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Wednesday, June 28, 2017


The office of Gardner & Billing CPAs will be closed for the 4th of July holiday.  We will be closed from noon on Monday, July 3rd and will reopen with regular hours on Wednesday, July 5th.  Enjoy the great events happening in our community and don't forget to check out our Uncle Sam photo board in front of our office on the 4th! Have a safe and happy Independence Day!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Starting a Small Business

Thinking of starting a new business? You may have the ambition and desire, but have you utilized the proper tools and resources to become informed and ensure that you succeed in your goals? At Gardner & Billing, CPAs we offer a number of services to supplement and assist you in your small business, but we also understand that getting off the ground can make for a very fee conscious consumer. One of the biggest mistakes you can make as a new business owner is thinking you can do it ALL and not asking for help, especially in areas that are new and unfamiliar to you. Ideally, you can consult the experts: talk to your banker, hire an accountant and engage an attorney; but seeking council on these topics doesn’t always have to cost you money either. Did you know that there is an organization dedicated to helping small Montana businesses succeed?

The Montana Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network is a partnership between the Montana Department of Commerce, the U.S. Small Business Administration, regional economic development organizations and the Montana higher education system. The SBDC Directors and Business Advisors assist clients every day with the preparation or fine-tuning of business plans, financial management, operations assistance, loan packaging and marketing initiatives. SBDC training seminars and workshops cover timeless small business issues such as cash flow management, as well as new and emerging trends.

The SBDCs are dedicated to helping small businesses throughout Montana achieve their goals of growth, expansion, innovation and success. The SBDC Network combines the resources of federal, state and local organizations with that of the private sector and education system to meet the specialized and complex needs of the small business community.

In our upcoming blog series, we’ll be exploring the SBDC’s guide to starting a business so that you know what to expect, what’s expected of you, and where to find the help you need to make your dream a reality! 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Happy Father's Day from Gardner & Billing!

Gardner & Billing CPAs would like to wish 
all the dads out there a Happy Father's Day!  
Thank you for all you do!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Mid-year tax moves to make now

It's summer, the best time of the year to think about your taxes. Really.

A lot of people wait until December to start thinking about their tax bills. True, you can and should make some year-end moves by Dec. 31. But now, halfway through the tax year, is even better for tax planning because you have a good idea of what your earnings will be and there's still plenty of time to take steps that could cut the taxes you'll owe.

So take a quick break to check out these mid-year tax moves. Then you can get back to your leisure pursuits and really enjoy them, knowing you're in better tax shape.

1) Finish Your 2016 Return
First thing’s first; if you received an extension to file back in April, finish up your 2016 tax return now. Sure, you have until Oct. 16 (the usual 15th deadline is on Sunday), but you don't have to wait until the last minute. Finishing up your taxes in a rush, whether in April or October, is a recipe for disaster. At best, you could overlook a deduction or credit that could cut your tax bill. At worst, you could make a filing mistake that could cause problems down the road.

2) Adjust Your Withholding
Did you get a big refund? Are your work and tax circumstances about the same this year as last? Then you might want to adjust your withholdings so that you won't get a big tax refund next filing season. Americans apparently like getting a tax refund, but the ideal payroll withholding situation is to have just enough tax -- not too much, not too little -- withheld from your paychecks to meet your eventual annual tax bill. In this way, you'll avoid writing the U.S. Treasury a check for tax due if you under-withheld, and if you over-withheld, you won't be waiting for a refund check. Changing your withholding is easy - just stop by your payroll office and submit a new W-4.

3) Evaluate Your Estimated Taxes
Estimated tax payments are required if you have income that isn't subject to withholding. It's the IRS' way of ensuring that you're paying as you earn on all your income. By making the four quarterly estimated tax payments a year, you'll help ensure you don't underpay your taxes. That's important because if you owe too much at filing time, you could face a tax penalty. However, you also don't want to overpay your estimated taxes. Summer's a great time to reassess your estimated tax situation. Look at what you've paid via your April and June 1040-ES filings and see whether your schedule is still on track. If not, you can adjust your upcoming September and January estimated tax payments

4) Hire a Tax Professional
Whether you need a tax expert's assistance to finally file your extended 2016 return or you're looking for help in getting your 2017 tax act together, now is the time to hire someone. The filing season crunch is over, meaning that all types of tax professionals have a bit more time. It also gives you time to determine exactly which type of tax preparer fits your tax needs.