Insero Ranked No. 1 Small Business Employer

Insero & Company CPAs, P.C. is pleased to announce that it has been selected as one of Rochester’s Top Workplaces for the second year in a row, and was ranked first in the small business category.

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“Everyone in the firm should be very proud of this accomplishment,” said Nancy Catarisano, Managing Partner of Insero. “It takes a commitment from everyone to foster the type of environment we have here. We are truly honored and would like to thank all of our employees for making Insero such a great place to work.”

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Client Update: Spring 2015

This issue’s topics include:

  • Adjust your tax and financial course for 2015
  • Tax “extenders” are extended again for 2014
  • 2015 Tax Numbers
  • Postpone taxes by exchanging property
  • Wealth is just a matter of time
  • Time matters in your business too

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Insero & Company understands that 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 small business owners. From year-round tax planning to tips on how to maximize profits, this valuable resource is a must read.

As always, we hope you enjoy this edition of our newsletter and we look forward to receiving your feedback. Should you have any questions regarding the information contained in the attached materials or our service offerings, please feel free to contact me directly.

Tax Alert: IRS Makes it Easier for Small Businesses to Apply the Tangible Property Regulations to 2014 and Future Years

The IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2015-20 which makes it easier for small business owners to comply with the final tangible property regulations. The simplified procedures were requested by many small businesses and tax professionals. The simplified procedure is available beginning with the filing of the 2014 tax returns and allows small businesses to change a method of accounting under the final tangible property regulations on a prospective basis for the first taxable year beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2014. Furthermore, the IRS is waiving the requirement to complete and file a Form 3115 for small business taxpayers that choose to use this simplified procedure for 2014.

The new simplified procedure is generally available to small businesses, including sole proprietors, with assets totaling less than $10 million or average annual gross receipts totaling $10 million or less. The revenue procedure also requests comments on whether the $500 safe-harbor threshold should be raised for businesses that choose to deduct, rather than capitalize, certain capital expenses.

Although the new simplified procedures will be a welcomed relief for some small businesses, other taxpayers will find it beneficial to apply the final regulations and file Form(s) 3115 in order to dispose of or expense prior assets and potentially receive audit protection. Furthermore, correction of prior depreciation errors still require the filing of Form 3115.

If you would like more details about these changes or if you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

5 Ways to Accelerate Your Receivables in QuickBooks

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Increasing your income is good. But even if you can’t, you can still take steps to collect the money you’re already owed faster. Here are five.

Let customers pay invoices electronically

Let customers pay invoices electronically

If you asked five small business owners to name the top three roadblocks they face in their quest for ongoing profitability, it’s likely that all five would point to slow payments.

It’s everyone’s problem. Accounts receivable requires constant monitoring. As satisfying as it can be to dispatch a group of invoices, you know that it’s going to take some work to bring in payment for at least some of them.

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Client Update Newsletter: Spring 2014

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 small business owners. From year-round tax planning to tips on how to maximize profits, this valuable resource is a must read. This quarter’s topics include:

  • IRS Audits: What you need to know
  • IRS issues “repair regulations”
  • What can you deduct when customers don’t pay?
  • 2014 Tax Numbers
  • If you make gifts, you may have to file a gift tax return
  • New rule on tips for 2014
  • FSA rules modified

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2014 Health Care Law Update

The Affordable Care Act (the ACA) – the health care law known as “Obamacare” – got off to a rough start. It was passed amidst contentious debate in Congress in 2010, faced legal challenges before the U.S. Supreme Court upheld it in 2012, and sputtered at the end of 2013 when technical glitches on the government’s website deterred enrollment in health insurance plans. So where does the ACA stand in 2014?

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It’s the law of the land. Some ACA changes are already in place, some have been postponed and some are still scheduled for the near future.

Changes for individuals: Certain tax-related provisions – including the imposition of a new 3.8% Medicare surtax on the net investment income of upper-income taxpayers – went into effect in 2013.

Various consumer protections were triggered dating back to 2010, while a prohibition against discrimination based on pre-existing conditions became effective on January 1, 2014.

Significantly, if you don’t have access to health insurance, you can now acquire it directly from healthcare.gov. Open enrollment for 2014 lasts until March 31, 2014. At that point, individuals are generally required to be enrolled in a plan offering “minimal essential health insurance coverage” or face penalties from the IRS.

Changes for businesses: A tax credit can be claimed by a qualified small business providing health insurance coverage to a staff with fewer than 25 full-time employees and average wages of less than $50,000. The maximum credit, which has been 35% since 2010, increases to 50% in 2014.

A provision in the ACA initially required a business with 50 workers or more to offer health insurance or pay a fine. This mandate for businesses, which was initially scheduled to take effect in 2014, has been postponed to January 1, 2015.

Reminder: Other key ACA deadlines will arrive after 2014. Be aware that this law could affect your tax planning for years to come.

Start Planning Now for 2014 Income Taxes

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You may not have even completed your 2013 taxes yet, but now is an ideal time to start getting ready for your 2014 returns.

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We know that you’re in some stage of preparation for your 2013 income taxes. It may seem odd to start thinking about 2014 taxes just now, but actually, this is the ideal time to start planning and making business decisions with their tax implications always in the back of your mind.

As you look at the data that will be entered in your 2013 tax forms, you’re likely to come across some expenses that you might have handled differently, or some income that should have been deferred. If you begin your planning process for 2014 while 2013 is still in the works, you can start making smarter, more tax-advantageous business decisions now, instead of late in the year when everyone is rushing to take actions necessary to lower their tax obligation.

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