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Is the Price of My Personal Tax Return Included in CSI’s Monthly Accounting Fee?

Feb 4, 2022 3:25:11 PM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business taxes, small business accounting

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When you’re starting with a new accounting firm, it’s easy enough to miss some of the fine print under the cost. However, a single price tag can be deceiving if you don’t know what it covers. It’s equally important to know how much you’re paying and to have a breakdown of everything you’re paying for. 

While you may already know what the cost of monthly accounting will be, there still may be questions about exceptions and specific situations. One of the most common questions we get from small business owners, especially sole proprietors, is whether our monthly accounting fee includes the preparation and filing of personal taxes.

In this article, we’ll outline the types of tax returns we work with, what the cost for those can look like, and why sole proprietorships have a slightly different situation than other businesses.

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What Services Does CSI Offer?

Jan 24, 2022 7:00:00 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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When you’re passionate about your small business, you care about its profitability and growth. If your current business services are either unaffordable or aren’t meeting your needs in some way, then it’s time to start looking for an alternative. You're here for a reason, and that reason is because not all professional services are made equal.

At this point, you’re probably asking yourself, "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?"

We acknowledge that our services are not the best solution for every business, much like how not every business is an ideal client for us. Continue reading to see if we can be a good match for each other. This article will cover the services we offer, as well as how they vary from other solutions.

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Who is a Good Fit to Work With CSI?

Jan 20, 2022 8:15:00 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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While we’d love to work with everyone, we know that it’s not so simple.

If we onboarded every person who showed an interest in our services, we’d spend too much time trying to make them into the right fit, and we wouldn’t have enough time to provide quality service to the people we’re supposed to be here for. Plus, working with the wrong person isn’t beneficial to them either; signing a contract to pay for services that aren’t a good match for their business is no joke!

We acknowledge that our services are not the best solution for every business, much like how not every business is an ideal client for us. However, when working together is the right fit for both parties, we can come together to use monthly financial statements to monitor and grow your business, run your payroll efficiently while you maintain as much or as little control as you like, or both! Continue reading to learn about the technical components, values, and beliefs that it takes for us to be a good match.

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New Year, New Payroll Provider

Nov 9, 2021 5:48:11 PM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business taxes, small business payroll

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Most small business owners, when dissatisfied with their payroll provider, will switch providers only during certain times. Some wait until the end of the quarter, while many others choose to wait until the end of the year. Here, we discuss the reasons why they choose to wait, even when they're in a bad situation with their payroll - and why they may not need to.

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Here Comes Autumn - Also Known As Tax Planning Season

Aug 23, 2021 2:38:29 PM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business taxes

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Most small business owners have tax filing season on their radar each Spring. However, a shocking number don't have a tax planning strategy session on their calendar. When you only work with an annual tax accountant, they can only record the history of your year and give minimal advice on the upcoming year.

At CSI Accounting & Payroll, we use monthly accounting to give business and financial advice year-round, but we also set up tax planning sessions each Fall. The goal? We want our clients to know what their tax season is going to look like ahead of time to maximize benefits.

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Is It Worth It to Outsource Small Business Accounting and Payroll With a Local Firm Instead of a National Provider?

Aug 16, 2021 1:06:08 PM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business taxes, small business payroll, small business accounting

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When you run a small business, you're usually working with a tight budget. This means that many small businesses tend to purchase supplies and services from large, national providers, even when they want to support their fellow small businesses.

Often, it's a misconception that national providers cost less than small businesses - or if they do, they certainly don't give you the same bang for your buck. We're here to walk you through the differences between the cost and value of larger companies versus small businesses when it comes to outsourcing your financial activities, such as accounting and payroll.

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What are the Penalties For Filing Taxes Late or Without an Extension?

Aug 13, 2021 12:18:58 PM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business taxes

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What happens when you file your taxes late? How about when you file them late without an extension? These are questions that we're frequently asked when we sit down with prospective clients.

If you're only meeting with an annual tax accountant, you probably aren't being treated as a priority. This can result in missing important due dates and being penalized for it - and it's much more common than you'd think. When was the last time you felt like you had good communication with your accountant?                     

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Top 12 Red Flags for Income Tax Audits by the Government

Jun 22, 2021 1:00:00 PM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business taxes, small business accounting

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Have you been subjected to a tax return audit before, or are you curious about what leads to an audit? Here are the top 12 red flags that might lead the government to examine your tax return. Please note: these are in no particular order. The more obvious each point stands out on your return, the more likely you are to be audited.

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The Beginner's Guide to New Hire Reporting

May 19, 2021 2:49:25 PM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business taxes, small business payroll, small business operations

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When we sit down with clients who don't have an HR department, they often ask us about new hire reporting. While we recommend that businesses of all sizes work with at least one HR professional (even if it requires partnering with an outsourced company rather than hiring internally), this is one of those things that can be done by the business owner - with the right knowledge, of course. Here's what you need to know.

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Top 10 Tips to Maximize the Value of Any Business & Have it Ready to Sell For Top Dollar

May 12, 2021 9:33:37 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business taxes, small business accounting, small business operations

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If you own a business but haven't read Built to Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You by John Warrillow, we highly recommend it! Its concept is to run your business as if you are going to sell it tomorrow. You should maximize what your business is worth at all times, not just when you're getting ready to sell. CSI Accounting & Payroll's owner, Brian Paulson, took inspiration from this book while creating some of these tips.

Small businesses tend to miss the mark on this and consequently are not worth very much. Sales and profits can be high, but the purchase price can be low at the same time. The following blog post is a list of tips to maximize the value of your business to a potential buyer.

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