Posts Tagged with "government"

War Stimulus?

January 27th, 2014 at 3:47 pm by Mark
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With all the taxes, rampant inflation and pushes to cause even more small business failures, I say, why wait until next year? Washington should start fresh during their new session in 2014!

2013: The war on drugs brough in more drugs and the war on terror created more terrorists. Maybe next year we can have a war on money and jobs and see where it goes.

Government Intervention in Small Business

May 24th, 2012 at 5:52 pm by Mark
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Our Federal Government, despite claiming to care, doesn’t mind making sweeping changes and regulations which are destroying small businesses in this country.
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Accounting services to diversify your business, grow revenue

Clients want to do more business
One of the most common reasons that small businesses switch accountants is to find more proactive financial advice. Small business owners are also increasingly seeking their accountant’s advice on business planning and strategy.

Now could be the time to diversify your business and offer more services like these.

1. Tax planning and financial planning
Use your credibility in the tax space as a springboard into more strategic work. Schedule an annual planning session to help your clients achieve their financial goals in the most tax-efficient way.

Tax planning:

happens once a year (generally in the final quarter)
can be done in a one-off, face-to-face meeting
draws on your client’s financial plan for the upcoming year
is usually charged out as a one-time consulting fee
Develop some key performance indicators (KPIs) to help your clients track the progress of their financial goals. But don’t stop there. Regularly share simple reports that let clients see how they’re doing. It’ll help you demonstrate your relevance year-round and it’s an ideal first step to diversify your business.

2. Virtual CFO services
Small business is leading the transition to the cloud. Some studies say two-thirds are already using cloud software, others say 87 percent. But everyone agrees it’s trending upwards – and fast. Take advantage by offering virtual CFO services where:

you act as CFO from your office, using one of the best accounting solutions software your client gets previously unaffordable financial oversight, on an as-needed basis
This is one of the main reasons small business love the cloud. It gives them access to services that were once limited to corporations. Read more about becoming a virtual CFO and add a recurring monthly revenue stream to your business.

3. Payroll processing
It wasn’t long ago that no one wanted to do payroll. It was manual and labor intensive. However, a recent Accounting Today survey estimates 65 percent of firms now offer the service, with another 6 percent planning to add it in 2016.

Now that payroll is automated, you can process several clients with minimal hands-on time. That means you can offer a competitive rate for the service while still generating solid revenue. Good cloud accounting platforms with payroll will automatically:

apply the correct taxes
track employee hours
manage pay runs
fill out tax forms
You can also customize these systems to meet specific client needs.

Payroll’s becoming an increasingly popular accounting service to offer and is in high demand – making it a great way to diversify your business. Find out more about profiting from payroll services and start asking your clients what they need.

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“Hi, We’re From the Government, and We’re Here to Help You”

March 16th, 2009 at 10:22 pm by Mark
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     When you hear that phrase, ummm … Run.

     Is it any wonder I voted for Mickey Mouse?

Urine Testing and the Welfare System

August 26th, 2008 at 2:47 pm by Zacque
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This is a spin-off of an old e-mail that recently made its way back in my direction.

 Many people in this country have a job.  They receive payment for the work they do.  Then the government steps in a collects a portion of the proceeds they receive.  The government distributes this payment as they see fit.

 In order to get this paycheck, they submit a random urine test to their respective employer.  This is should not be an issue for any law abiding citizen.

 In reality what any citizen of this country should be concerned about are the people who receive a welfare check.  Welfare recipients do not have to pass a random urine test.  Since our government is supposed to be a system of checks and balances, why is there room for this discrepancy?  

 For the most part, United States citizens are quite giving with their money and don’t have a problem doing their part.  It should be no problem for the populous to help a few people back on their feet.

 On the other hand, there is a problem with the people that receive this money who choose to sit around, be unproductive and/or use drugs.  If they have enough money to indulge in these activities, they do not need any monetary assistance.

 The only thing not covered, is who pays for the testing?   Why not have it applied against the balance of the money the recipients of the welfare system receive.  Surely they shouldn’t mind since they are on the receiving end of the bread line anyway.

 Just think, with that money saved maybe we could funnel it into education.  Maybe we could balance the budget?  Who knows?  The possibilities are endless, and perhaps you could employ the people who failed to administer the testing.  Then they wouldn’t have a need for the assistance in the first place.

 The truth be told, this system is outdated.  It was a necessary evil at the time when it was enacted; however legislation is subject to change in order to fit the demands of the present day.  Something needs to be done.  It is only a matter of time till we will make a stand and take action.  Why not make it happen today.

Let’s See If We Can Fly..

August 3rd, 2007 at 2:25 pm by Diva
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Off a bridge, that is.

Not to sound unsympathetic to the horrible disaster which unfolded Wednesday on I-35W in Minneapolis, but it’s our government who allowed it to happen.  Maybe once enough people plumet to their death in horrific accidents, somebody who is somebody might decide to put more money where it needs to be:  HERE IN THE U.S., not every-damn-where else.

Nationwide, there are more than 70,000 that could crumble like humpty dumpty and have a great fall.  A story posted on AOL today states that Tennessee’s bridges DO NOT make it into a list of bridges likely to go down anytime soon.  So, maybe its true.  Maybe it’s not. 

I decided that this whole situation scares the crap out of me.  So, I started looking into the bridges in Tennessee that are, according to our officials at DOT, structurally deficient.

These guys tell us that of all the bridges, both “on system” and “off system” that are in structurally deficient number more than 1,000.  More than 1,000!!!  Of course, the bridges are not listed here, but I’m sure it wouldn’t be too terribly hard to find out if any of these 1,000 are bridges we take for granted every single day.

I found this quote from a TDOT official from NewsChannel5 in Nashville

TDOT said about four percent of the state’s 8,000 highway and state road bridges are what they call “structurally deficient,” which means they have some structural problems. TDOT said those problems do not compromise the safety of those bridges.

They can call it what they want.  I still think federal funds should be piped into each state for bridge and road upkeep, rather than all over the world.

Think about it…Henley Street?  Gay Street?  The big one on Pellissippi Pkwy?  I-40?  Edgemore to/from Oak Ridge?  Not to mention any number of smaller bridges. 

Good luck out there people.  Watch out for them hateful northern drivers from states that start with “I” and have falling bridges.