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Resolution 2021: Look outward

December 1, 2020

Congratulations, we’ve made it through 2020! We’ve proven to ourselves that we’re disciplined and strong! And we appreciate even more what our family and friends mean to us! Does that mean we don’t need to make resolutions this year? Maybe. But it’s always good to have a goal. So, if there’s nothing to resolve for yourself, why not direct your resolutions outward for 2021?

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The case for content

November 16, 2020

If your business has a website, you’ve heard about the importance of content. Lots of content— educational, timely, entertaining and frequently updated information that helps boost your search rankings and engage visitors.

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PPP Forgiveness Could Substantially Impact Your Taxes

November 3, 2020

Although the SBA and many banks are advertising that applications for PPP Loan Forgiveness can now be submitted, the potential tax implications to borrowers are still steeped in uncertainty. The key challenges are the timing of the recognition of income and the deductibility of expenses, but there are also a myriad of other tax and reporting issues.

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Retrain your brain for a more thankful Thanksgiving

November 2, 2020

This Thanksgiving, what are you grateful for?

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How to get the most out of a virtual conference

October 15, 2020

If you plan to attend a conference soon, it will likely be a virtual event. While some may dismiss virtual conferences as just sitting in front of a computer, the fact is they can be more comfortable (sweatpants, anyone?), more rewarding and every bit as enjoyable as an in-person event. If you’re a virtual conference newbie, here are some tips to get the most from your experience:

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10 fun activities for a socially distanced fall season

October 1, 2020

Even with summer in the rearview mirror, there are lots of opportunities to get out of the house and enjoy activities with family and friends (or others in your “bubble”). Here are 10 suggestions for fall fun that everyone in your crew—regardless of age—can enjoy.

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Online reviews: What you need to know

September 15, 2020

Do online reviews help or hurt a business? Depending on the type of review, of course, it could go either way.

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7 tips for surviving ‘back to school’ this year

September 1, 2020

It's hard not to be apprehensive about fall this year with many schools reverting to online learning at home for students. But if it helps, you're not alone. Recent statistics show that 51 percent of working parents said they'll be distracted to a "moderate" or "great" degree on days when their kids learn from home, and 42 percent are worried to the same extent about their job security due to the situation.

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Take some time to optimize your Google My Business profile

August 17, 2020

As summer comes to an end, many people go into business-clean-up mode—gearing up for year end. One item to add to your list is enhancing your Google My Business profile. The internet is where most consumers find a business, so make sure your information is engaging, accurate and current to elevate your visibility online.

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Back-to-school budget-friendly tips…

August 3, 2020

It’s back-to-school season, and that typically means buying a lot of stuff to prepare kids for the start of a new academic year. While 2020 may look a bit differently (some schools may enact online learning and/or hybrid models), kids will still need a few essentials—from backpacks to electronics. Here are a few tips to keep your back-to-school shopping within your budget.

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Upping data security for virtual workspaces…

July 15, 2020

For many businesses, COVID-19 forced them into a remote office model. Months into the pandemic and having had a successful experience, a lot of business owners have decided to maintain virtual workspaces. For those adopting this new normal, upping security must be a priority to keep data safe.

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The extended individual tax deadline is approaching fast…

July 1, 2020

It’s hard to believe that we are already into July. Even with the deadline for filing your return and making a payment (if you owe) being extended to July 15, 2020, it still seemed like it came upon us fast. With only a few weeks left, be sure to get any final documents to us and answer any outstanding communications immediately.

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Get your indoor herb gardening on!

June 15, 2020

New gardeners have come out of the woodwork this year, looking to create a sustainable food supply in their own backyards. Of course, not everyone has the space or the time to create a full-on outdoor garden. So, why not start small…and indoors?

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5 tactics to spending less this year

June 1, 2020

It’s safe to say that most people are laser focused on money right now—specifically on how to make it last longer. To help you do just that, we compiled the following list of tips for spending less in 2020:

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5 tips to getting your healthy on this summer!

May 15, 2020

With more of us likely staying close to home this summer, why not plan to either start a healthy and regular workout schedule or enhance your current routine? It’s never too late in the year to get your healthy on, so we’ve compiled a short list of tips to get you moving.

 

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Is this the year for a staycation? How to kick back, relax and vacation at home

May 1, 2020

Summer is typically the time people start planning vacations—Disney World…cruises…the beach. This year, however, travel may not be in the cards. But that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice down time and fun with the family. Make this the year you plan a fantastic staycation! Here are some tips to make sure you can kick back, relax and have a memorable time with a vacation at home.

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Work-from-home best practices

April 15, 2020

The fact is that many of us are now working from home…and we’re not sure just how long this will be a necessity. With this in mind, we compiled a list of best practices to support a successful and secure work-from-home operation.

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How to minimize distractions while working from home

April 1, 2020

Working from home has increased in popularity over the past several years. But today, amidst the COVID-19 crisis, it’s not only popular, but required for many. Moving from a hustle-and-bustle professional workspace to a home office can be a major transition for many. To help you make the move successfully, here are a few tips to reduce distractions while working from home:

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How to minimize distractions while working from home

March 27, 2020

Working from home has increased in popularity over the past several years. But today, amidst the COVID-19 crisis, it’s not only popular, but required for many. Moving from a hustle-and-bustle professional workspace to a home office can be a major transition for many. To help you make the move successfully, here are a few tips to reduce distractions while working from home:

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Why file your tax return early? Lots of good reasons...

March 16, 2020

If April 15 always seems to sneak up on you, get out in front of this year’s tax deadline and file early. Here are a few top reasons why you should…

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What you need to know about changes to retirement and 529 plans

February 24, 2020

The new budget bill passed by Congress on December 20, 2019 impacted both retirement and college savings plans. While many are still waiting for further guidance from the IRS on several details of the bill, we compiled a short list of the major changes that may affect you.

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Smart tax tips for 2020

February 17, 2020

It’s that time of year when everyone can agree on one thing: Paying taxes is a drag. As we progress into a new tax season, follow these tips to help avoid a heavy tax burden this year: 

 

 

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5 tips for hosting magical meetings

February 3, 2020

Okay, so maybe not magical…but there are things you can do to rev up engagement in your meetings. After all, it’s likely that you spend at least 25 percent of your professional time in meetings, so why not put a little work into making them more appealing for all those involved. To get you started, give the following five tips a try:

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Set your career goals for 2020

January 15, 2020

There’s no better time to talk about goals than the start of a new year. And what better topic than your career? The following are a few tips to help you set reasonable and achievable goals this year:

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Financial resolutions for 2020…Get on a healthy track as the New Year kicks off

January 2, 2020

The New Year is the best time to take stock of your finances. So, as you begin the season of self-reflection and goal-making, take the time to review your spending and start making plans for a financially healthy 2020! Here are a few tips to get you started:

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PRESS RELEASE--CPA Firms Announce Merger

December 30, 2019

Sandyston, NJ – December 20, 2019 – The Leppert Group LLC announced today that it will be merging with Richards & Co. and Moran & Walker CPA’s, effective January 1, 2020.

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A healthy twist on holiday dessert favorites

December 16, 2019

The holidays are all about spreading cheer…not calories and cavities. So, why not try a few dessert recipes that put a healthier spin on some holiday treat favorites. We offer a few tested (and delicious) recipe ideas for you here:

 

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Hosting an employee holiday party that is festive, frugal and free of stress

December 2, 2019

Hosting a holiday party for your staff is one of the best ways to show them you care—while also creating some meaningful, team-driven memories. Follow our tips below for hosting a memorable soiree that doesn’t push your stress or your budget past your limit.

 

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Thinking about retiring? Here’s an easy 5-step calculation to see where you stand.

November 15, 2019

If you have retirement on your mind, the big question is this: Are you in a financial position to do so? While nothing replaces the advice of a seasoned advisor, you can take your first step to answering this question by applying a simple 5-step calculation.

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Enjoy the deals without the Black Friday rush this year

November 8, 2019

If you’re not a fan of Black Friday chaos—you know…the crowds, the rush, the relentless search for a parking space—then ditch the onsite shopping this year while still enjoying the sweet deals.

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What you need to know about the new overtime rule

November 1, 2019

The Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule that allows a much larger pool of employees to earn overtime if they work more than 40 hours per week. Specifically, the DOL raised the salary level for employees who are counted as “exempt” (or unable to earn overtime pay).

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Launching another business? Be sure to cover a few business basics…

October 15, 2019

If you’re starting a second business, then you know everything that’s involved with a business launch. However, there are a few business basics that every entrepreneur should revisit before diving into another enterprise. Consider these business basics and then put them into a well-thought-out business plan:

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Meet Jake Brook, Client Manager/Staff Accountant

October 2, 2019

Jake Brook is a Client Manager/Staff Accountant at Leppert Group. His formal education includes a BA in Finance and a BS in Accounting from Wikes University. Jake enjoys an active lifestyle outside of the office, which involves activities such as fishing, boating, golfing and coaching high school football and wrestling. Jake answered the following questions to introduce himself on a more personal level.

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3 cybersecurity tips to protect your small business

October 1, 2019

The 2019 small and midsized business (SMB) Cyberthreat Study from Keeper Security reported that nearly two out of three SMB owners do not feel threatened by or are not concerned about cyber attacks. Yet, in the previous year’s study, two out of three business owners reported falling victim to some level of data breach.

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De-stress your workday!

September 16, 2019

We can all get caught up in the day…meetings, calls, texts, emails and the myriad of other workday demands that pile up quickly and can create unwanted stress.

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About to get grillin' for Labor Day? Mind a few of our safety tips first.

August 29, 2019

Labor Day is upon us—a popular holiday that is dedicated to the millions of women and men who keep this country going strong. For many, it also means that it’s time to break out the grill for that big end-of-summer celebration. And because most of us aren’t Grill Masters, this is a good time for a refresh on some basic grilling safety tips to keep everyone safe and the party going.

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Back to school on a budget: 4 solid tips to save you money

August 19, 2019

Let’s face it. Kids aren’t cheap, so you have to save money where you can. Back-to-school shopping is a good place to start because costs can add up quickly—especially if you have more than one child. Consider these tips for sending your kids back to school without breaking the bank.

 

 

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$700 million is what Equifax will pay out as a result of its data breach. Make sure you get your share.

August 6, 2019

According to the commission's online claims process, those whose personal information was exposed can opt for 10 years of free credit monitoring, which breaks down as follows: Four years via the three major credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion) and six years specifically through Equifax.

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Deducting kid’s summer camp and daycare costs under the Child and Dependent Care Credit

August 1, 2019

With all the tax law changes this year, be sure that you are getting your just deductions in the coming tax season. That is, qualifying deductions that fall under the Child and Dependent Care Credit. According to tax giant and trusted resource Intuit, here’s the skinny…

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Traveling safe: Tips to keep you secure while on the road

July 15, 2019

These days, we seem to have endless articles on IT security while traveling, but far fewer on physical safety. Because summer can be big travel months for many businesses, we put together the following list of tips to help keep you safe while away from home. 

 

 

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Get up, get out and have some cost-effective fun this summer!

July 1, 2019

As your trusted advisor, we are always looking for ways to improve your financial health—and that doesn’t stop at business activity. We also want to support you with tips to help you save money in your personal life as well.

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June is National Safety Month! Tips for augmenting your marketing efforts.

June 17, 2019

June is national safety month, and it never hurts to remind your clients and community that safety always comes first. Our goal with this blog is to help you augment your marketing initiatives with a few ideas around safety. While we can’t cover every industry in a single post, we hope that you find the tips below useful and that they spark some innovative new marketing ideas!

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Tapping into a 529 plan for the first time? Tips for parents of college-bound grads…

June 3, 2019

It’s graduation season, and for many parents that means it’s almost time to start shelling out for college tuition. For those well-prepared parents with established 529 plans in place, the time has come to tap into that money pool. Of course, when it comes to tax-advantaged savings, trust that the IRS is keeping close watch, so it’s important to avoid making any rookie mistakes. It’s also important to keep saving as you move forward.

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Tips for building a company culture that supports remote workers

May 15, 2019

Having a remote workforce can be challenging, especially if you are trying to build a positive, collaborative work environment. So, how do you create a sense of comradery when you have staff in remote locations? These tips can help:

 

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Tax refund on the way? Use it to fortify your financial future.

May 1, 2019

If you are expecting a refund this year, you may be tempted to splurge on something not-so-practical. Before you do, take some time to think about ways to use your refund to bolster your financial health. We’ve put together a few ideas for you to consider:

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Take advantage of these Tax Day deals

April 15, 2019

Once your taxes have been filed, first, take a moment to breathe a big sigh of relief…and then enjoy some Tax Day (April 15, 2019) discounts. There’s nothing like a good deal to take the sting out of tax obligations. Below, we’ve compiled a short list of best food and drink deals, taken from offer.com.

 

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It’s spring! Reboot your enthusiasm with these tips…

April 1, 2019

The long stretch from the end of the winter holiday season until the next break in your routine can feel like eternity. If you feel the need to reboot your enthusiasm as the spring season arrives, try these tips:

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5 tips to dial down distractions

March 15, 2019

Our most precious commodity is time—and our attention is a close second. That’s why everyone can use some help on how to tune out daily distractions. We compiled the following helpful tips from copyblogger.com to get you started on dialing down distractions:

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4 reasons to file your return early

March 1, 2019

The April 15 filing deadline is rapidly approaching, so we encourage you to send us your tax documentation as soon as possible to expedite the filing process. Here are four important reasons why you should file your return sooner rather than later:

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A few key tax reform provisions every business owner should know about

February 15, 2019

This tax season is an important one for many business owners because it’s the first that will be impacted by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). How big of an impact is dependent on your unique situation. We’ve compiled this short list of provisions that may affect the business community:

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Ways to skinny down Super Bowl Sunday

February 1, 2019

According to Forbes.com, Super Bowl viewers traditionally load up on millions of pounds of less-than-healthy foods during the big game—including ribs, pulled pork, tortilla chips, nuts, popcorn and bacon—all washed down with beer (the Super Bowl beverage of choice). If you are trying to stick to your New Year’s resolution to eat better, consider a few healthy substitutes for the traditional Super Bowl eats:

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On your mark, get set…GO prepare for tax season

January 17, 2019

The combination of running a business and your life and preparing for tax time can drive some people into a slight panic. But no need to get stressed if you are prepared. Now is the time to start organizing all documents required to file your tax return.

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5 tips to mitigate paying taxes on Social Security benefits

January 2, 2019

Like the old paraphrased saying goes: In this world, two things are certain—death and taxes. The recent federal tax overhaul changed a lot of rules, so it’s as important as ever to understand your tax obligations, including those on Social Security benefits.

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New IRS warning: Email scams will surge this holiday season

December 10, 2018

Unfortunately, cyber scammers never take a vacation. In fact, the IRS has issued a warning of a surge in fraudulent emails that bait potential phishing victims with fake tax transcripts. Links within these emails lead recipients to documents containing the well-known malware, Emotet.

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Minimize the hustle and bustle and stay on budget this holiday season

December 3, 2018

The holidays can be overwhelming. You only have so many hours in a day, your gift list is long, and your budget may be tight. A bit of up-front planning and prioritizing can help save you time and money. Here are a few ideas to help you minimize the hustle and bustle, stay on budget, and find more peace this holiday season.

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5 tips to mitigate paying taxes on Social Security benefits

January 2, 2018

Like the old paraphrased saying goes: In this world, two things are certain—death and taxes. The recent federal tax overhaul changed a lot of rules, so it’s as important as ever to understand your tax obligations, including those on Social Security benefits.

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Does Your Business Need to File 1099s? The Initial Deadline of January 31 is Fast Approaching!

If your business spends $600 or more for services from another business or an individual contractor during the tax year, you may have to report the amount on a Form 1099. The requirement to file 1099s applies to all types of businesses, C-Corporations, S-Corporations, LLCs, all partnerships, and sole proprietorships. Forms 1099 are normally issued to unincorporated...

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This Tax Year Includes a Baker’s Dozen of Changes to Digest

January 3, 2014

Happy New Year! Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to get serious about reviewing where you stand from a tax perspective. As you may recall, in 2013 Congress and President Obama made a budget deal to avoid the fiscal cliff which resulted in seven tax increases. In addition to these increases, the introduction of the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) also included six...

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IRS Eases the “Use-it-or-Lose-it” Rule for Flexible Spending Plans

December 17, 2013

With the end of the year on the horizon, many individuals with flexible spending accounts (FSAs) are scurrying to spend residual funds to avoid “losing” them, in accordance with IRS regulations. However, the regulations have now changed with the IRS easing the “use-it-or-lose-it” rule for health flexible spending plans. Individuals with FSAs can now carry over a maximum of $500 to...

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Should You Apply for Social Security When You Apply for Medicare?

November 27, 2013

If you’re nearing the customary retirement age of 65, you may be considering when to apply for Medicare and Social Security benefits. This is an important decision that can have significant impact on your financial situation down the road, so it is important to understand how these benefit programs work. In particular, if you are not planning to retire at the full retirement age (FRA) of 65...

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Don’t Let the Delayed Tax Season Stop You from Being Prepared

November 14, 2013

The IRS recently announced that, for the second year in a row, it will delay the start of tax season. However, the April 15 filing deadline, which is set by statute, remains in place. Last year it was the fiscal cliff negotiations that pushed back the start of the tax filing period. This year, of course, it is the 16-day government shutdown that put the IRS approximately one to two weeks...

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LLC Owners and Participants: Be Aware of IRS PAL Regulations

October 30, 2013

If you own a Limited Liability Company (LLC) that you are not actively managing, but you claim tax deductions, this blog post will be of interest to you. Close to 30 years ago, the IRS passive activity loss (PAL) rules (I.R.C. Section 469) were enacted to limit the degree to which money-losing LLCs could be used as tax shelters by their owners claiming losses—such as depreciation, interest,...

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You Get What You Give: Tips for Motivating Your Employees Through the Holidays

October 17, 2013

Halloween is just around the corner and in a few short weeks the calendar will flip to November 1—the unofficial beginning to the winter holiday season that can seriously reduce employee productivity. After all, who has time to put in a solid eight hours a day at the office when there is seasonal shopping, schmoozing, and socializing to be done?

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The Medicare D Notification Deadline is Oct. 15 for Employers Providing Prescription Drug Coverage

October 4, 2013

Employers providing healthcare insurance that includes prescription drug benefits are required to notify Medicare-eligible employees by October 15 of each year whether their drug benefit is "creditable coverage," meaning that it is expected to cover, on average, as much as the standard Medicare Part D prescription drug plan.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)...

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Get a Head Start on Tax Season in Four Simple Steps

September 30, 2013

While the end of the year may seem like it’s a long time from now, it’s only three short months away. When you factor in the hectic weeks of the coming holiday season, that really only leaves a few weeks to pull your tax information together to avoid the stress that being unprepared for tax season can bring.

Now is the time to think about what information you will need for the...

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Employers Must Provide Notification of Health Insurance Options to Employees by October 1, 2013

September 13, 2013

The opening of the government’s Health Insurance Marketplace (HIM) on October 1 is fast approaching and with it comes a new requirement to Section 18B of the Fair Labor Standards Act that all businesses should be aware of. By October 1, 2013 employers must provide written notices about health insurance options, including notification of the new health insurance marketplace, to their...

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College Tuition and Taxation 101

September 4, 2013

The beginning of September is synonymous with the back-to-school season. If you have a child attending college, or if you are a student yourself, September is also likely to be synonymous with the beginning of annual tuition payments. While attending and paying for college may be taxing in many ways, there is some good news when it comes to tax deductions and credits related to college...

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Employee Theft: 4 Tips for Protecting Your Business

August 16, 2013

Given the tough economy over the past few years, it has been particularly difficult for business owners and the individuals they employee to thrive financially. Couple the poor economic climate with the fact that many businesses, especially small ones, have few controls in place to prevent employee theft and you get statistics like these reported by the National Federation of Independent...

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Rest Easy: Know the Tax Implications of Renting Your Vacation Home

July 31, 2013

If you’re lucky enough to own a vacation home, or are thinking about investing in one, you should be aware of the tax implications associated with this type of property, particularly if you are planning to rent it at least some of the time. It is also important to note that the IRS definition of a vacation property encompasses not only houses, cottages, and condominiums, but also mobile...

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Mid-Year Tax Planning Can Save You Time—and Money

July 16, 2013

As hard as it is to believe, the year is already half over. Although it may seem like the April tax deadline was just a few weeks ago, the reality is it’s time to start thinking about your 2013 taxes. And, if you spend some time now on mid-year tax planning, it can really pay off next April—which is only nine short months away. In addition, taking stock of where your business is halfway...

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Obama Administration Announces Delay to Part of Affordable Care Act

July 4, 2013

On Tuesday, July 2, the Obama administration announced that it is delaying the requirement that businesses with more than 50 employees provide health insurance to their workers or pay a penalty. The delay extends to 2015. The announcement by the IRS comes after numerous complaints from businesses that the requirements were too complicated and difficult to implement in time.

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What Does the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Mean to Businesses?

June 27, 2013

One of the key mandates of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or “Obamacare” as the law is commonly known, is the creation of health insurance exchanges in each state. The intention of these exchanges is to give individuals and small businesses a means for buying affordable health insurance. With the October 1st launch date for the new health care exchanges fast approaching, business owners...

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What’s The Real Secret to Success? A "Giver" Instinct

June 18, 2013

For years, aggressive, "do-what it takes" attitudes have been attributed to achieving professional success. Having at least a little bit of the "killer" instinct is what differentiates the winners in business, right? Perhaps in some cases, but according to research conducted by Wharton Business School professor, Adam Grant, the opposite is true. Success—both personal and professional—is...

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Low- or NO-cost Marketing for Small Businesses

May 30, 2013

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again… marketing is a key component of any successful business. So, we want to provide you with as much helpful information as we can in this area. We know marketing isn’t an easy task. It takes time and money. Of course, we understand that you have to keep a focus on the bottom line, which is why we are offering a few marketing tips for those of...

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Do a Little ‘Outdoor’ Marketing This Summer

May 17, 2013

Whether your business sells seasonal products or provides services throughout the year, summer is a HOT season for marketing. The warmer weather offers some flexibility with marketing events and campaigns, and that means you can be creative. Most people like to get out during the summer months, so the potential to attract prospects and clients to your marketing events is higher. The following...

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Harness the Power of the Mobile Office— Enjoy the Freedom of Being Wire-free

April 30, 2013

Technology is a wonderful thing. We know it in our firm because we use advanced technology to our advantage—that is, working anytime and from any device, having 24/7 access to files, and the ability to work from home, a client’s site, or the airport! And now that just about any gadget you can imagine is portable and affordable, your small business doesn’t have to be confined to your...

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A Not-So-Ordinary Tax Season is History

April 17, 2013

This was more than your typical tax season. With a plethora of changes to the tax code and a late start brought about by 11th hour congressional decisions, it was an even more harried and intense process than usual. We appreciate the good working relationships with our clients that helped us keep moving to meet the April 15 deadline—thank you!

With tax season just now moving into...

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E-Filing – A Reminder WHY It’s the Way to Go!

March 29, 2013

Hopefully, you are part of the more than 80% of taxpayers that take advantage of e-filing. If you’re not, we want to remind you WHY you should. Take a moment to read our short (but very convincing) list. The April 15th tax deadline is just around the corner, so we wanted to dedicate one last post to remind you of the value of e-filing your return.

  1. Safe &...

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4 Quick Tips to Ready Yourself for April 15

March 18, 2013

The tax deadline always seems to sneak up on taxpayers. Don’t fall into this trap and cause yourself added stress. If you’ve yet to pull things together…start preparing now. The following are four easy tips to be sure that you are ready for the April 15 tax deadline:

  • Locate Last Year’s Tax Return—Previous years’ returns serve as an excellent...

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Spring is Just Around the Corner… and so is April 15th

February 28, 2013

As we look forward to the end of winter and the launch of spring, that also means the April 15th tax deadline is that much closer. Being prepared is the best way to ensure a smooth tax season and minimize any surprises. So, if you’ve yet to dig in and give some dedicated focus to your taxes, here are a few suggestions to get you going:

  • Begin Gathering Source...

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E-Filing is the Way to Go – 4 Top Reasons

February 18, 2013

More than 80% of taxpayers file electronically…and for good reason. Or rather, good reasons (plural)—four to be exact. E-filing offers an efficient and highly secure method for filing your tax return. And if that’s not reason enough, take a moment to read through our Top 4:

  1. Accurate & Complete—E-filing is the best way to ensure that you file an...

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Electronic Filing Starts January 30th

January 31, 2013

As of January 30, 2013, the IRS will begin processing individual income tax returns for the majority of United States taxpayers. Be sure to get your tax documents organized now. You can use our Client Center on our website to securely upload your documents to our office.

A few items to note as we move into February:

  • E-file and direct deposit are the fastest ways to...

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New Tax Bill… What it Means to You

January 4, 2013

With the passing of the new ‘Fiscal Cliff” Act, taxpayers need to be aware of how it may affect them in the coming years. As such, we’ve compiled detailed information for you within this blog post.

At a high level, the act...

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Tips on S Corporation Compensation

December 27, 2012

The IRS continues to challenge S Corporation shareholders regarding proper methods for paying themselves. That said, it’s critical that your S Corporation structure is set up appropriately and that compensation is paid and reported correctly. For example, in a recent court appeal case, an attorney was slapped with penalties and interest after failing to remit payroll taxes for his...

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Tis the “Season of Giving”… Holiday Tax Tips for You

December 18, 2012

It’s year end already, and with it comes the race to get ready for tax season. Traditionally, December marks a time for giving generously to charities, family, and friends. It’s also a time that can have a major impact on your upcoming tax return. But fear not, we’ve compiled a few helpful “Season of Giving” tips for you (courtesy of the IRS), covering everything from charity...

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After-election Tax Implications... What to Expect in 2013

November 22, 2012

With the election behind us, we now have a much clearer picture of how taxes will be affected in 2013 and beyond. With this insight, we can better help our clients create strategic, fiscally responsible tax programs for the coming year.

Under the Obama administration, the objective is to maintain the old tax rates for taxpayers with adjusted gross income below $250,000. (The old tax...

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Changes to Your Client Portal…What You Need to Know

October 26, 2012

You may have already noticed some changes to your personal portal. To ensure that you are able to continue to easily navigate within your portal, we’ve compiled the following list that explains recent core enhancements.

What you will see when you log in:

  • A more streamlined look and feel offers more direct access to your documents and other frequently used home...

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Key Tips for Using Social Media Effectively in Your Small Business

October 16, 2012

First and foremost, it’s important to understand that social media is not one size fits all. Every small business is different and will have different social media needs. For example, some may be looking to acquire new clients while others may want to use social media channels to strengthen customer relationships or educate their audience.

No matter the reason, social media is a...

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Jumpstarting Innovation in Your Business

October 1, 2012

To ensure success, it’s important to consistently evaluate your business and identify possible areas for enhancement. Of course, because you are an integral part of daily operations, it’s sometimes hard to visualize what enhancements may be needed or to come up with that next BIG idea.

With this in mind, we want to provide you with a few tips to help jumpstart innovation in...

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Real Time Collaboration… Paperless… What’s Not to Love?

September 17, 2012

With year end fast approaching, it’s a good time to slip in another push for portals. We understand the immense value online access offers, and we just want to be sure that you do too. First and foremost, portals support immediate, real-time exchange of data and documents, which translates into ultimate convenience for our clients. Your information is always at your fingertips, 24/7…when...

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The End of Summer Means Year End is that Much Closer...

September 1, 2012

Summer is coming to a close, and the end of summer is a good time to start thinking about getting your tax information together. Before you know it, year end will be here, which can leave you scrambling to get organized. Starting a little early will help ensure that you are prepared—avoiding the all-too-familiar last minute cram session that can cause disruption and stress in your personal...

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How Might ObamaCare Affect Your 2013 Year Taxes?

August 17, 2012

The effects of the new healthcare law are different for individuals and business. We’ve compiled the following information for you and provided a succinct explanation of specific changes. This list is certainly not all-inclusive, so please contact our firm for more detail and to inquire how ObamaCare might affect your 2013 year taxes.

For...

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Why Portals Make Sense for Clients

July 31, 2012

Portals are everywhere. When you access your financial portfolio or bank account, you are using portals. Online access to information is critical these days, allowing instant access to data and documents when you need them—the ultimate in convenience.

At our firm, we also want to provide our clients with the convenience of web-based access, which is why we offer our advanced and...

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Summer Tax Tip: Special Benefits for Armed Forces Personnel

July 19, 2012

Because military personnel have unique challenges in relation to duties, expenses, and transitions, the IRS offers active members of the U.S. Armed Forces special tax benefits. The following are a few of these benefits of which you may not be aware:

  1. Moving Expenses—If you are a member of the Armed Forces on active duty and you move because of a permanent...


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IRA’s for Kids...REALLY?

July 2, 2012

What parent isn’t concerned with their children’s future? And part of this concern relates to ensuring our children’s financial well-being. So, IRA’s for kids? Yes, really! The opportunity for retirement savings begins as soon as kids start to earn money, so why not begin educating them now on saving for their future?

IRA’s, whether traditional or Roth, are available to...

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Need Help Finding Funding?

June 18, 2012

Whether you're trying to grow your current business or have plans to start one, finding the cash needed can be overwhelming. There are many options to consider from traditional bank loans to “crowd funding.”

To help you narrow down the choices, there are a few good online tools to consider:

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“Anyone Can Do It” Tax Myth Debunked

June 2, 2012

Advertisements for easy-to-use tools and low-cost tax preparation services leave the impression that tax prep and planning can be mastered by novice preparers and those with no tax planning experience. Tax preparation is complex on its own, but planning requires a slew of other skills and adequate experience and education.

There is a major difference between tax preparation and tax...

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5 Tips for Retaining Your Best Employees

May 17, 2012

Every business owner has at least one employee that they wish they could clone. You know, the one that always clocks in on time, goes the extra mile, and is loved by your customers. Retaining your best employees is simply a smart business move. Turnover is costly on many levels, so it's worth the extra effort to ensure employee satisfaction. The following 5 tips will help...

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Seven Tips for Early Tax Preparation in 2013

May 2, 2012

The tax deadline may have just passed, but preparing for next year can start right away. Being organized and planning ahead can save you time, money, and the stress associated with scurrying to get organized at the last minute. The following are seven tips offered by the IRS to get you going with your 2013 planning efforts:

  • Adjust Your Withholding—Why wait...

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Tips for Improving Customer Service

April 19, 2012

There’s never a bad time to improve customer service, but for some reason, spring always feels like the right time. It must be that feeling of renewal. Whatever the reason, we want to offer you a few good tips on how you can elevate service for your customers.

  1. Make a Great First Impression—First impressions count…setting the stage for the customer...

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Key Information For Taxpayers Who Owe Money to the IRS

April 2, 2012

While most Americans receive a refund each year from the IRS, there are those who owe and cannot pay the full amount due. For those that find themselves in this situation, the IRS offers alternatives for paying your tax bill. Named the Fresh Start initiative, the IRS developed this program to help individuals and small business meet their tax obligations without adding unnecessary burden. The...

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Avoid Phony Refund Schemes Abusing Popular College Tax Credit - 9 Tips

March 17, 2012

The IRS has provided nine useful tips to help taxpayers avoid an emerging tax scheme. This new scam tempts senior citizens and other taxpayers to file tax returns claiming fraudulent refunds. These schemes promise refunds to people who have little or no income and normally don’t have a tax filing requirement.

Promoters claim that they can obtain a tax refund or nonexistent stimulus...

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Congress Passes Full Year Extension of 2% Payroll Tax Cut

March 3, 2012

In February, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives passed H.R. 3630, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (Tax Relief Act of 2012). The bill was recently signed by President Obama.

The Tax Relief Act of 2012 extends through the end of 2012—meaning the reduction in the social security tax rate paid by employees decreases from 6.2% to 4.2% (which was first...

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Taxable or Non-Taxable Income?

February 17, 2012

This is always a key question during tax season. While most income received is taxable and must be reported on your federal income tax return, there are some instances when income may not be taxable. To help you out, the IRS has provided the following list of items that are NOT included as taxable income:

  1. Adoption expense reimbursements for qualifying...


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Tax Tips for the Self-employed

February 2, 2012

IRS.gov is a great resource for tax tips. And what better time of year to get a few helpful tips than now? The following are six key tips offered by the IRS for the self-employed business owner.

There are many benefits that come from being your own boss. If you work for yourself, as an independent contractor, or you carry on a trade or business as a sole proprietor, you are generally...

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Happy New Year – Looking Forward to a Prosperous 2012!

January 5, 2012

We hope that your holidays were both relaxing and joyous! The New Year is here, and with it brings resolutions. Our resolution is to continue to improve client services so that your experience with our firm is always rich. Enhancing our services means many things to us—from upgrades in technology to expanding and enhancing service offerings.

Over the past year, we’ve had a steady...

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It's a New Brand Day

December 2, 2011

It's a New Brand Day at The Leppert Group!

We are excited to announce the recent launch of our firm’s new brand. We’ve been working very hard to enhance our website, develop helpful new client communications, create premium marketing materials, and give our firm a major facelift. We’ve also continued to research and identify the latest and greatest technologies to improve the...

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