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!
Citizen Staff Reports 12/16/2013
Virginia Blood Services (VBS), the sole supplier of blood for more than 20 hospitals throughout the state of Virginia, is in need of blood donors to help replenish the local blood supply over the holidays.
A decline in blood donations is typical during the winter months as people become busy with holiday activities and travel. Patient needs remain steady, however, making it important for people to visit a VBS donor site or mobile drive to give blood. > Read more.
In Varina, one of the most anticipated events of the season is approaching. The 19th Annual Big Toy Parade will return on Dec 14, offering a “homey,” small-town feel that helps elicit holiday spirit among participants and spectators alike.
The parade, which begins at 3 p.m., is sponsored by the Battlefield Ruritans and Henrico County Parks and Recreation and is held in conjunction with the James River Boat Parade. It is led by a grand marshal along Old Osborne Turnpike and ends at the Osborne Boat Landing, where hundreds of community members gather to await nightfall and the arrival of lighted boats, concluding a festive holiday celebration. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/03/2013
The region's two premier youth soccer organizations – the Richmond Kickers and Richmond Strikers – have partnered to create Richmond United, a cost-free U.S. Soccer Development Academy program designed to serve the most talented players in the region. The arrangement marks the first time in U.S. Soccer Development Academy history that two member clubs have united their respective Academy programs.
Slated to begin play in the fall of 2014, Richmond United will field U13/14, U15/16 and U17/18 U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams. The teams will train and play home games at two of the top soccer specific complexes in the nation, Ukrop Park and Striker Park. > Read more.
It’s the final weekend before Christmas – but it doesn’t have to be a nightmare! Relax with half-a-million twinkling lights, enjoy Theatre IV on Tour’s production of “A Christmas Carol” or experience the 11th annual “Miracle of Christmas – Live at the Metro Richmond Zoo.” Another way to relax before the Big Day is with a good book. You can find a vast array of books, covering many genres, and meet authors at the Celebrate with a Book event on Saturday. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.
A number of Henrico students are performing in the Richmond Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker, which runs through Dec. 23. Pictured above, left to right are: back row – Elizabeth Sjovald (Mother Ginger), Deema Meguid, Maya Link (Mogi top) and Sophie Rounds (Mother Ginger) and front row – Sarah Echols (Chinese) and Carter Echols (Chinese). > Read more.
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