How to maximize your tax benefits from charitable gifts

(BPT) – You answer calls to support your alma mater, the local animal shelter and the American Red Cross with gifts of money and volunteer time. And after cleaning out the closets, dressers, kitchen cabinets and garage, you take a trunk load of donations to the thrift store. You know your gifts of cash, time […]

Small businesses: Are you ready for 2014 filing deadlines?

(BPT) – For small businesses, January’s arrival usually brings one very important task: issuing W-2s and 1099 forms to employees and independent contractors. The good news is this year, due to the typical filing date of Jan. 31 falling on a weekend, businesses have a built-in buffer and a couple extra days to complete these […]

Lighthouse Ledgers October Promotion

Avoid the extra cost and stress when handing your shoebox of receipts to the CPA in the last minute of tax season! Let Lighthouse Ledgers clean up those books for you. To reward the early birds, we’re providing $10 off your hourly rate (up to $40) for your first month of services! Time and availability […]

The Cost of Saving a Buck

There are many ways to save money.  As small to midsize business (SMB) owners, we can occasionally become a bit obsessed with finding ways of protecting our checkbooks.  But are we truly maximizing our assets when we do things ourselves? One of the biggest challenges when starting a new business or project is effective cost […]

W-9 forms and Your Business

The W-9 form is an IRS document where the main purpose is to verify tax information for outgoing payments on business transactions.  It is officially called by the IRS “the Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification” and a free copy of it is available on the IRS website.  In some ways, it is similar […]