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January Means Tax Time is Around the Corner

Even though the weather outside your window is likely frigid, it’s not too early to start thinking about taxes and April 15. For example, two major tax changes will impact small business owners as they complete their tax returns this spring. Read more...

Is it Time to Upgrade Your Accounting System?

When you first started your business, you were probably more concerned about finding customers for your products then you were about your accounting system. Maybe it took a while for your business to take off so it was easy to record your sales in a notebook and your expenses; well maybe they were minimal so, it seemed simplest to use a spreadsheet.  Read more...

Crowd-funding: A new way to finance your business

It's a new way to finance your business. It's revolutionary, and it is literally changing the entire way that small business owners think about financing. We're talking about crowdfunding. Never heard of it? Crowd funding is when a group of people gets together to support a new business venture. The people who support the new business are known as "backers", and they help the project by donating money or offering up contacts or other resources. In exchange for their help, they are offered perks such as free services, products, etc. from the company they helped to build.


Independent Contractors: Reporting Them Correctly


As a small business owner, it is very important to make sure that you are classifying your independent contractors correctly on your taxes. It can be confusing and hard to remember when it comes to employees versus independent contractors, since they often do the same work and get paid similarly. However, the IRS does not see it that way, and you can get into some serious trouble if you report your contractors incorrectly. According to the IRS, the difference is : “In general, someone who performs services for you is your employee if you can control what will be done and how it will be done.” (Find more about the IRS policies on independent contractors here.


Webinar: 5 Things Your Accountant Won't Tell You

Tax time is often the most difficult time of the year for small businesses and many business owners choose this time to find an accountant to help them prepare their tax returns. But knowing whether the accountant you've selected is the right one for your company can be difficult... and can turn what you hoped to be a great move forward into a financial nightmare.

Jim Bourke will discuss how to identify your next CPA and some of the traits and characteristics that are a must. In addition, Jim will discuss five things that your CPA may not tell you, but that you should be aware of!





Angel Investors Go Local

According to Northwest Michigan Second Watch, a local angel investor group is focusing on local small businesses.


Five Things Your Accountant Won't Tell You


"Not Everyone Knows What They Are Doing".

Please be careful when choosing a CPA. Some studies show that as many as HALF of all tax preparers aren't certified public accountants. Some are nothing at all, they just showed up, watched a couple videos, and got hired. So, when it comes to your taxes, and your business, do your research and make sure your CPA is qualified.


Online Sales: Should You Collect Sales Tax?


Online Sales Tax can be a perplexing issue. When do you collect it? When don't you? Is it an always kind of thing, or just sometimes? Hopefully, this article will be able to clear up some of the issues and misconceptions about online sales tax.


Top Ten Small Business Tax Deductions


Taxes. Yuck. Everyone dreads them, but they are a necessary evil. One of the positive things about tax time is that the government has a lot of tax deductions out there for small business owners. So, without further ado, here are the top ten small business tax deductions. 

Groupon Offers Small Businesses Credit Card Services

According to the Street, Groupon plans to offer credit card processing services for small businesses. The service would use a mobile reader similar to what is currently offered by Square and Paypal.


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