The Importance of Cultivating Relationships at Work

By Wiss, Posted in Workplace Culture

By Lisa Calick Just as maintaining solid relationships among family and friends is vital to a sense of well-being in our personal lives, building relationships is also critical for success in the workplace. A LinkedIn study revealed that 46 percent of professionals around the world believe that their friendships at work play an important role in their overall happiness. These bonds are particularly significant to millennials, who are more likely than older generations to share highly personal details about... read more.

Trump & Republican Tax Proposal

By Wiss, Posted in Tax Services

By Evan Gernant With Donald Trump set to move into the United States Presidency in January of 2017 and Republicans retaining control of both houses of Congress, the chances of us seeing significant tax legislation in the near term are likely. During his campaign, president-elect Trump put forward various proposals for substantial changes to the United States tax code. Furthermore, in June of 2016, House Republicans issued their “blueprint” for tax reform. Many of the Trump and House tax proposa... read more.

Alleviate Additional Year-End Reporting Stress by Simplifying the 1099 Process

By Wiss, Posted in Advisory Services

By Felice Rudolph If your company works with nonemployee service providers “in the course of business,” you may be subject to 1099 reporting requirements. Failing to file these forms may result in penalties, so here’s what you need to know to keep your business in compliance. 1099 reporting requirements You’re required to send 1099-MISC forms to vendors when payments to them total $600 or more during the calendar year for: Services performed for your business by someone who&rsq... read more.

When 401(k) Loans are Considered to be in Default

By Wiss, Posted in Employee Benefit Plan Audits

By Laura Zindel Taking out a 401(k) loan can seem like a relatively simple way to borrow money. It is a very common practice, but many employees who borrow from their plans aren’t prepared for the financial consequences of doing so if a loan ends up in default. The most common reason for defaulting on a 401(k) loan is the loss of a job. If the employee loses his or her job, the plan document rule requires that any outstanding loan balance must be repaid within a certain timeframe, based on when the... read more.

3 Reasons Why It's Important to Understand Your Cap Table

By Wiss, Posted in Emerging Companies

By Ryan S. Silva Very often some of the most promising early stage growth companies find themselves challenged when asked about their cap table. Simply put, the cap table should list all the securities of the company (i.e., stock options, warrants, convertible debt, SAFE, etc.) and who owns them. This isn’t difficult when it’s just a few people, but as the capital structure becomes more complex from financing transactions, the cap table usually does as well. This is generally because some of th... read more.

Focus on Your Process: Take Full Advantage of Your Accounting Software

By Wiss, Posted in Accounting and Auditing

By Carolyn Hall  Your business can be using the best accounting software in the world, but unless your team is following standard processes, you’re not taking full advantage of your investment. Here’s how to make sure your system is running efficiently and that you have the right people and processes in place. When setting up a new system, lay out all of the steps involved and continue to communicate to team members throughout the lifecycle of a product or service. Project management s... read more.

Building Customer Relationships: Today's Clients Demand More

By Wiss, Posted in General Business

By Paul Peterson  Your relationship with your customers has never mattered more than it does today. Customers no longer just expect you to sell them a product or service. Instead, they want you to be one step ahead of them, understanding their pain points and bringing issues -- and solutions -- to the table. To do that, you need to understand your customer and bring transparency to the relationship. Today’s consumers have more access than ever to information about your company, your reputatio... read more.

How IRS Revenue Protocol 2016-37 Will Impact Retirement Plans

By Wiss, Posted in Employee Benefit Plan Audits

By Cindy Sandomenico  Approved in June 2016, IRS Revenue Protocol 2016-37 alters the way individually designed retirement plans must file amendments and submit determination letters to the IRS. This will be effective Jan. 1, 2017. Previously, retirement plans were subject to a five-year cycle involving remedial and formal adoption of amendments, and submission of determination letters every five years, regardless of whether the plan was amended. This process was time-consuming for both plan sponsors... read more.

With the Gas Tax Bill Comes the Elimination of the NJ Estate Tax

By Wiss, Posted in Estate and Business Succession Planning

By Ruth Raftery The much discussed bill raising the New Jersey gas tax by 23 cents per gallon was signed by Governor Christie on Friday October 14th.  Although not as widely publicized, the new law provides for another major change – the complete elimination of the New Jersey state estate tax.       Up to now, and for the remainder of 2016, New Jersey has the lowest estate tax exemption in the country, subjecting estates worth more than $675,000 to estate tax at the time of death... read more.

Fraud Prevention – A Necessary Evil

By Wiss, Posted in General Business

By Timothy Kennedy, CPA Do you trust your bookkeeper? This is a question you have to ask yourself periodically. Not only do you want to feel confident that they wouldn’t steal from you, but you also want comfort in knowing that they can properly journalize and manage the accounting information that comes through the door each day. Poor accounting record maintenance and overall sloppy accounting by a lackluster bookkeeper can take you to the point of no return—and force your hand into considerin... read more.