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Tax & Accounting Services

Tax Preparation

As part of the tax preparation process, I take the time to show you potential deductions to limit your tax liability and discuss plans for the future. Your tax return will be checked and rechecked to identify any potential problems the IRS may look at more closely. The accuracy of your tax return will also be carefully reviewed.  Tax returns are filed electronically to get refunds back more quickly and to ensure the accuracy of the transmittal.

Tax Estimates

I provide tax estimates to make sure that the correct amounts of withholding and quarterly estimated payments are being paid on your behalf and to keep you exempt from penalties and interest.  This estimation process is highly important for business owners and for individual taxpayers who experience special events during the tax year, such as the sale of rental property or other similar taxable events.

Payroll

I use Intuit’s Payroll Online, which is fully integrated into QuickBooks. Through this system, we can log into your QuickBooks, create your payroll, and pay your payroll taxes all at once. Every time a tax deposit is due and is going to be automatically withdrawn from your checking account, you will receive an email to remind you.  This payroll system is also integrated with the process of tax preparation. It makes tax planning easier and allows it to occur in advance, which is when tax planning should take place. Many money-saving opportunities are missed when payroll and taxes aren’t planned for.  If you are the business owner of a corporation, for instance, it is very important that you receive a reasonable salary with the proper amount of federal and state withholding. As every business owner knows, the amount you should be paid is a moving target. It is essential that this figure is constantly reviewed, especially at the end of the year. I have seen a substantial amount of money wasted because of the lack of year-end planning. I will advise you regarding the correct salary for your situation, so this needless waste doesn’t happen to you.

QuickBooks Desktop and Online

I provide full-service accounting on QuickBooks, and I offer consulting to help you stay on track if you choose to work in QuickBooks yourself. I can also come to your business location to help streamline your processes and make your bookkeeping more efficient.  The initial setup and installation of your QuickBooks must be completed correctly in order for future information to be accurate. I oversee the process for you, and I also set you up to utilize bank transaction downloading, which saves time and money. Once an “alias” is identified, the transaction is remembered and is automatically entered into the proper account in batches.  For the QuickBooks suite of online products for accounting and payroll, I am offered a 50% discount as an administrating accounting professional, and I pass this savings on to you.

Part-Time CFO

Need professional advice but can’t afford (or don’t need) a full-time CFO?  I offer part-time CFO consulting to help small business owners like you protect and constantly improve the financial side of your business. This includes recommending tax saving strategies, optimizing cash management, and serving as a liaison with bankers, attorneys, and insurance agents. I am available as a sounding board to help clarify your business plans and assist you with tough decisions.

Social Security Planning

Good Planning = Social Security Maximization

Many people who make the decision to file for Social Security benefits don’t have a clue why and when they should do this. This is one of the largest decisions that you will ever make, with a very long-lasting effect: for the rest of your life! Given the stakes, you can see why it’s important to make the right decision.

It is not the job of a Social Security employee to advise you how to file to get the maximum benefit. They are there to enact and initiate your decision. To obtain qualified advice, you must consult a financial professional who understands your circumstances and has your interests at heart.

I use software that downloads your annual Social Security contributions directly from the government’s Social Security website. I am then able to run different scenarios to determine the maximum amount you can draw from Social Security over the course of your lifetime. Based on your own circumstances and life expectancy, we can explore alternatives to find the best option for you.

Should you start receiving benefits at age 62, 66, or 70? You could discuss a life decision of this magnitude with a stranger, or you could work with a dedicated advisor who is looking out for you. It’s your choice.

Retirement Tax Planning

Preparing for Your Financial Future

It is important for us to be conscious stewards of our personal financial wealth, so that we create and maintain financial freedom. In the retirement planning process, I have been made aware of how important it is to ask a lot of questions. Some of my favorite questions are:

  • How could you be doing better financially?
  •  Are you utilizing every tax credit possible?
  • Could you retain more assets by paying tax now, or would it be better to defer the tax?
  • Why are you using this approach—have you thought of doing something else?

I have found these to be very powerful, money-saving, and anxiety-reducing questions. When we meet to discuss strategies for securing your financial future, I put my expertise at long-term planning to work for you.

Happy Customers

Skill, Expertise and Execution

Jan was called in to help me sort out my business affairs after a consultant botched the changeover of our bookkeeping system from Peachtree to QuickBooks. Jan stepped in on short notice and took over the accounting of the company. She was able to perform some forensic bookkeeping to recreate QuickBooks from scratch. Jan reviewed the income and expenses of the company over several years to calculate the stock value, satisfy the creditors, and eventually wind down the company.

Dave Baumann
Engineered Products Company

Polished Pro & Trusted Advisor!

Jan has totally transformed our business accounting from a disorganized hodgepodge of numbers with no planning potential to P&Ls and Balance Sheets that actually guide strategic business, investment and tax decisions. Her experience and guidance saves us thousands of dollars each year. She’s a polished pro and trusted advisor.

Jim Havey
Havey Productions

On track to a more profitable year!

Jan helped our small company find so many errors that I was clueless to and included me in the process of going forward.  We are now on track to a more profitable year.   Jan uses Intuit Payroll Online.  It had streamlined the process of doing payroll and I get an automatic email reminding me when the deposits will be electronically taken from our account and when it is time to do payroll and make tax deposits.  It is such a better system than what we were using before.  Jan is diligent in her tax estimating making sure that we take adequate payroll but not so much that we over pay payroll tax.   She is truly knowledgeable and a great teacher.  I can’t thank her enough!!

Lori Winslow, BIX, LLC

Well Organized & Knowledgeable

Jan Blue has prepared our taxes for the last 6 years and has played a major role in helping myself and my family with tax returns and other financial matters.  Jan has been a very positive, upbeat, and helpful person, just the kind I like working with.  She has a great communication style that is not intimidating.  I really wish I had been working with her 10 years ago, when I made the decision to file for Social Security Benefits, I could have gotten a lot more.  Jan has many talents and is well organized and knowledgeable. I would recommend Jan for all your tax and retirement planning, and other accounting needs.

Lou Abeyta

Dianne Fresquez

Jan Blue has been my CPA and business consultant for the past 6 years. She has helped my business triple is size and profitability as a direct result of her personal interest in my success. Her hands on approach is key to our operation cash flow and tax planning decisions. She’s always available by text or call to answer all my working questions prior to tax time so that there are no surprises during tax season.  Frankly, I don’t know what I would do without her and I recommend her to all of my friends and colleagues.

Heidi Boucher

JAN BLUE is a real life saver. Jan saved my aging parents from disaster. It was pretty scary, they had 5 years’ of back taxes that needed filing and a large lien from the IRS.  Jan helped us get caught up, clear up the lien, and my parents even got refunds!  Jan is an amazing financial adviser. Jan will tell you what you “need” to hear and what you need to do to get things “on track” and D.O.N.E. so you can get on with your life.  My parents are now enjoying living at a retirement center debt free and up-to-date with the IRS.

Heidi B., Westminster, CO

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