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Top Money Mistake Startup Businesses Make

Top Money Mistake Startup Businesses Make

About 50 percent of new U.S. companies fail in their first five years. According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), 34 percent close before their second year in business. Some of the worst performing companies are in the fields of transportation, communications/utilities, retail, construction and manufacturing. Starting a business in one of these industries is definitely an uphill battle. But it’s certainly a battle that can be won.

Give Your IRA Some Love Before April 15

  • 25 March 2015
  • Author: Cari Holbrook
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Give Your IRA Some Love Before April 15

If you wish you had saved more for retirement in 2014, there’s still time. Until April 15, 2015, you can still make a 2014 contribution to your Traditional IRA, Roth IRA, SEP-IRA or even simple 401(k). Here’s why funding these accounts before the tax deadline can help you earn more for retirement and reduce your taxable income.

ACA and Your 2014 Tax Return

  • 24 March 2015
  • Author: Cari Holbrook
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ACA and Your 2014 Tax Return

The Affordable Care Act is expected to complicate an already arduous tax season. Just how much it will complicate your own efforts depends on your situation. If you anticipate a tax credit like the IRS Small Business Tax Credit, you may not receive good news.

Texans: Don't Forget the Sales Tax Deduction

  • 10 March 2015
  • Author: Cari Holbrook
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Texans:  Don't Forget the Sales Tax Deduction

If you file a Form 1040, the IRS is prepared to reward you for your purchases. However, it’s up to you (and your tax preparer) to not miss the opportunity. 

The federal sales tax deduction expired at the end of 2013 but was revived retroactively to cover 2014 returns. Despite this, it’s a deduction that’s often overlooked.

Employee Fraud is More Common Than You Think

  • 25 February 2015
  • Author: Cari Holbrook
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Employee Fraud is More Common Than You Think

Is someone at your business “cooking the books” behind your back? Don’t bet against it.  According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), small businesses (with fewer than 100 employees) average 28 percent more fraud losses than large businesses. On average, those businesses lost more than $150,000 each. The ACFE recently provided methods to detect and prevent fraud in small businesses. Here’s an overview.

Texas Payday Law, Part 2: Rules for Bonuses, Commission and Fringe Benefits

  • 24 February 2015
  • Author: Cari Holbrook
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Texas Payday Law, Part 2: Rules for Bonuses, Commission and Fringe Benefits

This month, we’re covering the most common mistakes when it comes to payroll; mistakes that can cost you and your business dearly. Once you overcome the hurdle of correctly classifying and compensating exempt versus nonexempt employees, you should turn your sights to supplemental compensation.  Are you handling bonuses, commission, fringe benefits and other payments within the law?

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Cafe Berlin

Cafe Berlin
When Clytie Roberts-Glage moved to Washington, D.C. more than a decade ago, the Killeen, Texas, native found Café Berlin to be a little slice of home, just down the street.

Texas Payday Law, Part 1: Is Your Exempt Staff Truly Exempt?

  • 10 February 2015
  • Author: Cari Holbrook
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Texas Payday Law, Part 1: Is Your Exempt Staff Truly Exempt?
Let’s say today the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) decided to investigate whether your exempt and nonexempt employees are being compensated fairly. Do you think you’d pass the test? Before you answer, consider this: Even the major accounting firms routinely run into problems classifying their own employees (see this latest ruling regarding entry-level associates).

Steven Bankler, CPA, Ltd. Expands Its Leadership, Adding John M. Carr as Director

  • 2 February 2015
  • Author: Cari Holbrook
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Steven Bankler, CPA, Ltd. Expands Its Leadership, Adding John M. Carr as Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

San Antonio, TX (February 2, 2015) – John M. Carr, CPA, MBA, CFE, CVA, CFS, CGMA, CFP®, has joined Steven Bankler, CPA, Ltd. as director.


Steven Bankler, CPA, Ltd. Promotes Gina Valorz to Director

  • 2 February 2015
  • Author: Cari Holbrook
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Steven Bankler, CPA, Ltd. Promotes Gina Valorz to Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

San Antonio, TX (February 2, 2015) – Steven Bankler, CPA, Ltd. has promoted Gina Valorz, CPA, PFS, CGMA, to director. Valorz has been with the firm since September 1996.

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