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Bryan Cremeen

Bryan Cremeen
Bryan joined CSI Accounting in 2019. He joined the team after CSI purchased his accounting firm, AccountSource LLC, which he had owned since 2005. He graduated from St. Cloud State in 2001 with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and has been an Enrolled Agent since 2010. Before owning his own accounting practice, Bryan had worked at the State of MN handling financial reporting and had been in private industry as a Controller. His primary responsibilities include overseeing the accounting department and making sure clients are receiving quality service. Fun Fact: Bryan has played soccer since the age of 4. He still plays soccer year round through various adult leagues and is an avid supporter of the Minnesota United MLS soccer team. COYL!!! (Come on, you Loons!!!)

Recent Posts

How to Reduce Taxes For Small Business

Jun 10, 2022 7:00:00 AM / by Bryan Cremeen posted in small business taxes, how to

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Who likes to owe money back in taxes? At face level, the answer is nobody. As you start your journey as a small business owner, you want to hold onto as much revenue as possible. Taxes can seem like an abyss of the unknown - or even the enemy.

However, owing business taxes can be indicative of some good things. The real obstacle is figuring out how to strategically minimize what you owe over time. Consider how a monthly accountant can help reduce your long-term tax liability.

For over 50 years, CSI Accounting & Payroll has worked with small business owners to close books, create financial statements, and offer expert advice each month to minimize what is owed in taxes - even if it means paying a little more this year for the sake of saving a lot more next year.

Other business owners who talked to us about tax strategy wanted to know:

  • How can owing taxes be a good thing?
  • How can I pay more this year to save more next year?
  • How can a monthly accountant help me reach my tax goals?

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How to Amend a Business Tax Return

Jun 9, 2022 10:12:24 PM / by Bryan Cremeen posted in small business taxes, small business accounting, problem, how to

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Hold on. You just got your business’s tax return, and something doesn’t look right. Is the amount not what you were expecting… like, at all? In extreme situations, this is a punch to the gut. How do you right this wrong? Look into getting your tax return amended.

If you work with an accountant, they should have the expertise to help you. At CSI Accounting & Payroll, we’ve been working with small business taxes for over 50 years. We know exactly how to amend your tax return and would love to assist you, even if you were not previously a client of ours!

Other small business owners who have asked us to amend their tax returns wanted to know:

  • What are the reasons why someone would want a business tax return amended?
  • What is the process of amending a business tax return?
  • How long does it take to amend a business tax return?
  • How much does it cost to get a business tax return amended?

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What Happens When a Small Business Doesn’t File Taxes?

May 28, 2022 3:00:00 PM / by Bryan Cremeen posted in small business taxes, small business accounting

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Have you ever saved the most important thing on your to-do list for last? You know it’s probably not the best plan of action, and yet here you are, hitting that deadline like a brick wall with nothing to show for it. You’d be surprised at how often this happens with small business taxes. 

There are lots of moving parts when it comes to running a business, and when you’re facing the extra challenges that tax season throws at you, due dates can sneak up on you. Maybe you’re trying to contact a too-busy accountant or worrying you couldn’t pay any taxes you might owe.

In CSI’s more than 50 years of working with small business owners, we’ve seen this plenty of times. We know that if you’re doing research on what happens if you didn’t pay your taxes, this is probably the first time it’s happened to you. Take a deep breath. We’ve got this.

Let’s take a deeper look into:

  • What the IRS does when you don’t file
  • How an accountant can help you fix things
  • How to avoid not filing your taxes in the future

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What Happens in Your First Monthly Accounting Meeting

May 26, 2022 7:45:00 AM / by Bryan Cremeen posted in small business accounting

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So you've signed up for your first monthly accounting meeting. You have all of your papers in place, and there's a feeling of relief or maybe even excitement that you're finally going to get your books in order and taxes minimized! More than anything, addressing your questions is top of mind.

Depending on which level of service is offered by the provider you choose, your first meetings with an accountant may be very different. Some might lead right into a basic Q&A session, while others take a hands-on consultative approach that focuses more on strategy. 

At CSI, we’ve been having onboarding meetings for over 50 years. Because of the strategy involved, we call them Initial Strategy Sessions (ISS). These meetings are more than just filling out paperwork; they are conversations outlining:

  • Your situation and goals
  • The information we need from you
  • What we can help you achieve

Here’s a walkthrough of the tentative agenda for ISS meetings, as well as a detailed look at how we make the list of items we need from you each month moving forward.

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Which Accounting Method Am I Using?

May 25, 2022 10:15:00 AM / by Bryan Cremeen posted in small business taxes, small business accounting

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Different people have different talents. Even if your skills with numbers allow you to do your business’s accounting, you may not have as great of strength in words. How are you supposed to know the name of the method you’re using?

Maybe you work with an accountant who’s never mentioned which method they use - and why would they? You don’t need to know this as their continuing client, and they want to keep your business.

If you don’t know the terminology behind what’s being done in your books, you’ll be a deer in headlights when a new accountant asks which accounting method you’ve been using. Luckily, there are clear signs to tell whether you use cash basis or accrual accounting.

CSI Accounting & Payroll has been taking on small business owners’ accounting for over 50 years. During that time, we’ve come to recognize that most owners don’t know which accounting method they use, even if they’re the ones doing the accounting for their business.

Here’s what other business owners who didn’t know their accounting method wanted to know:

  • What is cash basis accounting?
  • How can I tell if I use cash basis accounting?
  • What is accrual accounting?
  • How can I tell if I use accrual accounting?

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What is the Timeline For Monthly Accounting?

May 17, 2022 4:00:59 PM / by Bryan Cremeen posted in small business taxes, small business accounting

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How quickly can you get your books in order? It might be faster than you think. A monthly accountant can help you find the right items to retrieve, close your books, and create monthly financial statements for you with a surprisingly fast turnaround time.

As your small business makes the transition to monthly accounting, you’re probably wondering about the timeline of receiving your financial statements each month.

Based on the clients that CSI Accounting & Payroll has worked with over the last 50+ years, here are some of the reasons why we think you may be asking these questions:

  • You’re being responsible about obligations to third parties, such as a bank that you have a large loan with, and you need to tell them when they can expect your monthly statements. 
  • You’re anxious because you didn’t know when you could expect to hear from your prior accountant. 
  • You’re wondering how quickly your back taxes can get done and you can start moving forward. 
  • You’re excited to get your statements each month so you can keep a closer eye on your finances. 
  • You’re just curious!

The small business owners who have fallen into these categories often want to know:

  • How long does it take to update my books to do my back taxes?
  • Moving forward, when do you need to have all of my information for each month?
  • Once CSI has all of my information for a month, how quickly can they close my books?
  • When can I expect to receive my financial statements and have my monthly meetings?

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Will CSI Let Me Handle Some of My Own Accounting and Payroll Work?

May 12, 2022 4:29:31 PM / by Bryan Cremeen posted in small business taxes, small business payroll, how to

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When you’ve been handling your small business’s accounting and payroll internally for a while, there can be some hesitations when it comes to outsourcing. However, after the long hours grueling over complicated financial processes, you know it’s time to soften your grip and let a professional take over.

Even after you’ve decided you want to outsource, you may want to continue to handle some of the work yourself. This can be because you like things done a certain way and aren’t ready to give up full control, or maybe you’re wondering if there’s anything you can continue to do to cut your service fee.

While most of CSI’s clients are small enough businesses that they are unable to do certain tasks in-house, there are some exceptions. Out of our hundreds of clients, a few of them choose to do certain parts of the work internally for the reasons listed above: to maintain control and/or to save money. 

The beauty of it all is that even if you’re able to perform some tasks internally, you’re able to decide whether or not you want to do so.

When people bring up the question of whether or not they can do some of the work themselves, they often want to know:

  • What tasks can I do myself? 
  • Can doing anything internally lower my fee?
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