Tax & Accounting Services
If you’re looking for a firm that will focus on your individual needs, and always treat you like a client who matters, look no further. I offer a full range of professional services to give you the individual attention that you deserve.
I will thoroughly and conscientiously study your personal situation, and tailor my advice to your specific needs.
Accounting Software Selection & Implementation
There is no shortage of accounting software solutions for your business. Software as a service (SaaS), cloud computing, and other technological innovations are adding more dimensions to technology decisions. Choosing the right solution that will meet the needs of your business now and in the future while also providing a necessary level of security is crucial. I can analyze the nature of your business and financial transactions, current technology, future business plans and emerging needs to identify and implement a software solution that is flexible enough to grow and change with your business.
If your business does not currently have accounting staff or if your business is outgrowing its current bookkeeping system, I can provide comprehensive bookkeeping and write-up services to ensure the smooth operation of the financial side of your business. As your business needs grow and change, I can provide input and planning assistance to make sure your accounting and financial systems keep pace with your business needs.
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As a true business partner, I am available to help you deal with any business problem or opportunity. I stand ready to engage in business consulting projects to help you make the right decisions for the future of your business. Whether you face questions related to expanding, selling or restructuring your business, I have the necessary business acumen and analytical capabilities to help you make the right decisions.
Business Entity Selection
The business entity—LLP, LLC, sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, etc.— that you select for your business has enormous financial and tax implications. It is important that you make the right decision. I can explain each choice and its implications. As your business grows and changes, the type of business entity you choose may need to change also.
Estate & Trust Tax Preparation
Estate matters affect everyone. By taking proactive steps today, you can ease the way for your heirs during a very difficult time. I can work with your legal counsel to help you to structure your estate and trusts to minimize taxes and ensure the smooth transition to your heirs. I am available to handle all estate and trust tax-related matters.
When a business is able to undertake strong financial analysis, it opens up new opportunities to improve management, planning and decision making. Financial analysis provides the numbers to support, reject or contemplate a course of action. Prospective analysis can show how situations may evolve under various scenarios, providing a new dimension to decision making. I am ready to provide this type of financial analysis to support the continued prosperity of your business.
Financial statements are an important tool for management decision making. Financial statements also represent your business to lenders, partners, potential buyers and other interested parties. I will work closely with your key personnel to develop and finalize accurate and timely financial statements.
An IRS audit can be an intimidating and complex process. If you or your business face an IRS audit, I can bring to bear years of experience in dealing with tax matters and IRS audit procedures to ensure that you are properly represented when dealing with the IRS and other tax authorities.
Management Advisory Services
My Management Advisory Services focus on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of your business and its operations. I can provide support in business planning, mergers, acquisitions, and other advisory support. Contact my office to learn about the full range of services I provide.
Tax-exempt organizations are held to an extremely high standard. Although nonprofits usually do not pay taxes, I help ensure compliance with IRS rules for tax-exempt organizations including presentation of accurate and transparent financial information, as well as disclosure of the governance policies and practices your organization has in place.
Additionally, I will look at your organization’s potential tax exposure regarding Unrelated Business Taxable Income (UBTI). I will help your organization to decide, should the organization do the work that is out of their usual scope, work that results in profit and is not related to their charitable mission subject to Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT).
Constantly changing federal, state and local laws and tax regulations make payroll management an ongoing challenge for business owners. I am well versed on these laws and regulations. I can proactively alert you to material changes that will affect your business and your employees while also keeping payroll running smoothly no matter how large your business and your employee population become.
Retirement planning is critical in these uncertain times. Whether you are developing a retirement plan for yourself or choosing a retirement plan to offer to your employees, I can help you evaluate the available options. My focus is on helping you to make the choice that is most appropriate for your own financial situation. If you are choosing a retirement plan for your business, I will base my recommendations on the unique characteristics of your business and your employee population, as well as the legal and compliance issues related to each type of plan.
Sales Tax Services
State and local tax authorities are looking to maximize sales tax collections. I can help you understand and manage your sales tax obligations and prepare sales tax returns in an efficient and timely manner.
Tax Preparation & Planning
Effective tax preparation and planning can help you to minimize your future tax liability. I can help you proactively manage both your personal and your business tax issues, including understanding how upcoming business opportunities impact your tax status and vice versa. Not all tax planning opportunities are readily apparent. By having me on your team, you are more likely to benefit from those opportunities. I understand how the latest federal, state and local tax legislation and other developments affect you and your business and I am constantly identifying new ways to reduce federal, state or local tax liabilities.
Tax Resolution Services
Back Taxes Owed
Have you filed your tax returns every year, but not paid all the tax you owe? Maybe you just didn’t have enough money at the time and planned to pay more later. Unfortunately, the penalties and interest that are added to back taxes greatly increase how much you will ultimately owe the government. If you are delinquent on your taxes and haven’t yet heard from the IRS, you soon will. The IRS may place a lien on your property or a levy on your bank accounts or wages. The potential damage from unpaid back taxes can be financially ruinous, but it is often avoidable. I can help you assess your tax debt options and negotiate a workable payment plan with the IRS. Unpaid back taxes is a problem that rarely goes away on its own. Contact me today and resolve your tax liability issues.
A bank levy freezes your bank accounts. Any checks you have written will bounce. You will not be able to withdraw any funds or pay any bills. Generally, you have 21 days to respond to the IRS after your financial institution receives a Notice of Levy for your accounts. After that, your accounts are drained and the money is sent to the IRS. If you act immediately, I may be able to get the levy revoked. Together, we can compile and forward the IRS the information they require to release the levy. I will also negotiate the best possible payment arrangement the law and your finances allow.
IRS Audit Representation
Have you received a Notice of Audit and Examination Scheduled from the IRS? An IRS audit is a review of an organization’s or individual’s accounts to ensure information is being reported correctly. Ignoring an audit usually means the IRS files your return for you and you end up paying much more. An IRS audit is a serious situation, but with experienced help most tax difficulties can be resolved. You don’t have to face an audit alone. I am qualified to represent you before the examination division of the IRS. Oftentimes I can save taxpayers many times the cost of representation and quickly bring the audit to a close.
Offer in Compromise
An offer in compromise allows you to settle your tax debt for less than the full amount you owe. It may be a legitimate option if you can’t pay your full tax liability, or if doing so would create a financial hardship. The IRS will generally approve an offer in compromise when the amount offered represents the most it can expect to collect within a reasonable period of time. But the Offer in Compromise program is not for everyone. I will analyze your financial situation to see if you are eligible. If you do not qualify for an offer in compromise, I can recommend other payment options that will resolve your tax debt.
Payroll Taxes Owed
Falling out of compliance with IRS payroll regulations can destroy your business. Not only that, it can ruin your personal finances. Perhaps you’ve gotten behind on payroll taxes through an oversight or a temporary lack of funds. Whatever the reason, it is important to note that the IRS pays particular attention to small businesses that fall behind on their employees’ federal withholdings. If the IRS decides that your business has violated payroll tax rules it may come after your personal bank accounts and assets–even if your business files for bankruptcy protection. If you have received correspondence from the IRS about payroll issues, you need experienced representation now. Let me help you resolve your payroll tax issues so you can get back to running your business.
One of the worst things about IRS tax controversies are the penalties and interest tacked on to your original bill. There are penalties for late filing, late payment, and negligence, to name but a few–and the interest on unpaid taxes can rapidly increase your total tax liability. If you are struggling with unpaid taxes plus additional penalties and interest, I can help. The IRS may abate certain penalties if there is reasonable cause and the failure was not due to willful neglect. Many taxpayers who have not previously had major issues with the IRS can qualify for a first time penalty waiver. Generally, the IRS does not revoke interest charges, but some established interest suspension provisions do apply–especially where the IRS has made an error. I understand if you are overwhelmed by penalties and interest. They often appear arbitrary and unfair. I will carefully scrutinize your tax situation to see where penalties and/or interest may be waived.
Statute of Limitations
The Statute of Limitations dictates the amount of time allocated for certain tax-related actions. For example, the IRS has three years to audit your tax return or send you a refund, but they have ten years to collect after a tax has been assessed. There are some exceptions to the ten year collection rule. Applying for certain payment arrangements will suspend the ten year time frame while those arrangements are pending, but add extra time to the statute of limitations for your case once the suspension period is over. It is important to know when the Statute of Limitations expires, but it is just as important to know what to do with that information. I have the expertise to help you make those decisions. Sometimes, filing for a certain status or payment plan can do more harm than good. Everyone’s tax debt issues are different and it is critical that all factors be considered. I will find out how the Statute of Limitations applies to your circumstances and then advise you as to the best course of action to take.
If you have neglected to file a tax return from a previous year or years you should do so immediately–even if you think you can’t pay. The penalties and interest you may face for not filing a return are often much worse than if you file but do not pay in full. In other words, you have nothing to gain by not filing tax returns except hefty fines and possible jail time. I have the expertise you need to straighten out your misunderstanding with the IRS.
Once we have filed your missing returns, I can help you work out a payment plan or an Offer in Compromise. Please note that the IRS will not accept any payment arrangement or revoke a lien or levy until all delinquent tax returns are filed. Contact me today to learn more about filing your overdue tax returns.