Discussions on payroll, business and life

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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After the Cliff, What Happened?

It finally happened. There was a tax deal! Congress settled half of the giant cloud of uncertainty strangely named the “Fiscal Cliff.” As a tax professional, I am charged with helping my clients navigate through the confusing web of...

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Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Q. What is Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and why is it so controversial? A. Remember the days when you started a new job and you were directed to a cubicle that contained a dusty desktop computer with a...

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Live In One State, Work in Another

Q.  I work for a business located in NM, but have worked from home for more than 4 years, until recently my home office was in NM. I just moved to CO. I am still employed by the NM...

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One State, Two State, Three State Withholding

Q. I have a question regarding payroll tax withholding, and personal income tax reporting. When an employee is a resident of state X, but works in state A, B anc C, as a travelling consultant. And where B has...

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