How To Answer The Not-So-Quick Estimated Tax Payments Question

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This month we’re focusing on answering some of the most common “quick questions” that clients asked. If you missed our previous posts in this series, you can find them here, here, and here. All caught up? Great! Let’s jump into our final quick question: “How much should I pay in estimated tax payments?” It may seem easy enough to take whatever your client paid last year, divide by 4, and turn that figure into your “estimated quarterly taxes" number. But before you do that, let’s back up just … [Read more...]

Key Tax Terms You Need To Know To Win The Tax Game

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Welcome back! This month we're talking about all things tax related, including tax terms. If you missed our other posts this month, we invite you to check them out now. To learn how to choose the right entity, click here. To find out how you can take advantage of some surprising tax deductions, check this out. And to get your arms around tax obligations you need to know about, look here. This week we want to share some key tax terms you need to know to win the tax game. While CPAs are … [Read more...]

Tax Obligations You Need To Know About

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This month we're talking about everybody’s favorite topic: taxes and tax obligations. We know, we know…it’s actually not your favorite topic, nonetheless, it’s a very important topic so it’s something we’ve got to address. If you missed our first two posts this month, make sure you check out our posts on How To Choose The Right Business Entity and Surprising Tax Deductions—both are full of insights you need to know. This week we'll be continuing our series by talking about tax obligations … [Read more...]

How To Make Net Operating Losses Tax Wins

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Regardless of what you think about President Trump politically, there’s one thing we can all agree he knows how to do well: play the tax game. While on the campaign trail last fall, The New York Times reported that Trump took an astounding $916 million loss on his 1995 income-tax return—which equates to more than 9,000 times the average amount claimed that year by all of the other Americans that applied business losses to offset personal income and, get this, opened the door to possibly … [Read more...]

How To Answer The Not-So-Quick Entity Question

When it comes to entity selection, there really isn’t a general “rule of thumb”.  Most business owners consult their attorney to determine which entity is appropriate, but in many cases, they’re making a big mistake if they don’t seek counsel from their tax team before choosing their entity. But you know that. Let’s talk about something you may not know. And that’s how to answer the entity question when it’s posed by small business owners. Often laden with misconceptions and advice they’ve … [Read more...]

Surprising Tax Deductions For Financial Advisors

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Last week we kicked off the month by giving you the information you need to decide which entity is best for you. This week, we want to talk about something that you might find to be a lot more fun—tax deductions! As a Financial Advisor, you can deduct your mileage and other auto expenses, office rental, employee wages and contract labor. But did you know there are a plethora of other things that you may be able to deduct on your taxes? Keep reading to learn about some truly surprising tax … [Read more...]

How to Choose the Right Entity

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Which type of entity is right for you? There are four types of entities and the one you choose can either work for you or against you. Let’s take a good look at some of the more important pros and cons associated with each entity type.   1) Sole Proprietorship This is the most common business structure. It’s easy to form and it offers owners complete control. The downside?  The owner is personally responsible and liable for all financial obligations of the business. If you get sued … [Read more...]

How Wealthy CPA’s Profit From Answering “Quick” Questions

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This time of year, every minute counts.  And that’s why there are few things as frustrating as clients that call with pesky, “quick” questions that often, are not quick at all.  And worse yet, they suck away minutes from the clock—5 minutes here, 15 minutes there—until before you know it, you’ve lost several hours during your very busiest season and you haven’t been paid a dime. Not that you want to nickel and dime your clients—you don’t—however, something’s got to give.  Your time and … [Read more...]

How To Conduct An Income Growth Strategy Session

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During tax season, most CPA’s put in at least 60 hours of work each week. They don't have the ability to look at growth opportunities for their clients at this time. It’s an exhausting few months filled with tight deadlines, anxious clients and more often than not, too few hours in the day to get everything on the to-do list done. It’s not uncommon for the clients your CPA networks manage to request help growing their wealth during tax season. After all, for many, this is when they take a … [Read more...]

How Technology & Outsourcing Can Save You Big Money

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If you’ve ever been to a conference or meeting where a panel of people behind 7 figure success stories share their secrets, you’ve most definitely heard at least one tell you the secret to success is to spend your time working on the tasks that ONLY YOU can do and to begin outsourcing everything else. They’re right. There is absolutely no reason you should be emptying the trash, stocking the kitchen, scanning in tax forms, or securing signatures from your clients in person at this stage in … [Read more...]