Small Business Accounting 101: Get Your Startup Started Right

By | Accounting, Business Finance

One out of every three business start-ups don’t survive beyond the first two years. One key to success is laying a good foundation for your startup at the beginning. Below are some questions you’ll need an answer to. As you read, keep in mind that Pine and Company is happy to help each step of the way. We get excited about startups being successful. Don’t hesitate to reach out for help. Does your startup have a business plan? A good business plan sets the framework for a new business. Writing one serves a few purposes, not the least of which…

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19 Ways an Accountant Can Benefit Your Small Business

By | Accounting, Business Finance

Small business owners often look for ways to cut costs, especially in the startup phase of their business. However, DIY accounting could be more costly than hiring an accounting firm if for no other reason than missing valuable tax deductions. The benefits accountants offer small businesses go well beyond that, though. Accounting for Startups Starting a business is exciting. The dreaming, the visioneering, the possibilities, the newness of it all… It’s intoxicating. Then comes the time to crunch numbers. It can make you want to feel intoxicated in a completely different way. Accountants serve as good advisors and could be…

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Why Your Business Needs an Accounting System

Why Your Business Needs an Accounting System

By | Accounting, Business Finance, SuccessWatch

A common question we receive from our clients is, “Does my business need an accounting system and, if so, which one should I use?” Our answer, in short, is a resounding yes. Without question, all businesses, small or large, need to be using an accounting system. Without one, it becomes extremely likely that important items will fall through the cracks, causing a huge headache later down the line. But before we get into which accounting systems we recommend, let’s discuss why they’re so important for your business. Why Your Business Needs an Accounting System There are many reasons businesses should…

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Should I Consult a CPA Before Starting a Business?

By | Business Finance, SuccessWatch

Before starting a business, most people know they should consult an attorney, but many don’t think to consult a CPA. In fact, it’s not just a good idea to meet with a CPA before starting your business – it’s a must. Entrepreneurs preparing to embark on a new business venture will often try to save as much money as possible during the start-up phase, but choosing not to seek out professional advice from a CPA is the wrong place to cut corners. Yes, you can certainly set up a new business on a convenient legal website and get by without…

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Should You Consider Outsourced Accounting Services?

Should You Consider Outsourced Accounting Services for Your Small Business?

By | Accounting, Business Finance

Have you been wondering whether or not to outsource accounting for your business? If you’re like most small business owners, you’ve considered hiring a CPA to manage your books or keep track of payroll. But have you ever really found the help you need to streamline your financials and stay on top of taxes? On the other hand, has the DIY approach been failing you? You see, the vast majority of small business owners don’t come from backgrounds in finance. While they may be equipped with the entrepreneurial spirit, expertise in their field, and knack for business, the accounting aspect…

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Why Proactive Tax Planning is More Important Than Ever

By | Taxes

Feeling a little confused about the provisions of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act? Unsure of how it might affect you or your business in 2019? You’re not the only one. The laundry list of changes nestled within the TCJA has created a great deal of uncertainty about the future for American taxpayers and their tax preparers. While many of these new changes will likely create a positive outcome for individuals and business owners alike, a myriad of these modifications also come with various nuances and exceptions that can make navigating the new laws quite complex. Further, more ambiguity…

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Qualified Business Income Deduction

7 FAQs About the Qualified Business Income Deduction

By | Business Finance, Taxes

There are lots of nuances to the proposed 199A deduction for qualified business income (QBI). This post is in no way exhaustive, but it will hopefully answer enough basic questions to give you a better idea about what to discuss with a tax professional regarding the possibilities of receiving this deduction. (You should do that sooner rather than later, by the way. Time is running out to implement any needed changes for the 2018 tax year. You could potentially be leaving tens, or even hundreds, of thousands of dollars in the government’s pocket rather than yours.) What is qualified business…

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Why Your Business Should Offer Retirement Benefits

By | Business Finance, Retirement

According to the AARP, nearly half of all working Americans have no access to a retirement savings plan through their employers. (That’s about 32 million people.) Additionally, small businesses with 100 or fewer employees are much less likely to offer retirement plans than are larger businesses. Meanwhile, a 2017 Pew Trusts Report has found that small business owners are more concerned than ever about retirement for both themselves and their employees. The AARP has also reported that American workers find it difficult to regularly save for retirement without access to a savings plan through work. In fact, workers are 15…

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Kevin Schneider, Tax Manager and CPA

Pine & Company CPAs Names Kevin Schneider Firm Senior Tax Manager

By | News

Pine & Company CPAs today announced that Kevin Schneider is being promoted to Senior Tax Manager at the firm, effective May 15th. With over 12 years of experience in public accounting and with a current specialty in real estate and general business tax planning and preparation, Schneider has become an integral player in the firm’s success. Schneider’s recognition is received on the tail of his outstanding work at Pine. Now acting in the capacity of Senior Tax Manager according to all industry and internal firm standards, he has been exceptional in taking full ownership of managing the tax unit of…

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Mastering Money: Why Financial Literacy is So Important

By | Personal Finance

Do you know why financial literacy is important? Many Americans think they have a strong handle on financial basics, but they may be surprised when actually putting their knowledge to the test. According to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, 63% Americans are considered financially illiterate. In order to come to this conclusion, FINRA asked respondents a series of questions meant to test their knowledge of basic financial and economic principles most of us encounter in our day-to-day lives. The questions covered topics ranging from interest and inflation to bonds and mortgages, with the results being less than ideal. According to…

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how to choose the right accountant

How to Choose the Right Accountant

By | Accounting, Business Finance

Having a skilled accountant at your fingertips is an invaluable asset for any business owner. Accountants can help you keep an eye on cash flow, payroll, taxes, and much more. Regardless of which stage your business development may find itself, to say that having the assistance of an experienced accountant is an important asset is an understatement. Perhaps you’re getting ready to start a business. Maybe you’ve already started your business but need to look at new money management options. Or, maybe you’re a seasoned entrepreneur who simply isn’t happy with the accountant or CPA firm(s) you’ve been using. If…

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New IRS scam

Notice: New IRS Scam Warning

By | News, Taxes

**NOTE: The IRS will never contact you by phone or email. Never give someone claiming to be the IRS by these means personal information. The IRS will always send an official USPS mail letter to correspond with you. Have you received an email or automated phone call from the IRS? The IRS is warning of a new scam hackers are using to acquire your personal information and money. It begins with hackers infiltrating your employer’s or tax preparer’s databases and stealing your personal and financial information. Some of the current scams include using that information to then file a false…

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side gig taxes

Managing Taxes When You Have a Side Gig: What You Need to Know

By | Business Finance, Taxes

More than 44 million Americans are currently making money from other sources in addition to their full-time jobs. On the side, some are Lyft drivers, dog walkers, crafters, and tutors. Others are writers, artists, bakers, and social influencers. Call it what you will – the side hustle, freelancing, the side gig, independent contracting – one thing is true: when you’re working your side gig, you’re your own boss. At least, that’s how it works in the eyes of the IRS. And when the IRS is calling the shots, you’ve got to follow their rules. So, how does filing taxes go…

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