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Collections 101 for Small Business Owners

collections for businessIf life was perfect and people paid their bills on time, there would be no need for nuisances like collection letters, litigation and garnishments. Unfortunately, however, life is not always ideal, and people do not consistently meet their financial commitments. Read more...

The ABCs of a tax audit

tax auditWhat’s the best way to prepare for your small business tax audit?  Assume it's going to happen to you in the first place, says CPA Nate Byers, who is also a financial planner with JBC Wealth Advisors, LLC in Madison, Wisconsin. Read more...

Should small business owners care about a balance sheet?

A balance sheetOperating a small business takes more than merely stocking inventory and making sales. As any entrepreneur learns, a myriad of responsibilities exist that support the management of the enterprise. Read more...

Virtual Bookkeepers Can Lighten the Load

virtual assistantPeople who start a new business expect it to be challenging — after all, the path of least resistance is working for someone else. Entrepreneurship demands a great deal from those who choose to be their own boss, including the imperative to deliver a great product or service, expand the customer base, manage hiring and firing, build vendor relationships and much more. Read more...

Bookkeeper vs. Accountant: Which is right for your small business?

bookkeeper 1Taking care of your company’s financials is a numbers game, but sometimes it can be a tricky proposition determining whether your monetary matters require the expertise of a bookkeeper or an accountant. Read more...

Are credit card readers right for your small business?

credit card readerIf you are a small business owner considering whether to accept credit card payments from customers via the use of a card reader, you have several decisions to make. And, not surprisingly, several options to choose from. For example, you could go with industry leader Square. According to a recent article in Business News Daily, the little white card reader offered by Square is the industry leader because it is a fast and easy way to accept credit card payments anytime, anywhere. Read more...

3 Cash Flow Principles for Success In Business

cash flowWhy are you in business? Some people say they are in business to deliver a certain product or provide a unique or special service. Others might say they are developing a breakthrough technology, or are out to deliver the highest level of quality. Read more...

Tips for surviving a business audit

audit 1The answer is, ala the TV game show Jeopardy: “What is call your CPA.” That’s the response CPA Kristin Ingram hopes small business owners remember if they learn their company is going to be audited.  Meanwhile, the chances of that happening are pretty slim, says Ingram, CEO of Connecticut-based Ingram Digital Media, Inc. “Currently, the overall audit rate is only one percent for business and personal taxes, so the likelihood is extremely low,” she says. Moreover, most audits are what she calls “correspondence audits,” meaning the IRS is requesting some information by letter. That happens when the IRS receives some information that does not match the data on the tax return, Ingram explains. Read more...

Nine Ways to Avoid Getting Hooked by W-2 Phishing Schemes

w2 scamThe W-2 phishing expedition is one of the fastest growing cyber scams today, and it’s especially relevant as the April 15 income tax filing deadline approaches. Here’s how it works: Scammers pose via email as a senior company executive and request HR and Finance managers provide them copies of employee tax forms. Once a complete set is obtained, they sell it on the black market. Between $4 to $20 per form can be raked in by selling off the individual pieces of employee identity W-2s contain or using them to file tax returns and taking the refunds. Read more...

Top IRS Tips to Know about the Home Office Deduction

home officeTaxpayers who use their home for business may be able to deduct expenses for the business use of it. Qualified persons can claim the deduction whether they rent or own their home. Use the simplified method or the regular method to claim a deduction. Read more...

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