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GRBJ Highlight: Guidance on HRAs for qualified small employers and their qualified employees

April showers brings May flowers.. or great advice from Katie Evans! This month Katie provides guidance on HRAs for small employers and employees. “Prior to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, health reimbursement arrangements, or HRAs, had been a familiar item, particularly to small businesses. As a result of the change...

in law, employers have been penalized for providing HRAs to their employees, causing many to turn away from the traditional HRA. In 2016, however, the 21st Century Cures Act was introduced. This new legislation allowed for a modified version of an HRA, which now provides a way for employers to offer qualified small employer health reimbursement... [read more]

GRBJ Highlight: What Level Of Assurance Do You Require?

Seth Hanenburg really hit the nail on the head in this blog from the Grand Rapids Business Journal. Do you know what assurance means to your business? “Assurance. What is it? How does it apply to your business? What are the different levels of assurance? The simple explanation of assurance is confidence. Confidence in...

the accuracy of the financial statements of the company is often a requirement of lenders, shareholders and others who rely on the financial statements to make important decisions. There are different levels of assurance that may be required. A Certified Public Accountant can provide various levels of assurance by performing a preparation, compilation, review, or audit... [read more]

GRBJ Highlight: Cash Flow is King

This January, our own Rob Westdorp partnered with the Grand Rapids Business Journal to discuss cash flow, and why you should prioritize the importance of cash! “As business owners and managers guiding the finances of an organization, or individuals dealing with the household budget, it doesn’t take long to understand the old saying “cash...

is king.” We need cash to pay rent, the mortgage, meet payroll or pay bills. In business it is easy to become enamored with revenue growth and profitability. While both are admirable pursuits, they do not guarantee the long-term success of an organization. Financial statement profitability is a function of accounting standards, rules and theories. An... [read more]

GRBJ: Tips for Year-End Tax Planning

Most of us are familiar with the end of the year to-do lists that don’t seem to end. Thankfully Sara Knoper is here to save the day with some ideas to consider that might put a little extra cash in our pockets for those gifts under the tree. “There is a lot of planning...

that goes into the last few months of the year. Planning trips to see family, planning holiday events, planning shopping trips (or nights on Amazon) to get the gifts the kids have been asking for, etc. The to-do list can be long and the last thing anyone really wants to think about right now is tax... [read more]

GRBJ Blog: Should You Form An Advisory Board?

Attention Business Owners! Ryan Holtz has the perfect suggestion to refresh your business and generate new ideas from different perspectives.   “As a business owner, you may feel that you are not large enough to put together a formal board of directors that can provide assistance in running your business. If that is the...

case, an advisory board may fill that void. Most owners have done a nice job of building a trusted internal team that runs the day-to-day operations, but that team may not have the time to fly at 30,000 feet and address strategic planning opportunities or other issues that may impact the business.”     …  ... [read more]

GRBJ Highlight: Running wild isn’t always as fun as it sounds

This month just may be the month of Andy Jipping. Among other things, Andy has written a blog for the Grand Rapids Business Journal with some great ideas that can help your company get back on track, and steer clear from “running wild.” “As a parent of a toddler,   I find myself reminding my son...

to watch where he is going. His eyes are pointed in every direction that isn’t forward — you know, the direction he’s running at full speed. My wife and I have probably apologized to you in Meijer after he darted out from an aisle into your cart. Yup, we’re those parents. But he’s three. We wouldn’t expect a... [read more]


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GRBJ HIGHLIGHT: Estimated Tax Payments-A Necessary Evil Part 2

Last month, Steve Struck put together a well written article covering the what, who and how of tax payments. If you enjoyed that, which we are sure you did; without further ado, we introduce to you “Tax Payments- A Necessary Evil Pt. 2.” “Last month, we introduced the “evil” concept of estimated tax payments —...

what they are and who is required to make them. To review, if you don’t have enough tax paid in through your payroll withholdings, then it’s likely you will be required to make estimated tax payments. Assuming this applies to you, the question becomes — how do I calculate my estimates and how much is “too... [read more]

GRBJ Highlight: Retirement plan options for small employers

As you may know, Baker Holtz contributes to the Grand Rapids Business Journal every month. Sara Knoper went above and beyond for the month of July to put together a great article that could help employees working at a small business plan for retirement. “One of the most common benefits offered is the ability...

for employees to participate in a qualified retirement savings plan with some sort of employer contribution. Not only are qualified plans a great perk to offer employees…, but they can often provide the business with a significant tax deduction and the owners with the opportunity to stash away some cash for retirement…” To read more of... [read more]

2017 “Best and Brightest” includes Baker Holtz CPAs and Advisors!

In their words, “The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® competition identifies and honors organizations that display a commitment to excellence in their human resource practices and employee enrichment. Organizations are assessed based on categories such as communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition, retention and more… Best and brightest strives to recognize...

the most influential, trend-setting companies across the country and regionally in focused programs.” We are so honored to be chosen once again as one of West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For!  Thank you for continuing to believe in us!   Want more information on the “West Michigan’s Best and Brightest” awards?  Click here.

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