Make small business payroll service pay for itself

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Accounting, payroll, Small Business, Tax Planning

Recently I published a series of short blog posts on the topic of payroll processing for small businesses. In summary, I’ve suggested that today’s automated payroll services are a fantastic value but that coördination and oversight by a small business compensation professional helps avoid problems and penalties that stem from miscommunication. I’ve suggested that the […]

What small employers need to know about New Jersey’s sick leave law

Posted Leave a commentPosted in New Jersey, Small Business, Taxes

Update June 21: My friends at Workplace offered to extend an invitation to those in the Philadelphia region to a seminar at Tavistock Country Club in Haddonfield NJ on Wednesday July 18th at 8am. Find more information at this Facebook event  or register online here. New Jersey just passed a sick leave law that affects […]

HRA for spouse of business owner?

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits, Health Insurance, Small Business

Can a business with only one employee – the spouse of the sole proprietor – be eligible for a Health Reimbursement Arrangement? I can not give that assurance but at least one popular tax speaker says that he can and you are welcome to rely on that advice. In this situation, I would prefer to […]

Does blogging work?

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Computers and Internet, Small Business, Social Media, Writing

Last evening I appeared on a short segment on the NBC national news. The story was rebroadcast on this morning’s Today Show. After these brief TV appearances I received a bunch of phone calls, emails and messages asking how this came about. In fact, it was just an odd random event in my patchwork schedule […]

Small business part time help matchmaker project

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Accounting, Small Business

I’ve noticed that my businesses and other local businesses are having a tougher time finding workers for occasional projects so I started a project yesterday in an attempt to address the issue. The goal is to meet more people who are looking for various types of work and assess their interests, skills and availability. Then […]

Head’s Up on New Pennsylvania Charity Reporting Requirements

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Accounting, nonprofit, Small Business

Executive Summary: Smaller Pennsylvania charities face revised state requirements for their submitted financial statements that may require additional advance planning. May 16, 2018 is the IRS filing deadline for filing 2017 information with the federal government for most nonprofit organizations. Some organizations haven’t had a need to focus on the details of recent legal changes affecting […]

Questions about a QSEHRA?

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Health Insurance, payroll, Small Business, Taxes

Yesterday I was hired for a single consultation engagement for a small business in Silicon Valley to answer a few simple questions about setting up a Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement (QSEHRA). This is a simple, low cost and highly effective way for a small business to save money on employee health costs in […]

Husband and wife partnerships are complicated

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Accounting, Small Business, Taxes

I’m talking taxes here, not relationship advice. I’m the last person who should be giving advice on marital relationships. Unfortunately, I might not be much help on the tax and legal issues either. The best I hope to accomplish in this blog post is to list some of the issues, in bullet format, that should be […]

Quickbooks pricing revisited

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Accounting, QuckBooks, Small Business

I can save businesses $500+. But should I? Quickbooks remains by far the most popular small business accounting platform capturing about 4 in 5 businesses in this market. The services I most commonly work with – accounting, taxes, banking services, financial planning, payroll and benefits – often stem from this core accounting system. Over the […]