Sample pro bono service agreement

I provide some services without charge to individuals who lack the income or resources to pay for this help. These services are provided under the same terms and conditions detailed in an engagement agreement as other paid services. The only difference is that instead of an invoice, these clients are offered a Pro Bono Service […]

How to grow a tax practice

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Today a group of online tax professionals across the country discussed the ways they’ve built their tax practice. I am interested because with two recently added excellent staff members, we could handle several hundred more tax returns. The clear #1 source of business is referrals. I recently published a blog post for clients and friends […]

Simplify the business of life

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This blog title is a slogan used by the world’s most popular personal and small business software maker. For my purposes as an adviser, I’m using it here to refer to the accounting for essential financial transactions between an employer and employee: payroll, taxes and employee benefits. Small businesses have wide latitude in some areas of […]

Employee vs. Independent Contractor: protecting the small business employer

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The question of independent contractor or an employee has long been a concern to small businesses. The IRS has changed its guidance significantly over the decades of my career. The most current IRS guidance is perhaps the most complex and subject to interpretation. In the small business world, classification as an independent contractor often result […]

Changes to Tony Novak CPA business practices for 2019

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***DRAFT VERSION *** This post is meant for peer advisor discussion purposes only at this time. I expect to make these five changes to improve client services in 2019. The changes apply to my core client group, local law firms, as well as other individual, small business and nonprofit clients.   1) Payroll Services Complete […]

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” […]

Does blogging work?

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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 […]