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10 Tips for Budgeting & How QuickBooks Online Can Help You

October 2020
While there are still likely to be uncertainties next year, better days are ahead! And in the meantime, you can start proactively planning for 2021 by creating a budget. Your budget will increase your awareness of all of your projected income and expenses, which may make it less likely that you’ll find yourself constantly running short on funds.

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Hiring Your Children in the Family Business Can Result in Big Tax Breaks

September 2020
With jobs at a premium during the COVID-19 pandemic, you might consider hiring your children to help out in your business. Rather than helping to support your children with your after-tax dollars, you can instead hire them and pay them with tax-deductible dollars. Of course, the employment must be legitimate and the pay commensurate with the hours and the job worked.

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How States are Reshaping Nexus Laws for Remote Employees Due to COVID-19

September 2020
As more and more organizations make the decision that their staff members can work from home either permanently or on a long-term basis, they may need to take a closer look at how nexus laws will be addressed — especially as several state governments are beginning to address work-from-home employees in terms of nexus and on tax revenue.

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Do You Know the Gain on Home Sale Rules?

August 2020
The rules surrounding the sale of one’s principal residence have changed over the years. It used to be that you could simply rollover your gain on a tax-free basis as long as you reinvested the proceeds into a new principal residence. However, those gain on home sale rules have since been eliminated and replaced with a principal residence exclusion. Here’s how it works:

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Why It’s Important to Keep and File IRS Notice 1444

August 2020
The IRS is mailing all recipients of economic impact payments, commonly referred to as stimulus checks, a copy of Notice 1444 that provides information about the amount of their payment, how the payment was made and how to report any payment that wasn’t received.

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Are You Leveraging the Biodiesel and Alternative Fuels Tax Credit?

July 2020
Many companies use alternative fuels in their operations, such as utilizing propane for their forklifts, but they may not be aware of the Biodiesel and Alternative Fuels tax credit. Prior to 2018, Congress allowed a credit of $0.50 per gasoline-gallon-equivalent used during the year on the company’s annual income tax return.

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It’s Finally Here: Guidance on PPP Loan Forgiveness

June 2020
The Small Business Administration (SBA) released guidance on May 22, 2020 specifically related to the loan forgiveness piece of the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loan. Although we received a glimpse of this guidance in the most recently released loan forgiveness application there were some new developments that we wanted to clarify.

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How To Conceptualize Financial Results as a Small Business Owner

February 2020
Whether you’re a serial entrepreneur or simply looking to grow your small business to a sustainable level, it’s crucial to have an understanding of your venture’s financial results. While small businesses don’t require the same horsepower in their accounting department—or even require an accounting department at all yet—as large companies and quickly-growing startups, it’s still integral for entrepreneurs of all calibers to have an iron grip on their financial controls, processes, and results to prevent roadblocks.

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A Primer on the Complexities of Gift Tax and Estate Tax

February 2020
You likely already know that the tax code places limits on the amounts that individuals can gift to others (as money or property) without paying taxes. This limit is meant to keep individuals from using gifts to avoid the estate tax that is imposed upon inherited assets. It can be a significant issue for family-owned businesses when the business owner dies, and the business has to be sold to pay the resulting inheritance (estate) taxes. This is, in large part, why high-net-worth individuals invest in estate planning.

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Revolutionizing Your Accounting Processes with Automation & Applications

February 2020
As a small business owner, you wear several hats ranging from accounting, marketing, and hiring. Accounting may not be your passion but keeping your books up to date and organized is crucial to your success. Meaningful financial statements can be a click away through applications and the automation of your accounting tasks. In this blog we’re providing an overview of a few ways to free up your time so you can spend it on other aspects of your business.

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Do You Know the Tax Advantages of Employer-Offered Benefits?

January 2020
Which benefits offered by your employer are you taking advantage of? Do you know all of the benefits available to you? Not only do many employer-offered benefits provide impactful resources to you and your family, but some save you significant money and taxes. Below is a list of benefits that your employer may offer and the tax benefits of each. If you’re unsure of what is available to you, we recommend asking your employer for more information.

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The Opportunities and Challenges from the Newly Passed SECURE Act

January 2020
While there were some provisions which changed how an employer’s retirement plan operates, our focus here is on the changes to individuals. In our opinion, the individual changes are quite significant. Here is a look at some of the more important elements of the SECURE Act that have an impact on individuals.

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What Is the Statute of Limitations on Unpaid Taxes?

January 2020
Tax debt can quickly snowball from interest, penalties, late fees, and the amount of the taxes due. And if you have unpaid taxes that you haven’t yet been making payments toward, it might make you fearful that the IRS will come knocking one day. However, a lot of the scaremongering surrounding the IRS is largely sensationalized in media and daily conversation.

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Are You Prepared for the January 31st 1099-MISC Filing Date?

January 2020
Because so many fraudulent tax returns are filed right after e-filing opens up in January, the IRS requires 1099-MISCs for NEC to be filed by January 31st and will not release refunds for individual income tax returns that include the earned income tax credit until the NEC amounts can be verified.

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A Digital World, A Digital Firm: Three Characteristics of a Forward-Thinking Accounting Firm

December 2019
The digital world is not only here, but it’s continuing to evolve and impact all aspects of our lives – accounting included. Last month the CK team took a trip to Silicon Valley for the QuickBooks Connect conference and we were reminded just how much technology has impacted the way in which we serve our clients. Technology has changed the way accounting departments are structured, how they communicate and the actual production of financial reporting.

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Nonprofit Crowdfunding 101

December 2019
These days all it takes is a cause, an email address, and social media to start raising funds. If done properly you might find yourself meeting your goals in no time. But before you get started with your crowdfunding endeavor, especially as a nonprofit organization, there are a few tips and tax considerations to consider.

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Year-End Payroll Checkup: 3 Most Commonly Missed Fringe Benefits on W-2s

November 2019
With the year soon coming to an end, it’s time to think about year-end tax compliance, including W-2 reporting. While your outside payroll provider can report usual salary and wages without any issues, we often see errors in which employers don’t provide the W-2 preparer with taxable non-cash fringe benefits. Fringe benefits must be computed and included in employees’ wages prior to December 31 in order to allow for the timely withholding and depositing of payroll taxes.

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The Tax Implications of Master Limited Partnerships

November 2019
Over the last few decades, Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) have gone mainstream. But what are MLPs? They are companies structured as partnerships and traded on the stock exchanges. You can buy units of the partnership as easily as you can buy common stock.

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What You Need to Know About Foreign Account Reporting Requirements

September 2019
Do you have a financial interest in, signature, or other authority over any foreign financial account? If you do, don’t forget that you’ll need to report that relationship by filing FinCEN Form 114. While the due date for 2018’s report was April 15, 2019, there was an automatic six-month extension to October 15, 2019. If you fail to file you may face harsh penalties.

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How to Properly Account for Your Nonprofit Fundraising Event

September 2019
If your tax-exempt nonprofit organization utilizes annual fundraising events to raise money, you’re not alone. And for many small to mid-size nonprofits, these special events are major sources of revenue that support internal operations which deploy the organization’s mission. However, with these events comes additional recordkeeping and IRS reporting responsibilities that many organizations overlook.

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Does Your Business Need a Financial Statement Audit?

September 2019
As businesses are formed and as they grow, one question often asked by owners and chief financial officers is whether their companies would benefit from an audit. As you might have guessed, the answer depends on a number of factors specific to each company. Below is helpful information about audits to keep in mind as you decide whether or not an audit is right for your business.

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IRS Audits: Are You Next?

August 2019
Have you ever wondered what the odds are of your return being audited? This is somewhat of a mystery to taxpayers and unfortunately there is no concrete answer. Audits are generally selected at random, but there are a few things that may flag your return for an audit.

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Why You Should Never Take on the IRS Alone

June 2019
It’s another normal day at the office, until you receive a letter from the IRS. You’re being audited. What do you do now? The first thing you should do is call your tax advisor! While you might be up to navigating an audit on your own, there are many reasons why utilizing a professional’s help will make or break the outcome of your audit.

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How to Combat Common Payroll Fraud Schemes

June 2019
According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, nearly 30% of businesses are victims of payroll misconduct, with small businesses twice as likely to be affected than large businesses. Here are four payroll fraud schemes that every business should be aware of.

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5 Mid-Year Accounting Clean Up Projects

June 2019
It’s vital to get your accounting cleaned up before the year-end activities kick in and this is the perfect time of year to do it. Below are a few accounting projects you may want to consider taking on over the next few months. In the end it will set you up for success come December.

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What Story are Your Financial Statements Telling?

April 2019
The accounting policies you adopt create the internal reporting standard that’s reflected in the financial statements of your business – all of which impact how you benchmark and communicate success. What story are you communicating to the outside world? How can you report the story in a way that is easy to understand but still communicates who you are, what you do and how you are achieving success?

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Tips on Raising a Financially Savvy Child

April 2019
If you have children (or grandchildren) you have an opportunity to give them a jump-start on their journey to becoming financially responsible adults. While teaching your child about money and finances is easier when you start early, it’s never too late to impart your wisdom.

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5 Methods to Achieve Better Cash Management

April 2019
Every business, no matter its size, needs to have enough cash to pay the bills. Focusing solely on sales and profits could create issues when invoices arrive and you find that there aren’t enough funds available to pay them. Below are five ways you can be proactive and improve cash management for your business:

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How to Protect Yourself from Tax Scams

March 2019
Identity theft is a real threat, but it is often downplayed because not everyone has witnessed or experienced it firsthand. Having a false sense of security can leave you exposed, especially during tax season. Here are some tips to keep your identity safe from scammers:

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5 Benefits of Moving to the Cloud

March 2019
Small business owners are constantly looking for ways to save money and streamline processes in order to stay competitive. Using a cloud-based accounting software, such as QuickBooks Online, is one way to save time and money.

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The Wayfair Case’s Impact on State Income Tax

February 2019
You have likely heard that the Supreme Court’s decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. has resulted in businesses being required to collect and remit sales tax to certain states in which they have no physical presence. Have you wondered how this change affects your requirements for income tax filing?

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Business Tax Developments Affecting 2018 Tax Filings

February 2019
Although it’s already tax filing season, it seems as if tax law changes are still being ironed out. Even with the IRS shutdown, there were funds made available to the IRS agencies tasked with implementing tax reform. As a result, we are seeing new developments on an almost daily basis. Here are a few highlights we would like to share as we begin to file 2018 business tax returns.

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