What you Need to Make Your Accounting Invisible

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If you’re like most small business owners, you probably end your day with a to-do list that’s as long as it was at the start of the day. With operations, sales, inventory, employees, bookkeeping, customer support…keeping everything working smoothly on a daily basis takes a whack-a-mole approach. Then add to it things like long-term strategy or taxes, and that to-do list starts to require a superhuman level of attention. Fortunately, powerful new technologies are helping to give small businesses like yours the tools necessary to streamline many of your tasks. Because most of these solutions are cloud based, they work behind the scenes and across accounts. And they operate securely, thanks to things like password protection and 256-bit AES encryption, allowing every important member of your team – including your CPA and tax advisor – to work on vital financial data in real time from wherever they are without any delay or delivery gap. With your accounting technology running safely … [Read more...]

Enrolling for Medicare: A Primer

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The complexity of Medicare and the myriad options enrollees face can be daunting. Here are some pointers on how to go about enrolling for Medicare, and suggestions on different alternatives such as working with a Medicare advisor. As any American over 65 knows, signing up for Medicare is not simple. There are four different parts, each with different options that can have widely divergent effects on costs and coverage. Enrollees may also wish to supplement their Medicare with private coverage. If you are approaching that landmark birthday, consider the following pointers to guide you through the enrollment process. Start by determining whether you’ll continue to have group coverage through an employer or association. This is an especially important first step for anyone who continues to work past age 65 or who can be covered by a spouse who continues to work. While not all private group plans allow people to keep their coverage after age 65, those that do could help give you … [Read more...]

Turning CAS Technology Into Profits

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Technology has changed the way we live, work and conduct business. (We’re not telling you anything you don’t know.) Client Accounting Services (CAS) technologies have revolutionized the way that you can apply digitalization, virtualization and transformation to increase profits. By leveraging the cloud, SJG utilizes CAS technology to enable us to utilize safe virtual access to accounting records and other key financials, including banking records, payroll or anything else needed to complete your financial processes. With permission, we can securely transmit and download vital financial data, freeing you from the tedious task of having to rekey information. The result is timelier information, lower overall costs and more time to focus on strategic business initiatives. Outsourcing these services can be easier and less costly, provide access to a higher level of expertise, and eliminate the struggle many middle-market companies face trying to hire and maintain good talent. Your … [Read more...]

Five Signs You’ve Outgrown Your CPA

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Finding the right CPA can make a world of difference to your financial and mental wellbeing. This is a working relationship built on trust, credibility, business style and even personality type. A lasting partnership can provide you with informed, consistent support for your business and personal finances. But what happens if the relationship goes awry? Here are the top five signs that you may have outgrown your CPA. 5.  You find mistakes on your accounting and/or tax returns and get excuses. 4.  You always get voicemail when you call. 3.  Your QuickBooks file has not been adjusted to agree with your tax returns. 2.  You know deep down that your CPA probably should have retired years ago and may not be keeping up with tax law changes. The number one sign that you’ve outgrown your CPA - your tax returns are completed on October 15, regardless of when you provide the information.   If you suspect that your CPA is not working in your best interest or that you've … [Read more...]

QuickBooks 2015 Shortcuts: Infographic

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QuickBooks has long been relied upon by small businesses and accountants for creating bookkeeping efficiencies. The 2015 version offers a series of helpful keyboard shortcuts to save even more time. We’ve put them together into an infographic you can print and post by your computer. Use and share! … [Read more...]