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DiSabatino CPA Blog

A blog by Michael DiSabatino CPA with topics on Tax Savings, Business, Management and more...
Mike's post usually concentrated on general business tips and strategies.

Going solo: Not a 'free ride'

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Going solo: Not a 'free ride'

Despite the obvious benefits, there are a couple of drawbacks to solo 401(k) plans.

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5 questions to ask before starting a home-based business

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If you're getting tired of the view from your cubicle and want to start a business of your own, you'll need to figure out a few things first.

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Want a profitable business? Focus on customer service

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Customer service is one of the most vital yet overlooked paths to profitability. It's time to consider how to harness the power of customer service.

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Audit-proof your shareholder loan

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Business owners may face a lot of scrutiny if they borrow money from their company and then get audited. Find out how you can prepare.

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Are business meals still deductible?

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Are business meals still deductible?

Deducting business meals with clients is no longer so clear-cut following the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

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A new credit for small business owners

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A new credit for small business owners

Starting this year, employers can take advantage of a new credit for paid family and medical leave created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

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Want customer loyalty? Improve your waiting room

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Business Tip of the Month 

June 2018

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Why a business appraisal is your best friend

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There are a lot of ways a business appraisal can help business owners. Take a look at why you should consider getting one.

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Deduct Business Meals the Right Way

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Suppose you take your best client out to dinner to celebrate your business relationship. If you own a business, are self-employed or run a side business, can you deduct any of the cost?

The answer is not so clear after the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Here are some tips to stay on the right side of the new rules:

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Want a successful business? Delegate

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Even though delegating work may seem like a no-brainer, it's often not the first idea that comes to mind when you're contemplating how to get things done at work. Learn more about how it truly is one of the best approaches.

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Incorporate or not: What's best for your business?

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Should you incorporate your business? That is the question. Find out why it may be a good idea.

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Be professional with your family member employees

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Be professional with your family member employees

If you're considering hiring a family member, the best way to avoid problems is to keep it professional.

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Why walking away from sunk costs is the best option

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Business owners and managers can let emotions dominate the decision-making process. Instead, move past sunk costs with grace and confidence knowing it's the smartest business decision to make.

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Temporary workers: a good or bad idea?

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Temporary workers: a good or bad idea?

According to the American Staffing Association, there are approximately 3 million temporary and contract employees working for U.S. staffing companies during an average work week. That means there's a wide range of skilled people usually available for work whenever most businesses need them. Even so, should your company hire temporary workers? Consider the following:

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Is your business susceptible to payroll fraud?

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Although you may not want to hear it, all businesses can be hit with payroll fraud. Find out how it happens and what you can do about it.

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Business owners: Forms due Jan. 31

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Business owners: Forms due Jan. 31!!!

Don't forget that Jan. 31 is an important due date if you own a business, or have a side business in addition to your regular job.

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Increase your odds of getting a small business loan

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Increase your odds of getting a small business loan

As any entrepreneur will tell you, financing a business is no small undertaking. Pulling funds from personal bank accounts, liquidating assets, talking to friends and relatives about your venture — these are all actions you might take to get your business up and running. Banks and other financial institutions could also play a role.

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Is your business website customer-friendly?

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Is your business website customer-friendly?

You've launched a business website, but customers aren't flocking to purchase your online offerings. Why not? For some companies, tweaking an already inviting webpage may be sufficient. Other business websites may require a complete overhaul. If traffic to your homepage isn't trending upward, consider the following tried-and-true guidelines:

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Avoid these 3 social media newbie business blunders

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Avoid these 3 social media newbie business blunders

The internet is where people go to discuss their favorite sports teams, politicians, recipes — you name it. This is especially true for customers. You can find out how much people love or hate your business by what you see via Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and other social media platforms.

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