to research from the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

In a recent NBER study, each minute of...

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Want to Improve the Efficiency of Your Business? Toss the To-Do List

May 14, 2015

When it comes to running a business, building as much efficiency as possible into your operations is the key to keeping things running smoothly and freeing up your own time to focus on the big picture. While employing the right team and the right technology are integral to boosting efficiency, so is having the right mindset when it comes to how you approach day-to-day tasks.

You may...

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Tax Day 2015 is Gone. Time to Ask These Three Questions.

April 30, 2015

Yes, Tax Day has come and gone for this year, but the memory of your tax return is likely still fresh. So before you move on, consider the following three questions that may point you toward areas you want to work on before next April 15 rolls around.

Do I need to start my tax filing earlier?
Ideally, you should engage in tax planning year-round. As your trusted...

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Control the Clutter! 5 Tips to Create a More Organized Life

April 16, 2015

If compiling all of your tax documentation this year triggered the thought that you really should try to be more organized, then the following tips are for you. Constantly searching for things you have misplaced, missing important dates, and not feeling like you have control over your days can waste your time and increase your stress level.

The following tips will help you take...

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Keep Safe with These Spring Break Travel Tips

April 1, 2015

If you’re planning to travel this spring break, you have likely already spent time planning your trip—but have you spent time thinking ahead about how to reduce the chances of a mishap while you’re traveling? While no one wants to ruin their vacation worrying excessively, it is wise to take a few preventative steps to ensure that your time away is not marred by an easily...

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IRS Offers Small Businesses Limited Relief for Health Coverage Reimbursement Arrangements

March 16, 2015

Some health coverage reimbursement arrangements offered by small employers (those with less than 50 full-time employees) are considered by the IRS to be non-compliant with the health coverage plan requirements set forth in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Beginning January 1, 2014, employers who offer such plans were facing a significant penalty: an excise tax of $100 per employee per day, up...

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IRS HAs Refunds Totaling $1 Billion for People Who Have Not Filed a 2011 Federal Income Tax Return

Bill Morgan

March 11, 2015

WASHINGTON — Federal income tax refunds totaling $1 billion may be waiting for an estimated one million taxpayers who did not file a federal income tax return for 2011, the Internal Revenue Service announced today. To collect the money, these taxpayers must file a 2011 tax return with the IRS no later than Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

"Time is running out for people who...

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Don’t Be a Victim! Beware of Scams Targeting Taxpayers This Tax Season

March 2, 2015

With the rise of identity theft and tax and financial fraud, it is critical that we all remain vigilant about protecting our sensitive personal and financial information—especially during tax season. Being alert to any attempts by criminals to intercept your information is one important way you can protect yourself. The IRS recently issued the following alerts about a new crop of tax...

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Top Six Things You Should Know about the Child Tax Credit

Bill Morgan

February 25, 2015

The Child Tax Credit may save you money at tax-time if you have a qualified child. Here are six things you should know about the credit.


1. Amount. The Child Tax Credit may help reduce your federal income tax by up to $1,000 for each qualifying child that you are eligible to claim on your tax return.


2. Additional Child Tax Credit....

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What you should Know if you Changed your Name

Bill Morgan

February 19, 2015

Did you change your name last year? If you did, it can affect your taxes. All the names on your tax return must match Social Security Administration records. A name mismatch can delay your refund. Here’s what you should know if you changed your name:


Report Name Changes. Did you get married and are now using your new spouse’s last name or...

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Shopping for a Tax Preparer? 10 Questions you should ask...

Bill Morgan

February 18, 2015

The Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) has created a free, downloadable tip sheet to help consumers find a competent, ethical tax preparer. MICPA’s Top 10 Questions to Ask a Tax Preparer: Tips, Hints and Warning Signs also provides definitions for common tax...

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Four Easy Ways to Energize Your Employees

February 16, 2015

February can be a tough month when it comes to motivation and energy levels for many people. So it’s not surprising that employees may seem a little less productive at this time of year. Fortunately, the following four tips can help you put the spring back in your team’s step—and boost the productivity of your business.

Keep Sharing Your Vision

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Keep This, Not That—Which Documents Should You File and Which Should You Toss After Tax Season?

February 2, 2015

If there’s one time of the year that may inspire you to finally come up with a filing system for all of your bank statements, receipts and other important documents, it’s tax season. Not only will keeping your documents organized make it easier and less stressful for you to find what you need on a daily basis (and when you are getting ready to have your taxes prepared), it will...

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Choose the Right Filing Status

Bill Morgan

January 29, 2015

Choose the Right Filing Status

It’s important that you use the correct filing status when you file your tax return. Your status can affect the amount of tax you owe for the year. It may even affect whether you must file a tax return. Keep in mind that your marital status on Dec. 31 is your status for the...

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Phishing Remains on the IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for the 2015 Filing Season

Bill Morgan

January 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers to watch out for fake emails or websites looking to steal personal information. These “phishing” schemes continue to be on the annual IRS list of “Dirty Dozen” tax scams for the 2015 filing season.
"The IRS won’t send you an email about a bill or refund out of the blue. Don’t click...

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Six Tips on Who Should File a 2014 Tax Return

January 22, 2015


Most people file their tax return because they have to, but even if you don’t, there are times when you should. You may be eligible for a tax refund and not know it. This year, there are a few new rules for some who must file. Here are six tax tips to help you find out if you should file a tax return:


1. General Filing Rules. Whether you need to file...

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Ten Tax Changes That May Impact Your 2014 Tax Return

January 14, 2015

Tax season is here, and there are many tax changes that were implemented in 2014 and more to be introduced in 2015. From Obamacare to tax hikes and changes to standard deductions, there's a lot to keep track of. To help you get organized for this tax season and beyond, review this summary of some of the most significant tax issues and changes.

Obamacare Penalties Kick...

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Tips for Achieving Your Financial Goals This Year

December 29, 2014

With 2015 just around the corner, it’s smart to take a few minutes to plan ahead for the coming year in terms of the goals you want to achieve. If managing your money more effectively in the year ahead is one of the things you want to tackle, it helps to break your goal down into manageable steps.

Figuring out your financial plan comes down to three essential steps: managing,...

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Give Yourself a Last Minute Gift: Year End Tax Planning

December 15, 2014

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—and for many of us, it is also one of the busiest. While adding one more thing to your to-do list—like year-end tax planning—may induce a feeling of overload, it really is one task you shouldn’t skip, because it can give you the gift of a lower tax bill next April.

Here are a few tips to help you end 2014 with the...

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Unique Ways to Share Your Gratitude This Thanksgiving

November 25, 2014

With Thanksgiving literally right around the corner, it’s the perfect opportunity to reflect on the abundance that we have in our lives and how we might express our gratitude to the people who mean the most to us.

If you are enjoying a gathering with family and friends this Thanksgiving, here are a few unique, fun activities from that can help you create an atmosphere of genuine...

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Five Things You Can Do to Reduce the Risk of Spreading Cold and Flu in Your Office

November 17, 2014

Late fall typically marks the beginning of cold and flu season, which can pose a real threat to businesses. While public health officials continue to push flu shots, the message isn’t inciting many people to act. Add to this those employees who are hesitant to take sick days, meaning they come to work and inadvertently spread germs, and the potential for a cold and flu outbreak...

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Reaping the Rewards: Tips for Implementing an Effective Employee Incentive Program

October 30, 2014

For some employees, the satisfaction of doing a great job is a reward in and of itself. However, for many companies, implementing a rewards program for employees is necessary in order to maintain employee morale and productivity. While investing time and money to develop and implement an employee incentive program may seem like an inefficient use of resources that detracts from your bottom...

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Do Your Employees Know What Customer Service Means to You?

October 15, 2014

If you own a business, you know that your customers are its lifeblood, so customer service is key. While you may recognize this fact, it may not always resonate with your employees. So how do you ensure that all your hard work to win customers isn’t undermined by poor customer service when they come face-to-face with your employees—especially if you can’t always be there to...

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Is Your Business Prepared for the Next Phase of Obamacare?

October 1, 2014

In just a few short months, the calendar will read 2015—the year in which the next phase of the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, will kick in for businesses with 100 or more employees. Under the law, businesses with 100 or more employees on their payroll will need to start providing health benefits to at least 70 percent of their full-time workers in 2015, and to 95 percent by...

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Is Your Business Facing Back Taxes or Penalties? Take a Proactive Approach Before Next Tax Season.

September 16, 2014

While you may still be enjoying the last few weeks of summer thinking that it’s too early to start preparing your business for tax season, you may want to reconsider putting your tax planning on hold—after all, the peak of the tax preparation period is just a few short months away.

While it is wise to engage in tax planning strategically and consistently throughout the...

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Don’t Fall Back—Use These Tips to Get Ahead Financially Before the Year Ends

August 28, 2014

With the official start of the fall season almost here, it’s the perfect time to get your finances in shape before year-end, so you’ll be well-prepared when 2015 begins.

Increase your retirement contributions. If you’re not already saving for retirement, start now! If you know you need to save more, up the contribution you are making to your...

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Re-energize Your Business by Getting into a Back-to-School Mindset

August 14, 2014

The back-to-school season is always an exciting time. You can feel it in the air…a time of new beginnings and opportunities. And while the kids are enjoying reconnecting with friends and teachers and the thrill of new school clothes, business owners can adopt their own form of back-to-school spirit to revitalize excitement around their business. Here are a few tips to help you get into...

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Delegation: The Ultimate Productivity Enhancer for Business Owners

July 31, 2014

As a business owner, one of the hardest—yet most beneficial skills to learn—is delegation. Many people who run businesses and have staff often find delegation of duties difficult for a number of reasons—two of the most common being a perceived lack of time (the “It’s faster to do it myself” excuse) or because they have a hard time letting go of their...

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Why “Set It and Forget It” is Not a Winning Website Strategy

Bill Morgan

July 15, 2014

So, you have a nice website for your business—you can check “web strategy” off the to-do list, right? Not so fast! While creating a website that is easy to navigate, visible to search engines, and true to your company’s brand is no small feat, it should be just the first step in your website strategy. To maximize your organization’s web presence, you can’t...

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Don’t Neglect Your Own Finances When Caring for Aging Relatives

Bill Morgan

As the number of seniors in the U.S. population continues to increase, so does the number of people taking care of an aging parent. In 2011, an estimated 10 million adult children over the age of 50 were caring for an aging parent. Having to take on this type of responsibility, especially during your prime earning years, can take a toll—not only emotionally and physically, but...

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Is Your Company Ready to Take on the Telecommuting Trend?

June 16, 2014

Allowing employees to telecommute, also known as working remotely, is a major trend destined to reshape the way that companies recruit and manage employees in just about every industry. According to a 2013 survey conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management, more companies were planning to offer telecommuting in 2014 than any other new benefit. And, research by Global Workplace...

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Are Summer Vacations a Thing of the Past? Don’t Let It Hurt the Productivity of Your Business

May 29, 2014

While we’ve just celebrated the first official summer holiday weekend, studies show that almost 75 percent of employees do not take all of their allotted vacation time. In fact, many employees hesitate to take a break from work, and those that do often check in at least daily while on vacation, returning emails or taking calls. This may seem like true dedication to a job, but experts say...

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Employer-Owned Life Insurance Policy Holders—Take Note of this Potential Tax Implication

May 15, 2014

Many business owners are unaware of the Pension Protection Act passed in 2006 and its potentially costly tax implications for beneficiaries of employer-owned life insurance (EOLI) policies. This legislation enforces a tax rate of up to 50 percent on the death benefits of EOLI policies purchased after August 17, 2006. Normally, these benefits would be tax exempt—and they still can be if the...

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An Ounce of Prevention – Protect Yourself Against Identify Theft

May 1, 2014

According to the most recent U.S. Department of Justice data, approximately 7 percent of U.S. residents age 16 or older are victims of identity theft each year. While the overall percentage of Americans affected by identity theft has held steady since 2008, identity theft related to tax information is increasing rapidly. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently released statistics...

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Don’t Spend Your Tax Refund Unless You’ve Considered These Tips!

April 14, 2014

Hopefully you have already filed your tax return and are anticipating at least a modest refund. But, before you get too excited about splurging with your IRS check, stop for a moment and remember that you earned that money! While many people view a tax refund as ‘bonus’ cash—it isn’t. It is simply a return of the funds that you earned and paid as tax beyond what your actual obligation...

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Does Your Business Need a Post-Tax Season Tune-Up?

March 31, 2014

With the business tax return deadline behind us, this is an ideal time to think about giving your business a little post-tax season tune-up with the intention of making next tax year easier and improving your financial situation. Here are a few key areas to consider analyzing now that your business taxes are filed:

Day-to-day accounting. With the rush of preparing...

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The Child Tax Credit Can Give Parents Some Relief

March 17, 2014

There’s no disputing the fact that raising children today is a costly endeavor. However, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) has eased parents’ tax burden and put a few dollars back in their pockets with the Child Tax Credit, which ATRA made permanent. This tax credit can be worth as much as $1,000 per qualifying child depending upon a parent’s income.

Because it...

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Is the New Simplified Home Office Deduction Right For You?

March 4, 2014

A nice home office is often one of the biggest perks of being a freelancer, and it can also provide you with a significant tax deduction if you qualify for it. Up until this tax year, the calculations needed to claim the home office deduction were complex and required meticulous record keeping and a separate form (Form 8829). However, starting with your 2013 tax return, the IRS has introduced...

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Take Advantage of the Invaluable Learning Opportunity Your Tax Return Provides

February 14, 2014

With tax season in full swing, you are likely busy compiling all of your tax documents and expense receipts to support the preparation of your return. When you think about it, there is a lot you can learn from preparing to file your tax return. It provides the perfect snapshot of where you stand financially, which can offer important insights into your money management habits. While there are...

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Business Owners, Be IRS Audit Savvy this Tax Season

February 1, 2014

With tax season here, you might be wondering just how likely you are to hear from the IRS after you file by means of an audit notice. While the chances you will be audited are relatively low if you file a straightforward personal tax return, the more complex your tax situation becomes (reporting business income or graduating to a high-income tax bracket, for example), the more likely it is...

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Does Your Business Need to File 1099s? The Initial Deadline of January 31 is Fast Approaching!

January 17, 2014

If your business spends $600 or more for services from another business or an individual contractor during the tax year, you may have to report the amount on a Form 1099. The requirement to file 1099s applies to all types of businesses, C-Corporations, S-Corporations, LLCs, all partnerships, and sole proprietorships. Forms 1099 are normally issued to unincorporated...

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This Tax Year Includes a Baker’s Dozen of Changes to Digest

January 3, 2014

Happy New Year! Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to get serious about reviewing where you stand from a tax perspective. As you may recall, in 2013 Congress and President Obama made a budget deal to avoid the fiscal cliff which resulted in seven tax increases. In addition to these increases, the introduction of the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) also included six...

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Merry Christmas from Morgan & Morgan CPAs!

December 20, 2013

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IRS Eases the “Use-it-or-Lose-it” Rule for Flexible Spending Plans

December 17, 2013

With the end of the year on the horizon, many individuals with flexible spending accounts (FSAs) are scurrying to spend residual funds to avoid “losing” them, in accordance with IRS regulations. However, the regulations have now changed with the IRS easing the “use-it-or-lose-it” rule for health flexible spending plans. Individuals with FSAs can now carry over a maximum of $500 to...

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Want a little more efficiency in Employee Verification just follow the step below?

December 6, 2013

Were you aware of the newest release by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service division (USCIS) which would help to eliminate mismatched Employee information? If you are a business owner who runs payroll on their own you may alleviate the stress of mismatched employee information due to a typo or illegible information being received by using the E-Verify system updated recently...

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Should You Apply for Social Security When You Apply for Medicare?

November 27, 2013

If you’re nearing the customary retirement age of 65, you may be considering when to apply for Medicare and Social Security benefits. This is an important decision that can have significant impact on your financial situation down the road, so it is important to understand how these benefit programs work. In particular, if you are not planning to retire at the full retirement age (FRA) of 65...

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Healthy Savings Accounts, A great tax savings opportunity!

November 27, 2013

Given the ever-escalating cost of providing employee health care benefits, there is a more cost-effective method of providing these benefits; namely, a health savings account (HSA). For eligible individuals, HSAs offer a tax-favorable way to set aside funds (or have their employer do so) to meet future medical needs. Here are the key tax-related elements:

* contributions you make to...

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A few helpful tips in getting your business “payroll” ready

November 21, 2013

For new companies or companies that are new to payroll, you will need complete a few mandatory tasks before hiring an employee is an option. Below are some steps that are a necessity before you get to hiring employees.

1) Set up an Employer Identification number or EIN. This EIN (also know as an Employer Tax ID) can be found and applied for online by clicking...

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Don’t Let the Delayed Tax Season Stop You from Being Prepared

November 14, 2013

The IRS recently announced that, for the second year in a row, it will delay the start of tax season. However, the April 15 filing deadline, which is set by statute, remains in place. Last year it was the fiscal cliff negotiations that pushed back the start of the tax filing period. This year, of course, it is the 16-day government shutdown that put the IRS approximately one to two weeks...

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LLC Owners and Participants: Be Aware of IRS PAL Regulations

October 30, 2013

If you own a Limited Liability Company (LLC) that you are not actively managing, but you claim tax deductions, this blog post will be of interest to you. Close to 30 years ago, the IRS passive activity loss (PAL) rules (I.R.C. Section 469) were enacted to limit the degree to which money-losing LLCs could be used as tax shelters by their owners claiming losses—such as depreciation, interest,...

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You Get What You Give: Tips for Motivating Your Employees Through the Holidays

October 17, 2013

Halloween is just around the corner and in a few short weeks the calendar will flip to November 1—the unofficial beginning to the winter holiday season that can seriously reduce employee productivity. After all, who has time to put in a solid eight hours a day at the office when there is seasonal shopping, schmoozing, and socializing to be done?

Many business owners have a...

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The Medicare D Notification Deadline is Oct. 15 for Employers Providing Prescription Drug Coverage

October 4, 2013

Employers providing healthcare insurance that includes prescription drug benefits are required to notify Medicare-eligible employees by October 15 of each year whether their drug benefit is "creditable coverage," meaning that it is expected to cover, on average, as much as the standard Medicare Part D prescription drug plan.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)...

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Get a Head Start on Tax Season in Four Simple Steps

September 30, 2013

While the end of the year may seem like it’s a long time from now, it’s only three short months away. When you factor in the hectic weeks of the coming holiday season, that really only leaves a few weeks to pull your tax information together to avoid the stress that being unprepared for tax season can bring.

Now is the time to think about what information you will need for the...

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Employers Must Provide Notification of Health Insurance Options to Employees by October 1, 2013

September 13, 2013

The opening of the government’s Health Insurance Marketplace (HIM) on October 1 is fast approaching and with it comes a new requirement to Section 18B of the Fair Labor Standards Act that all businesses should be aware of. By October 1, 2013 employers must provide written notices about health insurance options, including notification of the new health insurance marketplace, to their...

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College Tuition and Taxation 101

September 4, 2013

The beginning of September is synonymous with the back-to-school season. If you have a child attending college, or if you are a student yourself, September is also likely to be synonymous with the beginning of annual tuition payments. While attending and paying for college may be taxing in many ways, there is some good news when it comes to tax deductions and credits related to college...

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Managing with bookkeeping reports

September 3, 2013

Managers have never had so much access to data to ensure that they make the right decisions for the company. Today companies collect data and report on business performance so that managers can better understand how well the business is doing and to help monitor the delivery of strategic priorities and goals. Many managers are drowning in the data rather than benefiting from it because they...

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How much do I need to charge for this...???

August 27, 2013

One of the first basic accounting areas that a small business management needs to comprehend is cost accounting.  Although this is something that many small business owners seldom...

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Payroll Processing: An Easier Way to Getting It Done

August 20, 2013

 

1.      Organization is the key – The payroll process has a variety of different aspects...

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Employee Theft: 4 Tips for Protecting Your Business

August 16, 2013

Given the tough economy over the past few years, it has been particularly difficult for business owners and the individuals they employee to thrive financially. Couple the poor economic climate with the fact that many businesses, especially small ones, have few controls in place to prevent employee theft and you get statistics like these reported by the National Federation of Independent...

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WERE YOU AWARE OF PENALTIES FOR MISCLASSIFICATIONS OF INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR UNDER THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT?

August 15, 2013

 There are many changes coming to employers in 2014 with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), primarily for...

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How setting up your accounting software can make or break your investment…

August 9, 2013

Now that you have selected your accounting software, the following few steps can either make or break the potential return on the investment that you have made. By now you have set an implementation date of when you would like to start using this program, but have you really prepared for what it takes to implement the software? Have you hired a professional to install the software and assure...

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***SCAM ALERT*****Annual Corporate Records Form

August 2, 2013

 

Recently many companies have been receiving the form below and thinking they are required to fill this out and send in.  This is a private companies solicitation please check with us if you get anything like this in the mail. We will let you know if you need to file anything.   

 

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Rest Easy: Know the Tax Implications of Renting Your Vacation Home

July 31, 2013

If you’re lucky enough to own a vacation home, or are thinking about investing in one, you should be aware of the tax implications associated with this type of property, particularly if you are planning to rent it at least some of the time. It is also important to note that the IRS definition of a vacation property encompasses not only houses, cottages, and condominiums, but also mobile...

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Reconcile Your Bookkeeping Habits

July 30, 2013

Reconcile Your Bookkeeping Thinking –

Keeping your books accurate as a business owner can be difficult while also trying to concentrate on your core business. Having proper bookkeeping habits is critical to the success of a small business for several reasons. Small business owners should evaluate the amount of time and cost for bookkeeping so they can prepare for it in their...

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New Financial Reporting for Small Business

July 30, 2013

A New Financial Reporting Option that Helps Small Companies

Many privately held businesses in the United States do not need GAAP-based financial statements and may currently be using a special purpose framework, such as the income tax or cash bases of accounting, for their financial reporting. However, Main Street businesses and users of their financial...

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Charting how you pick your Chart of Accounts – A chart of accounts is a complete list

July 23, 2013

A chart of accounts is a complete list of a company’s classification categories for accounting purposes. Accounts are used to track how much money a company has, how much it owes, how much money is coming in, and how much money is going out. The chart of accounts is the backbone of an accounting system because everything revolves around them. Every account selected has a reason for...

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“I THOUGHT YOU WERE GOING TO TAKE CARE OF THAT….” DONT ASSUME ANYTHING

July 18, 2013

When you start a business everyone is happy and excited about what is going to happen. You get support from you family, friends and potential customers but……it doesn’t always work out and many people struggle to know when to say when.  For companies that are partnerships your expectations of your partner can be very different than their expectations of...

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Mid-Year Tax Planning Can Save You Time—and Money

July 16, 2013

As hard as it is to believe, the year is already half over. Although it may seem like the April tax deadline was just a few weeks ago, the reality is it’s time to start thinking about your 2013 taxes. And, if you spend some time now on mid-year tax planning, it can really pay off next April—which is only nine short months away. In addition, taking stock of where your business is halfway...

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Finding the perfect accounting software

July 16, 2013

Any business owner, whether starting a new business or continuing a long standing venture, has many decisions to make that can impact the company in a positive or negative way. A very important decision to make is; which accounting software is right for you.  With the explosion of available products that exist on the market today, it is very important to understand what the differences...

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Obama Administration Announces Delay to Part of Affordable Care Act

July 4, 2013

On Tuesday, July 2, the Obama administration announced that it is delaying the requirement that businesses with more than 50 employees provide health insurance to their workers or pay a penalty. The delay extends to 2015. The announcement by the IRS comes after numerous complaints from businesses that the requirements were too complicated and difficult to implement in time.

Still...

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HOW DO MICHIGAN UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE AGENCY REGULATION CHANGES AFFECT YOUR BUSINESS?

July 1, 2013

Regulation changes from 2011-2013

As many Employers are aware the Unemployment Insurance Agency (referred to as UIA) has been changing how they do business from increased Tax Rates, such as the mandatory Obligation Assessment Rate and upcoming changes such as mandatory Online filing requirements. In this Blog we will explore a few of the changes made and how they may affect...

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What Does the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Mean to Businesses?

June 27, 2013

One of the key mandates of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or “Obamacare” as the law is commonly known, is the creation of health insurance exchanges in each state. The intention of these exchanges is to give individuals and small businesses a means for buying affordable health insurance. With the October 1st launch date for the new health care exchanges fast approaching, business owners...

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What’s The Real Secret to Success? A "Giver" Instinct

June 18, 2013

For years, aggressive, "do-what it takes" attitudes have been attributed to achieving professional success. Having at least a little bit of the "killer" instinct is what differentiates the winners in business, right? Perhaps in some cases, but according to research conducted by Wharton Business School professor, Adam Grant, the opposite is true. Success—both personal and professional—is...

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Low- or NO-cost Marketing for Small Businesses

May 30, 2013

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again… marketing is a key component of any successful business. So, we want to provide you with as much helpful information as we can in this area. We know marketing isn’t an easy task. It takes time and money. Of course, we understand that you have to keep a focus on the bottom line, which is why we are offering a few marketing tips for those of...

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Do a Little ‘Outdoor’ Marketing This Summer

May 17, 2013

Whether your business sells seasonal products or provides services throughout the year, summer is a HOT season for marketing. The warmer weather offers some flexibility with marketing events and campaigns, and that means you can be creative. Most people like to get out during the summer months, so the potential to attract prospects and clients to your marketing events is higher. The following...

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Harness the Power of the Mobile Office— Enjoy the Freedom of Being Wire-free

April 30, 2013

Technology is a wonderful thing. We know it in our firm because we use advanced technology to our advantage—that is, working anytime and from any device, having 24/7 access to files, and the ability to work from home, a client’s site, or the airport! And now that just about any gadget you can imagine is portable and affordable, your small business doesn’t have to be confined to your...

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A Not-So-Ordinary Tax Season is History

April 17, 2013

This was more than your typical tax season. With a plethora of changes to the tax code and a late start brought about by 11th hour congressional decisions, it was an even more harried and intense process than usual. We appreciate the good working relationships with our clients that helped us keep moving to meet the April 15 deadline—thank you!

With tax season just now moving into...

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E-Filing – A Reminder WHY It’s the Way to Go!

March 29, 2013

Hopefully, you are part of the more than 80% of taxpayers that take advantage of e-filing. If you’re not, we want to remind you WHY you should. Take a moment to read our short (but very convincing) list. The April 15th tax deadline is just around the corner, so we wanted to dedicate one last post to remind you of the value of e-filing your return.

  1. Safe &...

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4 Quick Tips to Ready Yourself for April 15

March 18, 2013

The tax deadline always seems to sneak up on taxpayers. Don’t fall into this trap and cause yourself added stress. If you’ve yet to pull things together…start preparing now. The following are four easy tips to be sure that you are ready for the April 15 tax deadline:

  • Locate Last Year’s Tax Return—Previous years’ returns serve as an excellent...

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Spring is Just Around the Corner… and so is April 15th

February 28, 2013

As we look forward to the end of winter and the launch of spring, that also means the April 15th tax deadline is that much closer. Being prepared is the best way to ensure a smooth tax season and minimize any surprises. So, if you’ve yet to dig in and give some dedicated focus to your taxes, here are a few suggestions to get you going:

  • Begin Gathering Source...

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E-Filing is the Way to Go – 4 Top Reasons

February 19, 2013

More than 80% of taxpayers file electronically…and for good reason. Or rather, good reasons (plural)—four to be exact. E-filing offers an efficient and highly secure method for filing your tax return. And if that’s not reason enough, take a moment to read through our Top 4:

  1. Accurate & Complete—E-filing is the best way to ensure that you file...

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Electronic Filing Starts January 30th

January 31, 2013

As of January 30, 2013, the IRS will begin processing individual income tax returns for the majority of United States taxpayers. Be sure to get your tax documents organized now. You can use our Client Center on our website to securely upload your documents to our office.

A few items to note as we move into February:

  • E-file and direct deposit are the fastest ways to...

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New Tax Bill… What it Means to You

January 4, 2013

With the passing of the new ‘Fiscal Cliff” Act, taxpayers need to be aware of how it may affect them in the coming years. As such, we’ve compiled detailed information for you within this blog post.

At a high level, the act permanently extends provisions of the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 (EGTRRA) and Jobs and Growth Tax Relief...

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Tips on S Corporation Compensation

December 27, 2012

The IRS continues to challenge S Corporation shareholders regarding proper methods for paying themselves. That said, it’s critical that your S Corporation structure is set up appropriately and that compensation is paid and reported correctly. For example, in a recent court appeal case, an attorney was slapped with penalties and interest after failing to remit payroll taxes for his...

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Tis the “Season of Giving”… Holiday Tax Tips for You

December 18, 2012

It’s year end already, and with it comes the race to get ready for tax season. Traditionally, December marks a time for giving generously to charities, family, and friends. It’s also a time that can have a major impact on your upcoming tax return. But fear not, we’ve compiled a few helpful “Season of Giving” tips for you (courtesy of the IRS), covering everything from charity...

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After-election Tax Implications... What to Expect in 2013

November 22, 2012

With the election behind us, we now have a much clearer picture of how taxes will be affected in 2013 and beyond. With this insight, we can better help our clients create strategic, fiscally responsible tax programs for the coming year.

Under the Obama administration, the objective is to maintain the old tax rates for taxpayers with adjusted gross income below $250,000. (The old tax...

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Changes to Your Client Portal…What You Need to Know

October 26, 2012

You may have already noticed some changes to your personal portal. To ensure that you are able to continue to easily navigate within your portal, we’ve compiled the following list that explains recent core enhancements.

What you will see when you log in:

  • A more streamlined look and feel offers more direct access to your documents and other frequently used home...

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Jumpstarting Innovation in Your Business

October 3, 2012

To ensure success, it’s important to consistently evaluate your business and identify possible areas for enhancement. Of course, because you are an integral part of daily operations, it’s sometimes hard to visualize what enhancements may be needed or to come up with that next BIG idea.

With this in mind, we want to provide you with a few tips to help jumpstart innovation in...

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