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Marketing for Accountants

As an accountant, marketing is a necessary part of getting clients and doing business. However, marketing can be difficult and presents an additional challenge on top of traditional accounting. Plus, marketing for accountants often ends up being different than marketing for other professions.  Luckily, there are marketing strategies that work for accountants. This article will

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Grow Your Accounting Business With These Automation Tips

Automation is one of the easiest ways to improve the functionality of any business. It effectively allows a company to get more work done in the same amount of time.  Accounting automation does this within the accounting industry. This article will specifically look at how automation works for accounting. It will also explore options that

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Finding the Best Payroll Software for Your Accounting Business

Manually calculating, filing, and paying payroll is tedious and time-consuming for most businesses. If you’re an accountant, it’s highly unlikely you would be able to manually process payroll for all of your clients while juggling your other responsibilities. Payroll software makes processing payroll much easier compared to doing it manually. You can save time while

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What Is Accounting? History and Job Requirements

There’s a good reason why the job outlook for accountants is expected to rise by 6% over the next decade. Whether with financial information related to business or tax help, we often rely on these professionals daily.  However, despite this fact, many people are unfamiliar with what this job entails. So, what is accounting? And

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Liability: What Are Liabilities in Accounting?

Did you know that the total global debt of non-financial corporations has reached a staggering $87 trillion? However, debt (and any other company’s financial obligations) are okay. The reality is that these liabilities are an essential part of running a business.  But precisely what are liabilities in accounting? Understanding this question is integral to keeping

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Debits and Credits: Understanding for Accounting

If you’re like most people, the only context you hear debit or credit applied to is at a cash register or bank account. But the reality is that debits and credits are vital to business transactions and the accounting that tracks these transactions.  That’s why they’re both crucial to understanding. So what’s the difference between

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AI in Accounting: How Accountants Are Leveraging It

Did you know the global AI market is worth an estimated $327 billion? Many people think that AI is only confined to IT applications. But the reality is that the artificial intelligence behemoth has its tentacles in nearly every industry, including accounting.  And the good news is that’s not a bad thing. In this article,

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Accounting Technology: How and Why It’s Changing

Gone are the days when bookkeeping was confined to actual books. These days, like most industries, accounting has turned to technology to streamline efficiency and save costs.  However, the use of accounting technology is constantly changing as new interfaces and advancements are being applied each year. So how is accounting technology changing? And how can

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IRS Letters: How to Respond to IRS Notice

Many people think that they’re immune to IRS notices. After all, doesn’t the IRS usually target wealthy individuals and businesses? Sadly, that’s not the case.  Since these targets require investigation and litigation, the IRS focuses on low-income wage earners and small businesses five times more than other parties. If you receive IRS letters, it’s essential

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What Is the Augusta Rule for Taxes?

If you’re like most home and business owners, you likely don’t concern yourself with the intricacies of tax codes. However, that might be a mistake. Certain tax codes, like the Augusta Rule, can provide exemptions on taxable rental income.  But exactly what is the Augusta Rule for taxes? And how do you take advantage of

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9 Tax Deductions for Sole Proprietorship to Know

In 2019, there were 27.8 million non-farm sole proprietorships. If you are one of these, you are probably constantly on the lookout for ways to run your business more efficiently.  That is why tax credits and deductions are so great. They allow your business to save money without fundamentally changing how you do business. In

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10 Example Goals for Accountants to Set Today

Everyone needs goals. Setting goals can improve your productivity at work and generally has a positive impact on mental health.  If you are an accountant looking for good goals to set, we’ve got you covered. We created a list of ten example goals that any accountant can use. Read on to explore them all! Related:

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Accounting Bookkeeping Checklist for New Clients

You’ve completed all the steps needed to secure your next accounting client. But once you do this, you need to make sure you complete a few more steps to get them ready. The onboarding stage for accounting clients can be more overwhelming than in other industries.  After all, you need to gather documents, ask for

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How to Pick High Demand Accounting Niches

It takes a lot to achieve success in accounting. This is why many accounting firms and startups seek something to provide an edge over their competitors. One of these is entering a niche.  Entering an accounting niche provides a range of unique benefits. However, it can be tough to determine which niches are worthwhile.  Let’s

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How to Sell Accounting Services: Step-by-Step

Making your mark in accounting can be incredibly rewarding but is difficult, especially when just starting. The industry has become more competitive; thus, many struggle to find their way and achieve success. However, if you go into the business with a good plan, you can not only survive, you can thrive.  Here, you’ll find a

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What is Tax Basis? Definition and Setup

Profit and loss are one of the most basic business concepts. But when tax time comes, these simple concepts can get much more complicated. This happens because the amount of profit or loss you have from the sale of an asset directly affects your tax bill. But by how and by how much? To figure

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Top R&D Tax Credit Software Of 2024

In the ever-complex realm of financial management, the right tools can spell the difference between seamless efficiency and potential pitfalls. Research and Development (R&D) tax credits remain a pivotal incentive for businesses to innovate and push boundaries. However, with intricate regulations and ever-evolving guidelines, leveraging these credits can be a daunting task without the aid

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R&D Amortization: 2022 Changes to Know

Since 1954 business owners have had the option to deduct certain expenses in the year that they incurred them. This was a critical way many offset the costs of researching and developing new products; it drove innovation in many industries.  But, as of now, the rules have changed. Effective January 1, 2022, IRC Section 174

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What Is Revenue Reconciliation? Why It Matters

There are two vital parts to a successful month-end close (especially for startups and SaaS companies): Revenue recognition and revenue reconciliation. Many startups make the mistake of focusing on recognizing and recording transactions, skipping the reconciliation process — a crucial accounting step. We’ll discuss the basics of revenue recognition and reconciliation, what they are, why

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5 Common Small Business Mistakes to Avoid

More new businesses were launched in 2021 and 2022 than ever before. Owning a small business lets you go after what matters most to you in a meaningful and impactful way, but it’s also a scary venture for new entrepreneurs. Beginning the process with an idea of the common pitfalls to avoid is crucial to

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California R&D Tax Credit Qualifying Guide

The R&D tax credit is vital to keeping companies at the forefront of innovation by rewarding companies that develop new processes and products. In 2020, California suspended its R&D tax incentives due to the economic shock following the pandemic. However, the state recently had a budget surplus, and in February 2022, Governor Newsom signed into

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IRS Warns About False ERC Claims: What to Know

The Employee Retention Credit (ERC) encouraged businesses to keep their employees on payroll during the height of the pandemic. However, the IRS has some new information for us as the economy tightens. Related: What Is the ERC? In October 2022, the IRS warned taxpayers about third parties promoting claiming enormous Employment Retention Credit (ERC) refunds

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Recovery Startup Businesses: How to Claim ERC

While businesses can no longer pay wages to claim the federal Employee Retention Credit (ERC), they have until 2024 to look back on their payroll throughout the pandemic and claim the credit retroactively. The ERC program may have ended, but that doesn’t mean businesses can’t still claim the credit — wages a business paid after

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SR&ED Tax Credit Qualification Guide & FAQ

Before you apply for the Scientific Research and Experimental Development credit, it’s important to understand its requirements. If you’re wondering if the SR&ED program can benefit your businesses, if your projects qualify, how the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) determines eligibility, how this tax incentive program works, or how to claim it, you’re in the right

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5 Best Banks for Startups: Find Banking Today

It’s an exciting time in your startup business, and having a good bank to support you is vital to your success. That’s why having a one-stop-shop bank for your needs will keep you worry-free about finances as your company blossoms. The best banks will provide you with free or low account fee checking and savings,

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Accounting for Startups: What to Know

Accounting will prove to be a large part of the process of a startup. In comparison, it is not a strict rule to focus large amounts of time and energy on accounting in the early stage of a business. Failure to properly manage and keep track of accounting can often cause many issues later, further

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BREX vs. RAMP: Find the Best Credit Card for Startups

A business credit card is the ultimate weapon in the battle to keep your new business thriving. Cash back rewards, credit perks, and all the other needed tools that keep company growth a reality. Business credit cards aren’t just limited to more significant enterprises anymore, and small business credit cards are made just for startups,

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How to Find the Best CPA for Your Startup

You might have heard that with a little bit of money spent and a couple of extra hours of preparation at the start, you can save yourself from several weeks of trouble and loss at the end. In many business cases, this proves to be absolutely true, more often than not.   Thoughtful planning has shown

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Startup Bookkeeping: How to Get Started Right

Many aspects go into running a business. Bookkeeping is a crucial business component, as it can impact your business’s growth and success.  Bookkeeping encompasses various tasks, including data entry, filing taxes, and more. Where do you get started? Read this guide from Tax Robot to learn how to start bookkeeping for your business.  Related: Startup

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Pre-Seed Funding & Investors Guide for Startups

Over 23,000 startups have received seed funding from 2016-2020, which has grown exponentially compared to the decade before. Many businesses see the value of bringing in investors early to help launch their businesses right vs. bootstraps. We’ll explore why pre-seed money is good and how to attract pre-seed investors to your startup business. By leveraging early investors,

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5 VC Pitch Decks That Work [Guide & Examples]

When preparing to raise venture capital, businesses need a dialed-in pitch that can wow potential investors. But VC time is precious, which leaves you limited time to sell your team and your business. That’s why your pitch deck needs to be efficient and concise. We’ll cover how to build a successful VC pitch deck and

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What Is the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)?

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program is a federal tax credit that employers can use when they hire people from specific target demographics, such as disabled individuals. In the past, these workers have experienced barriers to employment. However, there are certain rules that employers must follow to access these credits. If you want an

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Tax Credits for Hiring Veterans: How to Qualify

With an estimated 19 million US veterans, the United States strives to help its Armed Forces veterans find gainful employment once they are discharged. To do this, the federal government offers significant tax credits to companies that employ military veterans. To qualify for these credits, a business needs to jump through a few hoops fairly quickly

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What is the Payroll Tax Deferral? CARES Act Breakdown

As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, businesses could defer their employer portion of payroll taxes from 2020 until 2021 and 2022. Over 1,026,282 employers took advantage of this deferral during the economic burden caused by COVID-19. President Joe Biden extended the payroll tax deferral as part of the American Rescue Plan Act.

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1099 IRS B Notice: How to File Properly

If you’ve received an IRS CP2100 Notice or a CP2100A Notice, don’t worry. These mistakes can be remedied. With some work and know-how, you can send a 1099 IRS B Notice to your payees well within the fifteen-day period.  By following our 1099 IRS B Notice step-by-step guide, you’ll confidently send the necessary paperwork to ensure you follow

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Tax Credits for Hiring the Disabled: Incentivize Your Hiring

If you have a business, you may qualify for a tax incentive from the IRS for hiring those individuals with disabilities. The government uses tax credits to encourage employers to hire people who might have faced employment challenges in the past. When businesses try to hire these qualified workers, they can enjoy many tax breaks,

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Form 6765: Best Guide to Maximize Your Return

Tax season is often a frustrating and nerve-wracking time. You may be concerned about owing money or filling out your paperwork correctly to ensure you maximize your return. The tax system is full of legal jargon and forms that can be difficult for anyone who’s not an accountant to understand properly Tax season doesn’t have

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How Does the Federal Government Define a Minority Business?

According to the current tax code, minority-owned businesses have no specific incentives, but entrepreneurs can take advantage of certain tax breaks and credits. There are several recognized minority groups; they include: Black/African Americans Hispanic/Latino Americans Asian Americans Arab Americans/ Middle Eastern Americans Native Americans/Alaska Natives Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders Are you searching for additional resources to

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Form 7200 Instructions 2022: Step-by-Step

The federal government introduced two acts (CARES and FFCRA) to help businesses affected by the pandemic find relief. Both of these acts allow certain companies to claim a credit on their tax returns with IRS Form 7200. We’ll explore what Form 7200 is, who can apply, a step-by-step guide to filling out Form 7200, and

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Form 8974: Complete Guide & FAQs

Qualified small business owners can save come tax time by claiming credits like the R&D tax credit. We’ll walk you through this complete guide to filing Form 8974, claiming your R&D tax credit, and answer any questions you might have. Let’s start with the basics and define some of the forms, credits, and terms we’ll

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IRC Section 174: Get Lower Tax Bill for Inventors

For many people, there is nothing more exciting than innovation. Inventors who are engaged in research and development activities have a unique opportunity to lower their tax bills, and it’s all thanks to IRC Section 174. Our tax system is full of technical jargon and complex intricacies, and it’s constantly changing. Even Section 174 isn’t

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R&D Tax Credit Carryforward: Do You Qualify?

All the paperwork and technical jargon that comes with tax season make it a challenging time for people and businesses. Unless you’re going through a qualified accountant or tax preparer, you’re going to find yourself swimming in a sea of questions as you attempt to navigate the IRS’s tax instructions and explanations.  One of the

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Research and Experimentation Tax Credit Guide

Tax season can loom over companies with all its paperwork, technicalities, and endless hard-to-decipher jargon. There’s a lot to learn about filing your taxes properly and maximizing your return. It’s important to understand the ins and outs of taxes, especially those areas that aren’t well known or understood.  The research and experimentation tax credit was

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What is the Employee Retention Credit (ERC)?

There are many questions surrounding the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERC). Many companies understand the benefits, but several changes, requirements, qualifications, etc., can seem confusing. Today we will try and simplify this complicated subject and provide you with a guide to the ERC, including how the ERC works, wage qualifications, how to claim this tax

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What is Form 941? An Intro Guide to ERC

When operating a business, there’s a lot of essential paperwork and tax filing that people must stay on top of throughout the year. With so many forms to file, it can be challenging for business owners to remember everything they need to handle, especially if they’re new to the game. In the resource below, our

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IRS Form 944 Instructions & Free PDF Download

If your business has employees, your tax obligations include reporting your payroll and income taxes withheld from their paychecks. While large companies typically file Form 941, small businesses with less tax liability typically file a simpler form—Form 944. Related: Startups—Here’s how to get $250,000 From the IRS We’ll explain how to fill out each section

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IRS Form 943 Instructions & Free PDF Download

As an employer within the United States, you are legally obligated to file a wide range of essential tax paperwork at different points throughout the year. With so much tax filing to stay on top of, our experts at TaxRobot understand how confusing and frustrating it can be to ensure everything is filed correctly and

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IRS Form 941 Worksheets for 2022 & Guide

Whether you’re dealing with monthly, quarterly, or annual taxes for your business, there are many critical documents you need to fill out and deadlines you need to stay on top of to avoid receiving financial penalties from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Sadly, some of the critical tax documents that businesses need to file with

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How to Calculate R&D Tax Credit [Guide & Calculator]

The research and development tax credit (R&D tax credit) can help many startups and small businesses save on tax time. However, many business owners don’t claim it because they don’t think it applies to them or isn’t aware that it exists. Related: Government Loans for Startups & Small Businesses When you think about R&D, lab

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How to Amend 941 IRS Form Errors for ERC

Filing tax forms as a business owner is a complicated, tedious, but essential part of operating successfully within the working world, especially if you’re filing with the hope of receiving decent tax returns or credits. Sadly, due to the complicated nature of filling out and filing many tax forms, it’s common for tax documentation to

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