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Last tax filing season, several changes were written into legislation as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This extremely robust change in regulations not only affected individuals, but also businesses, nonprofits, and even government entities. Full clarification on this new law didn’t get distributed until as late as fall of 2019, well past tax time! Imagine if a CPA took the Apple 2e/lobotomy approach and didn’t get educated on the new tax law…scary, right?
In a world where we receive constant pressure to buy this or that, we often find ourselves lost in a maze of choices and misinformation, not knowing if the purchase is something we truly need. We spend countless hours researching products and reading reviews, bouncing from website to website to find the best deal. Ask yourself this…how much thought and research do you put into the CPA and financial advisors you choose?
Business coaching has roots that go back to the Greek philosopher Socrates. The “Socratic Method” of using questions to help others think clearly remains a staple of modern-day coaching. As business became more mechanized and complex in the 20th century, interest grew in learning the “secrets” of business success.
Many entrepreneurs feel that business ownership gives them independence, control, and leadership opportunities that may not exist for them as an employee of someone else. As good as these benefits are, there is some caution to be advised about taking these benefits too far.
You’ve created a budget and stuck to it for months, but an unforeseen expense threw a wrench in your plan. What do you do now? We’ve all heard of broken budgets that get thrown aside the instant they get off track. Even though all hope may seem lost, it is possible to revise and refocus your budget! Budgets are a work in process, so you shouldn’t be afraid to adjust as you go.
As Huberty’s Senior Manager out of our firm’s Fond du Lac office, Tina will focus on providing expertise in tax compliance, tax planning, and tax consulting for businesses and individuals, as well as general business consulting and bookkeeping.
As Huberty’s Assurance Manager out of our firm’s Ripon office, David has a strong knowledge of GASB standards and is dedicating much of his time to helping Huberty’s clients make improvements at their entities. He has also performed numerous agreed-upon procedures for clients with a focus on improving internal controls, strengthening controls over cash, and establishing reconciliation policies and procedures.
As Huberty’s Director of Strategy and Coaching and CMO, Brad assumes a list of responsibilities including business advisory in sales management, leadership, strategic planning, goal setting, KPI’s, and exit strategy as well as holding business owners accountable for their plans. He also provides leadership in branding and marketing to help grow the Huberty brand across all channels.
What do most people think of when they consider the word audit? In our experience, the word primarily induces fear. After all, who wants to hear that they are being audited? At Huberty, we understand the fear that comes with auditing. We know that audits can often feel like a punishment, much like a fine, a reprimand, or worse. (Oh my!)
When it comes to accounting, farming is EXACTLY like nonprofits — highly specialized! As Liam Neeson would say in the movie Taken, “I have a very particular set of skills, skills acquired over a very long career…” The accountant you choose to handle your farm’s accounting should be the Neeson of farm accounting.
Nothing stays the same in life, or in business for that matter. Businesses are seldom at a steady state. They are growing or declining, starting up, or being exited or transitioned to others. All business phases have their challenges, but we’ve found that businesses in transition are especially challenging. This is where Huberty’s Advisory services focused on Analysis, Strategy, and Planning are especially helpful.
As tax season approaches, Huberty can sense your fears starting to build - the sweat on your brow starts to take shape and you begin to have flashbacks to high school sitting across the desk from Mr. Strickland’s crisp bowtie! As you sit waiting for your turn to head in and learn your fate for the year, you begin to wonder what you could have done to avoid the F5 tornado in which you feel you are about to be sucked into.
Tax laws are a continuously changing facet of accounting. New rules and regulations happen frequently. New clients sometimes remark that “my former accountant never told me that.” In those cases, they probably just didn’t realize the new regulations changed and may have offered taxpayers new opportunities.
We know you love your family and there’s nothing you wouldn’t do to help them. One of the best things you can do to secure their future financial safety is to tackle estate-planning! Your loved ones (heirs) will thank you for not having a legal mess to sort out!
When discussing estate planning for individuals, most have heard the terms “will” and “trust,” but not everyone knows the differences between the two. Both are useful estate planning devices that serve different purposes, and both can work together to create a complete estate plan. Both legal documents allow you to provide for the ultimate disposition of your assets upon your death.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the TCJA) included a substantial increase in the federal estate tax exclusion. The relatively new tax law is even more reason to review any estate planning you have done. However, it is important not to simply undo prior planning, as many aspects of these new laws are set to return to pre-2018 laws at the end of 2025.
An estate consists of everything a person owns, including a home, vehicle(s), additional real estate, bank accounts, stocks, and life insurance. It also accounts for valuable personal possessions like furniture, jewelry, and artwork. Almost every individual has an estate. However, no matter how large or how small your estate is, you can’t take it with you when you die.
The word “accountability” carries the burden of a negative connotation. It is often interpreted as a form of punishment or as an increase in expectations and responsibilities. When most people are told they will be “held accountable,” they cringe in fear! However, when it comes to small business management, accountability is embraced as an opportunity for progress.
Business is more complex today than ever, with lots of moving parts and pieces that require management attention. In small and mid-sized businesses, owners or leaders don’t often have experts in all the functional areas, so they are forced to wear all the hats. Yet, no one can be knowledgeable in every area, so the weight of those responsibilities can make success feel very elusive.
In 2011, a small and medium-sized business survey was conducted by E-Myth and Synotac that revealed fascinating statistics concerning how growth and development of a business are related to Planning. The results of this investigation led to what E-Myth dubbed the “Success Recipe” for businesses.
If you are a small business owner, a time will come when you’ll find yourself ready to exit or sell your business. You’ve probably thought about the possibility in some capacity already. But there are a few questions you need to ask yourself before you start fielding offers from potential business buyers.
At Huberty, we work side-by-side with numerous small and medium-sized business owners. As business coaches, our consulting experts try to express the importance of a particularly desirable goal – build a business that serves your life rather than spending your life serving your business.
One of the administrative requirements of Employee Benefit Plans (EBP) that is not widely discussed is the necessity of annual audits for plans with more than 100 participants. Though mandatory, these audits can actually produce important benefits for the plan and its sponsor or administrator.
At Huberty, our accounting firm puts a strong emphasis on the importance and benefits of Strategic Planning. Our expertise has proven time and time again that developing Strategic Plans leads to prosperity in a lot more than just profits, but in the overall financial health and longevity of a business. However, even the most detailed Strategic Plans provide no benefit without putting the plan into action.
At Huberty, our Accounting Firm helps evaluate and bolster your business’ true worth so that you don’t sell it for a dollar less than you’ve earned.
The best way to find success is to PLAN for success! Whether your business just had a record sales year or if you’re just “above water,” the beginning of the fiscal year is the best time to develop a Strategic Plan.
Perhaps you’ve noticed our new look? Huberty has recently undergone a complete rebranding with the assistance of the branding and marketing experts at Sun Graphics Media in Sheboygan.
Huberty clients hear our advisors use the term “Key Performance Indicators” or see the acronym “KPI” written in the service descriptions on our website. However, not everyone is a CPA, so what exactly is a Key Performance Indicator and how does it relate to your financial outlook?
Michael will be responsible for assisting the firm’s clients with estate planning, trust and estate administration, business consultation, and succession planning.
In his new role, Joshua is responsible for both business and individual clients and specializes in tax planning, transactional advice, compliance, and income tax audit defense.