ACA – The law that really wasn’t

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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 really hasn’t had any significant impact on individuals and small businesses despite the volumes of  information, rhetoric and threats of penalties for non-compliance. Today the Obama administration extended the individual health insurance enrollment deadline (again) regarding the individual mandate. Last week they postponed the effective deadline for small business […]

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 […]

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

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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

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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” […]

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 […]

What I learned this week

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I’ve adopted the habit of summarizing the things I’ve learned over the past week and posting a short note here on my personal blog. Normally I write this on Sunday but I was happy to spend yesterday at Cape May NJ walking through the Christmas displays. Several of the things I’ve learned this week focus […]

Small business marketing strategy in 2015: customer-focused content

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This passage from “6 Small Business Trends To Watch Out For In 2015” in Forbes: Content Will Be King Content marketing isn’t a new concept, but it will be more important than ever in 2015, particularly for small businesses with limited resources to spend on advertising and media relations. More small businesses will work with […]

What I learned this week ending 12/6/2014

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Local issues I learned that the weapon cache firepower of my South Jersey neighbors greatly exceeds the weapons cache of our local police forces. There was never much cause to think about this issue in the past but with all the talk about riots this week… It looks increasingly like something is not right with […]

estimating defined benefit contributions

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I was impressed by onepersonplus-for-db.com estimator for maximum defined benefit contribution. The proposal it generates is simple. The discussion that must accompany the planning for this type of strategy is not simple. I know most people who consider a new pension plan are largely unaware of the risks, cost and potential downsides. So A tool […]