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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Small Business Accounting Expense Categories

Familiarity with small business accounting expense categories makes it easier for you to do your taxes. If you operate a micro enterprise, preparing your tax return is probably not your favorite thing. In fact, it is usually recommended that you get help from a tax preparer you can trust if your budget allows for that.

Whether you are doing your taxes yourself or not, it helps to know which expenses are deductible. It gives you greater peace of mind when you are planning or making decisions on a daily basis. For example, if you operate a farm and you want to get a small van to transport goods, you would want to make sure that you could list that as a cost associated with operating a commercial enterprise.
Expenses often fall in the following categories:
  • Commercial use of your home
  • Business use of your car
  • Retirement plans
  • Interest on loans
  • Necessary insurance
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the United States makes it clear on their website that anything you buy must be necessary, for it to qualify. Necessary means that it is helpful and appropriate for your type of trade or service.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Choosing Outsourced Payroll Service Providers

Choosing outsourced payroll service providers is not always an easy task, especially if you have never done it before. You may ask CFOs or lawyers you know for recommendations but bear in mind that what works for them may not always suit you.

You will always need to consider the qualities that are most important to you before you select a company that offers assistance in this area. For example, if many of your employees are unionized, the provider will have to be familiar with the rules of your industry that apply to unions.

Forbes Magazine recommends that any organization you hire to compute the compensation that your employees are due should have experienced personnel. They should provide accurate data for withholdings, net pay and even your tax returns. You may choose to be able to review and sign your returns yourself or give them authority to attach your signature, if they are Reporting Agents (RAs).

Remember that the partner you choose should be one that is fully compliant with all the laws that apply in this area. Poor performance or intentional miscalculations on their part could result in serious losses for your business and hurt your reputation. Look for outsourced payroll service providers that give you exactly what you want and don’t force you to accept bundling of services you don’t require, just to increase their own profit.

How to Become a Professional Genealogy Researcher

Learning how to become a professional genealogy researcher is the first step in a rewarding career. If you have always been interested in helping people find out who their ancestors were, or learn more about where they came from, this might be the right field for you.

Certified genealogists in Maryland and other parts of the United States usually run their own businesses. This means that you can set your own rates and working hours. Of course, it also means that the entire burden of running your business successfully will rest on you. If you know you don’t have strong skills in bookkeeping or marketing, you will need to partner with persons who do.

You may already be working in this area as an assistant researcher and want to step up to another level. If you reside in the United States, your first step should be to join the Association of Professional Genealogists. This will give you the opportunity to meet researchers who are experts as well as beginners in the area.
You should also aim to attend as many conferences as you can which are based on your chosen specialty. If you plan to be accredited, you should look at the information on accreditation that is available on the website of the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists.

After you have learned how to become a professional genealogy researcher and invested the time in your education, you may choose to specialize in a particular area. For example, some men and women choose to focus on adoptions, or on particular ethnic groups, such as Native Americans or African Americans.

Participating in national conferences will provide more information on the things that interest you and help you become a better genealogist.