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Tax & market updates from our Q1 2024 Webinar
As we step into the second quarter of 2024, investors are grappling with a host of uncertainties, from the trajectory of interest rates to the impact of inflation on the economy. Our recent Tax and Market Update shed light on these pressing issues and provided clarity amid economic uncertainty.  Here are some of the key […]
The 10 most common bookkeeping mistakes we fix for our clients
For small business owners, bookkeeping can be a struggle. Many aren’t in a position to add accounting staff, or they see bookkeeping as an area to cut costs by doing it themselves. Almost inevitably, whether it’s because the business grows or there’s just too much else to do, the books fall behind.  Below are the […]
A guide to Form W-8BEN for U.S. employers with international contractors
Today’s interconnected world has opened the windows of the World Wide Web to allow businesses to collaborate with talent from across the globe. If you’re a U.S. employer engaging foreign contractors, you need to ensure the proper completion of Form W-8BEN: the Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owners for United States Tax Withholding and […]
Investing in an Election Year: Should I be concerned?
How do you feel about investing in an election year? As frequently happens, election season is stirring up a lot of emotions. Some of the things keeping Americans up at night are questions like, “How will this election affect the stock market? My child’s college savings fund? My retirement fund?” These are valid concerns, especially […]
The top 4 benefits of using a payroll app
Behind every successful business is a talented team of individuals working together to accomplish the business mission. Supporting a staff, big or small, adds layers of complexity to a business—but running payroll shouldn’t be one of them. If your payroll process is stuck in a spreadsheet or spread across multiple systems, it’s time for a […]
Annual tax deadlines in 2024 
Whether you’re a salaried employee, a freelancer, a small business owner, or a corporation, understanding and adhering to tax deadlines will help you effectively manage your tax obligations throughout the year, ensure compliance with tax laws, and avoid unnecessary penalties. But we know you have plenty going on in your life, and keeping track of […]
The best accounting software for a small business in 2024
SPOILER ALERT! We’ll let you in on a secret from the very beginning of this blog: Xero offers the best accounting software for a small business. Xero’s user-friendly interface, comprehensive features, and extensive integrations make it a standout choice for small businesses. With Xero, you can reclaim valuable time, streamline processes, and gain invaluable insights […]
Retirement Plan Options for the Self-Employed 
According to figures from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the number of self-employed people in the US was 10.01 million in December 2023. So, how are those 10 million Americans saving for retirement? Many people who leave the corporate world in favor of self-employment also leave their company retirement benefits behind, but that […]
What homeowners need to know about PMI tax deduction 
After months of searching, countless open houses, and endless deliberation, you’ve finally found your dream home. Like many homebuyers, your mortgage requires Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI). The premium will most likely be included in your monthly payment, and you may be wondering whether PMI is tax deductible.  Key points: Mortgage Insurance Premiums (MIP) or Private […]
How to finance a small business purchase the smart way
You’ve always dreamt of being your own boss. You’ve spent nights crafting business plans and plotting your success. But, let’s get real—the thought of starting from ground zero is nothing short of terrifying! What if you could step into an existing business, one with a proven track record and a loyal customer base? Buying an […]
A Beginner’s Guide to Tax-Efficient Investing 
Let’s be honest: none of us enjoys handing hard-earned money over to the IRS, but we’re all responsible for paying taxes. The good news is that taking advantage of tax-efficient investing and using tax-advantaged accounts allows you to retain more of your earnings and defer tax liabilities.  Why is tax-efficient investment important?  Taxes can eat […]
QuickBooks Desktop Discontinued: Here’s what you need to know
QuickBooks Desktop 2021 will have its services discontinued by Intuit on May 31, 2024. While ongoing support for the later versions will continue, the discontinuation of support for QuickBooks Desktop 2021 and earlier versions echoes the typical yearly pattern for older versions. The company has also announced that it will stop selling several QuickBooks Desktop […]
Quick Cheat Sheet: Instructions for forms 1099-MISC and 1099-NEC 
Hiring independent contractors for your business can reduce paperwork and tax payments, but it does require using 1099 forms for reporting purposes. There are numerous 1099s to report different types of non-employment income to the IRS during the tax year. In this quick cheat sheet, we’ll break down the differences between Forms 1099-MISC and 1099-NEC […]
Is 1099-K income taxable? Here’s what you need to know 
Don’t forget: some big changes are coming for anyone earning more than $600 through a third-party settlement organization (TPSO). Whether you’ve generated income from Etsy, Airbnb, eBay, VRBO, Uber, or Amazon, you can soon expect to receive a Form 1099-K, which is also filed with the IRS. So, is 1099-K income taxable? And how will […]
Tax & market updates from our 2024 Financial Planning Webinar 
Held in January 2024, our 2023 wrap-up and 2024 financial planning webinar covered a number of key topics to ensure that our clients are well informed and equipped for the year ahead. Here are some of the key takeaways from the session:  New tax credits for energy efficiency Homeowners eyeing energy-efficient upgrades, such as air-conditioning […]
What you need to know about the IRS penalty waiver on 2020 and 2021 tax returns
In a significant move aimed at alleviating the financial burden on taxpayers, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced a waiver of nearly $1 billion in late-payment penalties for millions of individuals, businesses, trusts, estates, and tax-exempt organizations that were not sent automated collection reminder notices during the pandemic. Understanding the tax relief measures The […]
The latest retirement savings plan contribution limits 
Planning for retirement involves strategic financial decisions, which is why it’s important to understand the latest retirement savings plan contribution limits and what they mean for you and your ability to maximize your savings. Every year, the IRS sets new limits on how much you can contribute to different types of retirement plans. These limits […]
Mitigate the impact of changes to the expensing of R&D costs
Research & development (R&D) drives innovation, competitiveness, and job creation in many industries. But in case you missed it, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) altered Section 174 of the tax code that allowed companies to fully expense R&D costs in the year incurred. R&D costs are now amortized over five years for domestic […]
The power of proactive accounting
There’s a reason your car’s windshield is so much bigger than its rearview mirror. Sure, both can save you from having an accident, but there’s no doubt which piece of glass plays a bigger role in your safety. In the same way, you can panic when the tax deadline arrives, rush to take out a […]
10 essential steps to prepare your business for year-end
As the year draws to a close, businesses need to gear up for the year-end financial flurry and ensure a smooth transition into the new year. We all know that January 1, 2024, will be here before we know it, so we have put a year-end prep list together to help your business out. Here […]
What you need to know about the Beneficial Ownership Information filing requirement
MARCH 2024 UPDATE: The rules of engagement are changing for the Beneficial Ownership Information (BOI) filing requirement. On March 1, 2024, the U.S. District Court for the District of Alabama ruled the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) unconstitutional in the case of National Small Business Association v. Yellen. This decision suspends the requirement for small businesses […]
CPA Firm Careers: Here’s what makes FSA different
Financial Solution Advisors (FSA) is not your average CPA firm. We’re a close-knit team of experts dedicated to helping our clients achieve financial independence. But here’s the key to our success—we also want our team to thrive in their careers. But what about the Big 4? The Big Four are the four largest global accounting […]
What is advisory in accounting? A guide for small business owners
As a small business owner, you wear many hats, but you can’t expect to be an expert in everything from fundraising to finances. That’s why many business owners and managers seek out specialist advisory services. Ultimately, advisory services provide expert advice to help you solve problems and reach important goals. When you know you have […]
2024 Social Security wage base for payroll taxes increases to $168,600
President Roosevelt first introduced Social Security in 1935. The almost 90-year-old program has become a vital source of income for tens of millions of US households every month. The Social Security program is constantly evolving, and several key changes are coming in 2024.  The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced that the maximum earnings subject […]
What happens if you miss the extended tax deadline?
If you weren’t prepared to file your federal tax return in mid-April, you hopefully requested an extension by filing Form 4868. But what happens if you still haven’t been able to put your tax information together and also missed the October deadline? You may also be interested in: Everything you need to know about filing […]
Game-changing FP&A strategies for medical professionals and nonprofits
Medical professionals and nonprofits face unique challenges when it comes to managing their resources effectively, from unprecedented cost pressures, regulatory challenges, and diverse revenue sources. A robust Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A) strategy is crucial to navigating these complexities and making data-driven decisions that lead to long-term growth and sustainability. What is Financial Planning and […]
Essential small business expense categories to maximize tax deductions 
Running a small business comes with its fair share of financial responsibilities. One crucial aspect of managing your business finances is understanding and maximizing tax deductions. By identifying and properly categorizing your expenses, you can significantly reduce your taxable income. We can also help you tackle those tasks now—our expertise includes implementing frameworks into your […]
A quick guide to financial statements for small businesses
In the world of small business finance, staying on top of your numbers is non-negotiable. But it’s not just about crunching numbers; it’s about understanding the story they tell. That’s where your financial statements come in to help you make informed decisions. The three major types of financial statements every small business owner should know […]
Maximizing Tax Deductions: How to categorize team building expenses for small businesses
Small business owners understand the value of nurturing strong relationships within their teams through team-building activities. What many small business owners might not be aware of is the potential tax benefits associated with properly categorizing these team-building expenses. So, how can small business owners categorize team-building expenses to maximize tax benefits while staying within the […]
10 Tips for Managing Your Small Business Finances
Your small business might offer the best product or service the market has ever seen, but if your finances aren’t in shape, you’re dead in the water. We know that not everyone’s a number nerd! Regardless of your feelings about your high school math classes, managing finances is one of the most critical aspects of […]
A guide to small business income statements
An income statement isn’t just a spreadsheet full of numbers designed to make your eyes cross—with the right understanding, the small business income statement tells the financial story of your business. Think of it as a backstage pass to your financial performance, revealing how much money you’re making, where it’s coming from, and where it’s […]
What is cloud accounting? Here’s a quick 101
There are certain, frequent accounting functions that just about every business needs, so why not simplify and automate where possible? Fifty-plus years ago, everyone was keeping their business books in a paper ledger. Over time, desktop accounting software and the use of networked servers did away with these paper records. Cloud accounting software is the […]
5 essential tips for a smooth month-end close process
In accounting, the job is never done. We know all too well that, with process after process to deadline and cut-off, there’s barely a gap to breathe. But closing your books every month is time well-spent in the long run, helping you keep accurate records and a close eye on your finances throughout the year. […]
Sales Tax 101: A crash course for business owners
Sales tax for business owners is undoubtedly one of the most complex and specialized aspects of running a small business. With each state and locality having its own set of laws, tax rates, timetables, and exemptions, dealing with sales tax can be overwhelming and frustrating. And as online sales continue to surge, the complexities have […]
New Department of Labor Rule clarifying employees vs. contractors
2023 UPDATE: New developments in independent contractor classification On June 13, 2023, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) made a significant decision in The Atlanta Opera, Inc. case, which impacts the classification of workers as employees or independent contractors under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The NLRB overturned the 2019 standard for classifying workers […]
27 essential internal financial controls for small businesses
Owning a small business comes with myriad challenges. Don’t let fraud become one of them. It’s a common misconception that fraud can only happen to big corporations. But, according to an Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) report, small businesses (those with fewer than 100 employees) are hit by fraud more frequently than large organizations […]
How Florida’s universal school choice bill may affect your financial plan
In a landmark move, Florida has taken a giant leap forward in expanding school choice options for students across the state. On March 27, 2023, Governor Ron DeSantis signed House Bill 1 (HB 1), a historic piece of legislation that eliminates financial eligibility restrictions and the enrollment cap for school choice programs. As of July […]
Everything you need to know about filing a tax extension 
The federal tax return deadline for individuals falls on (or around, depending on the day of the week) April 15th every year. If you aren’t prepared to file by then, you can request a tax extension by filing Form 4868, which gives you an additional six months to file your previous year’s federal income tax […]
How to deduct expenses for business vehicle use
Many businesses need the use of a vehicle as part of their daily operations—meeting clients, delivering products, buying supplies, etc. If you use a car for business purposes, you’ll be able to deduct all of its related business expenses. Here’s how to go about it.  How to calculate deductible car expenses  If you use your […]
10 things you should be doing with your financial plan
In our last economic update webinar, we discussed the hot topics of inflation, market swings, and what’s ahead for our economy. We also covered ways to protect your savings and how to invest in uncertain times, which resulted in a list of ten things you should be doing with your financial plan. Review these items […]