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Impacted by the Equifax Hack? Take These Steps Now!

September 14, 2017

If you were a victim of the recently announced Equifax hack, you need to take action to mitigate any negative impact it may have on your finances and credit. If you’re not sure if you were affected, you can use Equifax’s Potential Impact tool to find out. You will need to input your last name and the last six digits of your social security number to use this tool.

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No-Fail Tips for Wise Debt Management

September 6, 2017

Debt—it’s so easy to accumulate, but can be extremely challenging to pay off once in over your head. That’s why the best advice is to be proactive and not take on a heavier debt load than you can afford. Here are four no-fail tips to help you manage your debt wisely:

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Tips for Maximizing the Value of Your Next Staff Retreat

August 30, 2017

Staff retreats can offer companies a lot of value. They can also be expensive and, unless managed effectively, not particularly productive. Before you plan your next (or first) staff retreat, review the following key factors to help you make the most of...

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Free Money-Saving Apps for Every College Student

August 15, 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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We Have a NEW Website

August 9, 2017

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

August 1, 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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Hydrate Your Workers and Prosper? Researchers Say, Yes!

July 18, 2017

Have you had your eight glasses of water today? If you’re like the majority of Americans, chances are you haven’t—which may mean your productivity (and that of your employees) is not as high as it could be. A growing body of research points to physical dehydration as a prevalent productivity problem.

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

July 13, 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 29, 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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Four Money-Saving Mid-Year Financial Planning Tips

June 15, 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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Want to Turn Your Passion into a Business? Ask These Questions First

June 13, 2017

Many people dream of making a living by indulging their passion or hobby. Sounds great, doesn’t it? And it can be done, but it’s important to understand that taking this path has no guarantees and that there are important questions to answer honestly before you take the leap.

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

June 1, 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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Got a Case of Spring Fever? Here’s Why.

May 23, 2017

Have you ever wondered if “spring fever” is real? Scientists affirm that it is. In fact, researchers say that at least half of the people living in the northern hemisphere experience mental changes related to the change of seasons.

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

May 16, 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.

  1. Treat structural damage seriously. In any...

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

May 4, 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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2015 Tax Breaks Signed Into Law

Frosty Andrews, CPA

December 21, 2015

The following is a partial list of the items extended, made permanent and/or modified in the extender bill signed into law on December 18th.  A complete list is included in the text of H. R. 2029, the “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015.”
 


Individual Provisions


§24(d) - Enhanced American Opportunity...


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Section 179 update for 2015

Frosty Andrews, CPA

September 2, 2015

Section 179 update for 2015

Alough nothing has been finalized, progress is being made on extending the limit for expensing assets under IRC 179 and 168.

The Senate Finance Committee favorably reported a bill (S. 1946) on July 23 that would retroactively extend through 2016 the 50% bonus depreciation allowance and the option to monetize alternative minimum tax credits from...

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Current IRS Scam

Frosty Andrews, CPA

January 11, 2015

It's not uncommon for our office to hear of scams involving fake IRS agents as a method to obtain valuable information from the public.  You can read up on the current scam at www.kron4.com/2015/01/10/pittsburg-police-warning-residents-about-phone-scam/

Keep in mind the IRS will...

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Senate passes 2014 tax extender bill

Frosty Andrews, CPA

December 16, 2014

The Senate passed the 2014 tax extender bill this evening by a margin of 76-16 and is awaiting the President's signature to become law.

One provision in the bill, among many, was increasing the limit for expensing equipment from $25,000 to $500,000 for assets placed in service by December 31,

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The Child Tax Credit Can Give Parents Some Relief

March 17, 2014

There’s no disputing the fact that raising children today is a costly endeavor. However, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) has eased parents’ tax burden and put a few dollars back in their pockets with the Child Tax Credit, which ATRA made permanent. This tax credit can be worth as much as $1,000 per qualifying child depending upon a parent’s income.

Because it...

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Is the New Simplified Home Office Deduction Right For You?

March 4, 2014

A nice home office is often one of the biggest perks of being a freelancer, and it can also provide you with a significant tax deduction if you qualify for it. Up until this tax year, the calculations needed to claim the home office deduction were complex and required meticulous record keeping and a separate form (Form 8829). However, starting with your 2013 tax return, the IRS has introduced...

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Take Advantage of the Invaluable Learning Opportunity Your Tax Return Provides

February 13, 2014

With tax season in full swing, you are likely busy compiling all of your tax documents and expense receipts to support the preparation of your return. When you think about it, there is a lot you can learn from preparing to file your tax return. It provides the perfect snapshot of where you stand financially, which can offer important insights into your money management habits. While there are...

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Business Owners, Be IRS Audit Savvy this Tax Season

January 31, 2014

With tax season here, you might be wondering just how likely you are to hear from the IRS after you file by means of an audit notice. While the chances you will be audited are relatively low if you file a straightforward personal tax return, the more complex your tax situation becomes (reporting business income or graduating to a high-income tax bracket, for example), the more likely it is...

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Does Your Business Need to File 1099s? The Initial Deadline of January 31 is Fast Approaching!

January 17, 2014

If your business spends $600 or more for services from another business or an individual contractor during the tax year, you may have to report the amount on a Form 1099. The requirement to file 1099s applies to all types of businesses, C-Corporations, S-Corporations, LLCs, all partnerships, and sole proprietorships. Forms 1099 are normally issued to unincorporated...

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This Tax Year Includes a Baker’s Dozen of Changes to Digest

January 3, 2014

Happy New Year! Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to get serious about reviewing where you stand from a tax perspective. As you may recall, in 2013 Congress and President Obama made a budget deal to avoid the fiscal cliff which resulted in seven tax increases. In addition to these increases, the introduction of the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) also included six...

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IRS Eases the “Use-it-or-Lose-it” Rule for Flexible Spending Plans

December 17, 2013

With the end of the year on the horizon, many individuals with flexible spending accounts (FSAs) are scurrying to spend residual funds to avoid “losing” them, in accordance with IRS regulations. However, the regulations have now changed with the IRS easing the “use-it-or-lose-it” rule for health flexible spending plans. Individuals with FSAs can now carry over a maximum of $500 to...

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Should You Apply for Social Security When You Apply for Medicare?

November 26, 2013

If you’re nearing the customary retirement age of 65, you may be considering when to apply for Medicare and Social Security benefits. This is an important decision that can have significant impact on your financial situation down the road, so it is important to understand how these benefit programs work. In particular, if you are not planning to retire at the full retirement age (FRA) of 65...

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Don’t Let the Delayed Tax Season Stop You from Being Prepared

November 13, 2013

The IRS recently announced that, for the second year in a row, it will delay the start of tax season. However, the April 15 filing deadline, which is set by statute, remains in place. Last year it was the fiscal cliff negotiations that pushed back the start of the tax filing period. This year, of course, it is the 16-day government shutdown that put the IRS approximately one to two weeks...

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LLC Owners and Participants: Be Aware of IRS PAL Regulations

October 30, 2013

If you own a Limited Liability Company (LLC) that you are not actively managing, but you claim tax deductions, this blog post will be of interest to you. Close to 30 years ago, the IRS passive activity loss (PAL) rules (I.R.C. Section 469) were enacted to limit the degree to which money-losing LLCs could be used as tax shelters by their owners claiming losses—such as depreciation, interest,...

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You Get What You Give: Tips for Motivating Your Employees Through the Holidays

October 16, 2013

Halloween is just around the corner and in a few short weeks the calendar will flip to November 1—the unofficial beginning to the winter holiday season that can seriously reduce employee productivity. After all, who has time to put in a solid eight hours a day at the office when there is seasonal shopping, schmoozing, and socializing to be done?

Many business owners have a...

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The Medicare D Notification Deadline is Oct. 15 for Employers Providing Prescription Drug Coverage

October 4, 2013

Employers providing healthcare insurance that includes prescription drug benefits are required to notify Medicare-eligible employees by October 15 of each year whether their drug benefit is "creditable coverage," meaning that it is expected to cover, on average, as much as the standard Medicare Part D prescription drug plan.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)...

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Get a Head Start on Tax Season in Four Simple Steps

September 30, 2013

While the end of the year may seem like it’s a long time from now, it’s only three short months away. When you factor in the hectic weeks of the coming holiday season, that really only leaves a few weeks to pull your tax information together to avoid the stress that being unprepared for tax season can bring.

Now is the time to think about what information you will need for the...

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Employers Must Provide Notification of Health Insurance Options to Employees by October 1, 2013

September 13, 2013

The opening of the government’s Health Insurance Marketplace (HIM) on October 1 is fast approaching and with it comes a new requirement to Section 18B of the Fair Labor Standards Act that all businesses should be aware of. By October 1, 2013 employers must provide written notices about health insurance options, including notification of the new health insurance marketplace, to their...

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College Tuition and Taxation 101

September 4, 2013

The beginning of September is synonymous with the back-to-school season. If you have a child attending college, or if you are a student yourself, September is also likely to be synonymous with the beginning of annual tuition payments. While attending and paying for college may be taxing in many ways, there is some good news when it comes to tax deductions and credits related to college...

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Employee Theft: 4 Tips for Protecting Your Business

August 16, 2013

Given the tough economy over the past few years, it has been particularly difficult for business owners and the individuals they employee to thrive financially. Couple the poor economic climate with the fact that many businesses, especially small ones, have few controls in place to prevent employee theft and you get statistics like these reported by the National Federation of Independent...

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Rest Easy: Know the Tax Implications of Renting Your Vacation Home

July 31, 2013

If you’re lucky enough to own a vacation home, or are thinking about investing in one, you should be aware of the tax implications associated with this type of property, particularly if you are planning to rent it at least some of the time. It is also important to note that the IRS definition of a vacation property encompasses not only houses, cottages, and condominiums, but also mobile...

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Mid-Year Tax Planning Can Save You Time—and Money

July 16, 2013

As hard as it is to believe, the year is already half over. Although it may seem like the April tax deadline was just a few weeks ago, the reality is it’s time to start thinking about your 2013 taxes. And, if you spend some time now on mid-year tax planning, it can really pay off next April—which is only nine short months away. In addition, taking stock of where your business is halfway...

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Obama Administration Announces Delay to Part of Affordable Care Act

July 3, 2013

On Tuesday, July 2, the Obama administration announced that it is delaying the requirement that businesses with more than 50 employees provide health insurance to their workers or pay a penalty. The delay extends to 2015. The announcement by the IRS comes after numerous complaints from businesses that the requirements were too complicated and difficult to implement in time.

Still...

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What Does the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Mean to Businesses?

June 27, 2013

One of the key mandates of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or “Obamacare” as the law is commonly known, is the creation of health insurance exchanges in each state. The intention of these exchanges is to give individuals and small businesses a means for buying affordable health insurance. With the October 1st launch date for the new health care exchanges fast approaching, business owners...

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What’s The Real Secret to Success? A "Giver" Instinct

June 18, 2013

For years, aggressive, "do-what it takes" attitudes have been attributed to achieving professional success. Having at least a little bit of the "killer" instinct is what differentiates the winners in business, right? Perhaps in some cases, but according to research conducted by Wharton Business School professor, Adam Grant, the opposite is true. Success—both personal and professional—is...

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Low- or NO-cost Marketing for Small Businesses

May 30, 2013

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again… marketing is a key component of any successful business. So, we want to provide you with as much helpful information as we can in this area. We know marketing isn’t an easy task. It takes time and money. Of course, we understand that you have to keep a focus on the bottom line, which is why we are offering a few marketing tips for those of...

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Do a Little ‘Outdoor’ Marketing This Summer

May 17, 2013

Whether your business sells seasonal products or provides services throughout the year, summer is a HOT season for marketing. The warmer weather offers some flexibility with marketing events and campaigns, and that means you can be creative. Most people like to get out during the summer months, so the potential to attract prospects and clients to your marketing events is higher. The following...

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Harness the Power of the Mobile Office— Enjoy the Freedom of Being Wire-free

April 30, 2013

Technology is a wonderful thing. We know it in our firm because we use advanced technology to our advantage—that is, working anytime and from any device, having 24/7 access to files, and the ability to work from home, a client’s site, or the airport! And now that just about any gadget you can imagine is portable and affordable, your small business doesn’t have to be confined to your...

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A Not-So-Ordinary Tax Season is History

April 17, 2013

This was more than your typical tax season. With a plethora of changes to the tax code and a late start brought about by 11th hour congressional decisions, it was an even more harried and intense process than usual. We appreciate the good working relationships with our clients that helped us keep moving to meet the April 15 deadline—thank you!

With tax season just now moving into...

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E-Filing – A Reminder WHY It’s the Way to Go!

March 29, 2013

Hopefully, you are part of the more than 80% of taxpayers that take advantage of e-filing. If you’re not, we want to remind you WHY you should. Take a moment to read our short (but very convincing) list. The April 15th tax deadline is just around the corner, so we wanted to dedicate one last post to remind you of the value of e-filing your return.

  1. Safe &...

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4 Quick Tips to Ready Yourself for April 15

March 18, 2013

The tax deadline always seems to sneak up on taxpayers. Don’t fall into this trap and cause yourself added stress. If you’ve yet to pull things together…start preparing now. The following are four easy tips to be sure that you are ready for the April 15 tax deadline:

  • Locate Last Year’s Tax Return—Previous years’ returns serve as an excellent...

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Spring is Just Around the Corner… and so is April 15th

February 28, 2013

As we look forward to the end of winter and the launch of spring, that also means the April 15th tax deadline is that much closer. Being prepared is the best way to ensure a smooth tax season and minimize any surprises. So, if you’ve yet to dig in and give some dedicated focus to your taxes, here are a few suggestions to get you going:

  • Begin Gathering Source...

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E-Filing is the Way to Go – 4 Top Reasons

February 18, 2013

More than 80% of taxpayers file electronically…and for good reason. Or rather, good reasons (plural)—four to be exact. E-filing offers an efficient and highly secure method for filing your tax return. And if that’s not reason enough, take a moment to read through our Top 4:

  1. Accurate & Complete—E-filing is the best way to ensure that you file an...

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Electronic Filing Starts January 30th

January 30, 2013

As of January 30, 2013, the IRS will begin processing individual income tax returns for the majority of United States taxpayers. Be sure to get your tax documents organized now. You can use our Client Center on our website to securely upload your documents to our office.

A few items to note as we move into February:

  • E-file and direct deposit are the fastest ways to...

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New Tax Bill… What it Means to You

January 4, 2013

With the passing of the new ‘Fiscal Cliff” Act, taxpayers need to be aware of how it may affect them in the coming years. As such, we’ve compiled detailed information for you within this blog post.

At a high level, the...

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Tips on S Corporation Compensation

December 27, 2012

The IRS continues to challenge S Corporation shareholders regarding proper methods for paying themselves. That said, it’s critical that your S Corporation structure is set up appropriately and that compensation is paid and reported correctly. For example, in a recent court appeal case, an attorney was slapped with penalties and interest after failing to remit payroll taxes for his...

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Tis the “Season of Giving”… Holiday Tax Tips for You

December 17, 2012

It’s year end already, and with it comes the race to get ready for tax season. Traditionally, December marks a time for giving generously to charities, family, and friends. It’s also a time that can have a major impact on your upcoming tax return. But fear not, we’ve compiled a few helpful “Season of Giving” tips for you (courtesy of the IRS), covering everything from charity...

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After-election Tax Implications... What to Expect in 2013

November 21, 2012

With the election behind us, we now have a much clearer picture of how taxes will be affected in 2013 and beyond. With this insight, we can better help our clients create strategic, fiscally responsible tax programs for the coming year.

Under the Obama administration, the objective is to maintain the old tax rates for taxpayers with adjusted gross income below $250,000. (The old tax...

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Changes to Your Client Portal…What You Need to Know

October 25, 2012

You may have already noticed some changes to your personal portal. To ensure that you are able to continue to easily navigate within your portal, we’ve compiled the following list that explains recent core enhancements.

What you will see when you log in:

  • A more streamlined look and feel offers more direct access to your documents and other frequently used home...

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Key Tips for Using Social Media Effectively in Your Small Business

October 16, 2012

First and foremost, it’s important to understand that social media is not one size fits all. Every small business is different and will have different social media needs. For example, some may be looking to acquire new clients while others may want to use social media channels to strengthen customer relationships or educate their audience.

No matter the reason, social media is a...

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Jumpstarting Innovation in Your Business

October 1, 2012

To ensure success, it’s important to consistently evaluate your business and identify possible areas for enhancement. Of course, because you are an integral part of daily operations, it’s sometimes hard to visualize what enhancements may be needed or to come up with that next BIG idea.

With this in mind, we want to provide you with a few tips to help jumpstart innovation in...

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Real Time Collaboration… Paperless… What’s Not to Love?

September 17, 2012

With year end fast approaching, it’s a good time to slip in another push for portals. We understand the immense value online access offers, and we just want to be sure that you do too. First and foremost, portals support immediate, real-time exchange of data and documents, which translates into ultimate convenience for our clients. Your information is always at your fingertips, 24/7…when...

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The End of Summer Means Year End is that Much Closer...

September 1, 2012

Summer is coming to a close, and the end of summer is a good time to start thinking about getting your tax information together. Before you know it, year end will be here, which can leave you scrambling to get organized. Starting a little early will help ensure that you are prepared—avoiding the all-too-familiar last minute cram session that can cause disruption and stress in your personal...

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How Might ObamaCare Affect Your 2013 Year Taxes?

August 28, 2012

The effects of the new healthcare law are different for individuals and business. We’ve compiled the following information for you and provided a succinct explanation of specific changes. This list is certainly not all-inclusive, so please contact our firm for more detail and...

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Why Portals Make Sense for Clients

August 14, 2012

Portals are everywhere. When you access your financial portfolio or bank account, you are using portals. Online access to information is critical these days, allowing instant access to data and documents when you need them—the ultimate in convenience.


At our firm, we also want to provide our clients with the convenience of web-based access, which is why we offer our advanced...

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Andrews Consulting featured in Hacienda Online!

December 17, 2011

Andrews Consulting is proud to announce that our firm was very recently featured in an article in Hacienda Online! magazine.  Frosty discusses the firm's goal of adding value to their clients' businesses through proactive tax planning and company management, via their Financial and Strategic Management Program (FSM). 

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Our New Website!

November 18, 2011

We are excited to announce the recent launch of our firm’s new website! We’ve been working very hard to enhance our site and give our firm a major facelift. 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

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