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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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The Benefits of Having Accounting & Payroll Services Under One Roof

Mar 15, 2021 3:04:54 PM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business taxes, small business payroll, small business accounting

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While there are people who use different providers for different services, CSI Accounting & Payroll offers the best of both worlds when it comes to financial services. Having accounting and payroll under one roof has lots of benefits under normal circumstances.

This post touches on those normal circumstances, as well as how bundling accounting and payroll can help a struggling small business owner with navigating COVID wages, loans and credits, and forgiveness.

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Small Business COVID Relief Packages: What to Do and What to Expect

Mar 11, 2021 9:37:52 AM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business taxes, small business payroll, small business accounting

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The COVID-19 pandemic proved to be devastating to many small businesses. 163,735 U.S. small businesses closed their doors between March 1st, 2020 and August 31st, 2020. This resulted in the government setting aside some crucial relief efforts.

Whether you participated in the first round of PPP loans last year or not, there's still a good variety of relief packages available. The two most popular relief efforts are the PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) loans and the ERC (Employee Retention Credit), which will be discussed in this post.

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 conduct your own research with reliable sources or contact us directly for updated information.

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What Makes CSI Different?

Mar 3, 2021 11:43:30 AM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business taxes, small business payroll, small business bookkeeping, small business accounting, small business operations

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Any reasonable small business owner would ask themselves, "What makes CSI Accounting & Payroll so special? What do they do that my current bookkeeper and annual tax accountant don't? What about my payroll provider?"

You're here for a reason, and that reason is because all professional services are not made equal.You may have a need that is not being met with your current services. Let's see if we can be a good match for each other!

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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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End of Year: IRS Changes Due to COVID-19

Nov 25, 2020 10:07:24 AM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business taxes, small business payroll, small business bookkeeping, small business accounting

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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 a unique topic: changes in the IRS due to COVID-19. Pandemics definitely don't happen every day, but they can result in massive government changes.

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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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How the New Amendment to Minneapolis SST Work Laws Will Affect Your Business (Even if You Don’t Live Here)

Jul 22, 2019 12:33:46 PM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business payroll, small business operations

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A recent change in Minneapolis work law could affect your business -- even if your headquarters, facilities, or office(s) are not located inside the city.

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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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