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The Delivery App Conundrum: Does it Cost My Restaurant Money to Go Online?

Apr 23, 2019 11:08:00 AM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in restaurants, small business operations

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We increasingly live in an age that is centered on convenience. Streaming services mean that fewer people go out to the movies, and car apps like Lyft and Uber mean that fewer people own vehicles. One space that has seen an online surge are food delivery apps. DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Postmates all advertise that they can get your favorite restaurant’s food right to your door, without you ever getting out of your pajamas.

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Why Your Trade-Based Business Needs to Change its Hiring Policies Immediately

Apr 16, 2019 10:52:00 AM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in landscaping companies, construction companies, small business operations

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We’re in the midst of a construction boom. That’s great news for trade-based businesses, such as construction companies, electricians, and plumbers, but finding the talent to match the demand during these booms can be a huge challenge for any employer. 

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How the Government Shut Down Affects Tax Season For You

Jan 9, 2019 10:28:32 AM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business taxes, small business accounting, small business operations

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The current government shutdown is affecting all kinds of nationally funded programs, but nowhere is it more evident than how it has shaped tax season this year. Already different because of the passage of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act, the real monkey wrench comes from the fact that 800,000 federal workers in nine different departments aren’t able to work. These departments include Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, State, Transportation, and Treasury .

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‘Tis the Season: How the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Changes the Deductions for Charitable Giving

Dec 26, 2018 12:23:00 PM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business taxes, small business operations

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! At the end of the year, charitable donations soar as individuals scramble to get them in before the end of the tax season. It feels good to give. (Really, you should do this. Giving is its own reward.) It also doesn’t hurt that in year’s past, you’d also get a big deduction for doing the right thing.

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Tax Planning Vs Tax Reacting: How to Save Money by Taking Action Now

Dec 20, 2018 2:12:00 PM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business taxes, small business accounting

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We know nobody really likes tax season. However, the work you do now could be the difference between saving money or spending money in March and April. It helps to have a good accountant, but if you wait until the last minute, a tax accountant can only fill out your tax filings according to what’s already happened.

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How Much are You Spending On Niceness Every Year?

Nov 29, 2018 8:18:00 AM / by CSI Accounting Staff

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One of the biggest obstacles to your financial success might be the person you like the most. When we talk to prospective clients, we always like to ask them one thing: why are they still with their old accountant?

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The Three Biggest Changes to Tax Law in 2018 That Affect You Today

Nov 16, 2018 11:04:00 AM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business taxes, small business accounting, small business operations

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Tax law isn’t static; it’s constantly changing. Deductions that were available last year aren’t available this year, the amount you can deduct changes, and there are even changes in how dependents work for deductions. We’re asked all the time about this, so here’s what you need to know about the three biggest changes to tax deductions in 2018.

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How Too Much Profitability Can Hurt Your Business

Oct 30, 2018 11:12:00 AM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business taxes, small business bookkeeping, small business accounting, small business operations

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You’ve grown your business, you take pride in a satisfied customer base, and you have increased profitability year after year -- what’s the problem with that? As the poet Biggie Smalls once so eloquently rapped, “Mo' money, mo' problems.” While it’s obviously the goal to succeed as a business, here’s how too much profitability can hurt your business -- and where you can get the help you need.

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Why Doing Your Own Payroll is a Huge Mistake

Oct 24, 2018 7:02:00 AM / by Bret Asmussen posted in small business payroll, small business accounting, small business operations

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When you own a small business, it is imperative that you find ways to save money wherever you can. It’s not a matter of want; it’s a matter of need. You take pride in doing your own sales, your own customer service... heck, you might even shovel your own driveway. That’s why it makes perfect sense to do your own payroll, right?

Maybe not. Here’s why it’s a waste of time to sit in front of a blank spreadsheet with your head in your hands. 

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Many Strengths. One Goal. CSI, PASBA, and You.

Sep 11, 2018 6:30:59 PM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business payroll, small business accounting, small business operations

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CSI is a proud member of the Professional Association of Small Business Accountants, or PASBA. CSI Accounting & Payroll has won several prestigious PASBA awards including Small Business Accounting Firm of the Year and PASBA's 2018 Lifetime Achievement award. Here is a short video that highlights the PASBA model and how its service and price model for accounting, bookkeeping, tax, consulting, and payroll provides tangible benefits, especially for small business owners:

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