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Retirement Plannning for Small Business
Business owners, especially those born between 1946 and 1966, are at a higher risk of not saving for retirement. In fact, the 2016 Retirement Preparedness of the Boomer Generation by the Insured Retirement Institute showed that “American’s today are less prepared and less confident about their prospects for a comfortable retirement than ever before.” The issue isn’t a lack of wanting a retirement saving...More
New to Small Business?
If you started a new business in 2016, then April of 2017 is a first big milestone for your company. That’s the month when your first reported tax documentation is due to the IRS. Depending on your business type, you may be responsible for not only the business’ filings, but also other shareholders or partners involved in the enterprise. If you have employees, then you’ll have another layer of documentation such as W-2 ...More
Cash Flow Q&A for Start-ups
One of the most difficult balances to maintain in any business, but particularly small business, is the constant tug of war that happens between cash in and cash out. The nuances of how to keep enough cash on hand to pay expenses and cover the ebb and flow of sales seems more art than science. For small business start-ups who have little in the way of experience, and even less in savings and cash on hand, managing c...More
Tax Credits Just for Small Business
Tax credits are important for business. For each tax credit dollar, the tax payer will receive one dollar in tax reduction. There are certain tax credits earmarked specifically for small business use. Let’s review each one as well as the definition of small business as each credit may have different assumptions. 1. Research Credits – The IRS recently issued additional guidance (IR-2017-70, March 30, 2017...More
Your Computer has been Locked.
[av_textblock size='' font_color='' color=''] These dreadful words can mean not just a headache for your business, but thousands or even hundreds of thousands in order to retrieve your company’s most precious commodity, data. Ransomware attacks increased from one every two minutes to one every 40 seconds from January to September 2016 alone, says a report from security company, Kaspersky Lab. Further, the rese...More
What is PASBA?
PASBA stands for the Professional Association of Small Business Accountants. It was formerly known by the name of the National Association of Small Business Accountants. This organization was founded in 1982 with the idea of strategically organizing small business accountants and bookkeepers to operate in a more efficient manner. PASBA stands for the Professional Association of Small Business Accountants. It was formerly known ...More
Selecting the Right Accounting Firm
Owners of small businesses place much emphasis on fees when choosing their accounting firm. Fees are an important factor and need to be affordable. Often, however, business owners compare fees yet fail to scrutinize big picture issues such as: Qualifications, Expertise, Reputation, Reliability, Consulting and Communication Skills and Overall Performance.Like all businesses, professional firms develop a fee ...More
Why Do Businesses Fail?
Recent surveys show that the survival rate of new businesses average about 20% over a five-year period. In other words, if you start 100 new businesses today, 20 of them will still be in business five years from today. The other 80 will have gone out of business sometime during that five-year period. These are generally well-known statistics. What isn't as well known, however, is that of the 80% of new businesses that f...More
Even with the information and technological age upon us, it is still critical for small businesses to keep a well-organized set of physical records. Often one of the first questions business owners ask when meeting with an accountant is about recordkeeping and the length of time all of those little receipts and trails of register tapes should be kept. Even with the information and technological age upon us, it is still crit...More
Help! I’m Being Audited
After just a few short years in business for herself, it was her first run-in with the IRS and she was panicking. Thankfully, she had used a certified public accountant (CPA) to help her set up the business and file her taxes each year. Once she calmed down she placed a quick call to her accountant and faxed over a copy of the letter. She and her accountant supplied the additional documentation and answered a few cla...More