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Budgeting is Key to a Successful Start-up

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More than half of recent college graduates plan to start a business someday, according to the results of a survey published in August by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Unfortunately, the AICPA estimates that only half of new businesses survive the five-year mark, …

Written by Kemper on Tuesday October 22, 2019


Keep Your Head in the Game to Attract IT Talent

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There’s little doubt that nearly every type of employer will continue to rely on technology to beat — or even just keep up with — their competition. This means not only acquiring the right hardware and software, but also hiring and retaining the brightest IT people. Indeed, organizations that …

Written by Kemper on Thursday October 17, 2019


IRS Notices for Capital Gain Corrections

Image: 2019-10/irs-capital-gains.jpg If you filed your return before May 16th, and had 28% gains on collectibles or Section 1250 gain you may be entitled to a refund due to an IRS error. The original IRS instructions for the 2018 Schedule D Tax Worksheet did not reflect the new 2018 regular tax rates and brackets for certain Schedule D filers.

Written by Kemper on Tuesday October 15, 2019


The Crummey Trust: Still Relevant After All These Years

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Traditionally, trusts used in estate planning contain “Crummey” withdrawal powers to ensure that contributions qualify for the annual gift tax exclusion. Today, the exclusion allows you to give up to $15,000 per year ($30,000 for married couples) to any number of recipients. Now that the gift …

Written by Kemper on Tuesday October 15, 2019


Fall Tax Planning

Image: 2019-10/1570809956_fall-tax-planning.jpg The trick to making tax planning a treat is to talk to your advisor.  Start doing a little planning now and avoid a big surprise when your tax return is filed this tax season.

Written by Kemper on Friday October 11, 2019


Management Letters: Have You Implemented Any Changes?

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Audited financial statements come with a special bonus: a “management letter” that recommends ways to improve your business. That’s free advice from financial pros who’ve seen hundreds of businesses at their best (and worst) and who know which strategies work (and which don’t). If you haven’t …

Written by Kemper on Thursday October 10, 2019


The Results Are Mixed – 2018 Tax Impact

Image: 2019-10/1570636218_tax-impact.jpg The 2018 tax year was the first full year impacted by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law in the fall of 2017. Tax preparers all across the country saw a mixed bag of results. In many cases, tax refunds were lower than the prior year, or small tax refunds the prior year turned into tax being owed at filing time in 2018.

Written by Kemper on Wednesday October 9, 2019


How Experts Use Data Analysis to Detect Fraud

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Data analytics is changing the way many businesses operate. It’s also changing how forensic accountants do their jobs, providing fraud experts with the means to mine massive mounds of data like never before. 3 Techniques These analytical techniques are among the most efficient and …

Written by Kemper on Tuesday October 8, 2019


For Best Results, Start Your Strategic Planning Early

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Time flies when you’re having fun — and running a business. Although it’s probably too early to start chilling a bottle of bubbly for New Year’s Eve, it’s certainly not too early for business owners to start doing some strategic planning for next year. Here are some ways to get started. Begin …

Written by Kemper on Thursday October 3, 2019


2019 Q4 Tax Calendar: Key Deadlines for Businesses and Other Employers

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Here are some of the key tax-related deadlines affecting businesses and other employers during the fourth quarter of 2019. Keep in mind that this list isn’t all-inclusive, so there may be additional deadlines that apply to you. Contact us to ensure you’re meeting all applicable deadlines and to …

Written by Kemper on Tuesday October 1, 2019