Is Your CPA Just Checking Boxes and Filling In Blanks?

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By Stacey Gorowitz, CPA, MBA Taxes are the first thing most people think of when they think of their CPA. In fact, the need for help completing their annual returns most likely drove them to seek the assistance of an accountant in the first place. It’s an important task, without a doubt. At the same time, preparing tax returns can almost be viewed as a commodity in some cases. Filling in the blanks is all it amounts to, sadly, from many service providers. Finding someone to fill in the blanks on the right generic forms for your business or personal return isn’t a challenge. Finding someone who really gets to know you and your company, however, isn’t so easy. It’s worth it to make the extra effort and search until you’ve found the right fit though, because with a well matched CPA who’s motivated and knowledgeable, the difference is astounding. By putting in the time and attention to understand the nuances of your financial situation – your goals, your unique business, your … [Read more...]

Client Accounting Services Are Changing Where You Focus Your Time

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By Stacey Gorowitz, CPA, MBA If you own a small business, you’ve no doubt been astounded at the changes you’ve seen to the technological and economic landscape over the past decade. There are so many more choices and options in this post-internet, digital world that it can make your head spin! Adjusting may be hard, but the possibilities are fantastic news for business owners. One such change is referred to as Client Accounting Services (CAS). This paradigm offers the benefits of the three mega-trends of digitalization, virtualization and transformation, and it can help all small businesses see bigger profits. By using new technology, your financial professionals can access your accounting records virtually, of course, but they can also interact in real time with you. They now have easy online access to banking records, payroll – anything needed to complete your financial processes and accounting. This means nearly all information can now be transmitted and downloaded – … [Read more...]

You Can’t Transfer Tax Attributes – Or Can You?

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Did you pay a lot in state taxes this year? You can potentially save 10% or more. Sounds like one of those too good to be true commercials, doesn’t it?  The majority of my blogs try to dissuade tax myths and educate business owners and individual taxpayers on some of the nuances of tax law, but this unlikely-sounding scenario is no myth. Normally, the income, expenses and credits you earn are yours and can’t be transferred to someone else – not even your children. However, there is one situation where one taxpayer can acquire the tax attributes of another: state tax credits. Georgia has a law that allows certain tax credits earned by one taxpayer (usually a company) to be purchased at a discount and used by another taxpayer (usually an individual). That’s right, you can purchase tax credits. For example, an individual taxpayer can purchase $50,000 of GA Entertainment Tax Credits for $45,000. You write a check for $45,000 but a credit of $50,000 gets reported on your Georgia … [Read more...]

2012 IRS Tax Season Fun Facts

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By Stacey Gorowitz, CPA, MBA It’s tax time again, so why not get to know the IRS on a personal basis? Well…maybe that’s too big a step, but we might as well learn a little more about this fixture in our lives, because it’s not going away. On March 25, the IRS announced the release of its 2012 Internal Revenue Service Data Book which includes information about returns filed, taxes collected, enforcement actions, taxpayer assistance and more, from October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012. Highlights of this treasure trove of data include: Out of the 146 million individual income tax returns filed, almost 81 percent were e-filed. E-filing is so popular because not only does it remove the need to deal with stamps and minimize the risk of your return being lost, it gets your refund into your bank account within just a few days. More than 120 million individual income tax return filers received a tax refund, which totaled almost $322.7 billion. Of course, this is money that already … [Read more...]