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The Quickest Ways to Go Out of Business

Most entrepreneurs love sales. The more sales the better. They use words like scale and velocity and other fancy terms for growth. But in the “real” day-to-day world of starting and running a business, sales are sales, no matter what you prefer to call them. And chasing sales for sales sake is a sure-fire way […]

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The Trap Most People Fall Into With Income Tax Planning

Let’s face it, most income tax planning comes down to timing. There are few ways to permanently get rid of income taxes, unless you simply don’t make any money. I love lowering my taxes as much as possible just like everyone else, but if my strategy is to make less money just to pay less […]

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Try Listening for a Change

I got an email this morning that was so frustrating.  Let me give you some context. My payroll company also handles our company 401(k).  My annual Form 5500 is due, so they sent me an email with the instructions to login and submit the pre-populated Form 5500. Easy enough, right? I went in to file […]

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How to Pay Less State Taxes with State Tax Credits

Are you aware that you can pay less state taxes than you currently are by using state tax credits? I meet with a lot of people – business owners and non-business owners, and I would say that 95% of them had no idea that they could take advantage of this opportunity. And it’s pretty simple […]

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Opportunity Zone Funds – A Legal Way to Pay No Capital Gains Taxes?

The Trump Tax Law created a new type of investment vehicle called an Opportunity Zone Fund. An Opportunity Zone is an economically distressed community that is designated as such by a state, and then certified by the Secretary of the US Treasury. The purpose of these Funds is to spur economic development and job creation […]

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Bookkeeping That Will Transform Your Business

Is one of the most mundane parts of your business the bookkeeping?  You work 80 hours a week, then dread sitting down for 4 hours on a Saturday to catch up the accounting – entering bills, invoices, payments, deposits and reconciling accounts. Fun… So you hire a bookkeeper to come in and do your bookkeeping.  […]

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You Have to ACT FAST to Take Advantage of This 2018 Tax Planning Opportunity

There are a lot of tax planning opportunities to take advantage of before December 31st.  But there is one that you need to implement in the next couple of weeks and it could save you a lot in taxes. It’s setting up a safe-harbor 401(k) plan for 2018. Many times, small business owners think 401(k)’s […]

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How to (Potentially) Circumvent the $10,000 Cap on State and Local Tax Deductions

Under the new Trump tax law, individuals are limited in deducting state and local taxes up to $10,000.  There has been a lot in the news lately about high-tax states trying to circumvent this limitation by establishing state run non-profit organizations that allow state tax credits for contributions to the funds. By doing so, these […]

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5 Tax Planning Ideas Business Owners Should Consider Now

This document is not intended to be construed as tax or legal advice. You should always contact your tax or legal advisor for specific tax planning recommendations for your situation. It’s September, which in my world means it’s time to be thinking about tax planning for 2018. You know there have been tax law changes, […]

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3 Things Every Business Owner Should Track Immediately

In working with many, many businesses as a Greenville CPA over the years, there are 3 things that always stand out that aren’t tracked: margins, days AR outstanding and days AP outstanding. The reason they are typically not tracked is because their accounting is bad or nonexistent.  So, the first step in being able to […]

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