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Click Here For Full Article - Duplicate W2 – Common Sense Policy For People Who, “Need Another W-2″
It is time to send out your W-2, W-3 forms to your employees and the Social Security Administration for the end of the year. These are also known as Employee Withholding Forms to record Employee Withholding Taxes. It never fails that just when you thought all your employee information was updated there will be one or two people who tell you, “I need a duplicate W2 form, because you sent the original one to my old address.” You will make corrections on ALL your records and files for these changes!
And, for employees – it is not the job of the business owner or your boss to babysit you. Take responsibility for your own business. If you move and change your address, tell the human resources department – in writing – as soon as possible – even if it is only one person in charge. if you ever need a reference you will be glad you behaved so responsibly!
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Click Here For Full Article - End of Year Tax Preparation – What Does Your CPA Need – Really?
It is that time of year again when you are ready to think about what you need to give to your bookkeeper or accountant. Here is a simple and easy to understand list of the paperwork and the reports that person needs to help them prepare your taxes as easily and ‘pain free’ as possible. No need to put things off this tax season.
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Click Here For Full Article – Contracts For Independent Contractors – Get Your Contract Agreement in Writing!
“That’s NOT What I ASKED YOU TO DO,” screamed the customer at the contractor. “But I thought it was what we agreed to,” replied the contractor angrily. In the majority of cases, these misunderstandings and hostile experiences can be avoided with the simple step of creating a contract that outlines expectations and expenses.
When you are an independent contractor you want to make sure to cover yourself in the event of any misunderstandings down the road. As a bookkeeper, I always knew what my job functions were ‘supposed’ to be, but every once in awhile, the water was muddied by miscommunication, and that always resulted in disaster. Had I taken the time to create a simple contract outlining my understanding of the job BEFORE we got started, I would have prevented those disasters.
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Click Here For Full Article - Get Sales Referrals – Three Tips to Help You Succeed
If you decide to get involved in a networking group, it can be hard (at first) to get referrals from your other networking group members. What you can do, instead of tossing in the towel and giving up, is to motivate and encourage these people to spread the word about your services and your company. That may seem daunting at first – especially if you are normally the person ‘behind the scenes’ and feel a bit awkward or shy. You may even feel as if you are wearing blinders and that getting involved in a referral group is the carrot dangling in front of you. In a sense, that is true, the leads are the carrots and everybody but you seems to have a sack full of them.
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Click Here For Full Article - A Simple Quickbooks Review – Will Quickbooks Perform For You?
Beginning a bookkeeping business in 1999 had me running to try to find different software that was both effective and affordable for my clients. The accounting software I was ideally looking for also had to be as easy as possible to use and understand because I had to teach people how to use it and get the most out of it. That was when I found QuickBooks.
Sure there are other accounting software programs, but QuickBooks accounting and small business software proved to quickly become an industry standard, narrowing my choice almost immediately.
Although Peachtree and Quicken continue to be used by a smaller percentage of users, these programs still provide a good accounting tool for beginning users.
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Click Here For Full Article - Writing Your Business Plan – What Goes in a Great Business Plan?
Writing “The” Business Plan -
What goes in it? No one business plan is truly better than another, although there is general agreement in the industry about what makes a business plan easier to read, therefore easier to defend. Here are my thoughts on an effective business plan.
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Click Here For Full Article - Choosing a New CPA – Question Tips on What to Ask to Find a Good CPA
Ok, so you are looking for a new or different CPA.
. . . Maybe you had a great CPA in the past,
. . . Maybe you are just looking for someone new and different because you want to or
. . . Maybe you are feeling as if you could do better on your taxes if you switched your CPA (OR Bookkeeper).
Whatever your reasons, there are a few things to keep in mind when you are choosing a new CPA (OR Bookkeeper). Tax filing season is upon us and ideally, your search has begun long before this time of the year. The bottom line is that the sooner you get started, the better, because good relationships have a chance to develop before it’s crunch time!