Accounting

Small businesses: How to compete against the big guys

Small businesses: How to compete against the big guys

When big-box stores come to town, how can a small business successfully compete? That’s a tough question. While one answer doesn’t fit all cases, certain strategies have proven effective for many businesses. Consider these ideas: Compete on your own terms. As a small business, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to compete with larger competitors on the basis of price alone.…

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Take Advantage of Being Self-Employed

Take Advantage of Being Self-Employed

When it comes to taxes, being self-employed has some advantages. Whether you work for yourself on a full-time basis or just do a little moonlighting on the side, the government has provided you with a variety of tax breaks: Build up your retirement funds. When you’re self-employed, you’re allowed to set up a retirement plan for your business. Remember, contributing…

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2018 Executive of the Year

2018 Executive of the Year

We are delighted to announce that our own L. Scott Elwell has been recognized as a “2018 Executive of the Year” by South Jersey Biz. Scott has been ranked one of twenty-two leaders who excel in shaping the future of business in South Jersey. This achievement is such an honor and our team couldn’t be more proud! Congratulations, Scott! Below…

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Survive Financial Stress with These 3 Mindset Changers

Survive Financial Stress with These 3 Mindset Changers

Because financial stress is a normal part of life for most people, learning to cope with money worries is important — vital, in fact — for maintaining positive relationships, job productivity, and personal health. If you’re dealing with excessive anxiety about your finances, consider implementing the following three policies: Move forward and control what you can. If you’ve been laid off…

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3 Natural Disaster Prep Tax Tips

3 Natural Disaster Prep Tax Tips

The storms and wildfires during the last year are a good reminder that one of the best ways to manage the aftermath of a natural disaster is to plan ahead. If you live in a natural disaster high-risk area, you can take steps to alleviate tax and financial issues post-disaster by following these tips: Check your homeowners or renters insurance…

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How to Make the Most of Your Tax Refund

Are you receiving a tax refund this year? No doubt you’ve already heard about why you shouldn’t be giving the government an interest-free loan. Maybe you’ve decided to revise your withholding or estimated tax payments to reduce the amount of next year’s refund. Either way, you have options. Financial planning means creating effective strategies that work for you. The more…

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3 Reasons Why Your Child Should (or shouldn’t) Have Life Insurance

3 Reasons Why Your Child Should (or shouldn’t) Have Life Insurance

When determining whether or not to carry life insurance on your children, you’ll find that people have a variety of opinions. Here’s a look at some of the most common considerations for and against life insurance policies on children: Financial security. Traditionally, you take out life insurance to provide for the financial security of dependents. The policy should include funds to…

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Considering Paying for Your Child’s College Education?

Should you pay for your child’s college education? Or should your child find the financing? There are compelling arguments for both sides, but ultimately, your family needs to do what’s best for your financial situation. Most families find that a combination of both works the best. Parents should pay. Arguments in favor of shelling out your hard-earned cash for a…

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Could the Coverdell ESA be the right fund for you?

As we approach graduation season, we have education costs on the brain! You’re probably familiar with 529 college savings plans. Named for Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code, they’re also known as qualified tuition programs, and they offer tax benefits when you save for college expenses. But are you aware of a lesser-known cousin, established under Section 530 of…

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What you should do when the IRS contacts you

After you file your tax return, the last thing you want to see is a notice from the IRS questioning your return. Some IRS notices involve very minor changes, like a correction to a Social Security number. Some are for serious changes that could involve a lot of money, such as a billing for more taxes, interest, or penalties due…

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Find the best employees to contribute to your company

Turnover is an often overlooked cost of doing business. Sometimes it can run as high as 25% of salary and benefits. One way to reduce this cost is to hire wisely. It’s an oft-quoted cliché that employees are a company’s most valuable assets. Try generating revenue with unmotivated or unskilled employees, and you’ll soon discover that the cliché rings true.…

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2 Smart Tax Ideas for Your Refund

Are you looking forward to your tax refund? By now you know how much you’ll be getting and approximately when the cash will land in your bank account. The only question is, what’s the best way to put the money to work for you? Here are two tax-smart ideas. Tax Refund Tip #1 Fund your IRA. Depending on your income,…

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Ready to start year-end planning? Focus on the big picture

Some tax-cutting strategies make good financial sense. Others are simply bad ideas, often because tax considerations are allowed to override basic economics. Here’s one example of the tax tail wagging the economic dog. Let’s say that you operate an unincorporated consulting business. You want an additional tax write-off, so you decide to buy $10,000 of office furniture that you don’t…

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Downtime is not wasted time, Does a suggestion to boost productivity with time off sound counter intuitive?

  Research has shown that giving workers – and perhaps yourself, as a business owner – time off to recuperate from work demands can be energizing. Here are three ways your business can benefit. Read more. Does a suggestion to boost productivity with time off sound counter intuitive? Research has shown that giving workers – and perhaps yourself, as a…

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Keep an eye on your company’s cash !!

Do you regularly monitor your company’s cash accounts? Being aware of where your cash is going can help prevent theft or improper expenditures, which are among the chief sources of loss for small companies. Do you regularly monitor your company’s cash accounts? Being aware of where your cash is going can help prevent theft or improper expenditures, which are among…

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Tax planning is good for corporations too

If you own a calendar-year corporation, you can benefit from planning moves you make before December 31.  For example, corporations can accelerate or defer income or deductions to stay within a certain tax bracket.  You’ll also want to look at your corporate alternative minimum tax exposure to determine whether you qualify for an exception to the tax.  Finally, reviewing estimated…

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Back to school? Check this tax credit

If you or a member of your family is off to college this fall, you may be eligible for the American Opportunity Tax Credit.  Eligible students may take this credit for the first four years of higher education.  The credit can be up to $2500 annually.  Expenses that qualify for the credit include tuition, fees, and related expenses. Forty percent…

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A Quick Recordkeeping Guide

Is your cabinet overflowing?  Do you hesitate to purge tax information because you’re not sure what to keep and what to discard?  Here’s a quick guide to help you cut through the clutter. Expenses.  Substantiation for deductions includes charitable donation acknowledgments, receipts for employee business expenses, and automobile mileage logs.  Retain these at least seven years after you file the…

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Business Tip: Don’t sell property; exchange it

A tax-deferred exchange is a tax planning technique which should be considered by any taxpayer that is relocating or disposing of property.  Often referred to as a “tax-free exchange,” the tax-deferred exchange allows you to exchange certain business or investment property for other “like-kind” business or investment property and pay no income taxes currently.  Your tax liability is deferred until…

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Don’t overlook above-the-line deductions

Even if you don’t itemize deductions on your tax return, you may be entitled to certain “above-the-line” deductions.  These deductions are subtracted from your income to arrive at your adjusted gross income, an important number because it determines your qualification for certain tax credits and various tax breaks.  Above-the-line deductions include such things as IRA contributions, health savings account contributions,…

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Summer job tax tip

If your child has a summer job, consider opening an IRA for him or her.  According to the tax rules, anyone under age 70 1/2 who has earned income can contribute to a traditional IRA.  There’s no age restriction for Roth accounts, though the amount of the contribution phases out at higher income levels.  The advantage of a Roth over…

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Midyear tax planning tip

Take time this summer to examine your investment portfolio for potential tax savings, such as selling stocks that are worth less than you paid to offset your capital gains.  You might also donate appreciated stock that you have held for more than one year to charity and avoid capital gains altogether – plus getting a deduction for the stock’s fair…

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Accurate inventory numbers are crucial for your business

For many companies, inventory is a significant dollar amount on the company’s financial statements.  So it’s crucial that recorded inventory balances reflect actual values.  When such accounts aren’t properly stated, the cost of goods sold and current ratios – numbers that often matter to decision makers – may be skewed.  If banks discover that your company’s inventory accounts are overstated,…

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IRS launches new “misclassification initiative”

How you classify your workers – as “independent contractors” or “employees” – matters a great deal to the IRS.  The IRS is aware that employers prefer to treat workers as independent contractors to avoid paying fringe benefits and payroll taxes.  The IRS estimates that 80% of workers who are classified as independent contractors are actually employees.  About 100 new auditors…

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Public safety heroes law passed

A new law, the “Don’t Tax Our Fallen Public Safety Heroes Act,” was signed on May 22, 2015, to clarify the tax treatment of federal and state benefits for public safety officers killed or injured in the line of duty.  Under the law, such benefits will not be subject to federal income tax.

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Business survey identifies taxes as biggest burden

In a survey of small businesses conducted by the National Small Business Association, 59% of respondents said taxes were more of an administrative burden than a financial one.  Most businesses put payroll taxes at the top of the list of taxes with the greatest administrative burden.  Payroll taxes also outranked other taxes, such as income, property, and sales taxes, as…

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Summertime tax tip

If you itemize your deductions, you can deduct the mortgage interest and property taxes paid for your vacation home.  A boat or RV can qualify as a vacation home if it has sleeping quarters, cooking facilities, and a bathroom.  If a retreat also serves as rental property, you can control your tax deductions by changing the number of days you…

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Check out the current issue of South Jersey Biz magazine featuring Business Accounting Systems, P.C.

Business Forecast sjbiz jan2015 PDf South Jersey Biz January 2015 Our Vice President, L. Scott Elwell, MST, EA is currently featured in the January, 2015 edition of South Jersey Biz Magazine.  The article features predictions from local industry leaders on what 2015 has in store for the South Jersey business world.  Here is a copy of the article as well as…

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Not all “income” is taxable

There are several sources of revenue that are not subject to income tax. Here are the most common sources of money that are not taxed on your federal income tax return: Borrowed money such as from banks or personal loans. Money received as a gift or inheritance from family or friends. Money paid on your behalf directly to a school…

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Business Accounting Systems, P.C. named 2014 Small Business Award for Payroll Services

We are pleased to announce that Business Accounting Systems, P.C. has been named Best in Payroll Services, from the 2014 Small Business Awards, named by South Jersey Biz Magazine.  Click here for the list of 30 businesses who are recipients of the Small Business Awards this year: http://www.southjerseybiz.net/articles/?articleID=950 Congratulations to our fellow winners – and thanks to everyone for their…

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Year-End Tax Strategies for Businesses

YEAR-END TAX STRATEGIES FOR BUSINESSES Gift shares of stock to family members who are in a low tax bracket before declaring a dividend, as part of a larger plan to shift ownership of the business to younger family members. The owners of pass-through entities, such as S corporations and partnerships, have the income taxed on their personal tax returns.  The…

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IRS Impostors Phishing for Personal and Financial Information: Report them immediately

It is important to be aware of pop-ups or emails ‘phishing’ for personal information. They are transmitted electronically and done so very easily. You may even receive a text, SMS message or a personal message through social media platforms. These false requests are daily occurrences and are sent in hopes to lure innocent victims into disclosing personal and/or financial information.…

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Professional Payroll Services Simplifies Employee Compensation

Active business owners know that using a professional payroll service is a smart business decision. Busy owners and administrative employees adhere to the valuable benefits a good payroll service can bring to a company’s overall financials. Outsourced payroll services decreases payroll burdens and frees up administrators’ and owner’s time to focus on other important business aspects.

Seek Accountable and Compliant Payroll Services

Knowing what kinds of services to expect out of a payroll company will help in the search for one. 

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Welcome to our Business Accounting Systems, PC blog!

We’re excited to announce the official launch of our Business Accounting Systems, PC blog. We’ll be posting helpful news from the financial industry, updates from our practice, and more about the latest in keeping your personal and business finances in the best shape possible. We built our practice on the notion that we’re there for our clients when they need us…

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