Your Morning Briefing and Tax Minimization Planning Opportunity…

Today’s “to do list” started with a walk on the beach at sunrise and a deep breath. It’s time to start planning; the Senate passed the relief package the C.A.R.E.S. Act   and expectations are high that the bill will pass in the House and then be presented to President Trump for his signature by Friday. So now the questions start: “What do I have to do to get this money…  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

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

How to Make Your Child Care Costs More Tax Friendly

There are special deductions and credits which help working parents defray some of the bite from child care costs. Follow the specific rules and receive tax benefits for qualified child care while you are at work and breathe easy knowing your child is in a safe secure environment.  Interested in finding out more about this and other employment related benefits and how they can reduce your taxes, contact us,…  Read more

How Can I Find the Best CPA-Tax Accountant for Me….

It’s tax season and it seems that the rest of the country finally figured out that Tax Simplification is anything but… Now the big question is how do I find the best CPA or Tax Professional for me.  The question seems “simple” too. But is it? Today was the second time this article was published in the last few weeks, click through to read it. How to Find the Best…  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

What Does the End of Windows 7 Support Mean to Me…

Businesses in all industries deal with similar problems due to the nature of their technology solutions.  Many businesses in the financial world use Microsoft Products.  If you are one of them, the clock is ticking and you need to do something about upgrading your operating system as your data security could depend on it. Windows 7 support will end January 14, 2020. PCs with Windows 7 will still work, but…  Read more

Thanks for Working With Us on Your 2019 Year-End Micro Tax Minimization Plan

It’s been exciting to see how several of our clients were able to save some serious dollars and reduce or eliminate their fourth quarter corporate and individual tax estimates by instituting Year-End Micro Tax Minimization Plans. We will be rolling up our sleeves again in January to start working on full blown plans for the 2020 tax year. Click through to see a blog and video on the process and……  Read more

How to Channel More Positive Energy in Your Office

I was asked to write an article for Tax Pro Center for the Intuit ProConnect site, you can click through and read it here:  “How to Channel More Positive Energy in Your Tax Firm”. Then watch this video about our firm: Final Thoughts Positive energy resulting from respect, appreciation and support of ideas can bolster most relationships. What works for accounting firms works for other businesses as well.  Watch the…  Read more

“There’s No Time Like the Present” For 2020 Business Planning

There is “No Time Like the Present” For You to Start Planning for an Amazing 2020 Have you thought about what 2020 holds? Now is the perfect time to book your Business  Strategy Session. You’ll get guidance on updating or setting up your Business Plan. It’s hard to believe but the year is almost over! AND…there is “No Time Like the Present” for a Business Strategy Session. We sometimes call…  Read more

Ready to Retire? Make Sure Your Cash Flow is Sufficient!

Ready to retire? Worried that you can’t afford to?  Your accountant may be able to help shed some light on your situation.  Remember that your tax situation may change drastically after retirement and that change can have a positive effect on your spending dollars! Watch this video to see how understanding your after tax retirement dollars can bring you peace of mind. You CAN afford to retire with after tax…  Read more

There is Still Time to Minimize Your 2019 Taxes!

We have worked with several of our clients to set up tax minimization plans which have saved them thousands of dollars.  As the year-end approaches, many strategies are no longer a good option, but there is still time to set up your “MICRO Tax Minimization Plan” which will certainly minimize your taxes and possibly eliminate your fourth quarter tax estimate. This video will help you understand the difference between tax…  Read more

Separate Personal and Business Expenses To Yield a Better Tax and Financial Result

There are some things in life that go together well and others that definitely do not! Business and personal finances are in that category of items that should not be mixed. Although it may seem like a headache to keep them separate—who wants to manage all those bank accounts?—your life will be greatly simplified once you separate your personal and your business finances, especially your expenses. Paperwork and taxes will…  Read more

Tips for Switching Off During the Holidays, or Any Time You Need To

The holiday season is once again here, and with it comes time to relax, focus on family and friends and take stock in what is really important in life. What if you are a small business owner who has not worked through your processes to create a business rather than a job?  Every small business owner knows that being away from the office can be just as stressful as being…  Read more

It’s a Wrap! My Takeaways from the 2019 Long Island Tax Symposium

It was great to end my conference travels right here in New York for the 2019 Long Island Tax Professionals Symposium.  I followed my own advice on setting goals for the conferences I attend, but these takeaways and highlights were unexpected! Try to take at least one “in-person” update course per year on the software you use and depend on in your office.  I was thrilled that this year we…  Read more

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