RANT WARNING!!!!


I received a compliment today. I am a CPA who goes by the book. Unfortunately, it was not meant to be a compliment. I was approached by someone today who was letting me know how someone else (they wouldn’t tell me who) out there is portraying me. Apparently, I’m by the book, but this other

Land a Job in 5 Easy Steps


Our office plays host to more than one company, and we, as business owners interact with a LOT of other business owners. One topic that seems to be a sticking point for many of us business owners is finding, hiring and keeping good staff. 2009, when I graduated with my degree in accounting, was a

What The Heck?!?!


My Heros As mentioned in a recent blog article, it’s been a rough tax season.  I mean, really rough.  Absolutely brutal. The demographic that makes up the largest portion of my clientele is the mid to upper middle-class earners.  Every day, I am breaking bad news.  Yesterday alone, I had to break $20K worth of

Tax Season 2019


I’ve worked on taxes for a few weeks now and have found four common situations: 1 – Simple Taxes, Part 1 These people are used to getting BIG refunds, much to my dismay.  They always qualify for EIC and full child tax credits.  This year, their refunds are not as big as they are accustomed,

Death and Taxes


D      As we all know, the holidays can be very difficult for those who experiencing the holidays with out a loved one for the first time. Unfortunately, the first tax season after such a heart-breaking event can be even more difficult.  Doing a deceased loved ones’ taxes is one of the most difficult things I

Five Things to Look at Before Tax Season


If you are anything like me, the holidays being only days away also signifies that tax season is barreling towards us like a freight train.  There is no stopping that bad boy! Most people stave off preparing for tax season until after the holidays, but I would posit this just elongates the season of stress. Here

Doing It All Costs You Money


  Doing It All Costs You Money Seven years ago, almost exactly, I became a small business owner.  Oh my goodness!  I had no idea what I was really getting myself into, and I’m an accountant!  Except, I was no longer just an accountant.  I was a salesperson.  I was an administrator.  I was a

5 Steps to a Complete Marketing Plan


5 Steps to a Complete Marketing Plan Why is a marketing plan important? We’ve all heard the adage “If you fail to plan, plan to fail,” right?  Well, when it comes to your business the saying applies.    According to research by the Small Business Administration (SBA) about 30% of businesses fail in the first 2

Understanding Self-Employment Tax


Understanding Self-Employment Tax   Ah, self-employment tax…  Something that many business owners have to deal with if they are lucky enough to be profitable but have very little understanding of what it is or why they must pay it.  Consider this your crash course on self-employment tax, what it is, and what it costs. What

Why Should I Care About My Business Entity Type?


Why Should I Care About My Business Entity Type? So you’ve decided to strike out and pursue the American Dream and start your own business, congratulations!  Before you get started though, there are some things to consider about the entity you choose and how the decision will affect your life down the road.  Choosing the