Health Flexible Spending Arrangements in 2016

Brian SingletonBlog, Watch Your Wallet

Eligible employees should begin planning now to take full advantage of their employer's health flexible spending arrangement (FSA) during 2016. FSAs provide employees a way to use tax-free dollars to pay medical expenses not covered by other health plans. Because eligible employees need to decide how much to contribute through payroll deductions before the plan year begins, many employers this fall are offering their employees the option to participate during the 2016 plan year. Interested employees wishing to contribute during the ... Read More

What Employers Need To Know About The ACA

Brian SingletonBlog, Watch Your Wallet

The healthcare law contains tax provisions that affect employers. The size and structure of a workforce--small or large--helps determine which parts of the law apply to which employers. Calculating the number of employees is especially important for employers that have close to 50 employees or whose workforce fluctuates during the year. The number of employees an employer has during the current year determines whether it is an applicable large employer for the following year. Applicable large employers (ALEs) are generally ... Read More

2015 Year-End Business Tax Planning

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Business tax planning gets more important as the sun begins to set on 2015. While the fate of several business-related tax extenders that expired at the end of 2014 is uncertain, there are still year-end business tax planning strategies to reduce the tax burden for 2015.

Tax Tips for Starting a Business

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When you start a business, a key to your success is to know your tax obligations. You may not only need to know about income tax rules but also about payroll tax rules. Here are five tax tips that can help you get your business off to a good start. 1. Business Structure. An early choice you need to make is to decide on the type of structure for your business. The most common types are sole proprietor, partnership and … Read More

How QuickBooks Helps You Accelerate Receivables

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You’re meeting your sales goals. Keeping inventory balanced. Making sure that every billable hour gets invoiced. Taking advantage of vendor discounts. Basically, doing everything in your power to keep cash flow humming. But you can’t control how quickly your customers pay you. You can, though, use QuickBooks’ tools to: Make it easier for customers to remit their payments, Remind customers about unpaid balances, and Keep a close eye on unpaid invoices. Figure 1: QuickBooks lets you accept payments from customers … Read More

Leaving a Business: Which Exit Plan is Best?

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Selecting your business successor is a fundamental objective of planning an exit strategy and requires a careful assessment of what you want from the sale of your business and who can best give it to you. There are four ways to leave your business: transfer ownership to family members, Employee Stock Option Plan (ESOP), sale to a third party, and liquidation. The more you understand about each one, the better the chance is that you will leave your business on … Read More

Receiving Payments in QuickBooks

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There are numerous ways to prioritize your workday. Do the most difficult things first. Get important phone calls out of the way. Respond to customer emails. But it’s likely that one activity takes precedence when you see that it needs to be done: recording payments. While you’re probably very careful with this process, it’s critical that your actions here are accurate. If they’re not, you could either lose money that you’ve earned or anger customers by requesting payments they’ve already … Read More