Why I am furious with QuickBooks right now

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A copy of an email advertisement for Book-to-tax feature. Intuit is fond of asking me frequently if I am satisfied with their QuickBooks product and would be willing to recommend their product to others. I’ve used it for 20+ years and have been a long-time QuickBooks ProAdviser. I’ve always been clear that my loyalty is due […]

CPA communication with a prior tax preparer

Posted 3 CommentsPosted in Accounting, Taxes

Is it ever appropriate for a CPA tax preparer to communicate with the prior CPA tax preparer in order to gain an understanding of a proposed tax engagement? Consider this situation: Prospective tax client presents his prior tax returns with a request to prepare the current tax return and all appears to be in order except […]

Even small nonprofits can benefit from online accounting

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Since the early days of online accounting, I’ve preached that some of the obvious beneficiaries of this technology are nonprofit groups. One primary advantage is decentralization of information. In the past only the Treasurer might have had access. Board members might be updated at periodic meetings. Now all board members with access to the online books […]

Misunderstandings of tax treatment of health insurance

Posted 3 CommentsPosted in Accounting, Employee Benefits, Taxes

An article in Forbes earlier this month was apparently misunderstood by some readers. PPACA is certainly difficult and some issues are not yet resolved. But we should not let that confusion undermine our understanding of basis tax principles governing the treatment of health insurance premiums paid by an employer. I suggest that it would be good […]

Testing small business social media marketing message for CPA/benefits practice

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Accounting, Employee Benefits, Small Business, Social Media, Tax Planning

Today I plan to test this new social media marketing message on a sample of my small business owner connections. It is meant to incorporate the components of the advice I’m reading lately on how to do this type of social media marketing. I deliberately tried to include an immediacy point, a focus on the reader, […]

When QuickBooks is a no-brainer

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Accounting, Computers and Internet, Financial Planning, Small Business, Taxes

I ran into an old friend by chance on a Philadelphia sidewalk today. We used to see each other often but now he lives more than an hour away with his three dogs at a rural country place in beautiful upper Bucks Country. He knows that I am an accountant but we’ve never “talked business” […]

Should a CPA help a delinquent taxpayer? a criminal? a drug dealer?

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A CPA posed a question online about whether he should help a person who had not filed income tax returns for years but now wants to come clean and catch up. It was surprising to me that almost all the CPAs who responded said they would not help. Many had strong logical arguments for their […]

CPA Tax Rates for 2015

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Until now, I have used negotiated flat fees for all accounting services – including tax services – under an approach commonly called “value pricing”. These fees should have some reasonable basis and market rate or competitive pricing may be one input into this basis of pricing. We presume that there is social value in having consumers […]