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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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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…

How to Protect Yourself Against Coronavirus-Related Fraud

By Yuriy Akopyan | September 14, 2020

The global coronavirus pandemic has changed every single facet of our world – from the way we work to how we live our day-to-day lives – and we have been forced to quickly adjust to a new normal. Unfortunately, there are those out there who seek to take advantage of this turbulent time. The Internal…

The IRS Is Issuing Some Stimulus Payments by Debit Card

By Yuriy Akopyan | August 31, 2020

Some Are Being Mistaken as Junk Mail and Thrown Out  Article Highlights: Junk Mail Stimulus Payment Debit Card If you are like most Americans, you receive tons of junk mail, which you tend to discard without ever reading. Well, if you haven’t already received your stimulus payment from the feds, maybe you shouldn’t be so…

What President Trump’s Executive Order Means for You

By Yuriy Akopyan | August 17, 2020

We are still waiting for the dust to settle on what President Trump’s executive orders mean for taxpayers and business owners. There is a lot of talk about legal challenges and how Congress may react. But here is a summary of what we know now. Temporary Payroll Tax Relief The President has directed the Treasury…

Charity Volunteer Tax Breaks

By Yuriy Akopyan | August 3, 2020

Article Highlights: Away-from-home travel Lodging and meals Entertaining for charity Automobile travel Uniforms Substantiation requirements If you volunteered your time for a charity or governmental entity during the COVID-19 pandemic, you probably qualify for some tax breaks. These rules actually apply to all charity volunteers not just COVID-19 volunteers. Although no tax deduction is allowed…

What Led to Congress Extending the Paycheck Protection Program?

By Yuriy Akopyan | July 27, 2020

The economic uncertainty created in the outset of the Coronavirus pandemic was unprecedented, to say the least. This is a big part of the reason why, soon after the spread began, Congress took steps that were equally drastic – they passed the Paycheck Protection Program, otherwise known as the PPP, in an attempt to help…

What You Need to Know About the People First Initiative

By Yuriy Akopyan | July 20, 2020

The global COVID-19 pandemic has presented significant challenges for American citizens from both the health and financial perspectives. Many individuals are looking for ways to reduce the financial impact of layoffs or furloughs they have experienced as a result of the shutdown in the economy. In an effort to relieve some of this burden, the Internal…

Don’t Throw Away That Notice 1444

By Yuriy Akopyan | July 13, 2020

Article Highlights: Notice 1444 You May Qualify for Additional Credit on the 2020 Return Tax Records The IRS is mailing all recipients of Economic Impact Payments a Notice 1444 that provides information about the amount of their payment, how the payment was made and how to report any payment that wasn’t received. If you’ve already…

Loan Application Period for the Paycheck Protection Program Extended

By Yuriy Akopyan | July 6, 2020

Article Highlights: Loan Application Period Extended Paycheck Protection Program Qualifying Expenses Loan Forgiveness If you missed the opportunity to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan before the program expired at the end of June, you have another chance. Congress has overwhelmingly voted to extend the application period for a PPP loan through August…

June 2020 Tax Due Dates

By Yuriy Akopyan | June 29, 2020

June 2020 Individual Due Dates June 1 – Final Due Date for IRA Trustees to Issue Form 5498 Final due date for IRA trustees to issue Form 5498, providing IRA owners with the fair market value (FMV) of their IRA accounts as of December 31, 2019. The FMV of an IRA on the last day of…

Post-Pandemic Trends Shifting the Economy for Small Businesses Everywhere

By Yuriy Akopyan | June 22, 2020

While it’s absolutely true that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has created significant challenges for small and large businesses alike, there are also some changes happening that can be viewed as less negative. Behaviors have changed during the Coronavirus outbreak, and some of these could end up being positive for small businesses in particular moving forward.…