See this article written by Suzie Wilson of Happierhome.net about tips for moving to California: If you want to avoid problems and headaches when moving out-of-state, you need the right information. For a long-distance move to California, these tips and resources can provide what you need so you can savor—instead of stress over—your big move. Plan Ahead of Time The process of relocating to a new state can be filled with small, easy-to-miss details. Therefore, planning ahead is critical. Using a checklist keeps you on track. Now is also a good time to search for long-distance movers. Pet parents should find pet-friendly hotels. You may want to hire someone to help keep your pet safe while moving and unpacking. Try to Take Care of Repairs Before You Start Moving Most people wait until they’ve settled into a new house before they start working on improvements, but certain projects should be completed beforehand. Some issues could be dangerous, like electrical problems, so tend them ASAP. Some projects are also easier to complete before a move, like refinishing wood floors. Ensure older homes are ready for current tech, including phone lines. Cover Essentials The first night in a new house can be hectic, but [...]
Business Musings of a Burbank CPA: Protecting Clients’ Credit Card Numbers
Does your business ask your customers for their credit card numbers at any time during the sales process? If so, it’s essential that you honor the privacy of your customers’ private data as well as stay in compliance with the Payment Card Industry rules. Every business that has an account with a merchant services vendor is required to follow PCI (Payment Card Industry) compliance when collecting and storing credit card data. There are many different levels of compliance depending on the technology you use to capture and store credit card data. These levels depend on whether you use a point of sale terminal, the customer hands you their card, orders are entered through an online shopping cart, or a combination. In all cases, there are several no-no’s that you’ll want to share with your staff to make sure they are properly trained: Never ask a client to send a credit card number via unsecure email. Never take down a credit card number over the phone on paper before entering it into your system. If you do, you need to shred the paper immediately. Don’t ask clients to take a photo of their credit card to send to you. [...]
Tax Musings From a Burbank CPA: Do You Really Like Loaning the Government Money?
This is a reprint of a blog I wrote over three years ago, but it still makes sense today. So, you have filed your income tax return with the IRS and your state, and are now waiting for the refund the government(s) owe you. You are thinking of all the things you can do with that money when you get it. Here are some things to think about as you wait: 1. These refunds are in effect interest-free loans you have made the government(s) over the year through excess withholding. They are just paying you back the money you earned over the previous year that won’t even earn interest unless you file an extension and wait even longer for your money. This is even worse than that bet that your buddy owes you because at least you know where to find him if he doesn’t pay you right away. With our government you call on the phone and wait an hour for them to tell you that the refund is being processed or go on their website and find out there is a problem and you have to call anyway! 2. You could be earning some income on this [...]