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Scott Farnes

Scott Farnes
Scott has over 25 years of accounting experience encompassing audit, accounting, and tax services. Scott’s industry experience includes small businesses, assisted housing, governmental clients, clients in the public housing industry, tax credits, construction contractors, and the nonprofit sector. He provides these clients with a variety of services including evaluating their business structure, keeping them current on required standards, performing financial statement audits, and tax return preparation.
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Selling a Business: Which Option Is Right for You?

Posted by Scott Farnes on Sep 3, 2020 7:59:00 AM

Selecting your business successor is a fundamental objective when planning your exit strategy and requires a careful assessment of what you want from the sale of your business and who can best give it to you.

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Topics: Business Ownership, Retirement, Financial Success

Small Business Financing: Securing a Loan

Posted by Scott Farnes on Aug 4, 2020 8:11:00 AM

At some point, most small business owners will visit a bank or other lending institution to borrow money. Understanding what your bank wants, and how to properly approach them, can mean the difference between getting a loan for expansion or scrambling to find cash from other sources.

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Topics: Business Ownership, Small Business, Business Expenses, Loans

Q & A: Returning an Economic Impact Payment

Posted by Scott Farnes on Jul 23, 2020 8:16:00 AM

According to the Treasury Department, more than 159 million individuals have already received their Economic Impact Payments; however, a recent audit found that the IRS sent $1.4 billion in stimulus checks to deceased individuals. As such, many people may have received a payment for a deceased family member or another taxpayer who is not eligible to receive a payment and may have questions about what to do. Here are some answers:

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Topics: Personal Finance

Pass on Wealth to Heirs Using These Strategies

Posted by Scott Farnes on Jun 9, 2020 8:17:00 AM

Individuals with significant assets who want to transfer wealth to heirs tax-free, as well as minimize estate taxes, should take advantage of proven tax strategies such as gifting and direct payments to educational institutions; however low interest rates and a volatile stock market are creating additional opportunities. Let's take a look at some of the strategies available:

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Topics: Personal Finance, Retirement, Managing Your Tax Liability, Financial Success

Additional Tax Deadlines Extended

Posted by Scott Farnes on May 5, 2020 8:09:00 AM

As a reminder, taxpayers now have until July 15, 2020, to file and pay federal income taxes originally due on April 15 and no late-filing penalty, late-payment penalty or interest will be due. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this relief has been expanded to include additional returns, tax payments and other actions:

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Topics: Taxes, Tax Extension, Tax Return, Tax Preparation

Tax Breaks Help Small and Medium-sized Employers

Posted by Scott Farnes on Apr 16, 2020 7:58:00 AM

Small and medium-sized employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing coronavirus-related leave to their employees. This relief to employees and small and midsize businesses is provided under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Act), signed into law on March 18, 2020.

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Topics: Business Ownership, Tax Credit, Small Business, Business Expenses

2019 Tax Deadline for Tax Returns & Estimated Taxes Now July 15

Posted by Scott Farnes on Apr 7, 2020 8:02:00 AM

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020. Taxpayers can also defer federal income tax payments due on April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed.

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Topics: Taxes, Tax Return, Tax Preparation

Are Social Security Benefits Taxable?

Posted by Scott Farnes on Mar 24, 2020 8:02:00 AM

Social Security benefits include monthly retirement, survivor, and disability benefits; they do not include Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments, which are not taxable.

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Topics: Taxable Income, Taxes, Retirement, Social Security

What to Do If You Are Missing Important Tax Forms

Posted by Scott Farnes on Mar 11, 2020 8:38:00 AM

If you are ready to file your taxes but are missing important tax forms here's what you should do:

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Topics: Taxes, Record Keeping, Tax Return, Tax Preparation

Tax Breaks for Taxpayers Who Itemize

Posted by Scott Farnes on Feb 5, 2020 8:13:00 AM

Many taxpayers opt for the standard deduction because it is easier, but sometimes itemizing your deductions is the better choice - often resulting in a lower tax bill. Whether you bought a house, refinanced your current home, or had extensive gambling losses, you may be able to take advantage of tax breaks for taxpayers who itemize. Here's what to keep in mind:

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Topics: Personal Finance, Taxes, Tax Deduction, Tax Return