Category: News You Can Use

How to find a good tax preparer

07/30/15 –  Many individuals and most businesses have their income tax returns prepared by a CPA or other paid preparer.  Did you know that all paid preparers are now required to be registered with the IRS?  Here are ten tips to help you choose a qualified preparer: 1. Check the preparer’s qualifications. New regulations require all paid …

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Worth a Repost: CFO on Call

GUEST POST – Can your new small business afford a CFO? 06/02/2011 This article was recently published in the Idaho Business Review. Author Scott Lockwood eloquently describes what I can do for your business: According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small enterprises, employing fewer than 500 people, dominate the U.S. economy and account for …

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IRS revises Standard Mileage Rate

06/23/11 – The IRS today announced a revision to the deductible standard mileage rate allowed for business and medical or moving purposes, to take effect on July 1, 2011.  The new rate for business is 55.5 cents per mile and for medical or moving is 23.5 cents per mile.  The old rates were 51 cents and 19 cents respectively.  There is …

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GUEST POST – Can your small new business afford a CFO

06/02/2011  This article was recently published in the Idaho Business Review.  Author Scott Lockwood eloquently describes what I can do for your business:   According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small enterprises, employing fewer than 500 people, dominate the U.S. economy and account for 52 percent of all U.S. workers. Small businesses and their …

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Reminder: 2010 Tax Law Provisions extended

06/03/2011  Tax Planning Alert—The 2010 Tax Act     The newly passed and signed 2010 Tax Act, formally named the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010, includes several provisions that will affect taxpayers. Here is the information you need to know now about this legislation, formally named the Tax Relief, …

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Filing Season Delays Ending Soon

01/20/2011 – Happy New Year to my clients, colleagues, friends and family.  My wish for you this year is that you continue to learn and grow.  Remember I will be here to help you, with some new tools and techniques for you to try. Speaking of learning, I just learned when you can file your …

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Tax Planning for 2010–Here’s What to Do

MAXIMIZE YOUR RETIREMENT ACCOUNT CONTRIBUTIONS If you haven’t contributed the maximum to your tax-deferred 401(k) retirement savings account, some employers allow you to catch up for the current year. For 2010, you can contribute a maximum of $16,500 (and an additional $5,500 if you’re over 50 years of age by the end of the tax …

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New Credit Card Regs – What You Need to Know

08/25/10 – You know all that junk that comes in the envelope with your credit card statement each month?  You need to start reading it, or you could be paying more than you expected for fees and interest than you ever thought possible.  The CCARD Act of 2009 went into effect this past weekend, and credit card …

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Let’s start planning!

08/24/10 – Throughout the week, I receive several emails containing newsletters to which I subscribe, and one of my favorites is actually the IRS!  Who knew?  The IRS provides so many tips and lists to help my clients save on taxes, and what better way to help them think about tax planning than to share some of …

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Virtues of a Virtual Assistant

06/11/10 – As many of you know, I’m active in several online discussion groups on LinkedIn.  Well, a question was posted from a VA – virtual assistant – about dreaded tasks you perform during the workday.  Here’s our exchange: Priscilla Walker Chief Client Task Manager @ Your Dependable VA, Inc. What’s one task you dread …

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