One time, someone (who is not a client) said to me: “I get paid as a 1099 consultant, but my CPA has it all run through my LLC so I don’t have to pay taxes on it.” Another time I took over as the tax preparer for an S-corp — a one-owner, service-based business where […]
I HATE being called a tax expert.
In my experience, there are 4 things that determine if a small business will survive.
It’s time for my annual look back on how the tax season went. Unlike the last 3 seasons, I don’t have a lot to complain about.
How was my tax season? Better than 2015 or 2016 in terms of no surgeries or health problems. Yay! Better than ever before in terms of volume and billings. I was about 40% busier this year than last year. I also have about 40% more tax returns on extension compared to last year. Again, yay! […]
Regular readers of my blog know I like to hit back at the “experts” who say accountants are doing a disservice to our clients by not being “proactive” enough.
Every day, literally every single day, I learn something new about taxes. When people wonder why it “costs so much” to have a tax return prepared, consider: it’s impossible for a preparer to know every little thing about every nook and cranny of the tax code. Sure, you’re paying the preparer to get it right, […]
My firm is mostly cloud-based. This sometimes makes clients nervous, but my response is: as long as you’re careful who you choose for a cloud provider, it can be just as secure, if not more secure, than your laptop.
Recently I read an article from the New York Times titled “How Not to Be a Networking Leach: Tips for Seeking Professional Advice.” There was one item in particular in that article that made me shake my fist and say “right on, brother!!!” That item was: “Don’t argue about their advice or point out why it […]
A few years ago I wrote about how annoying it was to get text messages from clients. The incessant “how r u coming w r txs?” texts drove me crazy. Those kinds of texts still do drive me crazy, but as time has passed, I’ve softened my stance on texting. To an extent. It doesn’t annoy […]