Blog Posts - Mark Makara



7 Guidelines Every Small Business Owner Needs To Know

Are you a small business owner? Have you been considering starting a small business?  Are you looking for guidelines that can help you build a solid foundation for your business? Every business owner is faced with the same business questions at one...
by Cash Flow Planning for Life on Aug 12, 2016

Six Things You Should Be Aware Of as an Independent Contractor

Are you an Independent Contractor? Do you receive a 1099 for income paid to you? Have you prepared for your year-end taxes with a tax strategy? The end of the year can be quite stressful as an independent contractor. If you haven’t planned for your...
by Cash Flow Planning for Life on May 11, 2016

The Benefits of Neutral Forensic Accounting in a Collaborative Divorce

Thinking about getting a divorce? Would you and your spouse be able to work through the process together? Do you know the valuable role a Neutral Forensic Accountant can have in a collaborative divorce?   Unfortunately, many divorces are not col...
by Cash Flow Planning for Life on Mar 11, 2016

How Successful Are Your Business Operations?

How do you measure your business success? When was the last time you reviewed your business operations and accounting systems? Are you prepared for the changes in our complex business world today? Running your own business can present many challenges...
by Cash Flow Planning for Life on Dec 31, 2015

Controllership – How Does It Benefit Your Company?

Do you have a controllership position in your organization? If not, do you need help auditing your business accounts and supervising your financial affairs?   When was the last time you reviewed a financial analysis on the health of your company? Ma...
by Cash Flow Planning for Life on Aug 28, 2015

What Type of Commitment Do You Have From Your CPA?

Is your CPA committed to education? Does your CPA use cutting edge technologies? Do you receive quality service? These are the type of questions that your CPA should be happy to answer for you, giving you the “peace of mind” that you deserve. Don...
by Cash Flow Planning for Life on Jun 29, 2015

Social Security Planning – What’s Your Plan?

When will you be eligible to collect your benefits? Have you reviewed your Social Security Benefits Statement recently?  What age is going to work best for you to start collecting your benefits – age 62, your full retirement age or age 70? Now...
by Cash Flow Planning for Life on Apr 22, 2015

Forensic Accounting Grows as a Diverse New Tool

Do you know the value of Forensic Accounting? Are you in need of a Forensic Accountant? Are you familiar with a Cr.FA designation? Today, there is more awareness and less tolerance of fraudulent activity, creating a greater need for Forensic Accounta...
by Cash Flow Planning for Life on Feb 5, 2015

Are You An Independent Contractor That Knows Your Options?

Do you know what taxes you need to pay? Are you familiar with what tax forms you need to file? Do you have a tax strategy? There are many potential pitfalls that independent contractors should be aware of. Receiving a 1099 for income paid to you mean...
by Cash Flow Planning for Life on Jan 9, 2015

Are You Ready to File Your Independent Contractor Tax Forms?

You probably think you are ready to file because you have received a 1099 for your services, held on to all your receipts, and have all your documents in order. This is the sixth installment of Independent Contractor Taxes…Know Your Options. It can...
by Cash Flow Planning for Life on Dec 19, 2014

Do You Know the Business Deductions You Qualify For as an Independent Contractor?

Home office business deductions is another area that has changed recently. The Internal Revenue Service has provided a $5 per square foot (max $1,500) standard deduction for individuals that qualify. This is the fifth installment of Independent Contr...
by Cash Flow Planning for Life on Nov 26, 2014

When You Are an Independent Contractor You Should Know Your Business Expenses

Do you know your independent contractor business expenses? If not, see my eBook: 7 Things Every Small Business Owner Needs to Know for additional information on expenses. I will review below a few expense categories and taxes that I believe are commo...
by Cash Flow Planning for Life on Nov 4, 2014

Self Employment Form 1099 – Time to Contact a Tax and/or Legal Professional

The balance of this eBook is not intended to cover every situation. Once you determine that you are self-employed and will receive a Form 1099 for your services, I suggest you contact a tax and/or legal professional to guide you through your individu...
by Cash Flow Planning for Life on Oct 15, 2014

Determine Your Independent Contractor Status

Need help determining your independent contractor status? First step is to review the rules set our by the Internal Revenue Service, see IRS.gov website. This is the first installment of Independent Contractor Taxes…Know Your Options. It can be...
by Cash Flow Planning for Life on Sep 3, 2014

Independent Contractor Taxes – Are You Receiving a 1099 for Income Paid to You?

When you are an independent contractor receiving a 1099 for income paid to you, it can be difficult to figure out what your options are, regarding taxes. Independent contractor taxes can be managed when you understand what your choices are, what taxe...
by Cash Flow Planning for Life on Aug 14, 2014

Questions Small Business Owners Need To Ask

Are you a small business owner? Do you find it difficult to stay on top of all the hurdles that come your way? Every business owner, whether you are incorporating your business today or have been running a business for years, ends up asking the same...
by Cash Flow Planning for Life on Jul 15, 2014

Considering Divorce? What You Need to Know!

Did you know that divorce affects over 50% of couples in the United States? Going through a divorce is a life changing. Even when the divorce is non-contested and a collaborative divorce, you need to make sure you’ve made all the proper preparation...
by Cash Flow Planning for Life on May 7, 2014

6 Tips to Reduce Your Personal Income Taxes

When you are reviewing your personal income taxes, it’s important to know all the tax deductions you qualify for. This is the second installment of 16 Year-End Tax Tips for 2013 which can also be downloaded from our eBook library. Here are six...
by Cash Flow Planning for Life on Mar 26, 2014

Financial Planning – “2013 and Beyond Tax Planning”

Tax planning and investment planning are important to your financial future. Staying on top of your financial plan and meeting with your tax and investment advisor more than once a year are beneficial steps to take now to… …save you tax d...
by Cash Flow Planning for Life on Jan 23, 2014

Time to Compare the LT Capital Gains Tax Rate to Ordinary Income Tax Rate

Tax and investment planning has always been an important part of any individuals financial future, however as the two calculations below show it has become more important and costly to ignore or “I will do it next year”.   This is the fifth inst...
by Cash Flow Planning for Life on Dec 31, 2013


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