Why You Need To Update Your Job Descriptions

Let’s take a look at job descriptions. Chances are you already have job descriptions for your team. If you don’t, it’s time to write those! Job descriptions are so important for setting expectations and doing performance reviews! Assuming you already have job descriptions, it’s important to keep them current. When is the last time you took a good look at them and updated them based on what your employees are actually doing everyday (rather than just what they were supposed to do when you … [Read more...]

8 Ways to Legitimize Wacky Tax Deductions

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We’re sure you’re aware that there is a right way and a wrong way to do your taxes. But sometimes, tax deductions aren’t as “cut and dry” as they seem. Take, for instance, the junkyard owner who had a rodent problem. Instead of hiring an exterminator, he bought cat food and put it out to attract feral cats. The cats took care of his problem and he claimed the cost of cat food as a business expense. Or how about the taxpayer who tried to claim the cost of a daily sitter for his dog? It … [Read more...]

How to Get Back to Work After Vacation

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With summer quickly approaching, you may be planning for a much-needed vacation. Europe. Hawaii. Mexico. Anywhere other than your office sounds good, right? We’re big fans of taking vacation time around here because we’ve learned the hard way that all work and no play leads to burnout, fast. Well-rested CPA’s are the best CPA’s because their stress level is lower and their energy is higher. This leads to enhanced productivity, better decisions and a keen eye for detail—all important things if … [Read more...]

How To Eliminate The Rivalry With CPAs

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Financial services companies have been competing with CPAs in the accounting and tax business for years. Many CPAs are or are in the process of becoming licensed investment advisors. As a Financial Advisor, you may find yourself avoiding a CPA who list financial services or specialty insurance licenses on their websites. It's easy to assume that the “most trusted advisor” badge automatically goes to those whose title includes those 3 little letters. This week I’d like to focus on why things … [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...]

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 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...]