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What a New Presidential Administration Means For Your Small Business

Feb 16, 2021 4:32:30 PM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business taxes, small business operations

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It's official: Joe Biden has been sworn in as the new president. Regardless of which party you associate with, you're probably wondering what this means for your small business.

New tax policies will likely be at the front of every small business owner's mind. Now that democrats control the House, Senate, and presidency, it will be easier for them to implement tax reform.

The following article contains an overview of what previous administrations did for small businesses, as well as what the Biden administration is expected to have in store.

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How eBooks, Pricing Guides, and Other Templates Can Help Your Business

Feb 8, 2021 3:34:30 PM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in restaurants, small business bookkeeping, small business accounting, automotive repair shops, small business operations

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You likely started your business because your entrepreneurial mindset was driven by your passion, not because you like performing financial tasks.

How can you reduce your time spent on financial tasks while maximizing your profits? Take advantage of the free resources available to you online, especially if they have been crafted by an accountant or payroll professional.

Luckily, CSI Accounting & Payroll offers a variety of free resources for small businesses. Let us help - your nightmare is our passion!

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Can You Require Your Employees to Get a COVID Vaccine?

Feb 4, 2021 10:13:47 AM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business operations

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The COVID vaccine is finally here! For many, this symbolizes a new start and a chance at herd immunity. Others may feel differently and plan to refuse the vaccine. 

From a business owner's standpoint, being able to ensure your customers that your entire staff has been vaccinated may bring in more traffic from those who are taking COVID precautions seriously. In turn, you could also see an increase in profits. Plus, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has hinted that they expect many employers to require a vaccine.

That brings us to the questions: can you require your employees to get the vaccine, and if you do so, could it be considered employment discrimination? Recent state bills argue that it could be.

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Thinking of Bringing on Temporary Employees?

Jan 27, 2021 11:10:04 AM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business operations

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Many businesses took the step to hire temporary employees in 2020 due to industry changes and COVID. Spanning across all business sizes and all industries, temporary employees can provide valuable work with little commitment on behalf of either party.

Do you know what temporary employees can provide your business? If you decide to hire one, do you know how to determine your terms of employment? This blog post discusses the nitty gritty when it comes to looking into temporary help.

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30 Documents You Need Before You Die

Jan 14, 2021 1:15:00 PM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business operations

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It's not your time to go yet, but it's still important to have these documents in order! Without your help, some of your hard earned assets and life insurance may go unclaimed. Save your heirs the frustration, and get your paperwork completed today.

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Is Your Small Business Ready For the New Minimum Wage?

Dec 29, 2020 5:13:44 PM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business payroll, small business operations

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If you haven't heard yet, the Minnesota minimum wage has increased, and so has the national minimum wage for government contractors. If your company currently employs Minnesota workers at minimum wage or utilizes federal contractors at minimum wage, are you ready to make any necessary changes to reflect the increase?

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A Coughing Fit: When to Send an Employee Home

Dec 21, 2020 2:21:31 PM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business operations

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In the year 2020, a cough has taken on a new meaning. By now, you have likely coughed in front of somebody and received a wide-eyed look.

As an employer, what should you do if one of your employees experiences a coughing fit? On top of the CDC guidelines, of course, you must consider the circumstances, your employees, your customers, and your business.

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End of Year: Minimizing Computer Security Issues

Dec 7, 2020 12:24:36 PM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business operations

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Brian Paulson, the owner of CSI Accounting & Payroll, has put together some end-of-year planning tips.

He writes, "Everything we do is focused on the core belief that we succeed in life by helping others succeed. This letter is one complimentary piece of our intense planning and research effort throughout the year to help in your success. Feel free to share it with anyone you know who could benefit."

This section covers computer security issues. You don't want to take any threats to your business with you into next year!

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act - What We Know So Far

Mar 20, 2020 2:22:58 PM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business taxes, small business payroll, small business operations

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The Families First Coronavirus Response Act was signed into law on March 18, 2020.

In the coming days and weeks, federal regulatory agencies, including the Department of Labor (DOL) and Health and Human Services (HHS), will provide guidance on how to execute or implement the new requirements. In the meantime, employers and advisors must rely on a good faith interpretation of the act’s text.

We are sharing everything we know below and will not be able to answer follow up questions about the act until agency guidance has been released, which will take some time. We will update the HR Support Center when we have more information, and we encourage you to check there.

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What Minnesota’s New Wage Theft Law Means for Your Business

Jul 24, 2019 9:11:00 AM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business payroll, small business operations

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A new piece of legislation by Minnesota lawmakers puts unprecedented pressure on businesses to make sure that they’re providing accurate documentation of employee wages. As of Monday, July 1st, 2019 employers are required to provide employees notice at the start of their job laying out wage or salary amount and the benefits available. Employers must also provide additional information in their pay stubs and include allowances taken out for lodging, food, and other incidentals.

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