IT’s A Wrap! Great Takeaways From the Specialized Industry We Just Attended…

It was great to have Elizabeth with me for this conference. We split up for several sessions and have already compared notes. We were even able to spend time while still away to make plans for implementing our joint takeaways: Many businesses today are challenged with recruiting and retaining talented loyal staff.  You can start solving staffing problems by looking at the way management is currently interacting with their team.…  Read more

On the Road Again – Pre-Conference Takeaways Started While Waiting to Board…

This week I’m in San Jose for an accounting technology conference and then I’ll be on to Florida and Long Island for specialized industry and tax conferences with my staff members. Sometimes it seems that the best part of the conference is the people you meet along the way… In the Delta Lounge before boarding On the airplane (photo credits go to my row-mate Howard) On the trip to the…  Read more

On the Road Again…Sharing About My Upcoming Conferences

On the road again, this week I am heading to San Jose for an accounting technology conference; in the next few weeks I am also scheduled to travel to Florida and Long Island for specialized industry and tax conferences with my staff members. Recently I have shared “best practices” for attending conferences and networking events, no need to reiterate, but follow these links for a refresher: Tips for getting the…  Read more

Want a Successful Business? Create a Solid Vision Statement to Guide You.

Do you want to stay on the path to creating the business you want? Once you can clearly identify your short term and long term goals, use your vision statement to keep you and your team on track. Watch our video below to see what we mean. I hope this video inspires you to take action… Then start creating your business plan using this complimentary resource: how to develop an…  Read more

We Create Time…to Spend Doing What You Love

In our office, we like to say “we create time”.  We would much rather be out playing than writing checks, entering invoices or adjusting accounting records.  We figured that if we “hated” these tasks, our clients would too. I love the example of how adding an automated payroll portal system eliminated administrative time for the employees and the “boss”.  Implementing just this one administrative task freed up time, eliminated notices…  Read more

Do You Have the Right Tools in Your Tool Box to Create Time?

I hope you were able to watch the vlog I posted last week. In the video I discuss how we “create time” by eliminating or reducing administrative tasks through our technology bundle. Here is the link to watch in case you missed it. I hope it inspires you to take action I wanted to follow along on the same theme of creating time, to give you an excerpt from our…  Read more

3 Smart Practices for Business Success

If you’re like most small business owners, there are never enough hours in the day to complete every task on your list. Often you’re faced with prioritizing what you need to do right now – deal with a customer, meet a deadline, attend an event – and the things you know you should do for the ongoing growth of your business. Scheduling time to attend to these business activities on…  Read more

Protect Your Small Business from Cyber Attack

Many small business owners assume that cyber attacks only happen to big companies, banks or governments. But the truth is, limited knowledge of digital security and lack of defenses make small businesses particularly vulnerable to attack as well. Research shows that 71% of all cyber attacks happen to businesses with less than 100 employees – and yet many CEOs have yet to invest in a formal defense plan. The July…  Read more

Taking Some Personal Time Each Day Enables You to Focus on the “Tough Stuff”

Have you ever pondered over an issue and felt the stress building up only to find that the solution pops into your head while you are in the shower, on a long walk, or sitting in traffic? I was working with a couple on a retirement and relocation plan. During our discovery session, I could practically feel their stress over some very hard decisions they would need to make over…  Read more

Tips for Creating a Winning Medical Team

We start most of our office strategy sessions with “start with the end in mind” scrawled across our whiteboard. We have heard repeatedly from our MD’s that their primary goal is the health and well-being of their patients; they want to deliver great patient care.  I submit that this can best be achieved when the entire office has that goal, understands their role and contributes to the patient experience. We…  Read more

The Promise of the 1040 Postcard: A Missed Opportunity

The form 1040 is the form most taxpayers use to file their annual tax returns.  In addition to supplying basic information about the taxpayer and his/her family, it acts as an overview or listing of various types of income, deductions, and exemptions.  It also acts as an index to other necessary schedules which support the items on each line. Of course we CPA’s, other tax professionals and the general public…  Read more

Your CPA, a Great Asset as Your Business Advisor

Every business needs to transition at some point; why wait until you are ready to sell to review and update your business practices?  Work on your business now and enjoy a better quality of life, greater satisfaction and more productivity from your employees. I recently presented at a wealth management conference on a panel along with three (3) tax attorneys, our topic was “Selling Your Business.”  As the only CPA…  Read more

To Capitol Hill and Back Again!

As I walked the monument trail on the last evening during my recent trip to DC, the puddles and sudden downpours did not dampen my sprits or thoughts about the great meetings I had participated in and would continue to have.  As I passed the Washington, Jefferson, FDR and Lincoln monuments, I marveled at the foresight of these great leaders.  Our tax system is voluntary and we do have representation…  Read more

It Takes a Village

I am wearing many hats these days. As the owner of a progressive CPA firm I am responsible to my staff and clients and their financial success. As the president of a chapter of my professional group I am responsible for the vision and leadership of the group and for enabling them to operate successfully while ensuring the wellbeing of the administrative staff and the financial stability of the organization.…  Read more

Prepaying Taxes Will Not Yield a 2017 Itemized Deduction

US Congress Conference Report which has not been voted on or passed yet, refers to the final version of the bill – does not allow a deduction for prepayment of 2018 state income taxes. https://rules.house.gov/conference-report/hr-1 In addition, prior revenue rulings 71-190 and 82-208 also preclude taking a 2017 deduction for payments made in 2017 to be applied to a tax liability in 2018 — notably, a year that has not…  Read more

Teach a Man/Woman to Fish…

I have returned from an amazing 3 day tax and accounting symposium on Long Island sponsored by my professional group. Bad news – there were so many great sessions, it was hard to choose. Good news – most of the sessions were taped, giving me a chance to listen to those I may have missed during some down time in my office. No one believes that their education ends when…  Read more

5 Tax Highlights: Hurricane Harvey, Irma & Maria Victims

It’s been 2 months since Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria hit, changing lives forever.  The Disaster Tax Relief and Airport and Airway extension Act of 2017 signed into law on September 29th offers specific disaster victims alternative methods of reporting eligible Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria disaster losses on their 2017 tax returns.  Remember these are temporary and limited to specifically identified areas and victims. Please visit our…  Read more

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