Taxpayers Proceed With Caution Warns the IRS

Not so fast, taxpayers! Proceed with caution, warns the IRS, after New York and New Jersey approved workarounds involving charitable organizations.   Earlier this year New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed new legislations in their respective states allowing local governments to set up charitable organizations that can accept property tax payments. Homeowners can declare those “donations” as gifts to offset federal taxable income.   The … [Read more...]

Quill Overturned! – How Does This Effect Retailers?

Have you heard? The Supreme Court ruled on South Dakota v. Wayfair and Quill v. North Dakota has been overturned. What does this mean? Online retailers are going to face new challenges in the months to come and will need to decide whether to start collecting tax, what software they may need, and how to report the tax. Since 1967, if you have a link or connection to a state, called nexus, you’ve always been required as a seller to collect sales tax. One of the most defining court decisions … [Read more...]

Tax Changes Coming How Will You Handle Mass Confusion?

Heads up. Changes are coming.   We know—old news. But as rapidly as tax laws have been changing, be sure to keep this top of mind. Already in place are the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The 100% bonus depreciation started for purchases from 9/27/17.   More changes are on their way.   Which ones, you ask?   Here’s a hint: your divorced clients aren’t going to be happy. Alimony beginning after 1/1/19 will no longer be deductible.   With these … [Read more...]

Help Your Small Business Clients Avoid an IRS Audit

As a tax professional you are well aware that every one of your business clients has two main goals at tax time: Calculate as many deductions as possible Avoid an IRS audit They’re counting on you for help. Most of them are unable to do this on their own, so your guidance is priceless. This is especially true for small businesses—and most vulnerable to RED FLAGS are home-based businesses. Knowing how to advise your clients about what to deduct when filing taxes is … [Read more...]

The ROI of Business Networking Part Two

Did you catch part one of this series on the ROI of Networking? If not, check it out here. Business networking can be lucrative. It’s one way to meet new people and build relationships. The goal is to allow those relationships to pay off in one way or another. If you connect and they become clients, the ROI can be pretty good. Other times, they become great referral sources. The pay off can come down the line so staying top of mind has value. Conventional networking has huge benefits. … [Read more...]

5 Ways To Connect With Your CPA Partners, “Just Because”

A lot of professionals feel like they have to keep their work life completely separate from their personal life. If you’re one of those professionals, you’re not alone! And for a long time, that was true.  But now the truth is that more and more professionals are choosing to do business with people they have a personal relationship with. People want to work with people they know, like, and trust.  This has never been more true than it is today.  And the best way to help people get to know you … [Read more...]

Fall Changes You Need To Make In Your Practice

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Cool evenings. Colorful leaves. Pumpkin-flavored everything. These are just a few of the reasons I love fall and I bet you do, too. This time of year I often hear that CPA’s like yourself are starting to ask themselves some tough questions. As we enter into the final stretch of 2017: You may be looking at your profitability and wondering what you can do to kick it up a notch before December 31st. And what you can do after we celebrate the new year to continue adding to your income in … [Read more...]

Hunting For The Perfect CPA Partner

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It’s hunting season, and as every good hunter will tell you, you have to plan ahead. When you’re out in the woods for days at a time, bad planning could literally mean the difference between life and death. Now, we’re not talking about anything quire that serious, but the truth is that if you are trying to grow your business, especially by taking advantage of partnerships with CPAs, you are on the hunt, even if you didn’t know it until this second. There is a lot that goes into finding the … [Read more...]

Becoming Your CPAs Best Quarterback

John Elway. Brett Favre. Peyton Manning. Tom Brady. Even if you've never watched a game of football in your life, you've probably heard at least one of those names (after all, who hasn’t seen one of Peyton’s commercials?) These are 4 of the best quarterbacks to play the game, ever. But what makes them great quarterbacks? And what the heck does this have to do with you, a financial advisor? I’m so glad you asked. Today we’re going to take a few pointers from the pros and help you become … [Read more...]

How To Make More Money Through Continuing Education

As a tax professional, you know you’re required to take continuing education classes. License renewal requirements vary by state and all of them call for a certain number of technical study hours. The problem is, while those technical study hours may help you keep up to date on tax-related issues, very few (if any), actually help you make more money. I’m going to take a leap here and assume you didn’t start your tax practice simply because you love numbers and you think the IRS is all that. … [Read more...]