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Making Children Less Costly (Through Smart Tax Savings)

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"Having a child is like getting a tattoo ... on your face. You better be committed." -Elizabeth Gilbert

Because raising children truly does "take a village", know that I'd love to help walk you through some of these steps in greater detail. Everybody's childcare costs look different, and together we can plan for child-based tax breaks. Don't hesitate to give me a call today. (801) 278-2700

Child Tax Credit (CTC)

Over the last few months, we've spent some time discussing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), and although some of its outcomes have altered taxpayers' refunds in a negative way, there are indeed some perks. In this case, the signed law meant a CTC increase from $1,000 to $2,000. Read More...


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Everything You Need To Know About Tax Records For Businesses

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"For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned." -Benjamin Franklin

In addition to the usual suspects -- W2 forms, 1099 forms, bank statements, brokerage statements, etc. -- we're talkin' receipts, sales slips, invoices, cancelled checks, and credit card and charity statements. Anything you can get your hands on will help you. Why?

There are many reasons why you should keep meticulous tax year records. At the top of that list, alongside the possibility that your business gets audited, is that it's easier to file when you have all your tax records in one spot.

That answer may sound simple, but when we're preparing to file your taxes, shuffling through closets and drawers and file cabinets will only create added frustration. No one wants that. Read More...


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How To Save On College Through Tax Breaks

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"The University brings out all abilities, including incapability." -Anton Chekhov

College is expensive.

Let's put that fact out on the table because we all know it's true, and most of us have been affected by this reality in some way, shape or form.

Side note: College is even more expensive if you're trying to cheat the system so your kid gets into a prestigious school. We're all seeing how that turns out ... right before our eyes.

But did you know there are various tax breaks which can help chip away at the cost of your son's or daughter's (or your own!) college tuition?

Note these steps if you're interested in saving on tuition costs with some help from Uncle Sam. Read More...


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Outlining What Occurs During A Business Audit For Salt Lake County Businesses

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"The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today." - H. Jackson Brown Jr.

The issue we're tackling today might overwhelm you because of what it means for your business. But there's a simple, helpful solution -- have us handle all of it for you. Please reach out if you find out the IRS is auditing your business. We'd love to help in any way.

Before I dive into some ways you can prepare for a business audit, allow for a quick refresher:

IRS audits are often not initiated at random. The IRS will likely audit businesses with glaring errors from business taxes filed the year before (i.e. when they sense something is up). These tax audits cover a number of areas such as employment and income tax. They are comprehensive and not something to take lightly. Read More...


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About Opportunity Zones/Funds

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Opportunity Zones/Funds

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017 is pretty much in place now that the Federal Government is once again funded. There will still be lots of “clarifications” coming out. One of the programs created by the TCJA is Opportunity Zones (OZ). These are areas across the nation that are recognized as low income areas. Utah has 46 Opportunity Zones ( https://opportunitydb.com/location/utah/ ). The US Government is offering incentives to investors to make substantial investments into real estate in these Zones. Essentially the Government is allowing investors to defer capital gains taxes, if the investor will use the capital gains dollars to invest in these Zones. The vehicle for taking advantage of this opportunity is called an “Opportunity Fund” (OF).

An Opportunity Fund is any investment vehicle organized as a corporation or a partnership to invest in Opportunity Zones and must hold at least 90% of its assets in Opportunity Zone assets. Read More...


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Janet Behm's Three Simple Steps Towards a Better Business Budget

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"We must consult our means rather than our wishes." - George Washington

Preface: Your budgeting team should schedule a recurring meeting at the beginning or end of each month to discuss what's going well, what needs to change, etc.

That's the first thing you need to do.

1. The Costs You Count On

Once your meetings are set, and you've created a budget document (Excel, Sheets, Quickbooks, etc.), record income and fixed costs which you'll revisit every month. Those two items are crucial to surviving and thriving as a business. Read More...


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Janet Behm's Updated Tax Preparation Checklist for 2019

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"Right actions in the future are the best apologies for bad actions in the past." - Tyron Edwards

With all of the changes every year (and, of course, that's especially true THIS year), filing your taxes on your own is not for the faint of heart. That's even with nice-looking software on the market which purports to make it easy for you.

But that's what we're here for. Let us make it easy for you.

Below is a list of what you will need during the tax preparation process. Not all of them will apply to you -- probably MOST will not. Nonetheless, it's a useful checklist.

Before you get overwhelmed: yes, this is a long list -- but it's the unfortunate reality of our tax code that it's not even comprehensive. But these items will cover 95% of our clients. Really, this is for ensuring that we're able to help you keep every dollar you can keep under our tax code. Read More...


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Strategizing Your Business's Cash Flow Plan For 2019

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"Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom." - George Washington Carver

If I've learned anything by watching hundreds of businesses succeed and fail during the course of running my business, it's this: the lifeblood of any business is its ability to collect cash and pay bills as well as pay its employees, particularly its owners.

However, many Salt Lake County small businesses are profitable on paper, but they do not have enough operating capital to meet their current needs. Consequently, they may be forced to sell out to a stronger competitor, sell a portion of the company to investors at an undesirable price, or close the doors and put the company out of business. None of these alternatives are typically what the owners intended when they started their business.

They're working without a map, and as they say: cash is king. Not knowing how to plan for it could be killing your business.

Any cash flow plan prepared by the management of the company or an outside consultant can be no more than a guess as to when your customers will pay. It is a little easier to forecast when your business obligations are due, but many variables interfere here as well. Hopefully, the more effort that is put into cash forecasting, the better will be the educated guess and the more accurate the resulting picture of the future operations of your business. Read More...


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What Success Looks Like in Real Life

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"Success" is a state-of-mind -- and it's tied to gratitude. It affects how you see sales, savings, retirement, the local marketplace, and investment. And, of course, gratitude is the enemy of fear. It's like an opposite magnet for it -- walk in gratitude, and fear just melts away.

So, here's my advice for this week: Whatever financial situation you happen to find your business to be in, find a way to be thankful. There are hidden blessings in any trial ... and hidden fears lying within any windfall. Find them, savor the blessings, and watch your business (and your mind) thrive. Read More...


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3-Reasons to Raise Your Prices

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I take a look around the small business world sometimes, and I get a little sad.

It's heartbreaking to watch small businesses in Salt Lake County go out of business or not bring home enough bacon simply because they get trapped into thinking about their pricing in the wrong way.

When you differentiate yourself based on price, you simply cannot provide value. You end up competing on the wrong playing field, and it's not one in which you are built to win.

Yes, price war competitors have been in operation since the days of the Greek agora, but it's important to understand that if YOU want to build a sustainable, scalable -- and one day SALE-able -- business, a core foundational piece of that puzzle is that you must be charging enough for your goods and services. Read More...


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