Discussions on payroll, business and life

Is It Your Passion, or a Job?

+-*When I interview candidates for open positions at Symmetry Software, I always ask, “What is the perfect job for you?”  It’s interesting how few candidates are prepared for that question.  If I ask, “What do you do for fun?”, they will rattle off several things that really mean a...

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How Many W-4 Allowances?

+-*Q. Can a person claim more dependents or allowances on their W-4 in order to increase take-home amount and then declare an accurate number on 1040?  If over payment is expected and then a refund is due, can he simply handle it this way and get the cash during the year instead...

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Debits and Credits Revisited

+-*One of my passions is helping people understand that accounting is really not that difficult.  When presenting financial information during board meetings, or to a CEO, or to one of my small business clients, I get one of two reactions.  First is one of fear that what is being...

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Finally! A Taxpayer Bill of Rights.

+-*Last week, the Internal Revenue Service adopted what it is calling the “Taxpayer Bill of Rights.”  The themes found in the list exist throughout the tax code created by Congress.  Essentially, the IRS has grouped all of these into a single document and adopted them as a guide for...

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A Few Tips To Increase Your Paycheck

+-*In a recent USA Today article, which you can read here, there was a discussion of the ways to increase your paycheck.  This article was written by Erika Rawes, a freelancer specializing in personal finance topics.  It’s always fun to read opinions from others on ways to increase a paycheck....

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Big Tax Refund or Not?

+-*Q. I get a large tax refund every year. It really helps me pay my bills. Some people says it’s not so good. Can you explain? A. This is one of the most common questions from my tax practice. The simplest way to look at this is that a...

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The Door is Open, Take my Identity!

+-*No one in their right mind would think about leaving their front door open and unlocked when they leave their house or apartment.  It would be like inviting someone to come in and steal your belongings.  We all know someone who has experienced a break in and we know...

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Another multi-state question

+-*Q. I Live in New York and will be starting a job in Connecticut in two weeks.  Do I pay taxes in both states or just New York? A. I’ve covered this kind of question many times over the years in my blog where an employee works in a different state...

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How Much Do I Really Cost?

+-*The U.S. economy is showing some signs of life again.  Some employers may be more apt to give some small raises this year.  According to a Mercer survey, the average rate of base salary increase in 2013 will be around 2.9%.  This compares to 2.7% average increase in 2011...

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When to Hire an Accountant?

+-*Q. As the owner of a brand new small business, when is the best time to hire an accountant?  What are the main reasons I would want to do this? Where would I find a good accountant? A. Congratulations on starting out on your own!  It’s an exciting and frightening...

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