Bigger isn’t better when it comes to tax advice

Posted Leave a commentPosted in IRS, Law firm, Tax Planning, Taxes

Small law firms and accounting firms sometimes feel ‘pushed out’ when it comes to a client’s largest transactions like the sale of a business or estate property. That’s usually not a good thing. “reliance on a promoter takes the good faith out of good-faith reliance.” – Tax Court Justice Holmes There’s a powerfully clear and simple […]

Tax planning checklist for attorneys

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The purpose of tax planning is to reduce tax liability by taking measures that cost less than the benefits received. The tax planning process typically begins with an analysis of the taxes paid now or in the last period, then moves to a pro-forma calculation of taxes in the current and future periods. It is always […]

Receivables management for accountants and attorneys

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In my first meeting with Philadelphia’s David Rubin in early 2017, he made me realize that my vision of accounts receivables management was shortsighted. His professional approach opened my eyes to the availability of a better way to manage this necessary task! I really did not know this service was available and didn’t imagine it […]

Who benefits the most from tax planning?

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Law firm, Retirement, self-employed, Tax Planning

Our tax laws provide more opportunity to some people than others. I find that some people can save tens of thousands of dollars with little effort through active tax planning while others might save only a thousand dollars or so. Obviously these high impact people are the ones that tax planners like me want to […]

Unreimbursed partnership expenses revisited

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Accounting, Employee Benefits, Law firm, Small Business, Tax Planning

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act triggers changes to the tax treatment of unreimbursed partnership expenses for 2018. Partnerships should revisit their policies to ensure that partners and employees maximize tax savings under the new law. Under former law a partner could deduct the expenses of the partnership on his or her individual income tax […]

Law firm productivity: the missing six hours

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How to boost law firm productivity Industry results are consistent with last year The nation’s law firms share the same business productivity problems as I have observed and written about in small accounting practices like mine, according to industry data compiled by Clio1. The findings are substantially the same as a similar report in 2016. […]

My 2017 in two short paragraphs

Posted Leave a commentPosted in aquaculture, Health and wellness, Investment, Law firm, Leadership, nonprofit, Values

The two big personal stories for me in 2017: #1 – Stress Handled I became stressed by the lack of respect for fact, truth, science, logic, law and education expressed in our everyday lives. I became stressed by the observation that other people abandoned traditional core values of charity, sharing, open doors, open borders, nondiscrimination, […]

Accounting firm of the future

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The small business accountant of the future will not provide bookkeeping services but will help business owners set up their bookkeeping to operate mostly automatically. The small business accountant of the future will not prepare tax returns but will ensure that tax reporting is completed and submitted automatically. THE FUTURE IS NOW for small firms […]

Online Security 2018

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Each of us is entitled to have unusual hobbies or interests without having any particular reason to justify it. Such has been the case with me and my interest in digital and online security. I’ve published a string of articles on this blog and other web sites, including the NJCPA online forum, on this topic. […]