Client Update Newsletter: Winter 2013

When it comes to your business there is no one-size-fits-all formula to success – and your relationship with your CPA should be just as unique. That’s why we promise to deliver The Highest Standard of client service built on a foundation of frequent communication.

This newsletter is just one of the ways we help you stay up-to-date on tax and financial issues that impact business owners and financial professionals like you. From year-round tax planning to tips on how to maximize profits, this valuable resource is a must read. This quarter’s topics include:

  • Health care reform law gets underway for individuals
  • Year-End Tax Moves
  • 1099s: A little form with a painful bite
  • Business or hobby? Nine factors help the IRS decide
  • Financial tips for the 20-something generation
  • How to handle the financial issues after the death of a spouse

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Receiving Payments from Customers in QuickBooks

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Depending on the situation, there’s more than one way to record a payment in QuickBooks.

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There are undoubtedly some QuickBooks tasks that are more enjoyable than others. It’s no fun paying bills, for example, and making collection calls on unpaid invoices can be downright unpleasant.

But you probably don’t mind recording payments after all of your hard work creating products or providing services, sending invoices or statements, and generating reports to make sure you’re on top of it all.

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Estate Planning Tip: Planning for Estate Taxes and Income Taxes on Business Earnings

When creating a trust to hold a business interest it is important to determine where the money will come from to pay the income taxes associated with the profits of the business allocated to the trust. Sometimes the trust instrument is drafted in such a way that the trust legally owns the business interest but the original grantor of the trust is the “deemed owner” for income taxes purposes only. This is common estate planning technique. The value of the business interest is removed from the grantor’s estate for estate tax purposes and the trust assets are not used to pay the income taxes on the profits. In this situation, the original owner is responsible to pay the income taxes but the trust legally owns the business interest.

Since the trust legally owns the business interest, the trust would be entitled to any distributions from the business not the grantor. The grantor would not be entitled to any funds from the business to pay the income taxes. Proper planning is needed to determine how the income taxes will be paid.

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QuickBooks 2014 Simplifies, Accelerates Common Tasks

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New version of desktop QuickBooks accomplishes goal of speeding up, refining your workflow.

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If Intuit named its desktop versions of QuickBooks by the version number rather than the year, we’d be in version 20-something by now. QuickBooks, still the preferred software for small businesses, keeps getting smarter in its annual upgrades. Rather than pile on tons of new features in its upgrades, Intuit – for many years – has concentrated on making it easier for you to access the tools and data that are already there.

QuickBooks 2014 is no exception. Its combination of small-but-effective changes makes it easier to get in and do what needs to be done quickly, and then get out and move on to activities that will help build your business.

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International Banking & Tax Update

Join us for the final installment of Insero & Company’s 2013 CPE Series. The CPE Series provides financial professionals and business owners with relevant, up-to-date information and networking opportunities at an affordable price.

In today’s global economy, many local businesses are beginning to expand beyond our country’s borders. Join us for an International Banking & Tax Update presented by Richard Krucher, CPA of Insero & Company CPAs, P.C. and Grace Jahng of JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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When: Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 8am-10am
Where: Locust Hill Country Club, 2000 Jefferson Road, Pittsford, NY 14534
Cost: $30 per person
Presented By: Richard Krucher, CPA, Insero & Company CPAs, P.C. and Grace Jahng, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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Estate Planning Tip: Charities and Right of Survivorship

For those planning on leaving some of their assets to charities through their last will and testament, it is important that the assets are titled/owned in a way that the charities will receive the designated assets.

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For example, if all of your assets are held jointly with the right of survivorship, although your will leaves monies to charities, the charities will not receive a penny.

The joint owner with the right of survivorship will receive the assets.

This is because the will only applies to assets that do not pass automatically by operation of law.

Joint survivorship accounts and retirement assets which name a specific successor/beneficiary are examples of assets that pass automatically by operation of law and are not governed by your will.

Frank Insero Named a Rochester Rockstar

Frank Insero was recently named a Rochester Rockstar by RochesterRockstars.com. Click here to view the video interview:

Insero & Company has been growing despite the economy. Not only are we growing, we’re having lots of fun doing it. Watch this interview to learn:

  • How to grow in a down economy
  • Clever ways to train employees to deliver on firm’s core values
  • How to create a fun environment for employees
  • Secret to making acquisitions successful
  • 2 keys to becoming super successful

We are lucky to have someone like Frank in our community. Despite the economy, he is making things happen and sharing with other entrepreneurs on how he is doing it.

RochesterRockstars.com is a community project with the goal of inspiring entrepreneurs to reach great success. The legendary book, Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill is read by more people than any other business book. Napoleon Hill didn’t come up with the great ideas in the book, instead, he profiled the lessons learned from other successful leaders. RochesterRockstars.com brings you successful leaders in our own community sharing the secrets that led them to their Rockstar success. Learn and Grow from their stories.

Do You Need a More Robust Version of QuickBooks?

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Maybe you just need to study your current version thoroughly, but it might be time to move up.

If QuickBooks were just one product, its appeal would be more limited than it is. Because there’s an entire family of Windows desktop software applications (as well as five online versions and a Mac edition), the QuickBooks family has found a home in millions of small businesses, and it remains the market leader.

Though QuickBooks versions themselves are not scalable (able to expand as your business grows), you can move up to a more sophisticated edition when you outgrow your current version.

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Insero & Company Names New Partners

Insero & Company CPAs, P.C. announced today that Michael J. Catallo, CPA and Jennifer R. Martlew, CPA, CFE have been admitted as partners in the firm.

Michael J. Catallo, CPA and Jennifer R. Martlew, CPA, CFE

Michael J. Catallo, CPA and Jennifer R. Martlew, CPA, CFE

Michael specializes in tax compliance and has been advising corporations, partnerships, individuals, and tax-exempt organizations on tax matters since 1978. He has extensive experience working with closely held businesses in the retail, distribution, manufacturing, construction and service industries. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Rochester Institute of Technology and is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in New York. Michael resides in Webster, NY with his wife, Sandy, and their three children, and has been actively involved with the Greater Rochester YMCA.

Jennifer has been with the firm since 2000 and specializes in accounting and auditing with an emphasis on employee benefit plan audits. She leads the planning and execution of audits for large multi-national clients, as well as many closely held middle market corporations. She has also helped to grow the company’s benefit plan audit practice into one of the 25 largest benefit plan audit practices in the United States. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the State University of New York, College at Brockport, and is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner. Jennifer resides in Penfield, NY with her son, and has been actively involved with the Susan B. Anthony House.

Rochester-based Insero & Company CPAs, P.C. is one of the largest accounting and business advisory practices serving Western, Upstate and the Southern Tier of New York. A full-service public accounting firm with Tax, Audit and Outsource Accounting practices, Insero & Company specializes in Employee Benefit Plan Audits and Outsourced and Virtual Accounting Services for not-for-profit organizations and companies of all sizes.

Insero & Company Named one of the 2013 Best Accounting Firms to Work for

Insero & Company CPAs, P.C. was recently named one of the 2013 Best Accounting Firms to Work for. This annual list was created by Accounting Today and Best Companies Group to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in the accounting industry. The firm ranked 9th in the Mid-Sized Employer category.

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Accounting firms from across the country entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Accounting Firms to Work for. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking.

Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process, analyzed the data, and determined the final ranking. The list, which consists of 100 firms, will also be published in the December issue of Accounting Today.

For more information on the Best Accounting Firms to Work for program, visit www.BestAccountingFirmstoWorkfor.com.

Rochester-based Insero & Company CPAs, P.C. is one of the largest accounting and business advisory practices serving Western, Upstate and the Southern Tier of New York. A full-service public accounting firm with Tax, Audit and Outsource Accounting practices, Insero & Company specializes in Employee Benefit Plan Audits and Outsourced and Virtual Accounting Services for not-for-profit organizations and companies of all sizes.

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