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Accounting Tips to Make Next Year’s Taxes Even Easier

Accounting Tips
Quality tax preparation starts long before tax season. If this year’s tax season has been a bit difficult, there are some things you can start doing now to make your next year’s taxes easier.

Identify Accounting Areas Where You Struggled

Some people like to put their struggles out of their minds the moment things are resolved, but when it comes to your taxes, it is important to know what areas where you struggled. That way, on your next year taxes, you will know what to prepare for.

For instance, say you struggled with finding all your business receipts. While this is not an unusual problem, it can make tax time difficult. Once you know that this is where you struggled, make it a point to keep your receipts organized, whether in a filing system or other methods.

Work With A Qualified Accountant

Rather than visiting a tax professional once a year when tax season rolls around, develop a working relationship with a qualified accountant. Whether you are looking for accounting services to help you manage your business revenue strategies or are looking for help dealing with bookkeeping and payroll as well as tax preparation, working with a qualified accountant is a great way to make a headstart on your taxes.

With our accountant to work with you throughout the year, your taxes can be more manageable, as he will be able to keep an eye on your finances and help you make the right financial moves.

Set Up Quarterly Tax Reminders

If you are self-employed or a business owner, setting up quarterly tax payment reminders can save you a lot of headaches and scrambling later in the year. Also, along with the reminders, be sure to have the estimated payment written out.

Some entrepreneurs want to delay their quarterly tax payments to the last minute, as they aren’t positive what their income stream will look like. However, this can leave them struggling at the last moment. Instead, it is better to prepare and set aside a certain amount of money in anticipation of your quarterly tax payments.

Systematically Track And Categorize Expenses

Tracking your expenses throughout the year is something every business owner should be doing, so they can present an accurate view of their actual income. However, another essential aspect is categorizing those expenses.

As business expenses can come in a variety of categories, from company entertainment to operating costs, it is important to keep your expenses carefully categorized to make tax time easier for you and your accountant.

Create A Tax Plan With AA Tax & Accounting Services

Planning ahead when it comes to taxes is the best way to make your next year’s accounting work easier. That’s why we recommend you work with our accountant at AA Tax & Accounting Services. Our accountant can help you develop a yearlong tax plan, from the best ways to track income and expenses, to what you can do to maximize your deductible while future-proofing your business.

With the right tax preparation assistance, from filing your tax returns to assisting with an audit, AA Tax & Accounting Services is here for you. To work with our accountant, contact us today.

Applying Basic Accounting Principles to Managing Your Finances

Accounting Principles

It’s a jungle out there, both in business and the economic world as a whole. It takes some doing to stretch a finite amount of income to cover your family’s needs, and hopefully a few wants while saving for the future. Yet, that’s exactly what a household CEO must do to thrive and to avoid faltering financially, in the same way companies can and do fail.

Luckily, there are some basic accounting principles that provide a roadmap to navigating your personal finances. Even the most math- and money-phobic person can grasp these guidelines and take them to heart.

Many people find the assistance of an expert accountant—one skilled in budgeting, investing and planning —is well worthwhile. Whether you go it alone or lean on a professional, you’ll profit by familiarizing yourself with some rules of the game.

Set A Budget

Prospering economically starts with a fundamental precept: don’t spend more than you make. Reaching this aim starts with setting a budget.

Starting Out

Before sitting down to create your budget, collect a month’s worth of pay stubs, bank statements, and bills. It’s also helpful to keep a financial goal in mind while crafting your budget, like:

  • Putting money in a college fund
  • Reducing your debt
  • Repairing your credit
  • Saving for a house or car
  • Saving for retirement

Setting a goal keeps you on track toward your long-term financial plan, an actionable strategy you can create on your own or with an accountant who includes financial planning among their services. Tracking your progress toward a goal can also serve as an incentive when you’re making tough decisions, like trading this year’s vacation for a more modest “staycation.”

Determine Your Bottom Line

Next, it’s time to crunch some numbers. You can determine your bottom line by taking your monthly household income and subtracting everything you plan to pay for during the month, including fixed and variable expenses as well as discretionary spending.

Fixed expenses typically remain the same from month to month, while variable ones change a bit. When you’re creating your budget, you’ll have exact numbers for your fixed expenses but will be estimating variable expenses based on past behavior.

You want to budget conservatively for variable expenses because having an overage at the end of the month is better than falling short. For example, if you typically spend between $400 and $600 per month on groceries, it’s best to assume you’ll spend the larger amount.

Cut Back on Spending

If you’re making less than you earn and you want to stop the pattern, you need to cut your expenses. This is also the case if you’re in the black but want to introduce new expenditures or save for future ones.

Discretionary spending

The easiest place to start cutting is your discretionary spending. These are enjoyable but unnecessary expenditures like:

  • Cable or satellite TV
  • Clothing or beauty products
  • Eating out or going to the movies
  • Gym membership and hobbies
  • Personal gifts and donations to charitable causes
  • Vacations

Variable Expenses

Variable expenses are typically necessities, but the amount you spend on them can vary from month to month. These include:

  • Cleaning supplies and toiletries
  • Credit card payments
  • Gasoline
  • Groceries
  • Utility bills (electric, gas, and water)

You can work to minimize varying monthly expenses, too. For instance, you can save considerably on groceries by making meal plans ahead of time and drafting your shopping lists accordingly. This makes you less likely to overspend based on impulse and guesswork.

If possible, though, forgo cutting the amount you contribute to your credit card debt. If you can pay credit card debt off in full rather than the minimum amount each month, you’ll reap exponential savings in interest fees.

Fixed expenses

Fixed expenses carry the same charge and are generally include non-negotiable needs, like:

  • Alimony payments
  • Insurance premiums
  • Loan payments
  • Mortgage or rental payments
  • Property taxes
  • Spousal support
  • Tuition for school or daycare

Once you’ve addressed the lower-hanging fruit of discretionary and varying expenses, you can look for savings among your fixed expenses. For instance, you might take advantage of low-interest rates to refinance your house and get a lower monthly mortgage payment. Unlike cutting discretionary income, however, altering fixed expenses takes some time and effort.

Save For A Rainy Day

Ideally, a budget includes money put into savings accounts for long-term goals like retirement. At the very least, however, you should aim to create short-term savings for the proverbial rainy day.

Creating An Emergency Fund Is Crucial

If, like so many Americans, you live from paycheck to paycheck, you know how financial emergencies snowball.

Your car breaks down and a sizeable repair bill eats up your paycheck. You pay your bills late as a result and find yourself levied with late fees. You fail to pay your credit card bill and interest charges accrue. You float a check and end up with a bank fee for being overdrawn. You may even end up taking out a payday loan with its associated fee.

This downward spiral can be avoided by maintaining an emergency fund. Having a couple of thousand dollars tucked away can make all the difference when it comes to emergencies like an inoperable car.

If you can, though, try and save a more sizeable amount of money. Financial experts suggest you keep between three and six months of living expenses in case of catastrophic events like job loss, illness or injury.

These are just a few basic accounting principles that can guide you when it comes to navigating your personal finances. For more information or professional assistance, contact the experts at AA Tax & Accounting Services.

Starting a Business? Business Tax Basics You Should Know

Business Tax Basics

You’re finally taking the plunge and starting that business you’ve dreamed about for years. Congratulations are in order. So is a lot of hard work.

One of the tasks startup owners find challenging is navigating the vagaries of the ever-changing tax code. You’d do well to consult a full-service accounting firm that includes business tax preparation among its services. You can deduct the expense as part of your startup costs, and your accountant’s expertise in areas like business tax write-offs can pay for itself in savings and peace of mind.

Whether you outsource your tax services or go it alone, there are some business tax basics every fledgling entrepreneur should be aware of.

Choose Your Business Structure

A would-be business owner must first decide how to structure their company, a choice that significantly impacts your taxes as well as how much of your personal assets are at risk. Potential structures include:

  • Sole proprietorship
  • Partnership
  • Limited liability company (LLC)
  • Corporation
  • Nonprofit
  • Cooperative

Each structure has its own distinct tax rules—as well as particular tax forms—that apply to the business, its owner(s) and any employees. If you aren’t sure what structure is best for you, consider consulting with an accounting firm with expertise in startup company planning.

If you plan to do your own books and taxes, there’s a lot of material online on how taxes should be handled for each form of business entity. The IRS website—which, for instance, offers a wealth of information on how an LLC should navigate taxes—is a good place to start.

Know What Startup Costs Are Deductible

The IRS offers some tax breaks designed to help new business owners get off the ground. If your startup costs total $50,000 or less, you can deduct $5,000 in business costs and $5,000 in organization costs.

Some people opt include startup costs in their business’ first tax return. Others choose to amortize startup write-offs, deducting them in installments over a period of 15 years. The following are just some of the one-time capital investments that are deductible, either in full or in part.

Research Costs

Before you open the doors of your business, whether virtual or brick-and-mortar, there’s an active phase of researching and planning your enterprise. Talk to an accountant about how to get the most out of deductions available for:

  • Feasibility studies
  • Market and product analysis
  • Surveying the competition
  • Travel for scouting out potential business locations

Advertising And Marketing

Money spent promoting your business is deductible, including business cards, flyers, branded swag and advertisements, both print and digital. You can also write off the cost of website creation, including domain name purchase, web hosting, and software subscriptions.

Travel

You can’t deduct the cost of your commute but almost all other business-related travel is deductible. This includes money spent traveling to trade shows and meeting with prospective investors, suppliers, distributors, and customers. Business travel costs are closely scrutinized by the IRS, so take care to track your mileage and airfare and be prepared to produce records and receipts.

Professional Fees

You can deduct money spent on professional support, with potential write-offs including fees for:

  • Accounting services
  • Bookkeepers
  • Consultants
  • Incorporation or organization fees
  • Lawyers
  • License and permit fees

Employees

If you’ll be running your business with the help of employees, you can deduct money spent on:

  • Employee training
  • Employee wages
  • Employee benefits

Office Expenses

Many of the expenses of setting up your office are deductible, including:

  • Business equipment rental
  • Cleaning services
  • Mortgage, rent or lease costs
  • Office supplies
  • Utilities and internet fees

These deductions apply if you are outfitting a home office, but there are some specific rules you must follow for your home space to be considered a legitimate office.

Familiarizing yourself with tax basics is one of the first steps to running a business that is both profitable and in line with IRS requirements. If you want assistance, from startup support to help with tax preparation, bookkeeping and payroll, contact AA Tax & Accounting Services. Our team is ready to help you turn your entrepreneurial dreams into reality.

4 Tax Preparation Tips for Small Businesses

Tax Preparation

Hiring a professional accountant to prepare your taxes can take a huge weight off an entrepreneur’s shoulders. Here at AA Tax & Accounting services, tax preparation is one of our primary services, and it’s one we do with enthusiasm and efficiency.

If you decide to go it alone, here are some tips that will some of the uncertainty out of tax time.

1. Don’t fail to file your taxes

It seems elementary that a business owner should file taxes. However, every year entrepreneurs of every ilk set up their shingle, following their dreams and becoming their own bosses.

Some of these let their tendencies toward disorganization and procrastination get in the way of making their tax deadline. If you’re in this boat, filing your taxes late is better than not filing them at all because any penalties you rack up for filing late or not filing will keep accruing until you fix the problem.

Some people fail to file taxes because they’re afraid they can’t pay the money they owe. Individuals and business owners alike often owe less than they think, and may even have a refund coming their way. If you fail to claim a refund, however, it goes away after a few years.

It’s best to push through your trepidation and file to avoid penalties. If you do owe more than you have on hand, the IRS offers installment plans to help you get back on the right foot.

2. Familiarize yourself with the forms you’ll be using

There are many different forms you may need to fill out, based on the nature of your business. Do you operate a sole proprietorship? Then you should be filling out a Schedule C form. Other forms apply to a partnership, a corporation or a limited liability company (LLC).

There are employment tax forms to be taken care of and, if you work with contractors, you’ll want to utilize 1099-MISC forms. There are also forms to help you catalog myriad aspects of your company, including business expenses.

If you’re not sure how to decode the whirl of letters and numbers to make sure you’re filing correctly, it’s best to consult with a company experienced in business tax preparation like AA Tax Accounting And Services.

3. Keep clear records of your business deductions

Running your own business isn’t a free-for-all. There are, however, many expenditures that can be deducted including:

  • Advertising
  • Business car
  • Cost of office space
  • Insurance
  • Internet and phone service
  • Office supplies
  • Transportation
  • Travel

If you keep accurate records of these expenditures as you go along, writing them down and saving receipts, it’ll be easier to add them up and include them when you file your taxes.
In the off-chance you are audited, your clear record-keeping will allow you to prove your tax deductions are legitimate.

4. Look for the most common tax errors made by small business owners

You don’t have to reinvent the wheel when it comes to filing your small business taxes. We encourage you to learn from the most common mistakes by the many entrepreneurs who have gone before you.

There are certain pitfalls small business owners tend to succumb to when it comes to tax preparation. You can find some of these in our small business tax preparation checklist.

Here are a few quick tips. Avoid:

  • Claiming an excessive amount of expenses
  • Failing to report income as stated on 1099s
  • Falling short on record-keeping
  • Mixing business and personal finances
  • Overlooking self-employment taxes

If you have any tax or accounting concerns, contact us today to meet with our accountant.

Unique Tax Filing Situations Accountants Can Help You Resolve

There are a number of unique tax filing situations that can be challenging to navigate without the help of an experienced accountant like you will find at AA Tax & Accounting Services. A couple of the most tricky situations are:

  • What to do when you haven’t paid taxes for a year or more
  • How to file taxes as a U.S. expatriate

If you find yourself in any of these situations, our accountant Adrian Anderson can help you resolve them.

Resolve Back Taxes With AA Tax & Accounting Services

Once you skip a year of filing your taxes for fear that you can’t pay for the amount you owe, it can be difficult to resolve those back taxes. For those who find themselves in this situation, it is much better to address the issue rather than avoiding it.

The IRS penalty for late payment is not as harsh as the fines for those who fail to file altogether. Those attempting to avoid paying their taxes can have their:

  • Credit score lowered
  • Tax bill sent to collections
  • Passport removed if they owe over $51,000 in tax penalties
  • Driver’s license revoked
  • Loss of business license

Instead of undergoing these grim consequences, our accountant can help you. He will sit down with you to determine if you even owe as much in taxes as you assumed. From there, he will help you structure a payment plan that will allow you to regain good standing with the IRS and avoid these severe penalties.

Properly File Taxes As U.S. Expatriates

Citizens of the United States who are living abroad can have a number of unusual circumstances when they go to file their U.S. taxes. Depending on their situation, there are several ways in which our top-notch accounting service can help U.S. expatriates.

Dual citizen – Generally, U.S. citizens who have dual citizenship have been born abroad, sometimes born to a parent who is a citizen in another country. Someone in these circumstances might not know that they have a U.S. tax obligation if they grew up in another country.

It is possible to revoke the U.S. citizenship to be released from the tax obligation. But if you want to retain that citizenship, it is important to work with our accountant. That way, he can find you exclusions such as the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion, Foreign Housing Exclusion, and Foreign Tax Credit.

Non-resident alien spouse – For U.S. citizens who marry a foreign national who is not seeking permanent residency or a Green Card, there can still be a tax obligation which the spouse must meet. For instance, if the foreign spouse is claimed as a resident on the U.S. expatriates taxes, the spouse will have to disclose their worldwide income or face penalties. It becomes even trickier when children are involved, and their tax-deductible status depends on their connection to the U.S. expatriate.

U.S. resident abroad – If you are a U.S. resident living abroad, you have the opportunity to file your taxes two months beyond the original file date of April 15. Our accountant can help you organize your taxes in a timely manner and help ensure you are not double-taxed, much like the dual citizen example.

If you have found yourself in any of these unique tax filing situations or have other accounting-related concerns, contact us to meet with our accountant today.

Heavy Highway Use Tax Return Services in Utah

Heavy Highway Use Tax Return Services in Utah

If you need to use the highway a lot as part of your job, you may need to pay taxes. The following will tell you how much, if anything, you need to pay.

Heavy Highway Use Tax Form 2290

Highways are expensive to construct and maintain. While it’s impossible to charge everyone in the United States for their use of highways (besides putting tolls everywhere), the government has found a way to tax some of the heaviest users – operators of heavy vehicles.

Since heavy vehicles are often the ones that cause damage to highways, the government is taxing some of those operators to cover the cost of repairs. Not all heavy vehicle operators, though. Just the ones that drive vehicles that are 55,000 pounds or more, and travel more than 5,000 miles. Those who meet this criteria need to complete the Heavy Highway Use Tax Form 2290.

How Much to Pay

If your vehicle is less than 55,000 lbs., you are not required to file or pay taxes. If your vehicle is 55,000 to 75,000 lbs., you will be required to pay $100 plus $22 for each $1,000 pounds over 55,000 lbs. Any vehicle over 75,000 lbs. has a tax liability of $550.

When to File Form 2290

Form 2290 should be filed by the last day of the month following the first month you started using public highways. For instance, if you start driving in February, you need to file the form by the last day of March.

If You Don’t File

If you do not file Tax Form 2290 as needed, you will incur a 4.5% penalty of the taxes due. They will add this penalty for each month you did not pay, which can add up quickly. This is especially true since there’s also a .05% late fee. Some people end up having to pay hundreds of more dollars they originally needed to because they failed to file on time.

To ensure you file your heavy highway use tax return, it’s best to turn to tax professionals who know how to do it and do it on time for you.

About Heavy Highway Use Tax Return Services in Utah

We can help you with your heavy highway use tax return services in Utah. We will complete and file the Form 2290 on time, so you avoid penalties and late charges. Simply contact us today for more information on how we can make this tax liability much easier to deal with.

Your job is to drive a vehicle, not manage taxes. Let us do that job, so you can do your job.

Personal and Business Trust Account Services in Southern Utah

Personal and Business Trust Account Services in Southern Utah

Trust accounts are a great way to protect yourself from legal situations when either handling other people’s money or having people manage your finances. They are a secure way to have your money work for you with investments and other ways to save and make money. It can even ensure your money gets into the right hands in certain situations. Learn more about personal and business trust accounts below.

Personal Trust Accounts

Personal trust accounts hold people’s personal assets. These assets are usually deposited on behalf of grantors and living trusts. They are offered by finance advisors, who can help plan investments.

After opening a trust account, people have many options to invest the money. They can choose mutual funds, bonds and individual stocks. It’s a great way to make money from money.

There’s usually a minimum investment for trust accounts. This depends on the institution and what you can plan on doing with the funds. There are also service fees for whatever the financial advisor does with the funds in the trust account.

Business Trust Account

Businesses that manage their clients’ finances should consider a trust account. There are two types of trust accounts to consider:

Formal Trust Account: This type of trust comes out of an agreement. Most people have this as part of their will, but it can be part of other agreements. The account is established in the name of a person who will control it according to the statutes of the agreement. For example, if it’s a will, the trust will be governed by the person or entity stated on the will.

Business In-Trust Account: This type of account is established in the name of the business that is holding the money for the client. This gives the business authority in using the funds, but the client still has control of them.

Trusteed Deposit Service: This trust fund can be split up with many beneficiaries. Each beneficiary will have a separate sub account. People choose this because it’s easier to keep records when the money is used in many ways.

Taxes and Trust Accounts

Trust accounts are taxable. This means you will have to report earnings and pay taxes on them each year.

Personal and Business Trust Account Services in Southern Utah

Personal and business trust account services in Southern Utah are available. All you have to do is give us a call for more information on getting one set up. We would love to help you manage your finances in the safest, best way possible.

Revenue Recognition Strategies

Revenue Recognition Strategies

To stay afloat, attract new business, and avoid trouble, your company must provide clients, investors, and government agencies with accurate revenue statistics. But did you know there are several different legal ways to recognize and record revenue?

Which method you choose is a decision best left to you and your financial staff, including your CPA, CFO, or accountant. Together, you can decide which revenue recognition methods best fit your needs, industry, and business setup.

Choosing a Revenue Recognition Strategy

Anyone running a business should be familiar with the revenue recognition strategies available. Armed with the right information, you’ll be able to have a meaningful discussion with your staff and stakeholders. Most importantly, you can use that information to make an informed decision when choosing how to recognize your business revenue.

The methods for recognizing revenue include:

  • Sales-basis
  • Completed-contract
  • Percentage-of-completion
  • Cost-recoverability
  • Installment
  1. The sales-basis method recognizes revenue at the time a sale is made. Whether the transaction is made using cash or credit doesn’t matter. The revenue is recognized the moment goods or services are transferred to the possession of a buyer or client. Sales-basis revenue recognition is generally the most accurate way to record revenue.
  2. Under the completed-contract method, revenue and expenses are only recognized when a contract comes to an end, signaling the completion of work. The completed-contract method must be used in the absence of a long-term, enforceable contract, and/or when calculating the percentage of completion of said contract is not possible.
  3. Percentage-of-completion means that revenue may be estimated based on how complete the project or contract is. This method works well for long-term contracts like construction or software development. This method is beneficial for companies who want to show incoming revenue even though there may be incomplete projects underway. This method is usually used with long-term contracts that are subject to legal enforcement, where estimating the percentage of completion is not inherently difficult.
  4. The cost-recoverability method doesn’t allow revenue to be recorded until all necessary expenses for completing the project have been recouped. In other words, nothing can appear as profit until the total cost of obtaining it has been made up. This method may understate profits initially, but overstate revenue in coming years.
  5. An installment revenue recognition strategy may be used if collecting payments from customers is unreliable. This method is often used in real estate, where a sale price is agreed to, but cannot be collected until or unless the buyer obtains financing. Once payments begin, revenue is recognized on an installment basis over the term of the contract.

How complicated revenue recognition may become depends on your industry and how your business is structured. There are many nuances that are subject to rigorous regulation. Therefore, it’s imperative to get professional counsel in revenue recognition. When it comes to stating income, you can never be too careful.

Avoiding Payroll Mistakes with Professional Accounting

Avoiding Payroll Mistakes with Professional Accounting

When your business reaches the milestone of hiring additional employees, you might feel like jumping for joy. After all, hiring means you’ve grown. Plus, the extra people can be a big help in both keeping up with your current workload and further expanding your company. If you’ve reached this point, congratulations are in order.

However, just one of the hurdles involved in hiring employees is doing payroll. Payroll is a big job fraught with rules and government regulations. Very few of us are well-versed in these regulations, which means you’ve got to learn them well, and quickly.

Letting a knowledgeable professional handle your payroll is another option and it’s a good one. Accuracy is vital to avoiding a big mess, which is why so many business owners hire an accountant to handle their payroll. Let’s take a look at a few reasons why using an accountant might be the right choice for you.

  • They know the rules

    Most accountants are well-informed when it comes to managing payroll. It’s their job to stay on top of the current standards for withholdings, documentation, supporting data and more. Even little mistakes, especially if repeated, can add up to a big hassle later on. You can save yourself a lot of trouble by letting an accountant manage your payroll for you. Even if you use software or an online service, it’s easy to overlook things or make a mistake when setting it up. Better to let a real person with real knowledge take care of it.

  • You’ll get personal attention

    There are payroll programs and online services out there, and many of them are pretty good. However, there is no substitute for a real human being, with whom you have a real relationship and real time conversation when you have questions. You can’t build rapport with a computer or web-based service. They don’t care about your success and can’t answer your questions directly. When you work with an accountant for payroll and other services, you are actually building a relationship with someone who has your best interests at heart – and that’s worth a lot.

  • They can do more

    When you have an accountant for payroll, their expertise can spill over into other areas of your business. They may catch mistakes that have been made, ensure proper tax withholdings, provide financial consulting, and help with things like compensation packages, profit sharing, and more.

  • They can save you money

    As a small business, you may be hesitant to hire an in-house payroll manager or accountant. The good news is that you can retain a third-party professional to manage your payroll and other duties for a fraction of what an employee would cost. Add to that the benefit of having someone with solid financial knowledge on your side, and that can mean big savings at tax time and throughout the year.

For the most accurate payroll service, look for an accountant who specializes in payroll and has CPP (certified payroll professional) credentials. Don’t risk going it alone. Professional payroll help is widely available and probably more affordable than you think. You owe it to yourself – and your employees – to make sure it’s done right.

Tax & Accounting Services in Cedar City

Tax & Accounting Services in Cedar City

There is a great way to reduce your tax liability, saving money, and staying on top of your financial well-being – and it isn’t by doing your own taxes. Here in Cedar City, there are plenty of professional accountants that can help you with all of the above and more. Whether you’re running a growing business, have become self-employed, or simply want accurate tax filing, it always helps to have a professional on your side.

No matter how business-savvy you are, an accountant or CPA firm can often find tax savings and other financial advantages you simply aren’t aware of. Not only that, but using a professional can keep you out of trouble, reduce your risk of audit, and keep your overall financial health in check.

Have a look at some of the services a professional accountant can provide to residents of Cedar City and elsewhere.

Bookkeeping

A major time saving benefit to working with an accounting firm is not having to keep your own books. For business owners, this service can be extremely helpful in keeping your paperwork (and stress) at manageable levels. Knowing your payments, income, and record keeping are in good hands, you’ll be able to focus on growing your business.

Payroll

Hiring a payroll manager can be a big expense for a small company. Most often, you’ll save significant money by letting a third-party accounting professional handle this for you. You won’t have to provide salary, office space or benefits for an extra employee.

Tax Preparation of All Kinds

No matter your situation, filing accurate income or sales and use taxes can be complicated. Let’s face it: for most of us, it’s nearly impossible to stay on top of the latest in federal, state, and local tax codes. When preparing your taxes, letting a professional handle the job is a wise choice. You’ll be sure to get as much money back as possible, and you won’t have to worry about sifting through pages and pages of legal speak.

Revenue Recognition

When should you begin to count income as revenue? What’s the difference? To get help with these questions and more, an accounting firm is your best bet. Accurate reporting of revenue is one of the biggest challenges of doing business, but fortunately, you don’t have to hire someone in-house to take care of it. There are great financial resources right here in Cedar City.

Business Consulting

A professional accountant or CPA can do more than keep an eye on your money. They can also provide financial advice when you’re starting a business, restructuring your company, or considering other changes. If you want to improve cash flow, avoid legal problems, and reduce your financial liabilities, you can’t go wrong with a qualified accountant.

Navigating today’s financial environment can be quite an adventure – one that most of us shouldn’t face alone. No matter which services you need, it’s imperative that your advice comes from a trustworthy, experienced source. When it comes to you, your money, and the law, it’s always better to protect yourself by talking to a professional.

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