Proficient Consulting Services Inc.

Proficient Consulting Services Inc.

No annoying tax professional lingo. Just straight, authoritative and friendly expert advice. Since 2006, we have been actively serving members of our community, easing their lives when it comes to financial and tax management.

Located centrally on Long Island, our team of experienced & knowledgeable professionals are dedicated to providing you with accurate services you can depend on. Over time we have steadily grown to offer the full range of financial services available today. Amongst other services, we now handle insurance, taxes, payroll as well as real estate needs for both home and business owners. At Proficient C

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Funny Taxes Throughout History.mp4 08/06/2021

Funny Taxes Throughout History.mp4

Take a lighthearted look at tax history through the centuries...

Funny Taxes Throughout History.mp4

Financial Health Checklist for Small Business Owners | Kiplinger 08/05/2021

Financial Health Checklist for Small Business Owners | Kiplinger

Have you been keeping your thumb on the pulse of your business? Checking on your business's health needs to be a priority, and it needs to be done regularly. Here's a great checklist to get you started:

Financial Health Checklist for Small Business Owners | Kiplinger Keeping your company up and running is more than a full-time job, so it’s easy to overlook some key steps toward keeping your company – and yourself – financially healthy. Here’s a rundown of items to keep a close eye on.

Timeline Photos 08/04/2021

The average American is almost six figures in debt, but not all that debt is necessarily bad.

Good debt is the kind that improves your quality of life, increases your net worth, or ups your earning potential like investing in education or buying a home.

Bad debt looks like buying loads of clothes you don't need or getting a loan for a fancy new car even though you have a perfectly good car right now... even purchasing that $6 latte 3 times a week.

Either way, knowing how to separate debt and realizing what debt is necessary and which isn’t is vital to your financial health and future.

The average American is almost six figures in debt, but not all that debt is necessarily bad.

Good debt is the kind that improves your quality of life, increases your net worth, or ups your earning potential like investing in education or buying a home.

Bad debt looks like buying loads of clothes you don't need or getting a loan for a fancy new car even though you have a perfectly good car right now... even purchasing that $6 latte 3 times a week.

Either way, knowing how to separate debt and realizing what debt is necessary and which isn’t is vital to your financial health and future.

[08/03/21]   Controlling costs (and cost-cutting) has definitely been in the top ten of hot topics in the business world after the toll the past year and a half has placed on the economy.

So, if you haven't made a list of cost control areas to examine in your own business, here are a few you can start with:

Purchasing - Is your supplier cutting you the best deal? Can you join purchase with another local business to get a volume discount?

Property - Can employees continue to work from home to minimize workspace expenses? Are you considering utility costs (turn off those lights)?

Cloud Computing - Can you make your business more virtual by housing data on the cloud versus physical servers?

Does Your State Have a Sales Tax Holiday? 08/02/2021

Does Your State Have a Sales Tax Holiday?

A lot of parents are eagerly anticipating their state's tax-free weekend as visions of school supplies dance through their heads. And while not every state offers tax-free times (and tax-free dates for at least 4 states have come and gone), there are quite a few that kick off in early August. See here for a complete list:

Does Your State Have a Sales Tax Holiday? Although state budgets may be in unusual places this year, sales tax holidays remain the same as they always have been—ineffective and inefficient.

Things people do during the summer that might affect their tax return next year | Internal Revenue Service 07/30/2021

Things people do during the summer that might affect their tax return next year | Internal Revenue Service

For a lot of people, summertime means vacations and celebrations, and even side hustles. But whether you're tying the knot, getting the kids out of your hair, or just looking to make a little extra cash, you'll want to prepare for how these summer activities will affect your taxes during filing time.

Things people do during the summer that might affect their tax return next year | Internal Revenue Service Tax Tip 2021-102, July 15, 2021

Child Tax Credit Update Portal | Internal Revenue Service 07/30/2021

Child Tax Credit Update Portal | Internal Revenue Service

Calling all parents...

The DEADLINE for opting out of receiving the rest of the Advance Child Tax Credit payments this year is MONDAY, AUG 2.

If you're making more money than last year, you should definitely consider opting out so you don't have to pay back some of it back later.

Child Tax Credit Update Portal | Internal Revenue Service Unenroll if you don’t want to get advance Child Tax Credit payments or check if you’re enrolled.

[07/29/21]   No matter how far around the block customers are waiting, in business, only one line counts.

The bottom one.

That's why controlling costs is critical.

Getting a grip on the costs of doing business brings you both short- and long-term benefits.

“Cost controls” generally mean saving money (who doesn’t like that?) and laying the foundation for greater efficiency and profitability in the future.

Help your kids learn to avoid these 6 big credit mistakes 07/28/2021

Help your kids learn to avoid these 6 big credit mistakes

Do the words "your credit" feel like a nebulous universe you're not quite sure how to understand?

It can definitely feel that way, but understanding how to keep your credit score in good shape is essential in today's world, for both you AND your kids to learn.

Help your kids learn to avoid these 6 big credit mistakes Help your kids develop financial literacy and good credit with a few simple rules.

Timeline Photos 07/27/2021

Even though May 17th has passed, we are busy at work preparing for next year's tax season. Tax laws are always changing (as we've all seen the past two years), and we work hard to stay on top of those changes for you.

If you have a tax-related question or want to sit down to plan ahead to make next year's process go more smoothly, NOW is a great time to call. 2022 is coming. 😊

Even though May 17th has passed, we are busy at work preparing for next year's tax season. Tax laws are always changing (as we've all seen the past two years), and we work hard to stay on top of those changes for you.

If you have a tax-related question or want to sit down to plan ahead to make next year's process go more smoothly, NOW is a great time to call. 2022 is coming. 😊

7 lessons from 'Rich Dad Poor Dad' that will help you save up quickly 07/26/2021

7 lessons from 'Rich Dad Poor Dad' that will help you save up quickly

Having a hard time developing those must-do savings habits? Here are some fundamental financial lessons to get you in the right frame of mind.

7 lessons from 'Rich Dad Poor Dad' that will help you save up quickly The book gives key advice on how to improve your personal finances, how to learn to invest and save, and how to make better financial choices.

[07/23/21]   For businesses who are dealing with disgruntled customers and working toward a happy resolution -- HEARing is essential:

HEAR the customer and don't interrupt
EMPATHY is everything
ASK (What can I do to make this right?)
RESOLVE - Unless the request is absolutely ridiculous, DO IT.

The Best Ideas for Teaching Kids to Save and Earn Money 07/22/2021

The Best Ideas for Teaching Kids to Save and Earn Money

We feel passionate about helping parents teach their kids about money. This is a kind of power that can help kids stay out of the murky waters of debt and bad financial decisions, and be empowered to make the right choices as they grow up.

Thomas Jefferson once said, "If knowledge is power, we should look to its advancement at home, where no resource of power will be unwanting."

Here are some ideas for parents.

The Best Ideas for Teaching Kids to Save and Earn Money Teaching kids about money, including how to save and spend wisely, can set them up for long-term success.

Timeline Photos 07/21/2021

No matter what industry you're in, or how far you go in your career, the ability to effectively negotiate can make the difference between success and mediocrity.

Here are some trenches-tested principles that’ll bring you closer to your ideal outcome:
- Know what you want in advance
- Ask for what you want
- Understand what your partner wants
- Don't concede unilaterally
- Don't rush
- Be ready to walk away

If you're getting into negotiations and want a little more of our wisdom on any of this, let's chat.

No matter what industry you're in, or how far you go in your career, the ability to effectively negotiate can make the difference between success and mediocrity.

Here are some trenches-tested principles that’ll bring you closer to your ideal outcome:
- Know what you want in advance
- Ask for what you want
- Understand what your partner wants
- Don't concede unilaterally
- Don't rush
- Be ready to walk away

If you're getting into negotiations and want a little more of our wisdom on any of this, let's chat.

[07/20/21]   If you're one of the millions of people with Federal student loan debt who have enjoyed the reprieve from making payments the last 16 months, it's time to start making a plan for repayment again.

Starting September 30th, come rain or shine, student loan repayment will resume, as will regular interest rates.

And... the plan you had before March of last year, might not apply now. With all of the many considerations regarding repayment, it might be time to get some advice from a trustworthy source and strategize how to tackle the remainder of that debt.

Timeline Photos 07/19/2021

Many people struggle to save their hard-earned cash because they lack the determination to keep themselves from spending it.

One way to combat that spending impulse and get you on your way to financial independence is to set goals, prioritize wants. Since money can be spent only once, you need to decide which wants are most important. Place a value on each one.

Here's a helpful exercise to get you started...

- Pull out a piece of paper and list your wants. New house, hot tub, trip to London, new blender for the kitchen? Anything goes.

- Next to each item, write why you want it. (You might want a hot tub to relax with family and friends.)

- Take another piece of paper and re-order the list based on how important each want is to you. If a trip to London tops the list, are you still willing to delay it by spending $40/month for that gym membership you rarely use?

Many people struggle to save their hard-earned cash because they lack the determination to keep themselves from spending it.

One way to combat that spending impulse and get you on your way to financial independence is to set goals, prioritize wants. Since money can be spent only once, you need to decide which wants are most important. Place a value on each one.

Here's a helpful exercise to get you started...

- Pull out a piece of paper and list your wants. New house, hot tub, trip to London, new blender for the kitchen? Anything goes.

- Next to each item, write why you want it. (You might want a hot tub to relax with family and friends.)

- Take another piece of paper and re-order the list based on how important each want is to you. If a trip to London tops the list, are you still willing to delay it by spending $40/month for that gym membership you rarely use?

Advance Child Tax Credit Payments in 2021 | Internal Revenue Service 07/16/2021

Advance Child Tax Credit Payments in 2021 | Internal Revenue Service

As many of you know, the first Advance Child Tax Credit (ACTC) payments went out yesterday, July 15th. The payments will continue every month on the 15th until December 15th of 2021.

There's a lot of confusion and questions about these payments, so we wanted to get you some ACCURATE information. The IRS "main page" regarding the ACTC is linked below.

On this page you can:
- Check your eligibility for ACTC payments.
- Update the bank account that the IRS will use to deposit your payments.
- Access the non-filer tool if you don't file tax returns but have kids. You can register yourself and your children so that you'll receive the payments (if you're eligible).
- Opt-out of payments (i.e. "save" the full credit amounts for your 2021 tax return).

**NOTE: If your income has increased in 2021, relative to past years, you may want to opt out of these advance payments to avoid any danger of needing to pay back the amounts received.

Advance Child Tax Credit Payments in 2021 | Internal Revenue Service Find details about the advance Child Tax Credit payments, including how to get them or stop getting them.

Timeline Photos 07/15/2021

Priorities. Keeping them straight when it comes to money is VITAL. Be wise and use what you have to better your life and the lives of those around you; don't let the money control you.

Priorities. Keeping them straight when it comes to money is VITAL. Be wise and use what you have to better your life and the lives of those around you; don't let the money control you.

[07/14/21]   When we meet with a business owner, we often wear many hats -- CFO, Marketing Advisor, COO, etc. -- truly whatever fits the needs of our client most precisely.

Why? Because business owners can make rash decisions in times of perceived crisis (like during "tax season") -- and they often have unforeseen complications down the road...

Which is why it is critical that we take a look at how things are set up for you and your business for the rest of 2021.

Here in the middle of summer (and BEFORE the fall rush) is the perfect time to take a clear-eyed look at things and plan for the best outcome for your business come January.

Timeline Photos 07/13/2021

What is the REAL reason why you or your business is losing financial ground?

Do you even know? Are you being honest with yourself?

Believe us when we say we're in your corner. Many of our clients are doing quite well, but sometimes it's important to admit it when you're not.

What is the REAL reason why you or your business is losing financial ground?

Do you even know? Are you being honest with yourself?

Believe us when we say we're in your corner. Many of our clients are doing quite well, but sometimes it's important to admit it when you're not.

[07/12/21]   The IRS is one of the most powerful organizations in each of our little worlds, so the thought of getting tangled up with them is legitimately intimidating and scary.

But one way to keep them off our backs when filing personal taxes is by keeping accurate, detailed records of the flow of all money into and out of our lives.

So, here's a guide for how long to keep your records...

1. Completed tax returns: Keep for seven years
2. IRA contribution records: Keep Permanently
3. Bank records: Keep for just one year
4. Brokerage statements: Keep until you sell
5. Household bills: Keep from one year to permanently
6. Paycheck stubs: Keep for one year
7. House/condominium records: Keep six years/permanently

Still waiting for your unemployment tax refund? Here's how to check its status 07/09/2021

Still waiting for your unemployment tax refund? Here's how to check its status

If you received unemployment in 2020 and paid tax on that income before the ARP was passed, this applies to you.

Still waiting for your unemployment tax refund? Here's how to check its status Millions of Americans who collected unemployment benefits last year and paid taxes on that money are in line to receive a federal refund from the IRS this year.

Timeline Photos 07/08/2021

Financial independence can sometimes seem like a pipe dream, especially in these uncertain times.

But, it's not.

Becoming financially independent is a goal anyone can reach, as long as they're armed with some basic knowledge and make some smart choices.

Here are 4 keys that will help you make the pipe dream a reality:
1. Start investing as early as possible.
2. Be determined to save on a regular basis.
3. Begin investing with the largest possible sum you can.
4. Reach for the highest rate of return you believe you can safely receive on your money over time.

Financial independence can sometimes seem like a pipe dream, especially in these uncertain times.

But, it's not.

Becoming financially independent is a goal anyone can reach, as long as they're armed with some basic knowledge and make some smart choices.

Here are 4 keys that will help you make the pipe dream a reality:
1. Start investing as early as possible.
2. Be determined to save on a regular basis.
3. Begin investing with the largest possible sum you can.
4. Reach for the highest rate of return you believe you can safely receive on your money over time.

2021 Child Tax Credit and Advance Child Tax Credit Payments — Topic J: Unenrolling from Advance Payments | Internal Revenue Service 07/07/2021

2021 Child Tax Credit and Advance Child Tax Credit Payments — Topic J: Unenrolling from Advance Payments | Internal Revenue Service

Even though the July opt-out date for the first payment of the advanced CTC has come and gone, you can still put the kibosh on the August 13th payment. However, you've got to do it at least 3 days before the first Thursday in August (aka August 2nd).

And... if you somehow get lost in the busy in and out of daily life and forget to unenroll for August's payment, you can always unenroll before the next payment sneaks up on you.

For more info, drop in on the IRS's Topic J page:

2021 Child Tax Credit and Advance Child Tax Credit Payments — Topic J: Unenrolling from Advance Payments | Internal Revenue Service Frequently asked questions about the Advance Child Tax Credit Payments in 2021 — Topic J: Unenrolling from Advance Payments

[07/06/21]   Business owners, if you have any questions about how to classify your seasonal workers this summer, please don't hesitate to reach out and ask. It will save you and them a great amount of headache to give them the proper designation. Even if you don't have to withhold income tax on their paychecks, it's very likely you are still required to withhold Social Security and Medicare taxes. We're here to talk through the details with you.

[07/05/21]   If your business is hiring young people on summer break as seasonal employees, remember that you must report all wages you pay them.

Just because they are young, or it's just a short "side job," doesn't mean you aren't responsible to let the IRS know that you hired them. Not doing so can result in fees and trouble for you.

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