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Staff Spotlight: Phil Church

On this month’s Baker Holtz Staff Spotlight we are happy to introduce Accounting Supervisor, Phil Church. Phil has been with us since 2018, but he wasn’t always the Accounting wiz we know him to be today! One thing most people don’t know about Phil is that he played guitar in a heavy metal band...

in high school; describing himself as a true metal-head back then. While he still enjoys to rock out on his guitar, he prefers the acoustic now. However, while growing up Phil had the hopes to be an architect or a doctor. This passion stemmed from his interest in building things and presenting a finished product; enjoying... [read more]

2019 Baker Holtz Golf Outing Registration is Open!

Registration for the 2019 Baker Holtz Golf Outing is now OPEN! David’s House Ministries offers a wide variety of services to our local community including social, physical, and emotional care to their patients within their treatment center as well as supportive in-home care to patients around the Grand Rapids area. This year’s Annual Baker...

Holtz Golf Outing will benefit this amazing non-profit and everything it does for our local community. Click Here To Learn More About David’s House Minisitries Click The Following Link To Print Off This Year’s Registration Form! 2019 Baker Holtz Golf Outing Registration Form  

Seasonal Tax Preparer

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: Flexible schedule up to 40 hours per week beginning January 13 – April 15 Excellent communication skills both written and oral A demonstrated... [read more]

Client Spotlight of the Quarter

Quantum Leap Communications This quarter, we chose Quantum Leap to be featured as our Client Spotlight. Quantum Leap has been with us for almost 4 years and we could not be more grateful for a growing relationship with them. We had the opportunity to sit down with Rob Dykstra, one of the owners of...

Quantum Leap to ask him a series of questions about what makes his business thrive. Check out what he had to say!

Accounting for Leases

Proper recognition of company assets and liabilities is important to the transparency of financial reporting and increased comparability between businesses. The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) is in charge of consistently improving the reporting standards, and a topic of discussion in recent years has been financing provided to entities through lease agreements. Until accounting...

standards update 2016-02 (Topic 842), a company was able to keep certain leases off of their balance sheet. The accounting standards update (ASU) released in 2016 by FASB is coming ever closer to its effective dates for all entities. Public companies are already having to oblige to the new rules for fiscal years beginning after December... [read more]

GRBJ Highlight: IRS updates per diem rates

This Month Rob Westdorp Wrote into the Grand Rapids Business Journal to discuss the IRS per diem rates.   Business travelers have a lot of expenses to keep track of, including hotels, restaurants and transportation. Companies generally use one of two methods to pay for travel-related expenses: reimbursement of actual expenses, which requires the...

business traveler provide receipts to report the actual cost and then request reimbursement; or the IRS-allowed per diem rates, which are daily allowances to compensate for lodging, meals and incidental expenses incurred on business trips. IRS per diem rates are updated annually. The IRS provided the new rates in effect from Oct. 1, 2018, to Sept. 30,... [read more]

Tax Reform: Favorable Depreciation Deductions for Business Vehicles

Considering purchasing a new business vehicle? 2018 may be a good time to do so. Thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), favorable changes in depreciation rules have been put in place for certain capital expenditures, including vehicles purchased for business use. Luxury Auto Limits Special depreciation rules, known as the ‘luxury...

auto limits’, have been in place for several years. These rules apply to passenger autos, vans and light trucks. Under old law, for most passenger autos, these rules limited first year depreciation to $3,160. For light trucks and vans, these rules limited first year depreciation to $3,560. Now, under the TCJA, the luxury auto limits have... [read more]

Have you Adjusted your Tax Withholding for the New Tax Law?

Melissa Seguin contributes to the Grand Rapids Business Journal frequently, and this month she is at it again to help us make sure our tax withholding’s are on the right track. “We are halfway through the first year of the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, or TCJA, and now is a great time...

to review your tax withholdings on your paycheck to make sure you are on track. If your withholding is too high, then you are essentially giving the IRS an interest-free loan. If your withholding is too low, you may be subject to penalty and interest when you file your 2018 tax return.”   Follow Melissa as... [read more]

Lauren Kurtz has advice for you!

Tax Reform Takes a Bite out of Entertainment   There have been multiple changes that have arisen from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that will be implemented in 2018. One that business owners may want to keep in mind are the new rules on the deductibility for meals, entertainment and fringe benefits. Historically,...

most meals and entertainment expenses have been 50% deductible for tax purposes, other than a few exceptions. Under the new tax reform, expenses associated with entertainment will no longer be deductible. Most food and beverage expenses will remain 50% nondeductible, but some items that have previously been 100% deductible will now be subject to 50% as... [read more]

2018 Baker Holtz Charity Golf Outing Registration is Open!

We are so very excited to announce that our 5th annual Baker Holtz charity golf outing registration is officially OPEN! This year we are benefiting the Y-Achievers program which assists youth in 6th through 12th grade, with a focus on those who are not achieving their full potential. Our youth find success in and out of...

school by setting and achieving educational and career goals that will result in high school graduation and a successful post-secondary plan. Y-Achievers focuses on developing a pipeline of future leaders. To learn more about the Y-Achievers program, click HERE. To register at our Golf Event taking place August 16th, click here> Golf Outing Registration Form 2018  ... [read more]

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