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10 Keys for a Faster Year-End Close

Posted by Richard Huszai, CPA on Mar 12, 2019 11:19:00 AM

Depending on whether your organization is on a calendar or fiscal year, you may have just gone through a year-end close, or you’re looking forward to one (using the phrase “looking forward to” very loosely.) Do you find the year-end closing process to be an arduous ordeal or a series of sure, predictable events? What if I told you could make year-end closings faster and easier?

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Topics: accounting, Business - Management, Issues & Concerns, account systems

Board Member's Responsibilities with Financial Operations - Board Members' Series - (Part 4)

Posted by Simon Smucker, CPA on Feb 14, 2019 5:41:00 AM

Part 4 of a 5 Part Series

Not-for-profit boards have an important role in reviewing and approving the financial reports of the organization. In order to effectively evaluate the organization’s activities, plan for the future, and make decisions, financial reports are almost always on the agenda at board meetings.

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Topics: audits, non-profits, non-profit reporting, management advisory, Business - Management, Issues & Concerns

Business Operations -Board Members' Series (Part 3)

Posted by Chris Valponi, CPA on Feb 12, 2019 7:09:00 AM

Part 3 of a 5 Part Series

An Organization’s management is charged with managing the day-to-day operations of the non-for-profit; however, this does not relieve Board Members from taking on certain oversight responsibilities.

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Topics: audits, non-profits, Business - Management, Issues & Concerns

Seven Things to Consider When Buying out a Partner

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Oct 16, 2018 6:10:00 AM

With an increasing number of baby boomers reaching retirement age, business owners are choosing to leave the workforce. This means the end of a partnership and a change in the way you do business.

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Topics: partnerships, business valuation, business succession, Business - Management, Issues & Concerns

Will the tariffs on Chinese imports hurt my business?

Posted by Eric James on Aug 30, 2018 9:34:28 AM

A primer on how to navigate the changes

In the past few months, phrases like “tariffs on Chinese imports” and “trade war with China” have been  floating around in the news. The government levied a 25 percent tariff on over $50 billion of products imported from China.

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Topics: Taxes - Corporate & Business, Business - Management, Issues & Concerns

Deadline nears for Workers’ Compensation true-up

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Jul 25, 2018 4:19:00 PM

The deadline is approaching for private employers to “true-up” with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC).

A press release posted on the Ohio BWC website reminds employers they have until Aug. 15 to complete an important action necessary for the BWC to accurately calculate premiums.

iStock-936143492_blogAccording to the press release, prior to each policy year (July 1- June 30), employers' payroll amount, the basis for their premium, is estimated based on historical data. When the policy year-ends, employers are required to true-up, which means they must report the actual payroll for the policy year that ended on June 30 and reconcile any difference in premium paid.

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Topics: Bureau of Worker's Compensation, payroll, Ohio business owners, Brett W. Neate, Business - Management, Issues & Concerns

No tax deductions for business entertaining

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Apr 10, 2018 10:50:00 AM

The good news is that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 lowered corporate tax rates from a graduated schedule that reached 35 percent to a 21 percent flat rate. The bad news? Many business expenses are no longer tax deductible. That list includes all outlays that might be considered entertainment or recreation.

As of 2018, tickets to sports events cannot be deducted, even if you walk away from the game with a new client or a lucrative contract. The same is true if you treat a prospect to seats at a Broadway play or take a valued vendor out for a round of golf. Those outlays will be true costs for business owners without any tax relief.

Drilling down

Does that mean that you should drop all your season tickets supporting local teams? Cancel club memberships? Pack away your putter and your tennis racquet? Before taking any actions in this area, take a breath and crunch some numbers.

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Topics: Taxes - Corporate & Business, Business - Management, Issues & Concerns, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

Scam Alert: Fraudsters Posing as Taxpayer Advocacy Panel

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Department on Feb 15, 2018 10:46:42 AM

Some taxpayers receive emails that appear to be from the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP) about a tax refund. These emails are a phishing scam, trying to trick victims into providing personal and financial information.

 Do not respond or click any link. If you receive this scam, forward it to phishing@irs.gov and note that it seems to be a scam phishing for your information.

TAP is a volunteer board that advises the IRS on systemic issues affecting taxpayers. It never requests, and does not have access to, any taxpayer’s personal and financial information.

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Topics: Brett W. Neate, Taxes - Corporate & Business, Taxes - Planning, Rules and Returns, Business - Management, Issues & Concerns, Taxes - Individual, tax, cybersecurity, IRS

Zinner & Co. Quickbooks Support Policy: What you need to know

Posted by Zinner & Co. on Dec 27, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Effective June 1st 2018 Zinner & Co. will officially adopt Intuit’s Quickbooks Discontinuation policy. If you are using Quickbooks version 2015 or older, you will need to upgrade to maintain compliance. This policy will maintain support for the three most recent versions of Intuit Quickbooks. The annual drop date for the oldest product version is May 31st. Intuit’s current “Disco” policy states:

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Topics: quickbooks, Ohio business owners, Business - Management, Issues & Concerns, Zinner News

Electronic Delivery of Invoices to Begin January, 2018

Posted by Zinner & Co. on Nov 25, 2017 8:46:00 AM

Fall 2017 | Winter 2018

Zinner & Co. is ready to ring in the New Year with a commitment to sustainability, focus on our environment, and assurance that our clients receive year-round service.  As part of this initiative, beginning in January 2018, business client invoices will be delivered via electronic mail. To ensure timely and effective receipt of your invoice, please take a moment to update your company information by downloading the form here and adding your billing department information if it is different than your primary company contact. (Please let us know if you prefer to continue to receive your invoice via USPS). You can return the form to us at ClientUpdate@zinnerco.com or via US mail:

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Topics: Ohio business owners, Business - Management, Issues & Concerns, Zinner News

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