Five Signs You’ve Outgrown Your CPA

S.J. Gorowitz Accounting Tax CPA Alpharetta

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...]

1099s Repealed for Corporations! So Do You Need to File Them at All?

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By Stacey Gorowitz, CPA, MBA Although the IRS officially repealed the onerous expanded information reporting requirements for payments made to corporations, the stakes are higher with enhanced penalties for failing to file 1099s when required. Here’s a brief summary explaining when and to whom you do need to file Form 1099 for 2013: When: 1099s are required to be sent to vendors by January 31, 2014 and the corresponding 1099s and summary form 1096 are required to be sent to the IRS by February 28, 2014. Who: All individuals and partnerships including certain corporations to whom you’ve paid $600 or more during the year must be issued a 1099. Individuals would include nonemployees (EX:  Day laborers or subcontractors), etc. Additionally, 1099 reporting is also required for: Rental payments for office space, as well as equipment and machinery. Royalties paid of $10 or more are also included in the 1099 reporting requirement. There are a few exceptions to the general … [Read more...]

If You Fail to Plan…Plan to Pay Taxes!

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By Candace Spencer, CPA, MAFM and Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor Have you ever been surprised with a large tax bill? When is the last time you received tax planning and/or projections and knew where you stood before year-end? Do you realize that those two questions are closely related? By getting solid financial information and acting on it in a timely fashion, you can prevent unpleasant surprises come filing season. With December right around the corner, time is running out. The good news is that it’s not too late; however, it’s now a race against the clock. If you need more motivation to start thinking about such annoyances as taxes this far before April 15, here are three reasons why you may want to consider tax planning. First, if you haven’t already heard, there have been major changes in the tax law for 2013. Therefore, you can expect the 2013 tax year will NOT be like last tax year. Here are just a few changes you need to be aware of: In 2012 100% of itemized deductions … [Read more...]

Affordable Care Act – Beware of the Medicare Surtax for High Income Individuals

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By Stacey Gorowitz, CPA, MBA  Although the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law in 2010, many continued hoping the health care law would go away. We must now accept the tax implications it poses and plan accordingly.  In general, individuals with Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) greater than $200,000 should pay close attention. The two surtaxes, which will be imposed on higher-income taxpayers, effective for tax years beginning after December 31, 2012 include: 1) Medicare Surtax on Earned Income – In addition to the current 1.45% Medicare portion of payroll tax there will be a new 0.9% surtax applied to taxpayers who receive wages or self-employment income in excess of $200,000 for single and $250,000 for joint returns.  This surtax is not imposed until after a taxpayer crosses the earnings “threshold”. 2) Unearned Income Medicare Contribution – 3.8% Medicare tax is imposed on the lesser of net investment income or Modified AGI (specifically defined by … [Read more...]