COVID-19 Weekly Update – November 4th 2020

When the novel coronavirus hit last winter, doctors were unsure of the most effective treatments. But as the pandemic has continued, doctors are learning, as the fatality rate continues to drop, the best way to survive COVID-19 seems to be to delay catching it, as this article in The Atlantic describes. According to a study cited in the article, the fatality rate in New York City was 25.6% back in…  Read more

10 Cyber Security Tips Your Business Needs Now and “The Morning” from the NYT…

Security has always been important to me as my firm started using: cloud based accounting software more technology solutions for transferring data between my clients, the tax authorities and my staff more technology solutions for client business efficiencies communicating between remote staff and clients As read through my on-line newsletters this morning I was reminded that although I have been writing and talking about the importance of protecting client data…  Read more

QBO Virtual Boot-Camp, Re-certification & Enhancements

Congratulations to my staff! I’m thrilled that we were able to attend the Intuit Boot-camp on the QuickBooks Online Program. We spent 2 days watching the experts show us the new enhancements and some tips and tricks. We think these enhancements will help ourselves and our clients in our cloud-based accounting software.  Watch this quick video and then check out the bullet points below… Some important new enhancements: +NEW –…  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

How do you Draw the Line Between Work and Home?

It seems appropriate to discuss this topic as the news this week is focused on “returning to work”.   I wonder what that will look like for people, I believe it depends on our ability to be flexible, creative, careful, courageous, determined and considerate  as we  continue to work remotely or create processes for a sustainable remote/onsite system. I was asked to contribute to a recently published online article here is…  Read more

The C.A.R.E.S. Act overview and other useful resources…

Over the course of a few weeks nearly everyone’s business and life has been turned upside down. It’s been a crazy time with businesses forced to close, an overload of information (and mis-information on social media) and people risking their lives to save others. With the recent disruption in mind, we have been working to help support you however we can. We’ve seen a number of our clients already impacted…  Read more

Your Morning Briefing – Wednesday March 25th…

I have been checking the New York Times Morning Briefing daily as well as my online accounting and business newsletters, the IRS and NYS website, et al, to see what’s going on with our country, our government, our economy, taxes and of course, the Coronavirus.  Here’s the link for today’s NYT briefing My team and I have also been researching valuable resources for loans, grants, and best health and business…  Read more

The Families First Act Was Signed into Law – here’s what it means

The Families First Act (H.R. 6201) – what it means for you and your employees Employers will still be able to claim a new quarterly payroll tax credit intended to fund the paid sick leave if it is used for qualified purposes — that is, for employees who are unable to work or telework because of the Coronavirus. The credit will cover 100% of the sick leave wages paid to…  Read more

Changes for Paying Taxes and the NYT Morning Briefing …

On Tuesday, March 17, the Treasury Department announced that taxpayers will be able to defer paying their taxes for 90 days past April 15th. BUT…there are some things you need to know: The filing deadline has not changed, it is still April 15, 2020. An extension is required to extend the filing of your 2019 tax return. Income tax payments for returns with a due date of April 15, 2020,…  Read more

Remote Life and Taxes Our New Normal…

Even with our “new normal”, life and taxes go on with a slight shift in our process. It’s a rainy Tuesday morning in NYC but I wanted to share yesterday’s sunrise from Rockaway Beach which is right down my block. Take a deep breath as you start your day and try to stay calm as we head into what will probably be another challenging day. Yesterday our firm met the…  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

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