Weekly Update – October 21st 2021

The pandemic may change business travel as we know it forever. The Global Business Travel Association reported a nearly 90% drop in business travel last spring, as businesses were forced to conduct business via video chat software like Zoom or Webex.  While travel is increasing compared to a year ago, it is still sharply down from pre-pandemic levels. Post-pandemic, virtual business meetings may continue to be the norm, but those special…  Read more

Weekly Update – October 14th 2021

Global supply chain delays have become so bad that the biggest U.S. retailers are chartering their own cargo ships to stock shelves this holiday season. Walmart, Home Depot, Costco, and Target are among companies that are paying the additional expense to mitigate holiday disruptions. While the smaller ships these companies will use are far more expensive than the larger ones, they have the advantage of the ability to dock at smaller, less…  Read more

Weekly Update – October 7th 2021

What does it cost to be hospitalized for COVID-19? A study by The Wall Street Journal found the cost can vary by tens of thousands of dollars, depending on the hospital and the insurance policy. While most insurers waived out-of-pocket costs for patients for most of the pandemic, many patients are now receiving bills for hospital stays, which can depend on rates negotiated between hospitals and insurers. For example, at one…  Read more

Covid-19 Weekly Update – May 6th 2021

In fall we gaze out car windows, walk along paths or along the street to see the colored leaves, while spring’s comparable pleasure comes from waterfalls, as this guide to waterfalls describes. Nov that so many of us are vaccinated, it would it be great to plan some day trips. In New Hampshire, Crawford Notch State Park is home to 10 waterfalls, ranging from 200’ Arethusa Falls to smaller Silver…  Read more

COVID-19 Weekly Update – November 25th 2020 & Wishing You a Safe Happy Thanksgiving

One of the positive side effects of the pandemic has been reduced traffic on interstate highways. A group of amateur race car drivers decided to take advantage of the empty roads to revive the “Cannonball Run,” a highly illegal endurance race from Manhattan to Los Angeles. The object of this race is to make the run faster than anyone else. Teams plan for months, fine-tuning routes to consider traffic light…  Read more

A New Normal Mother’s Day, Office Safety Protocol & Your Morning Briefing…

I spent my mother’s day morning with a friend on a plant buying expedition Mother’s Day Greenhouse Plants garbed in gloves hats, masks and glasses and as we practiced social distancing while meeting other gardening enthusiasts at the Brooklyn Terminal Market. I know others who hosted mother’s day dinners via video chat software or FaceTime. It was not quite “business as usual” but it was good to be out among…  Read more

How Hurricane Sandy Prepared us to Work During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This video is a portion of a recent panel discussion with Andrea and other tax professionals on how they set up their offices and were able to support their clients during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Andrea also discusses how cloud software, payroll portals, and document portals enabled her team to support their clients’ grant applications. We are not sure what the new normal will look like once we “open our doors”…  Read more

Bank PPP Loan Emails, Open at Your Own Risk…

Posting this a bit later in the day, I wanted to make sure that I had the most up to date information to share. I have attended 3 webinars today, including a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Town Hall meeting where the discussion was focused on potential additional funding for both the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and EIDL, other small business grants. “The PPP is out of money:  On Thursday morning,…  Read more

Caught on Tape “Why I Love Working with My Clients”…

I was asked to contribute to a feature in a short video montage at Intuit’s QuickbooksConnect conference.  Several accountants spoke about aspects of accounting. I was happy to answer “what do you love about your clients?” Any guesses as to what I replied? Here’s the gist: I love that I’m able to speak with my clients and they understand what I’m saying. At A. Parness Company CPA we believe in…  Read more

What is “Business Advisory” and How Does it Help Your Small Business or Medical Practice

The phrase “business advisory” is used a lot in the accounting industry, more now than ever, but what is it really? More and more small business owners and medical practitioners are realizing they want and need more than just an accountant to fill in the boxes on their tax returns, and frankly, they are right, they do need more than just tax compliance! What does business advisory look like for…  Read more

Why Two Factor Authentication is Critical for Safeguarding Patient Data

For medical practices and other professional practices the risk of data breaches and fraud is high, so taking all the necessary steps to protect your patient’s or client’s sensitive data is a must. Unfortunately for many practitioners the decision to increase their company’s data protection comes too late – after they’ve been victimized by a malicious hacker. The good news is, simple and inexpensive steps can be taken to avoid…  Read more

Tips on “Silencing” Email; The Productivity Killer for Your Medical Practice or Small Business

Is email the new silent killer?  At one point in time everyone thought it would vastly improve communication while freeing up time. It still is a great way to communicate and under the right conditions can help create efficiencies for medical practice or small business owners and their staff. It seems like we wade through hundreds of emails in our inbox each day; the productivity killer arises from those who…  Read more

Tips on How A.I. Can Improve Back Office Efficiency and Free-Up Your Time

These days, you can use technology to take care of almost any issue facing your business. If you have a task you don’t like to do, there’s an app or software program to take care of it for you. It might take a bit of your time to learn and understand how the software or app works, but doing so will save you valuable time and precious energy. It will…  Read more

A.I. Integration can Ease Your Administrative Burden…

You and your staff can really benefit from using technology to handle repetitive administrative work; this will help free up staff time to be used for higher level tasks like speaking with customers and analyzing the data.  These days, you can use technology to take care of almost any issue facing your business. Artificial Intelligence can be used as an interface with other software so that you and your…  Read more

The Passing of the SECURE Act, One More Reason to Get Proactive About…

No one really likes talking about their death, which makes updating—or even writing—a will an unpleasant experience. Often, people put off thinking about their will for another day, assuming they have a lot of time to deal with it. Along comes the SECURE Act and we see the importance of proactive planning, not just for your retirement, but for your beneficiaries as well. NEIL D. KATZ, J.D., LL.M., CPA Last…  Read more

Tips For Using Video Chat Software for Enhanced Customer Service

What comes to mind when you think about a business conversation?  I picture sitting at my computer or surface, starting off my meeting with a wave and a smile.  It’s possible that this is the first “in person” meeting we are having, so starting off with a video chat is a great way to fast track a relationship. I hosted a recent video chat meeting with a new contact while…  Read more

com·mu·ni·cate  verb

I offered my top tip for accountants and their clients for an article which was published last week, then I googled communicate and this is what I found: com·mu·ni·cate verb 1. share or exchange information, news, or ideas. Similar:   liaise, be in touch, be in contact, be in communication Use it in a sentence  “We as effective tax advisers communicate with our clients so we can understand what their needs are…  Read more

What is Your #1 Piece of Advice to Clients in 2020?

I was asked to contribute to this online article as posted by Intuit for other tax professionals. My tip: “We find that our business and individual clients are still confused about how the TCJA affects various issues, such as their overall tax liability, entity structure, retirement benefits and deductible expenses. We will continue to encourage strong communication and engagement with our team of professionals. Our clients are comforted when they see that we are there…  Read more

New IRS W-4 Form Could be Confusing…

You may feel overwhelmed by this new form and the calculations involved with setting up sufficient 2020 tax withholding.  We certainly understand as it seems that to do it correctly you need to be a tax professional or have a really good grasp on how your income is earned as well as what deductions and tax credits you are entitled to. Watch this video to see our reaction to the…  Read more

The 90 Day Action Plan, a Great Tool for Creating Professional Development Plans for your Employees…

Showing your employees that you appreciate them by investing in their future will pay big dividends. Hopefully you have been using 90 Day Action Plans for you and your firm/medical practice/business.  Now that you are familiar with the process, lets expand to create Professional Development Plans for you and your employees as it relates to your business. It seems that no matter the subject of my presentation, I will usually include…  Read more

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