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Baker Holtz Names Melissa Seguin Senior Tax Manager

Baker Holtz promoted Melissa Seguin to Senior Tax Manager. As a Senior Tax Manager, Seguin will play a bigger role in further business development and obtain more management responsibilities. Seguin has worked her way up from Senior Accountant, Tax Supervisor and Tax Manager. In her prior position as a Tax Manager she was instrumental...

in overseeing client relations and managing staff. Seguin has also been recognized by Women to Watch and received the Emerging Leaders Award in September 2013. Seguin encompasses ten years of experience in taxation and consulting services. She holds a BBA in Accounting & Finance and MSA in Accounting from Grand Valley State University. Seguin is both... [read more]

Redefining Casual Friday one Charity at a Time

Who doesn’t love wearing jeans to work? Who doesn’t love the feeling of giving back? We found a way to put two and two together. For four years and counting the staff of Baker Holtz has collectively voted on a charity or nonprofit each quarter to support in exchange for wearing jeans on Fridays....

In the past we have worked with organizations such as: Kids’ Food Basket, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, The Humane Society, Literacy Center of West Michigan, Santa Claus Girls, West Michigan Environmental Action Council, Kent Country Parks Foundation, and in our current quarter, Paws With a Cause. Traditionally, donations are $5 per Friday to the selected charity,... [read more]

Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015

Late last week, Congress passed and the President signed the PATH Act of 2015.  Here are a few highlights: Business Tax Provisions: Permanent increase in IRC Section 179 deduction to $500,000. Deduction begins to phase-out when eligible property exceeds $2,000,000. Research and Development credit now permanent. 15-year straight-line depreciation for qualified retail improvements, qualified...

restaurant buildings and improvements, and qualified leasehold improvements. Exclusion of 100% gain on certain small business stock. Work opportunity tax credit extended through 2019. Bonus depreciation extended through 2019. Deduction for energy-efficient commercial buildings extended through 2016. The 2.3% medical device excise tax will not apply to sales during 2016 and 2017 Individual Tax Provisions: The... [read more]

Fringe Benefits and Changes in Capitalizing Assets

The end of 2015 is quickly approaching! We want to remind you of a few fringe benefit reporting requirements before the end of the year and to inform you of a favorable change to the de minimis safe harbor election for capitalizing assets. Prior to processing the fourth quarter payroll tax returns and preparing...

2015 Form W-2s, you need to calculate taxable fringe benefits. These benefits should be added to wages for the year. Examples of a few of the more common benefits are personal tax preparation fees paid by the corporation or LLC, personal use of Company car, and group term life insurance coverage over $50,000. S Corps have... [read more]

21st Century Taxis – Is Uber Driving for You?

It’s Friday night and all of your “couples” friends are on double dates or home watching HGTV.  So what are you supposed to do?  You’re single, ready to mingle, have a smart phone and, let’s be honest, you’re ready to get down to business.  So you open up that app you downloaded last weekend...

after you had two too many.  You know the one: Uber.  But this time, instead of getting a foggy ride home, you can make a few bucks. Uber claims drivers can make $19 per hour—but don’t quit your day job just yet.  Your pay won’t have federal taxes withheld, so you’ll need to set aside some... [read more]

GRBJ Highlight: Benchmarking the finance department

How efficient is your accounting and finance department? Benchmarking is often used to compare operating results against industry peers to isolate areas for improvement, but what about your accounting and finance department — how are they doing compared to their peers? The Financial Executives Research Foundation (FERF) and Robert Half have released their 2015...

benchmark report providing useful metrics to help answer this question. The benchmarks, based on the survey of 1,400 companies in the United States and Canada from various industries, may validate your current practices or lead you to begin the process toward a more efficient and effective finance department. One interesting topic covered by the report was a... [read more]

When it Comes to Success, You Have to E.A.R.N. I.T.!

“Your level of success will seldom exceed your level of personal development.” – Jim Rohn We all strive for success in the workplace.  However, some of us may feel that opportunities are passing us over.  Why might this be? Chances are that the answer is staring us in the mirror. This is why I...

created a mantra.  The following reflects daily steps to take in order to accomplish your goals.  These steps help to improve the biggest factor of personal success: yourself.  It is not easy; you have to E.A.R.N. I.T! E.A.R.N. I.T.- Exercise In the short term, working out increases blood flow and oxygen to the most important part... [read more]

HIRING Seasonal Tax Preparer

Baker Holtz, an award-winning CPA firm in Downtown Grand Rapids, is adding a highly motivated, experienced seasonal tax preparer to our close-knit, collaborative team.  Baker Holtz is unique – we don’t track and bill time spent serving our clients.  Through constant communication with our clients, we work to discover their objectives and discuss the...

value of our services with them.  This mindset allows our associates to eliminate the stress that comes with timesheets and focus instead on meeting the needs of our clients. Requirements: Full-time 40 hours per week beginning February 1 – April 15 Excellent communication skills both written and oral A demonstrated ability to work independently, prioritize and... [read more]

HIRING Part-time Seasonal Administrative Assistant

Part-time Seasonal Administrative Assistant Downtown Grand Rapids CPA firm is seeking an experienced seasonal administrative assistant.  Skills and qualifications for this position include strong organizational skills and demonstrated ability with MS Office Suite.  The ideal candidate will excel in the areas of customer service, written and verbal communication and attention to detail.  Minimum 2...

years’ experience in a professional office environment is required.  Qualified applicants please e-mail cover letter and resume to For more about the Baker Holtz work environment, see our Careers page. No phone calls please.    

RECAP: The 2015 Baker Holtz Charity Golf Outing

 TEAM – Together Everyone Achieves More Area Businesses Tee-Off to Support a Wonderful Local Cause Ryan Holtz of Baker Holtz CPAs and Advisors delivering a check to Tom Merchant and Kristyn Sterk of Ele’s Place Grand Rapids. The weather was warm and bright two weeks ago when twenty-six teams arrived at Boulder Creek Golf Club in Belmont,...

MI.  Made up of professionals and amateurs alike, these golfers weren’t only enjoying the sunny day – they were also supporting a wonderful cause: Ele’s Place Grand Rapids! After the success of Baker Holtz’s first Charity Golf Outing last year (despite the gale-force rain!), we knew we wanted to repeat the event.  And when the time... [read more]

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