Make sure S- Corp shareholder health insurance premiums (more than 2% shareholders) are going to be included as wages on your W-2. It’s always easier and less expensive to work with your payroll provider before December 31st to make it happen.
Sometimes the best business lessons are really life lessons. Do you know the song “The Gambler”? This song hits the nail on the head: “Know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, know when to walk away, and know when to run”. How can you apply this to various aspects of your business? (more…)
For the most part, 1099 rules remain the same this year, but there is one major change. The IRS is now requiring third party payment processors to report payments made to you through their systems. You’ll get a 1099-K for each person who paid you with a credit card, debit card, PayPal, etc. Similarly, people you have paid via these methods will receive a 1099-K from the payment processor. What does this mean for you?
Intuit is providing solutions to this issue for their QuickBooks products, but you may have to re-code some transactions to get the proper report from your system. Please follow the appropriate links below to find out how to get the right information out of your accounting system.
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Most businesses have credit or debit cards to manage their non-check or automatic transactions. But I still run into some businesses that are relying on old school cash for various transactions. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with properly documented use of cash, but it’s rarely tracked well.
PLEASE, I beg you, do not randomly go to the ATM machine and take cash out for business use. If you are traveling, you’ll need some cash. If at all possible, pay for it personally, collect the receipts and/or keep a journal of how the cash was spent. Then get reimbursed from the business. This keeps your books clean, doesn’t raise eyebrows in the event of an audit, and gives you a great incentive to make sure you’re collecting those receipts.
Of course, the best action is to use a credit card as much as possible. With the credit card, there’s a record of the transaction. That means your bookkeeper knows to ask you for the receipts. Debit cards can work for this too, but I really prefer businesses to limit their use of debit cards. Unless you are keenly aware of the amount of money and the bank and on top of cash flow tracking, using the debit card can be a dangerous and expensive habit (overdrafts, inability to pay important bills, etc).
I’ve been doing some interviewing lately and I thought I’d share some of the questions I ask potential bookkeepers. For more information on how I like to see them answered, subscribe to CrackerJack Business Insights. A full article will be in the October 21st issue.
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The latest post over on the People Positive Culture blog is “Throwing money at candidates?”. Steve Potestio delves into the difficult subject of new recruits who require more than a company needs to or should pay. Steve points out that if you have a place where people want to work, pay won’t be the only factor prospective employees take into account when considering an offer. Let’s take this one step further. Not only does having a great place to work have the potential of saving dollars on salary, it introduces other savings as well.
In creative environments, the amount of time it takes to complete a project directly impacts your bottom line. More hours = less profit. You can hover over a designer all day, but that’s not going to make the creative process any faster. You’re not churning out widgets, so you have to look at things a little differently in project and financial management. In creative agencies, it becomes important to invest in the business culture to foster the creative process. Spending on comfortable work environments, engaging in some non-billable fun time, and generally making the “work” easier not only builds a great culture, it will also reduce your costs in the long run.
Having a great company culture also reduces turnover. Having a place your employees want to work means they won’t be easily poached by competitors. Do you know how much employee turnover costs? Turnover costs include the costs of: interviewing and hiring a replacement, training, lost knowledge, increased unemployment rates, and lost productivity during the transition. That can get pretty expensive; it’s far less expensive to have happy employees.
Well, I guess I’m technically not blowing my own horn…but I am very happy to share a new testimonial:
“We threw a big project in Kelly’s lap and she got it done on time and under budget. Her patience and humor make her a pleasure to work with, and she clearly has sound financial judgement, providing us with insight and constructive suggestions for improving our operations. We highly recommend her services, and are excited to continue working with Kelly as a “business partner” – so that we can spend more time doing what we like to do!”
Thanks, Carey! I really enjoy working with you too!