Musings of a Burbank CPA: Customer Portals and Are They For You?

If you have a business where you have to send documents of any kind to your customers, then you may benefit from a portal.  You can save time on customer service and possibly postage and labor.  You will also look most professional while increasing service delivery.    What Is a Portal?   A portal is software in the cloud that allows users to upload and download files from a secure space that only they have access to.   For each client you have, you can set up a private virtual filing cabinet where only you and the client will have the key.  Your client will have their own user ID and password into their area of the portal.  There, they can upload and download documents.  Some portals also have secure signature capability to help you take the paperwork out of obtaining signatures.    How Can I Use a Portal?   Think of all the paperwork that occurs between you and your customer, and that will give you several ideas about how to use a portal.  If your business is data-intensive, you will definitely benefit from a portal; imagine moving all of those documents out of email and into a clean, private [...]

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Tax Musings of a Burbank CPA: For California and LA County, October 1 Means Sales Tax Raise

FYI, the sales tax rate in Los Angeles County, California increased by 0.25% due to the passage of Measure H, which will raise revenue for homeless services and prevention programs throughout the county. This will bring the rate in unincorporated Los Angeles County and incorporated cities lacking a district tax to 9.5%. See the California State Board of Equalization for a list of affected cities. The Los Angeles County rate increase also affects the following cities (listed with new rates): Avalon: 10% Commerce: 10% Culver City: 10% Downey: 10% El Monte: 10% Inglewood: 10% San Fernando: 10% South El Monte: 10% Rates in Compton, La Mirada, Long Beach, Lynwood, Pico Rivera, Santa Monica, and South Gate, which are also in Los Angeles County, will not increase because they are already at the maximum combined district rate of 10.25%. In the event a local tax in any of these cities expires or is repealed, the 0.25% rate increase imposed by Measure H will kick in. Measure H is set to expire Sept. 30, 2027.  For financial,  accounting and tax musings, You can count on us to count for you! Email: bstonercpa@sbcglobal.net  Phone: 818-317-6035   Website: www.briantstonercpa.com AWARDED BEST ACCOUNTANT IN BURBANK, CA BY BEST BUSINESSES 2016, 2015 AND 2014!   Android [...]

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Tax Musings of a Burbank CPA: October Tax Calendar

Here are various tax deadlines for the month of October (including the Halloween tax! – haha).  October 16 is the final deadline to file 2016 regular corporations and personal income tax returns (assuming you got a six month extension to file on or before April 18.) October 31 is the filing deadline for federal and state payroll tax returns for the 3rd quarter of 2017. It is also the deadline to file 3rd quarter sales tax returns for most states. (this is why Halloween is such a scary evening, not because of ghosts, goblins and sugar hyped children dressed as your worst nightmare.)    For financial,  accounting and tax musings, You can count on us to count for you! Email: bstonercpa@sbcglobal.net  Phone: 818-317-6035   Website: www.briantstonercpa.com AWARDED BEST ACCOUNTANT IN BURBANK, CA BY BEST BUSINESSES 2016, 2015 AND 2014!   Android and the IPhone:    Has been Featured On   https://twitter.com/bstonercpa

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