HRA for a sole proprietor business

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This podcast discusses the two main issues controlling a Health Reimbursement Arrangement in a sole proprietorship. Spoiler alert: it is possible but there are no income tax benefits for the business owner so it rarely makes sense to do as a ‘stand alone’ strategy. Other strategies used in combination with a HRA are usually preferred. […]

Capital gains indexing overview

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The Treasury Department’s current proposal to index cap gains would certainly save a lot of money for some people. News coverage refers to the proposal as “Tax Cuts 2.0”. This single proposal would cut federal income taxes by $102 billion over the next decade. 86% of the savings would go to top 1% wealthiest people. […]

Accountant’s letter

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Please read this if you are required to provide a letter from a Certified Public Accountant. I am pleased to provide accountant’s letters for various purposes. It may be a verification for litigation support or another type of legal proceeding, a bank loan or employment issue. The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants calls this an “Agreed-Upon Procedure” […]

Sample accounting services engagement agreement

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This is a sample high-value agreement for small business accounting services that incorporates cost-saving technologies and procedures to save time and money while maintaining a high level of professional service (revised July 22, 2018).  Contents: A) Communications B) Work Process C) Fees D) After End of Agreement E) Miscellaneous Provisions Thank you for choosing me […]

NJ nonprofits face new filing challenges

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In New Jersey nonprofit organizations must now file their annual reports online. The new online system is not working currently, according to a report today by a member of the NJCPA. A number of problematic issues were discussed at the Nonprofit Interest Group Meeting of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants today.

Avoid these three tax traps

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There are three ways that taxpayers most often get into trouble with the tax authorities. Recognizing these three tax traps can help us avoid them. Under-reported income. This is usually the most obvious omission and usually easiest for tax authorities to spot and assess additional taxes. Sometime the taxpayer’s omission is deliberate and sometimes it […]