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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 Lee Goudzwaard-Vaught posted in small business advice, small business accounting, monthly accounting, taxes

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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, 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 Lee Goudzwaard-Vaught posted in accounting, small business, bookkeeping, taxes, monthly accounting, small business accounting, small business advice

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You’ve grown your business, take pride in a satisfied customer base, and 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 - and profitability is part of that equation - 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 payroll, outsource accounting, small business resources, small business advice, small business

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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.

Payroll Software is Subscription-Based, Meaning You Keep Paying for the Same Thing Year After Year. Paying for payroll software isn’t usually a one-time fee. Every year you’re paying for a “newer” version of the same old software with a bunch of “new” features that don’t really feel all that different.

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

Sep 11, 2018 6:30:59 PM / by Lee Goudzwaard-Vaught posted in small business accounting, payroll, small business resources, small business advice, monthly accounting, outsource accounting

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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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Small Business Accounting Methods: Cash vs. Accrual

Sep 20, 2016 8:36:58 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business advice, small business accounting

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Small businesses typically fall into two different accounting methods: cash and accrual. Both accounting methods refer to the basic rules and guidelines under which businesses keep their books and prepare their financial reports.

Depending on the legal form of the business, sales volume, extensions of credit to customers, inventory, and tax requirements set forth by the IRS, small business owners need to decide which accounting method to follow.

While some form of record-keeping is required by law, the resulting information can also be useful in assessing the financial health of a business. Although it is possible to change accounting methods down the line, the process can become complicated. That being said, it’s important for small business owners to consult with an accountant early on to decide which method is best suited for their particular situation.

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