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Akopyan & Co. is continuing to serve our clients during this uncertain time. However, please note that all appointments are now being conducted via phone or online tools.

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Our Services

ACCOUNTING & BOOKKEEPING

We handle your books so you can focus on running your business. With our timely financial reports, you’ll always know where things stand.

STRATEGY & SUPPORT

Get strategic with our Business Owners Package: It’s like having a part-time chief financial officer dedicated to helping you grow.

PAYROLL MANAGEMENT

From direct deposit to W-2s, we take away your payroll headaches—and give you and your employees convenient electronic access.

BUSINESS OWNERS TAX RETURNS

Your business impacts your personal taxes, too. We eliminate surprises and ensure your returns are aligned to minimize your tax liability.

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What challenges do you face?

I wonder if I’m getting everything right with my company’s books.

Your time should be spent managing your business instead of spending hours fighting with the numbers. We’ll give you those hours back. Learn more.

I feel like I don’t really understand the financial side of my business.

Our Business Owners Package gives you the complete picture—so you know exactly where your business is today, and where it’s going tomorrow. How it works.

I’m always frustrated with payroll. I need a better way.

With our convenient cloud-based portal, all you need to do is enter your employees’ hours. We’ll take it from there—and take away your worries. Learn more.

From Our Blog

Akopyan job listing — Payroll Specialist

Full-Time Payroll Specialist for an Established CPA Firm—Seattle or Duvall Office  Please note specific instructions for submission at the end of this post.  If you like working with numbers, you have a basic knowledge of payroll and/or bookkeeping, and you want to work for a growing company that is committed to helping its employees thrive,…

October 2021 Individual AND Business Tax Due Dates

October 2021 Individual Due Dates October 12 – Report Tips to Employer If you are an employee who works for tips and received more than $20 in tips during September, you are required to report them to your employer on IRS Form 4070 no later than October 12. Your employer is required to withhold FICA…

October Extended Due Date Just Around the Corner

Article Highlights: October 15 is the extended due date for filing federal individual tax returns for 2020. Late-filing penalty Interest on tax due Other October 15 deadlines The normal April 15, 2021 filing deadline for 2020 individual tax returns was extended by the IRS to May 17, 2021 due to the continuing Covid-19 pandemic. If…

The Importance of a Well-Oiled Accounting Function

Though it’s natural for management to focus on its profit-making areas, the importance of a sound accounting foundation to support the operation cannot be overemphasized. The more diligent and meticulous your accounting team is, the more easily the rest of the organization can function and grow. If the system you currently have in place is…

The Treasury Green Book of Biden Proposed Tax Changes

Article Highlights Long-Term Capital Gains Rates Top Individual Tax Rate Pass-Through Income Subject to 3.8% NIIT or SECA Tax Limit Nonrecognition of Like-Kind Exchanges Transfer of Appreciated Property by Gift or Death Family-Owned and -Operated Businesses 15-Year Fixed-Rate Payment Plan Excess Business Loss Limitation Carried Interest Enhanced Financial Account Reporting The U.S. Treasury has released…

Should You Charge Late Fees? QuickBooks Can Help

Do you have a lot of aging receivables? Assessing finance charges can speed up customer payments. Have your customers been submitting payments later than usual these last several months? It wouldn’t be surprising. Many businesses are struggling to pay bills these days. Still, you need to get paid – and on time. Tardy receivables have…

IRS Offers New Identity Protection for Taxpayers

Article Highlights: IP PIN Identity Verification Opt-in Program Application Process : In the past, the IRS has assigned verification numbers to victims of identity theft to file their tax returns, if requested by the victimized individual. These numbers are referred to as identity protection (IP) PINs. The IP PIN is a six-digit code known only…

Charitable Contributions Deduction Liberalized for 2021

As a means to stimulate charitable contributions during the COVID crisis, Congress made two notable changes for 2020—one allowing taxpayers that don’t itemize their deductions an above-the-line deduction for cash contributions of up to $300 and another for those itemizing their deductions to increase the maximum deduction for cash contributions to 100% of their adjusted…

Retirement Plan and IRA Required Minimum Distributions FAQs

The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (SECURE Act) became law on December 20, 2019. The Secure Act made major changes to the RMD rules. If you reached the age of 70½ in 2019 the prior rule applies, and you must take your first RMD by April 1, 2020. If you…

IRS Lowers Standard Mileage Rate for 2021 to 56 Cents per Mile

Effective Jan. 1, 2021, the optional standard mileage rate used in deducting the costs of operating an automobile for business will be 56 cents per mile, down 1.5 cents from 2020, the IRS announced Dec. 22 in Notice 2021-02. Businesses often use this amount—also called the safe harbor rate—to pay tax-free reimbursements to employees who use…

Increased Business Meal Deductions for 2021 and 2022

By Yuriy Akopyan | April 26, 2021

Article Highlights: Business Meals Under TCJA 100% Deduction for 2021 and 2022 Qualifications If you recall, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), effective beginning in 2018, eliminated the business-related deduction for entertainment, amusement or recreation expenses. However, it did retain a deduction for business meals when the expense is ordinary and necessary for carrying…

What Are the Tax Advantages of Home Ownership?

By Yuriy Akopyan | April 12, 2021

Article Highlights: Historically Low Interest Rates Purchase Costs Points Mortgage Payments Refinancing Property Taxes Inflation Gain Exclusion Renting Versus Owning Worksheet to Analyze Costs Housing is a big expense for everyone. The choice generally involves either renting or purchasing – and financing that purchase with a home loan. As of November 2020, the nationwide average…

2021 Standard Mileage Rates Announced

By Yuriy Akopyan | March 29, 2021

Highlights: Standard Mileage Rates for 2021 Business, Charitable, Medical and Moving Rates Important Considerations for 2021 Switching between the Actual Expense and Standard Mileage Rate Methods Employer Reimbursements Employee Deductions Suspended Special Allowances for SUVs The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), each year, computes standard mileage rates for the use of a vehicle for business, medical and…

Beware: These Tax Return Red Flags Could Catch the Eye of the IRS

By Yuriy Akopyan | March 15, 2021

Tax time can be one of the most hated times of the year. Just preparing the forms is enough to be an irritant, and if you owe the government money there’s a good chance that you’re downright annoyed. But neither of those things compare to the feeling that accompanies an envelope bearing an IRS return…

4 Questions Business Owners Should Consider During the 2020 Tax Season

By Yuriy Akopyan | March 1, 2021

As if 2020 wasn’t challenging enough, this season’s tax-filing is going to be even more complicated than usual. Though the CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program were put into place to help small businesses, the old adage about “no such thing as a free lunch” is proving true once again as business owners sit…

February 2021 Individual and Business Tax Due Dates

By Yuriy Akopyan | February 15, 2021

February 2021 Individual Due Dates February 1 – Tax Appointment If you don’t already have an appointment scheduled with this office, you should call to make an appointment that is convenient for you. February 1 – File 2020 Individual Return to Avoid Penalty for Not Making 4th Quarter Estimated Payment If you file your prior year’s…

Congress Has Authorized a Second Round of PPP Loans

By Yuriy Akopyan | February 1, 2021

Congress passed, and President Trump signed, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. Included in its approximately 5,600 pages is a second draw of forgivable Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. The first round allowed loans to businesses with 500 or fewer employees and to certain businesses with multiple locations, for which each location could not have more…

How Biden’s Rescue Plan Might Impact Your Taxes

By Yuriy Akopyan | January 18, 2021

President Biden released his “American Rescue Plan” on January 14. It is a wish list of proposals he wants Congress to enact to address the COVID-19 pandemic and associated economic crisis. While some of the proposals are intended to be in effect for just one year, it isn’t too great a stretch of the imagination…

IRS Cancels Stimulus Checks Issued to Decedents

By Yuriy Akopyan | October 12, 2020

Article Highlights: Stimulus Payments to Deceased Individuals Stop Payments Being Made on Checks Already Issued IRS Authority to Deny Stimulus Payments to Deceased Individuals History of Stimulus Payments IRS Q&A Dealing with Deceased Individuals and the Return of the Payments According to the recently updated IRS FAQ page, the Treasury Dept. has cancelled outstanding Economic…

A Novel Way to Make COVID-19 Relief Donations

By Yuriy Akopyan | September 28, 2020

Article Highlights: Donating unused vacation time, sick leave and personal time Employer’s Function Great Donation Opportunity On March 13, 2020 the President issued an emergency disaster declaration under the Stafford Act as a result of the coronavirus disease pandemic. The disaster area covers all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. Territories. As…