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Seven Steps You Should Consider to Help Your Small Business Grow

By |December 30th, 2019|Small Business Accounting|

Launching a small business is an exciting time in the life of an entrepreneur.  Once the initial momentum has worn off, however, it requires a lot of hard work and commitment to see your business grow.  If you're not sure how to go about that, we hope you find the tips below inspirational. Small Business [...]

Revolving Business Credit Is Important For Your Business

By |December 14th, 2019|Small Business Accounting|

Although positive cash flow is a must to run a successful business, it isn't always easy to come by. Between clients taking a month or longer to pay their invoices and all the expenses you must incur to operate your business, having cash on hand for emergencies or to pursue business growth isn't always realistic. [...]

What Every Business Owner Should Know About Excise Taxes

By |November 30th, 2019|Small Business Accounting, Tax Planning|

According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), both individuals and businesses pay excise taxes as part of the price of several categories of goods. Gasoline is one of the most common examples as is alcohol, cigarettes, and anything else the IRS deems to have a high social cost. The IRS may also impose excise taxes [...]

Make Sure You Understand TCJA Rules Before Deducting Business Meals

By |November 15th, 2019|Business Expenses|

In October 2018, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released information about changes to business meal expenses that it passed under the Tax Change and Job Act (TCJA) of 2017. The TCJA effectively eliminated the ability for businesses and individuals to deduct expenses related to entertainment. This includes such things as sporting events and theater productions. [...]

Ensure Compliance with Tax Laws by Using Same Guides as IRS Auditors

By |October 29th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Auditors with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) use publications called audit technique guides (ATG) to help prepare them to conduct a tax audit. Under IRS regulations, businesses can use the same guides to check for compliance. The IRS offers ATGs in multiple categories such as type of business and special situations. Common examples of the [...]

Beware of These Fraudulent Payroll Schemes

By |October 15th, 2019|Payroll Fraud|

According to recent information published by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), payroll fraud occurs in approximately 30 percent of American businesses each year. Around half of the payroll fraud victims are small businesses that cannot afford such a loss. ACFE also states that the typical business in the United States loses five percent [...]

How to Evaluate Accounting Firms to Find the Right One for Your Business

By |September 26th, 2019|Small Business Accounting|

When searching for an accounting firm to assist with your small business financial functions, keep in mind that this will be a long-term relationship. If you do your due diligence in choosing the right firm for your company, the accountants should be around from the time your company is a small start-up through several expansions. [...]

Proactive Tax Planning Critical to Your Overall Business Strategy

By |July 11th, 2019|Small Business Accounting|

Whether you're a new business owner filing your first tax return or someone who has filed many times but still feels overwhelmed by the process, we at Chicagoland CPAs can help. That is because we take a proactive approach to business tax planning rather than attempt to deal with issues after they have created complications [...]

How Unpaid Invoices Impact Your Business Growth and Profitability

By |June 14th, 2019|Small Business Accounting|

It's common for businesses to offer attractive repayment options to attract new customers. Options may include making an invoice due in 30 days to 90 days. Whether it's due to forgetfulness or deliberate stalling tactics, businesses often deal with late invoice payments even when they give the customer a reasonable time to pay. Unpaid invoices [...]

When is the Right Time to Consider Outsourcing Payroll Services?

By |May 15th, 2019|Small Business Accounting|

Whether you have 100 employees or only a handful, there's no denying that processing payroll takes a lot of time that you could devote to increasing business revenue. Instead, you're spending time completing a necessary task - but one that isn't billable. Perhaps you are considering outsourcing payroll, but feel uncertain as to whether it [...]

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