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Life & Taxes Blog 2017-06-06T09:53:43+00:00

Traditional Effective Low Cost Small Business Marketing

Traditional Effective Low Cost Small Business Marketing This case study demonstrates how Hair Salon owners worked with their Accountant to create an effective low-cost marketing campaign which targeted lapsed and new customers to increase sales.  The campaign was traditional but effective.   About The Client A Client runs a small funky hair salon in New York.  They decided it was time to move to larger premises with more passing foot traffic, but they knew they had to grow their existing strong and loyal client base first.   Solution To achieve this goal, a project was completed with the following objectives: [...]

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Avoid Changing Horses in Midstream

It’s rare that Accountants are spoken of as examples of great marketing. So please indulge us as we share with you a wonderful campaign run by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales back in 1995. So proud were the Institute of their campaign that they bought serious billboard space in London. On the billboard was written in huge writing: "It’s easier to sleep with a Chartered Accountant." Talk about impact. The number of letters this campaign generated to the national press in England was amazing. It probably even turned up in comedians’ lines, [...]

Categories: Business Tax, General Consulting|

Filing due dates for certain tax and information returns changed

On July 31, 2015, President Obama signed into law P.L. 114-41, the "Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015." Although this new law was primarily designed as a 3-month stopgap extension of the Highway Trust Fund and related measures, it includes a number of important tax provisions, including revised due dates for partnership and C corporation returns and revised extended due dates for some returns. This letter provides an overview of these provisions, which may have an impact on you, your family, or your business. Revised Due Dates for Partnership and C Corporation Returns [...]

Categories: Business Tax|

Changes to Child Tax Credit – American Opportunity Tax Credit – Earned Income Tax Credit

Over the past few years, the use of refundable tax credits has increased.  Due to the significant potential - and actual - fraud, Congress has required the Internal Revenue Service to put into places certain measures to combat fraud, which costs the Federal Government over $10 billion dollars per year. For more information on reforming these tax credits, click here. Accelerated Form Filing Dates Worker payment reports (Forms W-2 and 1099) must be filed with the federal government by January 31.  The prior law required forms to be given to workers by January 31, but the filing copies were due at a [...]

Year-End Planning for 2016

As the end of the year approaches, it is a good time to think of planning moves that will help lower your tax bill for this year and possibly the next. Factors that compound the planning challenge this year include turbulence in the stock market, overall economic uncertainty, and Congress's all too familiar failure to act on a number of important tax breaks that will expire at the end of 2016. Some of these expiring tax breaks will likely be extended, but perhaps not all, and as in the past, Congress may not decide the fate of these tax [...]

Categories: Business Tax, Personal Tax|

Aaron’s Mailbag: Retirement Basics

From time to time, I receive e-mails from clients that include great questions!  I like to share these questions and my answers: Client: Aaron - [My wife] and I were talking to one of my uncles over Thanksgiving and he recommended that we invest in dividend stocks. Are we able to take the funds in our 401k's and IRAs and direct the funds into certain stocks? I know we briefly touched on this when we were in your office, but any advice/direction you have we would greatly appreciate! Aaron's Take: This is a great question. You don’t usually invest in [...]

Five Things You Should Know in 2015 about the ACA

In recognition of the five-year anniversary of healthcare reform, here are five things you should know about some of the key ACA requirements for businesses in 2015: The shared responsibility provision of healthcare reform is effective either this year or next year, depending on how many employees you have. The employer mandate or “play or pay,” provision requires companies with at least 50 full-time equivalent employees to offer minimum essential healthcare coverage to their full-time employees and their dependents. Applicable large employers (ALEs) can choose to pay a substantial penalty if they don’t abide by the law. Companies with 100 [...]

Sign Up for IRS Summertime Tax Tips

If you are interested in receiving helpful consumer tips this summer to get a jump start on this year’s taxes, consider joining the more than 660,000 subscribers who already receive IRS Tax Tips. Starting July 1, the IRS began offering its Summertime Tax Tips series, which includes useful information in English and Spanish. Tax Tips subscribers receive a new tip via email three times a week during July and August. They also get a Tax Tip each weekday during the tax filing season. The IRS also issues Special Edition Tax Tips on important tax topics throughout the year. IRS Tax [...]

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Forgot Something on Your Tax Return?

If you realize you forgot something on your tax return, you can amend that return after it has been filed. There are many reasons individuals need to amend their returns, whether it is for the just-filed 2014 return or prior year returns. Here are some key points when considering whether to file an amended federal (Form 1040X) or state income tax return. If you are amending for a refund, be aware that refunds generally won’t be paid for returns if the three-year statute of limitations from the filing due date has expired. Except for amending a return to carry back [...]