Sales tax on interstate accounting services

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The Democrat-led Finance Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly voted yesterday (4/29/2015) to expand its state sales tax to include accounting services. The Senate President Pro Tem said that he supports the changes but there appears to be opposition to the move beyond that. Three states currently tax professional services: New Mexico, Hawaii and South […]

Financial Planning Considerations When Your Business is Losing Money

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This post was inspired by the stories of some of my neighbors and clients in southern New Jersey. Most were struggling with  a weak economy before super storm Sandy hit in late 2012. Those that re-opened over the next few years face continued business losses and the prospect of continued weakening of the local economy […]

Fixed Asset Accounts in QuickBooks Online

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Here is something I learned about the conversion of fixed asset accounts (like machinery or vehicles) from QuickBooks desktop to QuickBooks Online. (While I am a QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor and currently in the middle of studying for advanced certification, many new issues come up on a daily basis that are not obvious or well-documented. This […]

Letter in support of agricultural tourism in New Jersey

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This is the text (with hyperlinks added) of my letter to the Cape May County Agricultural Development Board regarding New Jersey’s attempt to draw visitors to South Jersey’s farms for recreation and tourism purposes. The matter is covered in this newspaper article. My larger concern is that if local government reacts to a small number of […]

QuickBooks: comparing desktop and online versions

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I’ve had a few more questions lately about the difference between the desktop and online versions of QuickBooks. The online version expands many areas of capability with few known downsides. According to Intuit, the following features are available in QuickBooks Online (QBO) that are not available in the desktop version.  Access to data easily across multiple platforms, […]

New pricing for QuickBooks Online

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QuickBooks Online will have new higher pricing for new accounts effective March 9. Current pricing is listed at http://quickbooks.intuit.com/online/compare/. Monthly rates for new customers: Retail through a ProAdvisor Simple Start (previously $9.95) $12.95 $6.50 Essentials – includes bill pay and 3 users (previously $19.95) $26.95 $13.50 Plus – includes inventory tracking, class tracking, expense by customer, […]

How to fix your small business 401(k)

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This week President Obama’s administration gave a strong endorsement of the Department of Labor’s plan to impose fiduciary obligations on investment brokers and advisors working with retirement plans. The controversial proposal is based on a belief that new rules are a needed consumer protection to prevent billions in costs due to bad advice. Most consumer advocates […]

Insight into Facebook as a small business social media tool

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Here is an insight I picked up this weekend about Facebook’s small business media distribution policy: One of my Facebook friends Laura Jane Hawley recently posted two announcements a few days apart about her business’ participation in a local home show. Both post included interesting photos and a brief one line mention about the show. […]