4 Steps to Improve Profitability

For a company, stagnant or declining profits are obvious indicators that trouble is on the horizon, but even if profits are rising, there is always room for improvement. Here are a few steps you can take to get on the road to improved profitability.

North Carolina Annual Reports Change

Effective January 1, 2018, North Carolina annual reports must be filed directly with the Secretary of State. Prior to 2018, North Carolina corporate annual reports could be attached to the income tax return. Payment of the annual report fee now has to be sent to the NC Secretary of State rather than the NC Department of Revenue.

Sign Your E-File Authorization Form

Do you remember: Owning a VCR? American Motors (Introducing the Gremlin, the Pacer and the Rambler)? M*A*S*H (the 4077th)? Manually signing a paper copy of your income tax return and mailing it to the IRS? Change happens! And the one thing that we can agree on is that we have a segment of the population […]

Should I Be Concerned About Fraud?

Many business owners assume they have hired honest and ethical employees. Even if you have hired honest and ethical employees you need to have anti-fraud controls in place. Sometimes even honest employees, when given the opportunity, will commit fraud. Every two years the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) conducts a comprehensive survey of fraud […]

Sex as a Medical Expense?

Taxpayers are always asking their CPA what they can deduct to save on taxes. Some deductions seem pretty straight forward (home mortgage interest, charitable contributions, etc.). Others are much grayer and depend on particular facts and circumstances. One tax deduction that may be available is for medical expenses. The IRS defines a medical expense as […]

Selected Tax Return Documentation

As we get closer to another tax return filing season here is a reminder of the documentation and substantiation requirements for a few common deductions. Charitable Contributions No deduction for cash donations is allowed unless you have bank records (canceled check or bank statement) or written acknowledgment from the charity documenting the contribution’s amount and […]

Company Layoffs When You’re Approaching Retirement

It can be scary when you get that pink slip, especially if retirement was just around the corner. At first you feel panic, then overwhelm, and finally fear. This happened to my dear client Kelly who, at age 61, got the news that her company was laying her off. Kelly had planned on working until […]

Protecting Your Assets

A small business can have reasonably cost effective internal controls. Let’s talk about how and relate a horror story of what happens when your internal control is actually imaginary control. The story A business owner has a relative that really needs a job. The relative is hired to be the company accountant. Things seem to […]