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Thinking of selling your products cross – border? Read these 5 Tips to avoid common pitfalls.

Selling your products outside the U.S. has never been easier but there are some common pitfalls that can trip you up if you aren’t prepared. Are you thinking of selling your products outside the U.S? If you are like most small business owners, it’s likely there will be more to it than you think. Many…

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Online Marketplace Seller Voluntary Disclosure Initiative: Potential Silver Bullet for Back Sales Tax Issues.

The Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) National Nexus Program is sponsoring the Online Marketplace Seller Voluntary Disclosure Initiative. This initiative gives online sellers an opportunity to get relief from back sales and income taxes. Currently 24 states are participating in the initiative and tax relief is available in most of the participating states. Important: There is…

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How the new Paid Sick Leave Law is impacting small business

If you have employees or plan to hire, you should be familiar with The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (AB 1522) that became law in January and went into effect July 1, 2015. This law, informally known as the Paid Sick Leave Law, has a disproportionate impact on small businesses. The law’s biggest…

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Chip Card Compliance Mandate – Is your small business compliant?

Important information if your business accepts credit cards at the Point of Sale (POS). The Europay, MasterCard and Visa Cards (EMV) Compliance mandate, also known as the Chip Card compliance mandate, went into effect October 1, 2015. The payment industry’s transition to Chip Cards is intended to improve security and reduce credit card fraud. While…

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Selling digital products and services overseas? What you need to know about new VAT rules

New VAT (value added tax) rules effective January 1 increase compliance burden posing significant challenge for small and medium size businesses. As a CPA who helps many clients with their ecommerce accounting, one area that I focus on is the ever increasing complexity of sales and use taxes. If you are a small business selling…

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Client Highlight: Bon Affair on Shark Tank

In each issue we take the opportunity to highlight one of our amazing clients. Meet Jayla Siciliano, founder of Bon Affair. Among Jayla’s many accomplishments, she inked a deal on Shark Tank with Mark Cuban earlier this year. If you don’t know Bon Affair yet, it is where vice meets virtue. A new wine spritzer…

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Mid-Year Tax Planning Tips

Now is the time to review your tax plan for 2014 and make any adjustments. If you act now, you will still have time to impact your 2014 tax obligations. Here is a quick list to review to help you determine if a tax plan review is in order. Have you or will you have…

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Sales Tax Changes

Mid-year is generally the time we see implementation of Sales Tax Changes as it is the start of a new fiscal year for most governmental agencies. If your business is involved in interstate ecommerce, you are a remote seller or even if you sell services, there are some sales and use tax changes and trends…

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Cyber Security

Cyber security, data breaches and hackers; it’s in the news every day. Unfortunately cyber threats are everywhere and every business is at risk. As a small business owner, you likely conduct much of your business online and want to make sure your information is protected from malware, hackers and other security risks. As a CPA…

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Tips on selecting the right credit card for your business

Your business credit card is an invaluable tool for managing expenses and cash flow. If you’ve been in business for any period of time you likely have at least one card and are constantly bombarded with offers to get you to switch. But how do you select the card that is best for your business?…

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