Archive for April, 2012

How Do You File for Ohio General Tax Amnesty?

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Ohio’s General Tax Amnesty program kicks off tomorrow, but a lot of individuals and businesses don’t know how to participate in it.  That’s a shame, because it’s been 3 years since the last general amnesty for businesses and 6 years since the last amnesty for individual taxpayers. (more…)

Could Ohio Use Tax Amnesty expose vendors who aren’t charging sales tax?

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Over the last year, you’ve heard a lot about Ohio’s Use Tax Education program, which has since become the Use Tax Amnesty program.  Use tax is tax that is owed on goods and purchases for which sales tax should have been charged, but wasn’t.  It’s a great program, assisting Ohio taxpayers in getting current with their Ohio use tax liabilities and waiving penalties and interest.  Ohio’s got another tax amnesty program, General Tax Amnesty (which includes sales tax) starting this week – which makes this a good time to mention a darker side to the Use Tax Amnesty program and how it could impact vendors. (more…)

What are the 12 qualities you want from your accountant?

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

When you’re looking to hire an accountant, what qualities should you consider? Sure there’s technical acumen, but that’s a given. What other qualities are important in developing a long-term business relationship? (more…)

How do you stay financially healthy?

Friday, April 20th, 2012

As a doctor, you know that prevention is the best medicine.  You encourage your patients to eat their greens, to exercise, and to make healthy decisions.  Physical health is important; but so is another kind of health.  As a CPA, I help physicians to stay financially healthy.  While there’s no “apple a day” to keep the IRS away, there are some preventative steps that you can take to maximize your financial well-being. (more…)

Did a not-profit’s tax return compromise your identity?

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

A new study by Identity Finder shows that 18% of non-profit organizations have published social security numbers on their Form 990 tax returns.

But, we all put our social security numbers on our tax returns.  So, what’s the big deal?  Unlike personal income tax returns, 990s are available to the public.  They’re regularly published by the IRS and shared with various grant-making organizations and the public.  Non-profits use 990s for a lot more than just filing taxes – often they submit copies of 990s with grant applications and make them available to donors.  A 990 can tell you a lot about the financial health of an organization; they’re considered the industry standard financial snapshot for non-profit organizations. (more…)

How do you create a succession plan?

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

One measure of great business leaders is that their businesses continue to thrive once they leave their positions.  Visionary leaders captain the ship today while making plans for someone else to take the helm tomorrow.  Proactive succession planning allows businesses to continue their smooth sailing long after the captain abandons ship. (more…)

What if you can’t pay your taxes?

Friday, April 13th, 2012

The April 17th tax deadline is looming closer and you know that you’ve got to get your payment in soon.  But, what if you don’t have the cash on hand?  Don’t panic, there are ways to file your taxes and avoid penalties – even if you can’t pay everything that you owe right away. (more…)

How do you manage your personal cash flow?

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

There’s no such thing as a free lunch… but a little planning ahead can make it a lot cheaper.

Let’s say you go out for lunch, on average, twice a week. At $8 per meal, you’ll spend more than $800 in one year on those lunches. And if you add in a weekly dinner out ($20), you’ll spend upwards $1,800 per year in restaurants. These little indulgences – fast food here, a sit down dinner there – add up and wreak havoc on your checkbook – and possibly your credit. (more…)

Is tax amnesty just for use tax?

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Ohio’s Use Tax Amnesty Program has been big news.  We’ve been happy to help businesses across Ohio take advantage of the Use Tax Amnesty Program, perhaps the most business-friendly tax program in Ohio’s history.  Businesses have been able to take care of outstanding use tax liabilities, open a use tax account, and start themselves off with a clean slate with the Ohio Department of Taxation. (more…)

Do you need to report large cash payments to the IRS?

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

$10,000 in cash is the same as a $10,000 check, right?  Not from the perspective of the IRS.  If your business receives $10,000 in cash from a single transaction (or multiple related transactions), you’re required to report it to the IRS. (more…)

Did you send a wedding announcement to Social Security?

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

When you’re newly married, there’s so much to think about.  Did you remember to thank Aunt Joan for that silver tray?  Did you remember to have your mail forwarded to your new address?  One thing that may not make the list: Did you remember to notify the Social Security Administration of your name change? (more…)