The Entrepreneur’s Corner

Why hire an accountant or tax professional?
Taxes! Accounting! These words often don’t inspire excitement. In fact, they generally inspire angst and frustration. For a small business, they can have quite an impact. Many business owners generally try to handle these responsibilities on their own as a cost savings measure. Let’s examine this common misconception.

The reason these words inspire such angst is because they involve complex and confusing rules that are constantly changing. How can you stay on top of these rules and run a small business at the same time? Does it really matter? Yes! You could be missing out on valuable tax deductions for your business, such as the Sec. 179 depreciation deduction.

I’ve found that lots of small businesses will spend hours each month trying to get through the monthly accounting or worse yet, wait until year end. A good accountant will be able to give you an estimate of how much time they will spend each month so that you can spend that valuable time serving your clients and generating revenue for your business. Often you will find that you can make more money focusing on your core strengths and outsourcing the tasks that consume too much of your valuable time.

You can also gain valuable insight into your business on a monthly basis by having a profit and loss statement generated. Use your accountant’s expertise to help you understand the numbers and what picture they are painting of your success or how they can identify opportunities for improvement.

By focusing on your core business and outsourcing your accounting work, you will spend less time and money overall. When your tax professional is the same person who does your accounting, that person won’t have to spend as much time reviewing and correcting what’s been done because he or she already knows and understands your business. That time can be spent on helping you save money by applying the tax laws to your business monthly.

How do you select accounting and tax professionals? There are several factors you should consider as you go through the selection process. What qualifications do they have? Do they have other clients in your line of work? How long have they been accountants? Do they have any certifications? Are they members of any professional organizations that require continuing education in their fields of expertise? Are they keeping up with the technology (i.e. software, electronic document storage, etc.) in their fields? Do they complement your personality and goals?

Once you select a professional who meets your requirements, you can rest easy and focus on what you do best. No longer will angst and frustration be associated with taxes and accounting, because now you know how to relieve this stress from your business!

Eric Moore is an enrolled agent and president of Earl W Moore & Co., Accounting &Tax Service, specializing in accounting services for small businesses and taxation for individuals and businesses. Contact him by calling (804) 266-8846, visiting http://www.ewmooreaccounting.com or e-mailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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project:HOMES’ ‘Renew Crew’ helps Henrico citizen


The project:HOMES "Renew Crew" (above) recently assisted an elderly member of the Laurel Presbyterian Church in Henrico by clearing brush, trimming hedges and raking leaves in her yard.

The Renew Crew serves low-income, disabled and elderly homeowners in need of small-scale home repairs such as porch, railing and step repairs, exterior painting, clearing overgrown yards, tearing down outbuildings, wheelchair ramps and other critical repairs and accessibility modifications. > Read more.

Alzheimer’s Walk raises $436,000


More than 2,000 people participated in the the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Chapter's annual Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s Nov. 5 at Markel Plaza in Innsbrook. The event raised more than $436,000 for Alzheimer’s care, support programs and research.

The event is one of three walks that benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Richmond and is held in celebration of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month.

Donations to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be accepted through the end of the year and can be made at http://www.alz.org/walk. In total, the three walks this year have raised more than $644,344. > Read more.
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The past couple of days haven’t felt like it, but it’s finally December and this weekend is packed with holiday events. Kicking the weekend off is Glorious Christmas Nights’ production of “Finding Christmas” at West End Assembly of God. Gayton Baptist Church’s annual Jazz Nativity starts tonight. Another annual favorite is tomorrow – the tree lighting at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. In search of Christmas concerts? The Virginians Barbershop Chorus will present its annual Christmas Show tomorrow at the Collegiate School and the Richmond Choral Society will perform Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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The film “Home Alone” (PG) will play at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Tickets and concessions are $1 and can be purchased at the door. For details, call 328-4491. Full text

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