Another Great Day at Quickbooks Connect…Sharing my Takeaways

I hope you enjoyed my photos and takeaways as much as I enjoyed sharing with you.  Please do send feedback if these tips have resonated with you.  Please share in the comments if and how you have implemented them in your firm/business/practice, I hope you can tell from these photos that I have taken “selfie” taking lessons. Andrea & Ivette You can be an inspiration to your accountability coach when…  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

Know When to Hire An Expert, or … Just Say No to Breakfast

Think your taxes went up because of the new tax law, think again. It may be time to hire an expert! Caution! Don’t have breakfast at my house. Those who know us, know that even though the coffee is amazing, our refrigerator is usually bare. Of course if we know you will be visiting we will pick up bagels and cream cheese and you are in luck if we are…  Read more

Are You Working on Minimizing Your Taxes…or Just Projecting What You Expect to Pay?

Do you feel like you are paying too much tax? Yes I know that almost everyone feels that way, but what if you are, and can do something about it… Right now our office is working on several tax plans that utilize: • capital gains planning • entity selection • income shifting • tax deferrals • charitable giving strategies • accountable plans • & more These proactive plans are saving…  Read more

8 Tips For Making the Most of Business Meals

The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act has created new limits on the business meals and entertainment deduction.  This limits the employee meals deduction to 50% and eliminates entertainment deduction entirely. Understandably a hot topic, getting value out of the meals is the subject of this morning’s article published the Journal of Accountancy: 8 Tips For Making the Most of Business Meals https://www.journalofaccountancy.com/newsletters/2019/sep/business-meals.html Their tips for getting the most out of…  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

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

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

2017 Tax Proposals Still in Flux: Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

  There has been a buzz throughout the accounting world concerning the new proposed tax laws. I have been scouring the newspapers, speaking to others at conferences and holiday parties and watching the nightly news to see who voted on what and how. What’s a person to do if these changes are implemented? You can visit the following links to read the analysis’ that appeared in the NY Times and…  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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