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Friday, September 4, 2020

Small Business Action Plan - 2016 ELECTION

Hillary Clinton and her campaign to assist small
businesses by reducing their business taxes with
"Checkbook Accounting."
Clinton Brings a New Action Plan to the table for small businesses to save on taxes.

With the upcoming presidential election quickly approaching, there have been many unanswered questions from the Clinton campaign. Recently Hillary Clinton and her campaign has given us the specifics on her small business proposals if she was elected president for the next presidential election term.

Taxes as easy as 1,2,3....
When it comes to filing taxes for small business owners, one proposal this election is to offer a standard deductible, very similar to a personal standard deductible when filing. At this time, an amount for the standard deduction has not been mentioned, but being able to file standard will separate a small business company from a much larger business owner financially.

Currently, for any business that has a revenue of over $10 million who makes, buys, or sells their product must be accountable for the accrual method when filing. The accrual method accounting requires any business owner to include not only what is sold, but must also include the unsold inventory that is left by the end of the year. This is much more complicated especially in the following years when the product finally is sold. For businesses who accrue over $25 million in sales, they file by a much simpler process known as cash accounting process. By being able to claim the cash accounting process, the income and sales are then recognized when cash is being exchanged. Another plan going into this election year is that the campaign proposes a less aggressive financial tax reduction for businesses who make less than $1 million in revenue. The plan recognizes this proposal as " Checkbook Accounting".

Checkbook accounting is a much simpler way for small businesses to file their taxes. For smaller businesses under the Clinton proposal, instead of claiming the accrual method or the cash accounting process, a small business owner will be able to claim inventory bought earlier in the year, in which it has not been sold yet. Unsold inventory will be considered as a write off for a future year when it is sold. Per the campaign the  "Checkbook Accounting" process is so easy, that a small business owner would not need to keep records, receipts, or inventory list. It is still unclear how this will change any required business tax purpose forms, but according to John Rainey, regional director of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center at Clark University, small businesses need to keep financial statements. By not keeping any sort of financial statements and fully relying on your tax deductions, a small business owner would not have the slightest clue as to how their business or growing. Rainey suggest that as a small business owner, they should be able to use their financial statements by ends year as a small business owners inventory should be slim to none.

Bigger Deductions for Small Businesses

Currently small businesses have a $5,000 deduction for start up expenses. Another proposal that was made was that there will be an increase in the deduction to $20,000. The business start up expense would start to top out at or around $50,000-$55,000. A plan to eliminate taxes on small business investments and its capital gains would also be included with the revised tax reform for small businesses. There would also be a  cap on Section 179 of the tax code to a $1 million limit. Due to the recession 8 years ago, per, the maximum deduction was set at $100,000 which is not a huge deduction. 

Military Moves Made Easy

One of the main factors that she sees is our military men and woman and their families. When relocating comes about, it is quite hard for spouses and dependent individuals to re-gain a new state license after transferring. A new plan is being made to  focus on easing up the licensing requirements from state to state so we have a continuous work flow for the American families.

Clinton's Affordable Care Act
While she notices that very few are enrolled in the Affordable Care Act due to the number of employees and average wages, she would make a few adjustments to benefit all small businesses. The plan is to  increase the eligibility to 50 employees and would allow more small businesses to offer retirement plans.

Atlanta Georgia Income Tax Preparation,
With GBC Services income tax preparation services, you can rest assured that your taxes will be done right and on time every time.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

BBB Accredited Income Tax Accountants GBC Services

Atlanta Better Business
Bureau Accredited
One wouldn’t trust a doctor or mechanic with an unreliable or inconsistent reputation, so why should an accountant be any different?  Besides, you work hard to take care of your family and accumulate savings for a rainy day.

A reputable accountant can help your money grow and protect cultivated assets.  They can also make decisions that devastate you financially.

To that end, one should make sure that the CPA you are considering  is listed with the Better Business Bureau.  When it comes to consumer protection, the  BBB is the gold standard.  Annually, the Better Business Bureau investigates hundreds of businesses to see if they are trustworthy or have a large number of consumer complaints.  Those with black marks do not get listed or have extremely low rankings.

At GBC Services, LLC., we  understand your money is your lifeline and treat it as such.  This is why we have complete transparency as well as state of the art accounting services that can help you manage your money and keep it safe.   Our CPAs are well trained, and our commitment to ethical and fair business practices is second to none. In a frightening business and economic climate, knowledge is power.  The BBB can provide you with that. 

Contact GBC Services, LLC., today and find out why we have earned a stellar reputation within the Better Business Bureau community and beyond.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Income Tax Preparation Organization Tips

Keep your sanity!
Hire an Atlanta
Income Tax
Even if you have someone taking care of your tax preparations for you, there are things that you can to do to ensure that the process will be as smooth as possible.

Here are a few tips for residents of Georgia. Income tax preparation will be a cinch with these simple organizing techniques.

  • Start early – Tax prepares continue to get busier as April 15th draws closer. You can expedite the whole process of getting your taxes completed by having your paperwork together early. See your tax preparer in February or early March when their hair hasn't started getting grayer by the day yet. You will get the best quality work when your preparers mind isn't on the pile of paperwork they have to get to after they are done with yours.
  • Necessary Information – Numbers like Social Security numbers and Tax Payer ID numbers are essential. Make sure to have these compiled, so you won't have to scrounge around for them when your tax preparer asks you for them.
  • Folders – If you show up with a shoe box full of receipts, your tax preparer will not be happy. They may not even want to do your taxes for you. If they do, you definitely won't get a good price. If you show up with a folder with multiple pockets, and everything divided into its own category, you are sure to get prompt service at a reasonable price. It only takes a few minutes for you to sort everything, since it is your paperwork. It's a much bigger ordeal for the preparer, and they will want to be well paid for the extra effort.
  • Prior Taxes – Don't forget to include a copy of last years tax forms. These can help your preparer to get things done even more quickly by giving them a basis to start with. It will also help them to give you a better estimate of how much your tax prep will cost this year.

If you follow these few simple steps, you will be making your tax preparation process much smoother. 

Your tax preparer will appreciate it, and so will your wallet and your sanity.


Questions for Residents of Atlanta, GA : Income Tax Preparation Essentials

Choose an Atlanta Certified
Public Accountant for your
Income Tax needs.
Obviously, if you are seeking help on your taxes, you want to be sure that the person who is helping you knows what they are doing. First of all, you are paying them and probably a decent fee. Secondly, you want the peace of mind that comes from knowing your taxes have been prepared correctly.

Yes, for residents of Atlanta, GA, income tax preparation help may be available in abundance, but these are the questions you can arm yourself with to ensure that will get the help you need. 

Here are 6 topics to discuss before you chose your preparer.

  • Tax ID Number – A real tax preparer will have one and will not be offended that you asked. It shows you are in the know, since all tax preparers who charge for their services must have such a number.
  • Training/Experience – What makes this particular preparer well qualified to take care of your taxes? There are exams on both the state and federal level for tax preparers. Make sure yours has passed them and is up to date. You should also look for someone with a good amount of experience, including experience in many types of tax situations and issues that could arise. Is the preparer continuing to seek out education to stay up to date on the ever changing tax laws?
  • E-Filing – You are trying to make the process of filing your taxes as painless as possible. Using a preparer who can file your taxes electronically takes yet one more step out of the process and reduces the chance of mistakes. If you are getting a refund, this will expedite that process.
  • Estimate – How much is this going to cost you? There may be some things that come up in the preparation process that were not discussed beforehand, but in general the preparer should have a pretty good idea of what the final price will be based off of what you tell them about your taxes. If you are expecting a big refund, don't let the preparer convince you to let them have a cut. Make them set a fee.
  • What if you get audited? - If your paid preparer is a CPA or an EA then they should be able to help you in case the IRS decides to audit you. You won't get the same service from a tax preparation chain. They can give you advice that may be of assistance, but they cannot represent you. So if you get your taxes done at a chain and then get audited, you will have to hire someone else to help you anyway.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Income Tax Preparation Should Be Left to the Pros - Atlanta Payroll Services by GBC Services

Let GBC Services, Inc.
File Your Taxes Electronically
If you find filling out your income taxes is a daunting task, you are by no means alone.

There are plenty of local places in Atlanta, GA income tax preparation can be performed at. You just need to find the one that works for you--call GBC. 

This is the bane of many a worker's year. But it doesn't have to be a miserable experience. Having the right people to help you can make a world of difference when it comes to taxes.

Make sure they can file your taxes electronically, so there is little for you to do. Also, check on the abilities of the paid preparers that are hired at the company. Can they handle difficult scenarios? Where did they learn to prepare taxes?

How much can you expect to pay to have your taxes handled? Several factors can affect the price. First of all, the degree of experience that the preparer has may affect their base fee. Often what you pay for is what you get, so better to shell out a little bit more for good service and peace of mind. Another factor is the size of the business that you operate. If it is just you and some expense receipts, you will obviously pay less than if you have several employees and operate multiple companies.

You usually have 4 levels of tax preparer to choose from.
  • CPA – This will be the most expensive option since they have the most training. Being a CPA, however, does not make someone a good tax preparer automatically, so be sure to ask if this particular certified public accountant can supply you with what you need.
  • EA – An enrolled agent is someone who is trained to prepare taxes. They differ from a CPA by not having the same variety of training. The only way to become an EA is to either pass several tests or to have actually worked with the IRS for a period of years. This makes them very qualified to help you.
  • Tax Preparation Chain – These places will usually be able to prepare your taxes cheaper, but may not be able to help as much if you have a lot of questions or some tricky things to deal with. Watch out for hidden fees if your taxes are not very straightforward. A little something will be tacked on for everything they have to do in addition to just standard tax paperwork.
  • Free – How can you get your tax preparation done for free? If you didn't have very much income or are a senior, you may be able to get some free help with your taxes. Check around to see if you qualify.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

What the IRS Looks for to Flag for an Audit

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"The IRS examined 1.1 percent of all individual tax returns in 2010 and 2011, so the chances that your tax return will be audited are only about 1 in 90." -Moneywatch.

That is the good news, but nevertheless it's wise to be prepared, since being chosen for this is an unpleasant experience. Hire external auditors to come and evaluate your company for you and ensure you are taking care of business. Here is a brief summary of how the IRS looks for returns to audit:

The IRS uses a computerized process to check all tax returns for math and clerical errors, such as incorrect Social Security numbers and addresses, and also runs tax returns through a process that compares the information you report from your bank, employer, and W-2, 1099 and other forms and documents. If you omit an item from your tax return, it's very likely to be picked up by the IRS's computers.

A few newer items that can trip up some taxpayers include payments received by businesses from credit and debit cards and investors who report the sale of their investments. These amounts are reported by banks etc and it's important the amounts be accurate. Also, individuals who report gains from the sale of their investments should also take note that the securities industry is now reporting to the IRS the cost basis of investments that were sold as the gross proceeds from the sale.

Meanwhile, the IRS assigns numerical weights to certain tax return characteristics. These weights are added together to obtain a national composite score for all tax returns. When the total score of all selected items on your tax return exceeds the national average score set by the IRS, the agency will flag the return for a possible audit. The exact items the IRS zeroes in on and scoring method is a closely guarded secret, but some of the things the agency is believed to scrutinize include:

  • Large amounts of income not subject to tax withholding 
  • Unusually large amounts of deductions claimed than seem unreasonable when compared to your income 
  • A large number of dependent exemptions claimed that doesn't square wtih reported SSNs, tax withholding allowances and so forth 
  • Large deductions for charitable contributions, casualty losses, home office expenses, and travel and entertainment expenses 
  • Indicating a change of address when not reporting a sale of your residence and not changing your home related deductions

While an IRS audit is not something most sane folks want to go through, it also isn't something to be feared. If you have kept complete and accurate records of all of your deductions and have reported all of your income, you should be fine. In fact, in about a quarter of audits, the IRS makes no changes or issues a refund. Contact GBC Audit Services today to arrange for smooth-sailing this tax season.

READ MORE>> "What Triggers an IRS Tax Audit?"

READ MORE GBC Tax Services Website
For All Your Accounting Needs Call GBC 678-366-9232

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

2015 Refund Estimator and 2014 Federal Tax Brackets Table

Q: What is a federal income tax bracket, and how do I find mine?

A: Different levels of income are taxed at different percentages, which vary year by year, and also according to your filing status. Your particular tax bracket will tell you at what rate your income (your taxable income) will be taxed. The rate of taxation is applied only to your taxable income. You can go to a TAX BRACKET ESTIMATOR TOOL and also see a table to determine and understand your tax bracket and tax rate for 2014 and for earlier tax years by clicking on the calculator picture link.


Call GBC Income Tax Services today at 678-366-9232 for all your tax and IRS needs!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

7 Red Flags to Trigger an Audit: 5 of 7

Check in next month to learn
about the next red flag to avoid!
When it comes to audits of your small business taxes by the IRS, we are basically all...

*Call GBC Services at 678-366-9232 for immediate assistance*

If you've been chosen for an audit, the burden is unfortunately on you to answer the IRS' questions and to prove anything you claimed. They will be sniffing around aggressively for any unreported or under-reported income, along with over-stated deductions, as that is their job. Excuses of losing paperwork or being unaware will not work. Make sure you're on the ball!

*This is a series of 7 red flags to avoid, to help you not invite an audit. Hopefully you can escape this stress... Here is #5:


*This is considered tax abuse. Click here for further understanding (Washington Post).

To avoid an audit: Beware of warnings, follow procedure, keep good records, hire a CPA, and don't ever ignore tax notices. If you do get audited, be very cooperative and maintain a good attitude with them, and your CPA should be able to handle any IRS Representation for you.

READ MORE>> (from Small Business "OPENForum"): 7 Red Flags That Could Get Your Small Business Audited

Call GBC Income Tax Services today at 678-366-9232 for all your tax and IRS needs!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

2015 Small Business Taxes: What's New?

Good news: the rumor that no
refunds will be issued until
October 2015 is NOT true!!
To help you get a handle on the critical tax facts, let's take a look at some of the changes that could affect your small-business tax filing in 2015:

There are now seven income tax brackets, which will also break down differently depending on your filing status. Aside from this, capital gains taxes will also expand. These are the profits you earn from the sale of your capital assets, such as investments or property. Gains on investments held for less than one year are considered short-term gains and are lumped together with your ordinary income. Gains on investments held for more than one year receive special tax treatment. For 2015, the tax rate applied to long-term capital gains will depend on the tax bracket you fall into:

  • Tax returns in the 10 and 15 percent tax brackets won't pay any capital gains taxes.
  • Tax returns in the 25, 28, 33 and 35 percent tax brackets will pay 15 percent in capital gains taxes.
  • Tax returns in the 39.6 percent tax bracket will pay 20 percent in capital gains taxes.
Payroll (FICA) taxes, (which consist of the Social Security tax, the Medicare tax and the new additional Medicare tax for higher-income earners,) are also increasing. Here are some details:

  • Social Security tax: 12.4 percent of earnings on income up to $118,500
  • Medicare tax: 2.9 percent on all earnings
  • Additional Medicare tax: 0.9 percent on all income above $250,000 (if married and filing jointly), $125,000 (if married and filing separately) and $200,000 (if filing as single or head of household).
There are also changes to retirement contributions, and in some cases you could put away a lot more than you could last year. IRA's will also be limited to one rollover per person per year.

READ MORE GBC Tax Services Website
For All Your Accounting Needs Call GBC 678-366-9232

Monday, July 27, 2015

Find Out About Your 2015 Credits and Deductions!

Click on the picture to go to the site.
Weigh your situation!!

Click on the scales to go quickly to the IRS page on credits and deductions in 2015. There are quite a few both for individuals and businesses, both small and large.

Examples are the Earned Income Tax Credit (EIC), and the Child and Dependent Care Credit, which help millions of families every year.

In addition to the standard deduction for individuals, common deductions include home mortgage interest, state and local tax, and charitable contributions. Many business expenses are deductible as well.

Check this out to get a preview of your tax outcome in 2015!

READ MORE>> Credits and Deductions
READ MORE GBC Tax Services Website
For All Your Accounting Needs Call GBC 678-366-9232

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A Quiz: How Much Do You Know About State Taxes?

Find a good accountant to
help you with your state taxes
Have some fun and learn some new things with this States of Taxation Quiz!

Test your smarts and find out how your state measures up.

See how much you know about state taxes...

TAKE QUIZ HERE >> AARP: States of Taxation Quiz

Call GBC Income Tax Services today at 678-366-9232 for all your tax and IRS needs!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Deducting Miles For Business, Medical, Moving & Charity

Your accountant or CPA can
help you find all your
legitimate deductions
Exactly how much can you deduct? 

For 2014, the standard mileage rates for the use of an automobile (which includes cars, vans, pickups or panel trucks) in cents per mile are:

         56 c/mi for business miles driven

         23.5 c/mi driven for medical or moving purposes

         14 c/mi driven in service of charitable organizations

The rates for business, medical and moving expenses will be different for the 2015 tax year since those rates are adjusted each year – expect to see those updated numbers reported here in December 2014. However, as the rate for charitable expenses is fixed by statute, it can only be changed by Congress so that number will likely sit tight at 14 cents just like it has since the Clinton era.

READ MORE >> FORBES.COM: "Back to School 2014: Deducting Miles For Business, Medical, Moving & Charity"


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Calculate Your 2015 Refund

Estimate your refund amount
or balance due
Make sure you get every dollar you’re entitled to. This 2015 Tax Refund Calculator should help you prepare your taxes for next year. We all work hard and look forward to our refund each year, and would like to find out if in fact we are going to owe tax so we can plan accordingly.

REFUNDSCHEDULE.COM: 2015 Tax Refund Calculator

  • The Tax Estimator calculates your refund or how much you’ll owe in taxes.
  • The W-4 Calculator helps you understand your refund amount or balance due from your current W-4.
  • Estimate how the Affordable Care Act may affect you with our Health Care calculator.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Free Income Tax Calculator

Be prepared this tax season with
good planning and a good accountant
Estimate your income tax return free of charge. These free online income tax calculators help you to estimate your federal tax liability ahead of time.

Take measures to ensure there is no unexpected surprise when it comes time to file your tax return and pay your taxes. 

Estimating your tax liability ahead of time can dramatically reduce your anxiety and stress during the tax season. It allows you to quit worrying about what your tax bill will be and focus on meeting your financial obligation. You can then prepare your tax return without that stress hanging over your head.

READ MORE >> INCOME.TAX.CALCULATOR.COM: Income Tax Calculator 2014 - 2015

READ MORE GBC Tax Services Website
For All Your Accounting Needs Call GBC 678-366-9232

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Should I Use the IRS Withholding Calculator This Tax Season?

Avoid having too much or too little
income tax withheld from your pay.
If you are an employee, the Withholding Calculator can help you determine whether you need to give your employer a new  Form W-4, Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate to avoid having too much or too little Federal income tax withheld from your pay. You can use your results from the calculator to help fill out the form.

Who Can Benefit From The Withholding Calculator?
  • Employees who would like to change their withholding to reduce their tax refund or their balance due;
  • Employees whose situations are only approximated by the worksheets on the paper W-4 (e.g., anyone with concurrent jobs, or couples in which both are employed; those entitled to file as Head of Household; and those with several children eligible for the Child Tax Credit);
  • Employees with non-wage income in excess of their adjustments and deductions, who would prefer to have tax on that income withheld from their paychecks rather than make periodic separate payments through the estimated tax procedures.
READ MORE >> IRS.GOV: IRS Withholding Calculator


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

New IRS Tax Brackets, Standard Deduction Amounts, And More

Let an accountant help you
simplify the process
this year at tax time.
The Internal Revenue Service has announced the annual inflation adjustments for a number of provisions for the year 2014, including tax rate schedules, tax tables and cost-of-living adjustments for certain tax items.

These are the applicable numbers for the tax year 2014. That means the year that we are in now. 

They are NOT the numbers and rates that you’ll use to prepare your 2013 tax returns in 2014 (the season is starting late this year).  These numbers and rates are those you’ll use to prepare your 2014 tax returns in 2015. Got it? Good.

All together, the IRS posted more than 40 updates.

READ THEM HERE >> FORBES.COM: IRS Announces 2014 Tax Brackets, Standard Deduction Amounts And More


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Paying Tax Later Usually Better Than Paying Now

Your accountant or CPA
can help you with your tax planning.
Deciding whether you are better off with 2013 v. 2014 income can itself be imprecise.

How can you figure what to buy, receive, pay, settle or deduct before the end of the year?

Conventional wisdom says you should accelerate tax deductions and defer income. Thus, paying tax later is usually better than paying now. That means you should delay income into January when you can, but get ready to crunch some numbers. Even if the tax system were static, the changes between 2013 and 2014 rates and rules—let alone the economy—make it tough. Add to that the many expiring tax provisions and you’ll find that calculators or software are all but essential.

READ MORE >> FORBES.COM: Compare 2014 v. 2013 IRS Tax Rates Before It's Too Late


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

TAX BREAKS: Medical Expenses and Health Savings Accounts

Use the funds the year
without penalty.
If you have a high-deductible health insurance plan, there’s another option (aside from FSA or Flex-Spending) in the alphabet soup of savings accounts that might help you save on medical costs: a health savings account (HSA). A high-deductible health insurance plan means that the amounts you are required to pay out of pocket – on top of premiums – meet certain thresholds. For 2014, those are $1,250 for an individual or $2,500 for a family.

Under the terms of the HSA, you can contribute pre-tax dollars (directly from your paycheck) of up to $3,300 a year for an individual or $6,550 for a family into the account (for those 55 and older, the contribution limits are up to $4,300 for an individual and $7,550 for a family).

You can withdraw these funds tax-free so long as you use them for qualifying medical expenses.

Unlike the FSA, the HSA is not a use it or lose it account: the funds simply roll over at the end of the year. You can use the funds the next year without penalty – and you can top it up – so there’s no guesswork involved in funding.

READ MORE >> FORBES.COM: "Back to School 2014: Medical Expenses and Health Savings Accounts"


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Essential Guide to Avoiding Tax Audits

Avoid problems at tax time.
A few simple tips to help you avoid a tax audit:
A tax return with lots of round numbers.
$1,200 in travel expenses or $1,500 in charitable contributions — suggests that you're just estimating those claims, and the IRS loves to go after people who don't keep good records. You don't need to include cents, but use the closest accurate dollar amounts, such as $1,260 or $1,525.

If you use a software program, do not use its e-filing feature.
If there's anything that might leave an IRS officer wondering. Print out your return and attach an explanation statement and mail it in. A new feature this year is that you will able to include PDF attachments with certain forms. Ask if your software supports this.

Sloppy arithmetic on a paper return can flag an audit.
People list correct numbers but on the wrong line. So make sure sums are not only correct but in the correct place.
READ MORE >> AARP.ORG: 9 Tips To Avoid Tax Audit

READ MORE GBC Tax Services Website
For All Your Accounting Needs Call GBC 678-366-9232

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Signs That Your Income Tax Preparer is Bad News : No Storefront

Bad Tax Preparer:
No Storefront
Warning Signs of the Bad Atlanta Georgia Income Tax Preparer:


They Look Like They're Officeless...

When I mean officeless, I mean a Georgia tax preparer's office is in a sign less building and a empty storefront. Sad for the ethically moral startup (or the skillfully incompetent but good hearted preparer) anyone who cannot generate enough business to invest in at least some nice branding probably should be avoided.

Would you really trust someone in a rotting can of an office with your most precious financial records? And to top it off you are trusting this person to give you good financial advice? Probably not the best of choices to get your Atlanta Georgia taxes done by.

Read Warning Sign 1: Asking You to Lie About How Giving You Are

GBC Income Tax Services is locate in Atlanta at 1950 North Park Place SE, Suite 150, Atlanta, GA 30339-2097.  Stop by today and let use help your with you State and Federal tax needs or any IRS Representation.
Read more about GBC Income Tax Services here.

Call GBC Income Tax Services today at 678-366-9232 for all your tax and IRS needs!


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