How Does Sequestration Affect You?

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  For many, the word “sequestration” is just another overly-hyped term being thrown about the halls of D.C. that doesn’t actually have any real effect on the average American citizen. However, if you know anything about how economics works, then you understand that no matter where large cuts like this take place, they ultimately affect all of us. Call it the trickle down effect or whatever you want: cuts in the government means cuts for small businesses and individuals, both directly and indirectly. For example, the IRS announced that portions of the Affordable Care Act that offer some health care incentives for small businesses will have cutbacks. This means that health care benefits are now a little more expensive for employers. This could result in  lowered benefits or benefits that are eliminated in full. Another direct impact is on individual and small business contractors who work with the government. With such large cutbacks, many of these contractors will have … [Read more...]

Stacey Gorowitz Featured on CPA Radio Panel

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On January 28, our very own Stacey Gorowitz was part of a CPA panel on the High Velocity radio show on Business RadioX. Topics discussed include the effects of the fiscal cliff on business owners, preparing for the 2012 tax season and how to choose and vet an accountant. It was a lively discussion! Click here to listen to it. … [Read more...]

Forget what you think you know about Form 1099…here’s what you need to know!

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By Candace S. Spencer, CPA Let’s break down the What, the Who and Why the IRS will penalize you if you don’t file 1099s. What do you need to know about 1099s in a nutshell? The general rule states that if you are engaged in a trade or business you are REQUIRED to file 1099s. So if Owner, President, CEO, Entrepreneur is on your business card, you are responsible for 1099 filings. The only exception to this rule is if the expenses were paid via credit card. We recommend that before engaging in business with new vendors, you ask them to complete Form W-9, which can be found on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website at www.irs.gov. They should fill this out and return it to you before payments are rendered. Actually, the rules state that you’re required to get this form from them before making a payment. Otherwise, you as the business owner are required to do Backup Withholding (an entirely different topic) Who gets a 1099? All individuals and partnerships including certain … [Read more...]

How To Select a Tax Preparer

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  It’s everyone’s favorite time of year again - tax time! Although you may not enjoy the process, it is a necessary evil. Hopefully finding the right tax preparer can make it less painful. Nearly 2/3 of all taxpayers use a tax preparer. However, it still may not be appropriate for you. There are multiple free filing software options accessible through the IRS’s website if your income is below $57,000, and 70 percent of all taxpayers make less than $57,000. But if you’re not in this category, then it may be prudent for you to hire a professional. A good tax preparer will help you stay in compliance with the law as well as minimize taxes for your specific set of circumstances. The IRS has some important minimum requirements you should look for in a tax preparer at http://www.irs.gov/uac/Ten-Tips-to-Help-You-Choose-a-Tax-Preparer. However, there are some other characteristics that could be important to you as well. When selecting a preparer it is important to: 1)    Be an … [Read more...]