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Tax Reform Update: A Snapshot of Key Proposals in the GOP Bill

December 4, 2017

On November 16, the House passed a new tax reform bill that moves the GOP closer to bringing the legislation to fruition. Now the Senate is preparing its own tax reform package. If passed, it must be reconciled with the House before any final legislation goes to the White House. Here is a snapshot of some of the key changes proposed in the tax reform bill:

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Tips to Simplify Your Thanksgiving Spread

November 14, 2017

With just days to go before Thanksgiving, the clock is ticking down to some of the most memorable meals of the year. However, for many of us, the pressure of preparing a perfect Thanksgiving feast can be overwhelming. If this is true for you, consider these tips to simplify your seasonal spread.

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Tax Cut And Jobs Act: What to Expect

November 3, 2017

Tax reform is the current hot topic on Capitol Hill, as well as the rest of the nation.  Further details on the proposed bill follow, but consider this: As of today, November 3, The House has only 20 more days in session before the holiday recess.  This is a very short amount of time to pass any sort of reform to the current tax code.  Should the act pass both the Senate and...

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Plan Now and Take Advantage of 2017 Tax Savings

November 1, 2017

The end of the year is often hectic, which is why it’s important to take some time now to reduce your tax bill. Our firm can offer additional strategies to further mitigate your tax burden; however, the following 5 tips are an excellent starting point:

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Changes to Minimum Wage Coming in 2018

October 24, 2017

Employers in Michigan should be aware that as of January 1, 2018, the minimum wage is increasing to $9.25 per hour. This is $.35 more than the 2017 Michigan minimum wage, and $2 more than the current federal minimum wage.

The Tipped Employee wage is also increasing to $3.52 an hour.

Employers may be required to post these rates in a common area for their employees. If you'd...

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Simplify Seasonal Staffing with these Smart Strategies

October 16, 2017

Whether your business needs temporary workers to get through the holiday season or you hire short-term help on a regular basis, the process of finding the right candidates can be challenging. Try applying these strategies to make seasonal staffing easier:

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5 Tips to Reset Your Stress Response

October 2, 2017

Because stress related to work, family issues and other events is something that affects many of us, it’s important to reset your own stress response to protect your health and productivity. Sharon Melnick, Ph.D., a business psychologist, offers these tips:

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Proposed Tax Reform Plan: What Could It Mean for You?

September 29, 2017

Tax reform, one of President Trump’s key legislative agenda items, is moving closer to fruition. Based on the outline of his proposed tax reform package, which he unveiled on September 27, 2017, we’ve compiled this brief overview of the President’s major tax proposals:

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Impacted by the Equifax Hack? Take These Steps Now!

September 14, 2017

If you were a victim of the recently announced Equifax hack, you need to take action to mitigate any negative impact it may have on your finances and credit. If you’re not sure if you were affected, you can use Equifax’s Potential Impact tool to find out. You will need to input your last name and the last six digits of your social security number to use this tool.

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Tips for Maximizing the Value of Your Next Staff Retreat

August 30, 2017

Staff retreats can offer companies a lot of value. They can also be expensive and, unless managed effectively, not particularly productive. Before you plan your next (or first) staff retreat, review the following key factors to help you make the most of...

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Free Money-Saving Apps for Every College Student

August 15, 2017

There likely aren’t many college students who don’t have a smart phone loaded with helpful apps. However, it is unlikely that any of these apps are dedicated to helping them build their financial fortitude. This is why we created our list below—chock-full of apps designed to make it easier for college students of any age to save money.

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Expert Advice to Keep Your Internet-Enabled Devices Safe from Cyber Criminals

August 1, 2017

Did you know that your webcam and even your home or office internet router can be the gateway through which cyber criminals gain access to your most sensitive data? If not, don’t panic—we have helpful tips below from the experts at the National Cyber Security Alliance to ensure that you head off this type of malicious action.

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Be Alert and Aware: Tax Scammers Don’t Take a Summer Vacation

July 13, 2017

The IRS has identified several new variations of standard tax scams involving fake tax bills and demands for payments. Many of these scams involve purchasing and transferring information using a gift card or iTunes card. Other scams to be aware of include:

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Tips for Implementing a Successful Flex-time Schedule this Summer

June 29, 2017

Now that summer/vacation season is here, your business may be enjoying a more relaxed vibe with employees taking time off or leaving early. If you’ve ever thought about implementing a flexible work program, now may be the time to pilot one, especially if your business is a bit slower this time of year. To help, we offer the following tips...

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Four Money-Saving Mid-Year Financial Planning Tips

June 15, 2017

It’s almost exactly the mid-point of the year, which makes it prime time for a mid-year financial review. If you need some monetary motivation for evaluating your financial progress so far this year, you may want to think of mid-year planning as a series of potential money-saving opportunities, for example:

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How to Protect Your Business from the Next “Wanna Cry” Attack

June 1, 2017

The recent “Wanna Cry” ransomware attack that paralyzed several large organizations in the U.S. and Europe is a solemn reminder that the risk of cyber security breaches is real. Every business owner should take steps...

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Putting Your Children On The Payroll

May 31, 2017

Employing your children in the family business can reduce your overall taxes by shifting assets to your child without gift tax implications. As a business owner, you can take a deduction for wages paid to your child while your child can utilize his or her standard deduction (up to $6,350 in 2017) to offset those wages making them income tax free.

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Tips to Help You Stem the Flow of Potential Risks This Flood Season

May 16, 2017

Whether from heavy rains or hurricanes, this time of year can bring with it the risk of floods across many parts of the United States. While you may not be able to predict the likelihood of a flood in your area, with these tips you can help to mitigate physical and financial damage if a flood occurs where you live.

  1. Treat structural damage seriously. In any...

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How to Really “Clean Up” at Your Next Yard Sale

May 4, 2017

This time of year is when you often see yard sale signs popping up. For some, holding a yard sale is a means of clearing out unwanted items. For others, it’s an opportunity to get some great “finds.” Whichever side of the yard sale fence you’re on, these tips can help you “clean up”:

Choose your timing carefully. Research continues...

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Take Your Spring Cleaning to the Office with These Tips

April 19, 2017

Window washing, carpet cleaning, garden grooming—these are all popular spring cleaning chores for homeowners. However, with year-end and tax season behind you, this time of year is also perfect for spring cleaning at the office. These tips will help you and your staff get—and keep—that “just cleaned my office” feeling:

Start with a clean sweep of...

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These Tax Day Treats Shine Light at the End of the “Tax Season Tunnel”

April 3, 2017

With just a few weeks to go until Tax Day on April 18, it’s time to make sure that you’re on track to get your individual return filed. If you haven’t already engaged our firm to help you with your taxes and you need assistance, don’t delay…it’s time to let us know!

While tax season can be stressful, Tax Day itself can be quite rewarding if you...

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Do You Sit All Day? Take a Stand Against a Sedentary Lifestyle

March 20, 2017

The average American sits a lot. Many of us sit while we work, while we relax and while we learn. Over the long term, this sedentary way of life can have a negative impact on our health, increasing the risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer—in addition to shortening life spans. To counteract these negative effects, it’s important to get up, get active and get...

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Set the Stage to Help Your Home Sell This Spring

March 1, 2017

Spring is in the air...which means peak home-selling season isn’t far away. In fact, according to recent market data, 60 percent of all home sales in the United States will occur in the spring and summer months. If you’re thinking about putting your home on the market, now is the time to get prepared—which includes considering how you will “stage” your home to...

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Avoid March Madness—Why You Should File Your Taxes Now

February 17, 2017

For sports fans, this time of year is an exciting one. First the Super Bowl, and then the buildup toward the NCAA March Madness tournament. While tax season isn’t quite as exciting as these events, you’ll still want to make the effort to get ahead of the game—and the April 18 deadline—to score the benefits of early filing.

Avoiding identity...

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Small Businesses Can Restart Health Reimbursement Accounts in 2017

February 1, 2017

Although the fate of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) is not yet clear, thanks to the passing of the 21st Century Cures Act at the end of 2016, employers with fewer than 50 employees can now start funding stand-alone health reimbursement accounts (HRAs) again. Employees can use HRAs to pay for medical expenses, including health insurance coverage on the Obamacare health insurance...

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Tips to Defend Your Business from Cyber Attacks

January 17, 2017

You need only tune into the news to see that cybercrimes are a very real threat. From viruses to malware, everyday computer use and online browsing can leave you vulnerable to hackers who want your valuable information. If you have a small business, your risk of a cyberattack is likely even higher, especially if you do not have the resources or know-how to enact effective security policies....

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Break Barriers in 2017 with These Mind-Changing Mini Resolutions

December 28, 2016

There’s a reason why the regular New Year’s resolutions like losing weight, exercising more and sticking to a budget are popular—so many of us need to do them! There’s also a common reason why so many of us fail to meet our goals in these areas: we haven’t developed the mindset to support the changes that we want to make.

Instead of setting a big,...

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New W-2 Filing Deadline

December 23, 2016

The IRS is reminding employers that W-2 Forms must now be filed by January 31.  

The deadline has been moved up from the previous deadline as part of The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015.  The revised deadline will help the IRS detect and prevent fraud.

The new deadline also applies to some Forms 1099-MISC.  Providing the IRS the W-2s and...

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Keep the Holidays Merry with These Simple Stress Relievers

December 14, 2016

The holiday season can be wonderful, but they can also be one of the most stressful times of the year. Fortunately, the experts at Psychology Today also offer these simple stress relievers to put the joy back in this special time of year:

  1. Take a time-out. Time-outs aren’t just for toddlers who have a tantrum. In fact, rather than being a...

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Potential Election Impact on Tax Code

November 29, 2016

While nothing is assured, it is better to have some idea of the possible impact the recent election may have on tax law in the near future

President-elect Donald Trump's tax plan is similar in many ways to the House of Representatives Republicans' "A Better Way" plan.  This means that many of the President-elect's proposals are likely to have an easier time being passed through...

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New Overtime Rule ON HOLD

November 29, 2016

The new overtime rule set to go into effect December 1, 2016 is now on hold.

U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant has granted an injunction that will prevent the new regulations from going into effect as expected.  Note that this is not a permanent resolution.  The injunction is temporary, pending the appeals ruling.

For more information on the regulations currently on...

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Dept. of Labor Institutes New Overtime Rule

October 27, 2016

In May 2016, a new overtime rule was signed by President Obama. The rule goes into effect on December 1, 2016. It updates the national minimum salary level to $47,476 per year. This increase from the current threshold of $23,660 per year is a significant change for many employers, especially in the retail and restaurant industries. As an employer, you need to examine your payroll and...

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IRS Warns of New Email Scam

October 27, 2016

Emails appearing to be issued from Austin, Texas with a fraudulent CP2000 notice attached. The notices appear to relate to the Affordable Care Act and request that checks be made out to the “I.R.S.”.

An authentic CP2000 will always be mailed, NEVER emailed. Additionally, the IRS never requests checks be made out to IRS, but rather to United States Treasury.

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IRS Warns of Tax-Based Phishing Scam

March 1, 2016

The Internal Revenue Service is reminding everyone, especially payroll and human resources professionals to do due diligence before releasing potentially sensitive information.

A relatively new scam has payroll and human resources offices mistakenly emailing payroll data including Forms W-2 that contain Social Security numbers and other personally identifiable information to scammers...

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Our New Website!

Accounting Consultants, P.C. is excited to announce the recent launch of our firm’s new website. We’ve been working very hard to enhance our website and give our firm a fresh look. We’ve also continued to research and identify the latest and greatest technologies to improve the services we provide and ensure we continue to meet your needs.

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