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Free Money-Saving Apps for Every College Student

August 15th 2017

There likely aren’t many college students who don’t have a smart phone loaded with helpful apps. However, it is unlikely that any of these apps are dedicated to helping them build their financial fortitude. This is why we created our list below—chock-full of apps designed to make it easier for college students of any age to save money.

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Expert Advice to Keep Your Internet-Enabled Devices Safe from Cyber Criminals

August 1st 2017

Did you know that your webcam and even your home or office internet router can be the gateway through which cyber criminals gain access to your most sensitive data? If not, don’t panic—we have helpful tips below from the experts at the National Cyber Security Alliance to ensure that you head off this type of malicious action.

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Tips to Improve Cash Flow for Your General Contracting Business

July 26th 2017

Cash flow is the lifeblood of any business. And it’s especially vital for general contracting businesses that require financial flexibility for purchasing materials, meeting payroll and paying subcontractors. Also consider that GCs must have cash liquidity in order to receive financing from creditors.

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Be Alert and Aware: Tax Scammers Don’t Take a Summer Vacation

July 13th 2017

The IRS has identified several new variations of standard tax scams involving fake tax bills and demands for payments. Many of these scams involve purchasing and transferring information using a gift card or iTunes card. Other scams to be aware of include:

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Tips for Implementing a Successful Flex-time Schedule this Summer

June 29th 2017

Now that summer/vacation season is here, your business may be enjoying a more relaxed vibe with employees taking time off or leaving early. If you’ve ever thought about implementing a flexible work program, now may be the time to pilot one, especially if your business is a bit slower this time of year. To help, we offer the following tips...

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Want to Work Smarter? Timing is Everything!

June 22nd 2017

We all want to work smarter, not harder—all while getting the results we desire. For many tasks, however, it’s not just how you perform them, but when—and timing can make all the difference in terms of success.

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Four Money-Saving Mid-Year Financial Planning Tips

June 15th 2017

It’s almost exactly the mid-point of the year, which makes it prime time for a mid-year financial review. If you need some monetary motivation for evaluating your financial progress so far this year, you may want to think of mid-year planning as a series of potential money-saving opportunities, for example:

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How to Protect Your Business from the Next “Wanna Cry” Attack

June 1st 2017

The recent “Wanna Cry” ransomware attack that paralyzed several large organizations in the U.S. and Europe is a solemn reminder that the risk of cyber security breaches is real. Every business owner should take steps...

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Key Questions to Ask Prior to Opening Your Own Physical Therapy Practice

May 24th 2017

For many physical therapists, the dream of opening their own practice is exciting and can offer tremendous personal and monetary rewards. However, it also requires a significant financial commitment and business acumen.

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Tips to Help You Stem the Flow of Potential Risks This Flood Season

May 16th 2017

Whether from heavy rains or hurricanes, this time of year can bring with it the risk of floods across many parts of the United States. While you may not be able to predict the likelihood of a flood in your area, with these tips you can help to mitigate physical and financial damage if a flood occurs where you live. Treat structural damage seriously. In any...

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How to Really “Clean Up” at Your Next Yard Sale

May 4th 2017

This time of year is when you often see yard sale signs popping up. For some, holding a yard sale is a means of clearing out unwanted items. For others, it’s an opportunity to get some great “finds.” Whichever side of the yard sale fence you’re on, these tips can help you “clean up”: Choose your timing carefully. Research continues...

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Know the True Value of Your General Contracting, HVAC or Plumbing Business

April 27th 2017

If you own a general contracting, HVAC or plumbing business, it’s important to know its true value, not only when you are looking to sell your business, but as part of your overall financial management of it. The following are some of the important reasons to know what your business is worth at any given time.

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Take Your Spring Cleaning to the Office with These Tips

April 19th 2017

Window washing, carpet cleaning, garden grooming—these are all popular spring cleaning chores for homeowners. However, with year-end and tax season behind you, this time of year is also perfect for spring cleaning at the office. These tips will help you and your staff get—and keep—that “just cleaned my office” feeling: Start with a clean sweep of...

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These Tax Day Treats Shine Light at the End of the “Tax Season Tunnel”

April 3rd 2017

With just a few weeks to go until Tax Day on April 18, it’s time to make sure that you’re on track to get your individual return filed. If you haven’t already engaged our firm to help you with your taxes and you need assistance, don’t delay…it’s time to let us know! While tax season can be stressful, Tax Day itself can be quite rewarding if you...

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The Winter Blues Are Real—Here’s How You Can Beat Them with Science

March 23rd 2017

If you tend to feel down after the holidays—you’re not alone. According to the American Psychiatric Association, as many as 20% of Americans experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), depression brought on by the shorter days and diminishing sunlight at this time of year.

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Do You Sit All Day? Take a Stand Against a Sedentary Lifestyle

March 20th 2017

The average American sits a lot. Many of us sit while we work, while we relax and while we learn. Over the long term, this sedentary way of life can have a negative impact on our health, increasing the risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer—in addition to shortening life spans. To counteract these negative effects, it’s important to get up, get active and get...

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Set the Stage to Help Your Home Sell This Spring

March 1st 2017

Spring is in the air...which means peak home-selling season isn’t far away. In fact, according to recent market data, 60 percent of all home sales in the United States will occur in the spring and summer months. If you’re thinking about putting your home on the market, now is the time to get prepared—which includes considering how you will “stage” your home to...

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Avoid March Madness—Why You Should File Your Taxes Now

February 17th 2017

For sports fans, this time of year is an exciting one. First the Super Bowl, and then the buildup toward the NCAA March Madness tournament. While tax season isn’t quite as exciting as these events, you’ll still want to make the effort to get ahead of the game—and the April 18 deadline—to score the benefits of early filing. Avoiding identity...

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Small Businesses Can Restart Health Reimbursement Accounts in 2017

February 1st 2017

Although the fate of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) is not yet clear, thanks to the passing of the 21st Century Cures Act at the end of 2016, employers with fewer than 50 employees can now start funding stand-alone health reimbursement accounts (HRAs) again. Employees can use HRAs to pay for medical expenses, including health insurance coverage on the Obamacare health insurance...

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Tips to Defend Your Business from Cyber Attacks

January 17th 2017

You need only tune into the news to see that cybercrimes are a very real threat. From viruses to malware, everyday computer use and online browsing can leave you vulnerable to hackers who want your valuable information. If you have a small business, your risk of a cyberattack is likely even higher, especially if you do not have the resources or know-how to enact effective security policies....

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Break Barriers in 2017 with These Mind-Changing Mini Resolutions

December 28th 2016

There’s a reason why the regular New Year’s resolutions like losing weight, exercising more and sticking to a budget are popular—so many of us need to do them! There’s also a common reason why so many of us fail to meet our goals in these areas: we haven’t developed the mindset to support the changes that we want to make. Instead of setting a big,...

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Keep the Holidays Merry with These Simple Stress Relievers

December 14th 2016

The holiday season can be wonderful, but they can also be one of the most stressful times of the year. Fortunately, the experts at Psychology Today also offer these simple stress relievers to put the joy back in this special time of year: Take a time-out. Time-outs aren’t just for toddlers who have a tantrum. In fact, rather than being a...

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Obama’s New Overtime Pay Rule is On Pause—What Does it Mean for Your Business?

November 30th 2016

Just days before it was scheduled to be implemented on December 1, a federal judge in Texas has blocked the implementation of the new Department of Labor (DOL) federal overtime rule, which would have doubled the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA’s) salary threshold for exemption from overtime pay. According to an NPR report, this extension of overtime eligibility would have...

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Take Note of New Business Tax Deadlines in 2017

November 15th 2016

As a result of the highway funding extension bill signed into law by President Obama in 2015, there are important changes coming in 2017 to deadlines for business tax filings including: W-2 and 1099 filings are due January 31 in 2017 instead of March 31. These forms are still due employees and contractors by January 31, so it’s important to prepare and...

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Five Key Areas Every Business Owner Should Review Before Year End

November 1st 2016

We’re well in to the fourth quarter of the year, which means year end is fast approaching. Here are five important areas of your business to review before the calendar turns to 2017. Tax planning opportunities. November and December are prime time for tax planning, which can pay big dividends when filing time arrives. Touch base with our firm now to...

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Start Holiday Gift Giving for the Kids with an IRA Contribution

October 17th 2016

If you’re like many parents and grandparents, you may already be thinking about what kind of gift to get the children on your list this holiday season. For teens and young adults especially, it can be challenging to come up with truly unique and meaningful gifts. One idea with long-lasting impact is to make a contribution to either a traditional or Roth IRA on your children or...

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Don’t Let Year-End Cost-Cutting Derail Your Business Goals

October 3rd 2016

Many businesses need to adjust their spending to meet the reality of their cash flow during the last few months of the year. While it can be tempting to just cut expenses across the board, this strategy may actually backfire if you cut in the wrong places. Here are four budget areas you should try to preserve to avoiding derailing your long-term business goals: 1....

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Wondering About Tax Deductions for Political Contributions? Here’s the Lowdown

September 19th 2016

With election season in full swing, you may be wondering, “Are political contributions tax deductible?” Here’s the lowdown: Whether it’s your county mayor or the future President of the United States, the rules on taking advantage of tax deductions for political contributions are the same: Donations are deductible if the organization you give to is a 501(c)(3)...

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Take Note! The Filing Deadline for W-2s and 1099s is January 31 in 2017

September 1st 2016

Consider this blog post as early notice that the date by which employers must file their W-2s and 1099s with the Social Security Administration (SSA) and IRS will change to January 31 in 2017. Previously, W-2s and 1099s were not due to governmental agencies until March 31, so this new deadline will significantly reduce the window for making any necessary changes. These forms are still...

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The World is Chipping Away at Credit Card Fraud—But Individual Vigilance is Still Key

August 16th 2016

EMV chip technology, which is the first major upgrade for credit card fraud protection in many years, is slowly being rolled out by merchants around the world, including in the United States. While this technology has the potential to provide better security for your credit card data, it still has its limits and it is not completely hacker-proof or secure. As such it is still important to be...

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Before the First School Bell Rings, It’s Time to Reset the Alarm Clock

August 2nd 2016

It’s August and children and parents everywhere are facing a grim reality: back to school season is just around the corner. At this time of year, many parents struggle to get their kids back into a regular sleep routine. To help, we offer these tips to reset your family’s alarm clock before the first school bell rings: Start tonight. While child...

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Getting Married this Year? Here’s Your Tax Tip Sheet

July 18th 2016

While most couples go to great lengths to ensure that their wedding day is perfect, far fewer think about how their nuptials will impact their tax liability. The truth is, the moment you get married, no matter what time of the year it is, in the eyes of the government you are considered to have been married for the entire tax year. With this in mind, here are some tax tips to consider as you...

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Key Lessons from the Financial Fallout of the ‘Brexit’ Vote

July 5th 2016

It’s fair to say that the recent ‘Brexit’ vote by Britons to exit the European Union (EU) has shaken global financial markets to their core, at least in the short-term. Financial analysts say that it’s too early to tell what the long-term impact of this historic vote will be. But one thing is for certain, the Brexit offers several important lessons that individual...

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Smart Strategies to Handle the “Downfall” Problem 1 in 4 New Businesses Experience

June 21st 2016

One of the most (if not the most) important indicators of business health is its cash flow. Even if your business is profitable and growing, if you don't have a consistent stream of cash coming in, you'll run into financial trouble. Lack of cash flow is the primary reason that more than one quarter of new businesses fail—29 percent to be exact. Here are some smart strategies...

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IRS Fights Scammers – Instructs Staff to Initiate All Future Audits by Mail; Never by Telephone

June 10th 2016

With a rise in IRS phone scams, the Agency changed its policy on contacting taxpayers whose tax records are subject to an audit. The new policy instructs IRS agents to contact affected taxpayers only by mail—never by phone (which used to be the IRS’ go-to method of contact). As such, we urge all of our clients to adhere to the following guidelines should...

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No Time to Garden? Try These Time-Saving Tips

June 1st 2016

While many of us appreciate the glory of a beautiful garden, there’s no denying that having one is a time-consuming endeavor. That’s why we’ve compiled these tips to help you make the most of your yard in less time: 1. Start with a plan. A well-thought-out plan for your garden that utilizes low-maintenance plants and flowers will save you time...

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Overtime Pay Eligibility Expanded – What Businesses Need to Know

May 20th 2016

President Obama, declaring that “Americans have spent too long working more and getting less in return,” ordered the Labor Department to revise federal rules on overtime pay for salaried workers that log more than 40 hours a week. The long-awaited rule change will extend overtime pay to an estimated 4.2M workers. Under current federal regulations, only salaried employees...

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Sleep on This! Think Quality Not Quantity When It Comes to Shut-Eye

May 16th 2016

We’ve likely all heard the news—Americans are incredibly sleep-deprived. However, according to recent research, achieving better quality sleep may be more important than actually increasing the number of hours of sleep. In fact, experts report that 6 hours of deep refreshing sleep is more beneficial than 8 hours of light interrupted sleep. May is Better Sleep...

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Be $1,000 Richer by Next Year with These Simple Savings Strategies

May 2nd 2016

Wow! May is already here—and if you’re like many Americans your savings account balance is still stuck where it was at the beginning of the year. So what to do? You can’t make up for lost savings opportunities…or can you? We believe that you can with a little bit of discipline. For example, saving $125 a month can be as easy as: Renegotiating your...

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5 Actions to Reduce Cyber Liability Risks in Your Business Today

April 14th 2016

A quick glance at the news is all it takes to realize that the threat of cyber attacks is increasing for businesses. So how can your business beat the odds and avoid becoming another victim of cybercrime? Try putting the following five action items at the top of your priority list: Encrypt your data. Whether it's bank routing digits, credit card accounts or...

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Final Check – Did You Claim Every Eligible Tax Deduction?

March 31st 2016

Every year, American taxpayers leave millions of dollars on the table for Uncle Sam—in the form of unclaimed tax deductions. With Tax Day just around the corner, it’s time to do one final check to make sure that you are not missing out on three of the most common deductions: Retirement contribution deductions for single-income couples and the...

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Five Snacks to Spring Clean your Body and Mind

March 15th 2016

Spring is here and the season for new beginnings. This is a good time to re-think "spring cleaning" and choose snacks that can cleanse our bodies from the inside out. These five snacks are guaranteed to feed your mind, detoxify your body, and satisfy your palate! 1. Guacamole - High in fiber and “fat” but don’t worry, it’s good fat!...

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Make Your Spring Break Worry-Free with These Home Security Tips

March 1st 2016

If you’re packing your bags for a spring break getaway, take a little time before you leave to implement the tips below—they’ll help keep your home safer while you’re gone, and free your mind of worry so that you can truly enjoy your trip. Tell your neighbors that you will be away. Inform your neighbors and friends of the dates that you...

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Tax Season is Scam Season... Keep Your Information Safe!

February 16th 2016

The IRS has joined with industry and states on a public awareness campaign to provide taxpayers with easy tips to better protect themselves. For some quick tips, you can watch an informative video here. Tax-related identity theft occurs when someone uses your stolen Social Security Number to file a tax return...

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Identity Protection PIN Letters List Incorrect Tax Year

February 1st 2016

According to a recent IRS notice, due to an error, taxpayers are receiving Identity Protection (IP) PIN letters with an incorrect year listed. If you received the CP01A Notice dated January 4, 2016, be aware that the PIN contained in it is valid for use on all individual tax returns filed in...

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Getting Over It… Quick Tips for Beating the Post-Holiday Slump

January 18th 2016

It’s a stark reality that millions of us face once the holiday season is over: the post-holiday slump. Even just a few days off can make coming back to the office seem excruciating—there’s all that work to do, the anticipation and cheer of the holidays are gone, and for many people the next vacation day is a long way off. Yes, being a working adult is tough, but getting over...

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Customer Service Goes Social—Is Your Business Prepared?

January 4th 2016

If your business engages in social media, you may have noticed an uptick in the number of customers who are posting questions on your Facebook page, tweeting comments or engaging with your company on other social platforms looking for customer service support. It’s a trend that is affecting just about every type of business—and using social media as a customer service channel will...

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IRS Simplifies Filing and Recordkeeping for Small Business – Hooray!

December 15th 2015

In an ongoing effort to keep you informed of IRS changes, we have a new and important one to report. And this time, the change eases your filing burden. Within the last month, the IRS significantly simplified the paperwork and recordkeeping requirements for small business by raising the safe harbor threshold for deducting certain capital items from $500 to $2,500. This applies to...

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Tis the Season! Avoid Common Holiday Scams with These Tips

December 1st 2015

As cybercriminals begin to take advantage of the holiday season, it’s important to take extra precautions to avoid having your money, credit card information, social security number, or identity stolen. E-commerce thieves, at this time of year especially, will try to create holiday-related websites, scams, and other phishing e-mails that can trick even the most alert consumers. The...

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The Key to Scoring on Black Friday? Create a Pre-Game Plan

November 16th 2015

The countdown is on to the what retailers hype as the best shopping day of the year—the day after Thanksgiving dubbed by Americans as ‘Black Friday’—represents the kick-off to the holiday shopping season. However, given the explosion of retail competition and the Internet in the past several years, Black Friday is really not what it used to be. And if you’re not...

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It’s Tax Planning Time—Here Are Some Money-Saving Tips for Individuals and Businesses

November 2nd 2015

With just a few short weeks to go before the end of the year, it’s important to take a look at your tax situation and consider ways to decrease your tax obligations. In other words, it’s time for tax planning. We put together the following tips for you to support smart tax decisions: Stay apprised of potential tax provision extensions. Congress...

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Our New Website!

October 21st 2015

Barwick CPA is excited to announce the recent launch of our firm’s new website. We’ve been working very hard to enhance our website and give our firm a fresh look. We’ve also continued to research and identify the latest and greatest technologies to improve the services we provide and ensure we continue to meet your needs. Take a moment to look around our new...

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4 Steps to Finding the Sweet Spot for Success

October 14th 2015

Ah, the sweet smell of success! Achieving goals and bringing our vision to fruition is the end-game for most of us, especially in our business lives. Unfortunately, success can sometimes elude us to the point where we have to start looking at what, exactly, is going wrong. Perhaps, though, the question we ought to be asking is this: What is going right? By honing in on what is bringing you or...

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