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Should I Incorporate My Practice?

Should I Incorporate My Practice?

AUTHOR: APRIL WHEELER (CPA, CGA), PAUL SPARE (CPA, CA)

Should I incorporate my practice? This is a common question for medical and dental professionals and it is one that has become increasingly more relevant since the new tax on split income (“TOSI”) rules were introduced in 2017.  Determining whether or not incorporation is right for your practice is not straightforward and can be costly if you make the wrong decision.

To begin the process of determining whether or not you should incorporate, consider the following questions:

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Tips and Traps to Avoid to be an Effective Treasurer

Tips and Traps to Avoid to be an Effective Treasurer

AUTHOR: APRIL WHEELER - CPA, CGA

To be successful a non-profit or charitable organization must earn the trust and respect of its donors and funders.  Due to an organization’s financial management being directly tied to the Treasurer’s responsibilities, their execution of these responsibilities will have an impact on the public’s perception and confidence in the organization as a whole. When an organization is seeking a Treasurer they should keep this top of mind and look for individuals with strong financial literacy skills, attention to detail, timeliness in completing tasks, clear and accurate record keeping and willingness to ask questions .

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Accounts Receivable - Bill early, bill often, be vigilant

Accounts Receivable - Bill early, bill often, be vigilant

AUTHOR: DIANNA LARKIN - CPA, CA

Not every business owner has the luxury of owning a business where customers/clients pay at the same time that the service/product is delivered.

While this may be the case for restaurants, retail stores, auto repair shops and so forth, the majority of businesses have to wait for payment. Managing credit risk and collections is a critical aspect of running their business successfully. A key thing to remember is that a sale is not a sale until you have the money in the bank. When customers do not pay on a timely basis, it can cause serious cash flow issues. This article outlines key considerations for managing credit risk and accounts receivable collections.

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Should you Pay your Personal Expenses from your Business?

Should you Pay your Personal Expenses from your Business?

AUTHOR: APRIL WHEELER - CPA, CGA

Do you ever use your business bank account or credit card to pay personal expenses? Perhaps you are out doing errands for your business and pick up personal items at the same time. Rather than asking the sales clerk to process two transactions, you charge all the items to your business credit card. Is this Ok? Yes, but it’s a bad idea!

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Important Changes Ahead for US Tax Amnesty Programs

Important Changes Ahead for US Tax Amnesty Programs

AUTHOR: PAUL SPARE - CPA, CA

Over the past several years, the IRS has implemented various amnesty programs aimed at reducing the number of delinquent US tax filers.

Earlier this year, the IRS announced that one of these programs – the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) – would end on September 28, 2018. More than 56,000 taxpayers have taken advantage of this program under which the IRS has collected more than $11.1 Billion in back taxes, interest and penalties. In the September 4th announcement confirming the ending of the OVDP program, the IRS indicated that a separate program – the Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures – will continue to be available for now but that program may end too at some point.  

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What is the Right Type of Financial Statement Report for My Business?

What is the Right Type of Financial Statement Report for My Business?

AUTHOR: APRIL WHEELER - CPA, CGA

There are three types of financial statement reports that can be issued for a set of financial statements: Notice to Reader, Independent Practitioner’s Review Engagement Report and Independent Auditors’ Report. The type of report you should select depends not only on what you need, but also on what the other people who rely on your financial statements will require.  The users of your financial statements can include the bank, shareholders who do not take an active role in the business or potential purchaser.  They all want to be assured their interests are protected. If your business has a bank loan, the bank will want to ensure the company will be able to meet its debt payments.  If you are considering selling your business, a potential purchaser will rely on your financial statements to make their decision as to whether they buy or not.  Inactive shareholders may want added comfort that the financial statements adequately reflects the financial results of the company.

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