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  Article one discusse s the new "postcard" sized 1040   and Article two talks about ways to maximize and manage business cash flow.

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So the IRS has released a preliminary form 1040 for 2018 to be filed in 2019.

It looks to be about an 8 1/2 inch wide by 5 1/2 inch tall. It is also extremely simple by itself.

But there are also additional schedules as well as  forms and worksheets that are needed to actually file the 'postcard.' 

For instance you still may have to file Schedule 1 (a catch all form for income and adjustments) Schedule A (if you itemize) Schedule C (if you have a small business) Schedule D (if you have capital gains or losses)  Schedule E ( if you have rentals, investment in partnerships, S Corporations and LLC) Schedule SE (for self employment taxes) plus other forms and worksheets for other income and deductions.

So even though the postcard is only half the size of the previous 1040, there is still a lot of work to be done to file a return.

If you efile your return and/or use a preparer you will probably not notice any differences when you are filing.

Paper filing may be an adventure as you will have to send in just as much paperwork as before depending on your situation.

One more interesting thing about the postcard - it may be the size of a postcard but you will have to mail to the government in an envelope (you really don't want anyone to see the front and back of the postcard in the mail, do you?) Plus you may need to send the IRS a check. 

Here is the preliminary form the IRS released:


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5 Tips on Bringing Home the Bacon
Whether you call it bacon, Benjamins, or big bucks, cash - and having enough of it - is key to running your business. Here are five tips related to managing and getting the most out of your business cash.
1-      All banks are not the same.
Choose your bank wisely, and don't be afraid to switch if you need to. Banks know they have a "high switching cost," which means it's one big time-consuming hassle for customers to change banks.
A couple of things that are important when choosing banks (some of which we never knew to ask five years ago) include:
  • Is your accountant able to connect your accounting system with free bank feeds, saving you hours and hours of accounting work?
  • How automated is your bank? The more automated, the fewer errors, and the more likely the bank is to have competitive services, features and prices.
  • What is their policy on holding large deposits?
  • Do they offer ACH services?
  • Does your payroll withdrawal need to be approved each pay period?
Accountants have experience with banks, so if you are in the market for a new one, feel free to reach out and ask us our opinion on the easiest bank to work with.
2-      Keep the number of cash accounts to a functional minimum.
Certainly, you'll need at least a business checking account, often a business savings account, a business PayPal account, and perhaps a petty cash fund. You may also want a separate account for payroll; a lot of companies do. But if you need more accounts, there should be a functional business reason to support them. That's already a lot of accounts to reconcile and keep track of each month.
The same is true of credit card accounts. It's the keep-it-simple approach.
3-      Reconcile all of your cash accounts every month.
Keeping all of your cash accounts reconciled each month is a good idea. If a bank error, accounting mistake, or even fraud occurs, you can catch it and get it resolved more quickly than if you delay.
You'll also have more accurate information about your balances and can move and manage your money better.
As you learn your balances each month, you can also move money around. Unless you spend a lot out of PayPal, plan to move that money to pay off debt or into your checking account on a regular basis.
4-      Maintain a cushion in your checking account.
If your checking account hovers close to zero more often than not, you may be wasting precious time watching your bank balance instead of spending time to manage your business. If you make a small error, you may get hit with costly overdraft fees, making your cash situation even worse.
Instead, consider depositing a fixed amount, like a cushion, that you never spend. You won't get overdraft fees, and you won't have to watch your balance so closely. You may give up some interest income, but the time freed up and the reduced worry will be worth a few extra pennies.
5-      Watch your liquidity.
Cash is to business as water is to people; we can't live without it. Make sure you have enough to cover future obligations, and when possible, build up several months of reserve for emergencies. Anything that you can liquidate quickly, such as accounts receivable, can count toward this fund too.
Try these five cash flow tips to keep bringing home the bacon in your business.

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