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Brian Paulson

Brian Paulson
Brian received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota with a double major in accounting and financial management. He’s a member of both the National Society for Tax Professionals and the National Society for Accountants and serves on the board of directors for the Professional Association of Small Business Accountants.

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CSI Accounting & Payroll Wins National Award

May 23, 2018 11:21:55 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business payroll, small business accounting, small business operations

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It has been a privilege to help many wonderful Minnesota small businesses reach their goals and grow their companies. Your success has given CSI owner, Brian Paulson, the platform to help other accounting and payroll firms come up with better ways to serve their clients through his work with the Professional Association of Small Business Accountants (PASBA).

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Surviving a Small Business Tax Audit

Jun 15, 2017 9:31:00 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business taxes

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Who's afraid of the IRS? Almost everyone. The key to surviving a tax audit – and even coming out on top – is not to panic or ignore the situation, but to prepare.

If you receive an audit notice in the mail, it's time to set yourself up for success.

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4 Hiring Tips for Small Business Owners

Jun 8, 2017 9:39:54 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business payroll

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The process of hiring, on-boarding, and training new employees isn’t easy, especially for small business owners accustomed to doing everything themselves in the absence of a human resources department.

While the process of finding and hiring a new employee takes time away from your already busy schedule, due diligence up front in the hiring process will pay dividends in the long run.

The key is to be proactive. Bringing someone new into your business family can be intimidating at first, but it’s a necessary process to scale and grow.

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10 Small Business Accounting FAQs

Jun 1, 2017 2:38:21 PM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business accounting

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We chat with a lot of small to medium-sized businesses in the Twin Cities regarding bookkeeping, accounting, payroll, and tax preparation services, and we’ve found that many owners have the same questions and pain points during the evaluation process.

Here’s a breakdown of the most frequently asked questions from small business owners during initial conversations with us.

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Leave Your Business Accounting to the Experts, Not a Family Member

May 11, 2017 7:50:00 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business accounting

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The adage states, “family and business don’t mix.” However, the majority of businesses in the United States are family owned or family controlled. Creating a successful business takes hard work, determination, and trust, and accounting is often the most sensitive area of any business.

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Outsource Accounting and Get Back to Business

May 4, 2017 7:59:00 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business accounting

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Dreams of owning your own company or starting your own business probably didn’t evolve from an inner passion to keep a general ledger or to prepare tax documents. You likely started a business to focus on something you love, but now you spend more time tracking reports and keeping the books than getting out and working on your business.

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When Is the Best Time to Hire an Accountant for a Small Business?

Mar 15, 2017 10:31:15 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business accounting

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For many small business owners, having a trusted accountant by your side can feel like a great burden has been lifted off your shoulders.

Knowing that you have a trusted professional to help you stay on top of deadlines and provide expert financial advice can give you peace of mind, but when is the best time to bring hire an accountant for your small business?

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What Does a Monthly Accountant Provide?

Mar 2, 2017 8:21:50 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business accounting

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During this time of the year, it's not uncommon for small business owners to question if their annual accounting service's tax preparation and filing is enough to grow their business year-round. If you haven't already made the jump to monthly accounting for your small business, do you ever wonder what services are actually provided?

Annual accounting firms tend to offer limited services. They only deal with your finances when the year is over and aren’t in touch with your business operations in real time. In comparison, monthly accountants provide ongoing support, advice, and insight to your finances. The following article discusses different services that a monthly accounting firm can provide.

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How to Evaluate the Performance of Your Small Business Accountant

Feb 23, 2017 8:07:00 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business taxes, small business accounting

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It’s tax season again! You’re probably a bit stressed out by running your business and trying to gather annual tax information for your accountant at the same time.

When all the hard work is over, are you ever left wondering if your accountant brought enough to the table this tax season?

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Be Selective When Hiring an Accountant for Your Professional Services Company

Jan 31, 2017 9:33:56 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business accounting

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Professional services companies have unique challenges when it comes to accounting. As a result, it’s difficult to find an accounting service that is flexible and knowledgeable enough to fit your needs.

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