Tax Planning and Preparation

  • Proactive tax planning
  • Guidance on proper tax deductions and explanation of law.
  • Periodic meetings with clients to determine estimated tax position before filing.
  • Review of previous filed returns to determine additional deductions and tax savings scenarios

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CFO Consulting & Management Consulting

  • Analysis and review of your company’s financial operations
  • Cash flow management and forecasting
  • Internal reporting, benchmarking and dashboard monitoring
  • Human Resource Management and Benefits Advising (payroll, health insurance, retirement plans)

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Accounting

  • Preparation of financial statements (Balance Sheet, Income Statement and Statement of Cash Flows)
  • Income and expense budgeting and analysis
  • Setup and maintenance of accounting software
  • Accounting software conversion from desktop to cloud-based applications

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Why should you work with Featherstone?

What we do

  • Featherstone LLC offers complete accounting and tax services for small to medium sized businesses.
  • The company seeks to provide its business partners with sound advice in areas ranging from accounting setup through financial operations.
  • With a hybrid background in both the public and private accounting areas, we bring the knowledge of working with many companies at once and the depth of working within just one.

Translating something complex into something easy to understand

  • The members of the Featherstone team care about the success of their clients and seek to assist clients in understanding why accounting and tax matters are addressed a certain way.
  • We understand that the accounting and tax can be hard and complex. Our goal is to translate the law into layman’s terms so that it makes sense.

Taking the tasks off a busy owner’s plate

  • As business owners, the Featherstone team understands how challenging it can be in the trenches of your daily operations yet still work on the business development for the company.
  • Our goal is to assist with the tasks that are put off to a later date such as: daily accounting management, analysis of accounts, budgeting, financial forecasting and tax planning.

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Featherstone CPAWednesday, September 12th, 2018 at 2:53am
...Working-condition fringe benefit

The benefits in this category don’t require a formal plan, there is no limit on the amount of educational assistance involved, and no explicit limit on highly compensated employees or owners. However, there are rules that must be followed to earn tax breaks.
The education must be required, by the company or by law, in order for the employee to maintain his or her present position, salary, or status at the firm, and the learning must have a valid business purpose for the employer. If those conditions can’t be met, tax breaks still may be available if the education helps to maintain or improves job-related skills.
Regardless of the previous paragraph, tax benefits will be denied if the education is needed to meet the minimum educational requirements of the employee's current job or if the course will qualify the employee for a new trade or business.
Example 3: Nora Pearson, a supervisor at GHI Corp., is going to law school at night. Even if learning the law will help Nora do her job better, company funding for her courses won’t qualify for favorable taxation because the education could enable Nora to become an attorney, a new trade for her. Any assistance from GHI will be treated as taxable compensation.
Note that it is possible to have an EAP and provide over $5,250 to an eligible employee. Assuming that all conditions are met, assistance over $5,250 might be deductible for the employer and excluded from the employee’s taxable compensation as a working-condition fringe benefit.
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Featherstone CPATuesday, September 11th, 2018 at 2:53am
...Educational assistance programs

An educational assistance program (EAP) must be a written plan created specifically to benefit your company’s employees. Under such a plan, you can exclude from taxable compensation up to $5,250 of educational assistance provided to each covered employee per year.
Example 2: Suppose that DEF Corp. has an EAP. Ken Matthews, a supervisor there, is taking courses in a local MBA program. DEF provides $5,000 to help Ken pay for his courses this year. DEF can deduct its $5,000 outlay, whereas Ken does not report that $5,000 as taxable income. It makes no difference whether DEF pays the bills directly or reimburses Ken for his outlay.
Some formality is required when setting up an EAP and certain requirements must be met. The plan can’t favor highly compensated employees or company owners, for example, and it can’t offer cash to employees instead of educational assistance. Our office can help you create an EAP that complies with IRS requirements.
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Featherstone CPAMonday, September 10th, 2018 at 2:52am
...Filling the gap

Many people will be in Heidi’s situation, unable to offset the cost of paying for education that will bolster their careers. In this environment, your small business can provide valuable education-related assistance. Offering help in this area may allow your company to attract and retain high-quality workers, in addition to improving your employees’ on-the-job performance.
In 2018, the IRS released an updated Employer’s Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits, which reflects the new tax law. This guide mentions some ways that employers can offer education benefits that receive favorable tax treatment.

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