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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.

Recent Posts

Be A Better Worker: Work Like It's Your Last Day

Apr 7, 2021 3:32:01 PM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business operations

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How can you be a better worker, improve your image, and reduce stress at work? These all have the same answer; work each day like it's your last day on the job. This applies to all levels of employees - even owners.

I realize this concept might sound a bit odd at first. However, keep reading. The organization you work for will really appreciate this if something unexpected happens to you. Even if something unexpected does not happen to you, you will be a much better, more productive employee.

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What You Need to Know About the American Rescue Plan Act

Mar 25, 2021 4:28:35 PM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business taxes, small business payroll, small business accounting

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The following blog post is based on a letter from CSI Accounting & Payroll's owner, Brian Paulson, to our clients.

As we all know, 2020 and 2021 have been very challenging years in many respects. Along with everything else, Congress has been doing more things than ever before that have implications on the taxation of both businesses and individuals. It has been very challenging to do so, but we pride ourselves on staying on top of what is coming out of Congress so we can quickly summarize it and convey it to our clients.

NOTE: This information was up-to-date at the time that this post was written, but COVID relief laws are constantly being updated and changed. Please contact us directly for updated information.

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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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