Phoenix Bookkeeping

Phoenix Bookkeeping Laurie is the founder of LSAI. She got her start as an Accounting Systems Consultant back in the early 90’s in Connecticut. Laurie Seligman Associates Inc.

has been providing bookkeeping services to small to medium-sized businesses for more than two decades. We are a client-centric organization, continually growing, learning, and honing our offering to serve our clients better. A cost-effective alternative to a full-time bookkeeper, our clients have access to a knowledgeable partner every day during regular business hours. Based in San Antonio, our team’s extensive knowledge of multiple desktop and cloud-based accounting platforms enables the LSAI firm to serve both local and out-of-state clients with ease. We are a member of the Sage Accountants Network, The American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers, Sleeter Group Consultants Network, and The National Association of Professional Women. Laurie is also a Xero Certified Advisor, a QuickBooks Certified Pro Advisor (for both desktop and cloud-based applications), and a FreshBooks Certified Consultant. The LSAI Philosophy To provide our clients with top-notch services with integrity. The LSAI Promise The Laurie Seligman Associates Inc. team promises to value and appreciate each client and provide them with the personal attention they deserve.

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Make a late payroll deposit in 2017, and the IRS may be at your door. When new software for analyzing EFTPS transactions...
08/08/2016
A late payroll deposit in 2017, and the IRS may be at your door | Laurie Seligman Associates, Inc.

Make a late payroll deposit in 2017, and the IRS may be at your door. When new software for analyzing EFTPS transactions is in place, the IRS will issue an alert within 72 hours of a missed employment tax deposit, an IRS official said at a recent tax conference. Once the final system is in place, the IRS is likely to send enforcement staff to your door soon after the alert.

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Make a late payroll deposit in 2017, and the IRS may be at your door. When new software for analyzing EFTPS transactions is in place, the IRS will issue an

07/29/2016
Wireless Keyboards Can Now Let Hackers See What You’re Typing

Wireless Keyboards Can Now Let Hackers See What You’re Typing

A newly discovered set of wireless keyboard vulnerabilities can let hackers take over your keyboard and secretly record what you type. It’s called KeySniffer, and it spells death for millions of wireless, radio-based keyboards.

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07/28/2016

Each year, many people get a larger refund than they expect. Some find they owe a lot more tax than they thought they would. If this has happened to you, review your situation to prevent a tax surprise. Did you marry? Have a child? Change in income? Life events can have a major impact on your taxes. Bring the taxes you pay closer to the amount you owe. Here are some tips to help you come up with a plan: http://bit.ly/2apjBbQ

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Top 6 Things to Consider When Getting a Small Business LoanWhether you’ve just started your small business or your opera...
07/19/2016
Top 6 Things to Consider When Getting a Small Business Loan - Manta

Top 6 Things to Consider When Getting a Small Business Loan

Whether you’ve just started your small business or your operations are quickly expanding, you may need a loan to support your growth. If you are thinking about applying for small business financing, you should carefully decide which type of loan is right for you.

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...If you are thinking about applying for small business financing, you should carefully decide which type of loan is right for you.

Audit? You wrought it ...You had a couple of extra weekend days to complete your 2015 tax return, thanks to the fact Was...
04/28/2016
Tax traps: The top 10 IRS audit triggers

Audit? You wrought it ...

You had a couple of extra weekend days to complete your 2015 tax return, thanks to the fact Washington, D.C. celebrated Emancipation Day last Friday. You're ready to mail it in or e-file. Before you drop it in the mailbox or hit "send," you might want to do another last-minute appraisal to avoid every tax payer's worst nightmare — an audit notification letter from the Internal Revenue Service — a bit later in the year. How to avoid this bad dream and keep sleeping soundly after you've turned in your return (or filed for an extension) today?

CNBC.com did a little research, and here are 10 of the top reasons cited for taxpayers finding themselves on the receiving end of unwanted IRS attention. Do your best to not be guilty of these missteps, where possible, and you'll likely avoid an audit in 2016 and beyond.

Questionable deductions, credits
Claiming a lot of implausible or questionable deductions and credits on your tax return will raise eyebrows at the IRS. Among deductions, it seems home, charity and alimony claims spark the greatest auditor interest, while for credits it's the Earned Income one that might land you in hot water.

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You had a couple of extra weekend days to complete your 2015 tax return, thanks to the fact Washington, D.C. celebrated Emancipation Day last Friday.

Seriously, the best time to start on 2016 taxes is nowNow that tax year 2015 is in the rearview mirror, it’s time to tur...
04/25/2016
Seriously, the best time to start on 2016 taxes is now

Seriously, the best time to start on 2016 taxes is now

Now that tax year 2015 is in the rearview mirror, it’s time to turn your attention to the return you’ll be filing next year.

Experts say most consumers’ efforts to minimize their bill are too little, too late.

“Tax planning is more about whittling over time than grand gestures at the last minute,” said certified financial planner Lynn Ballou, a regional director with EP Wealth Advisors. “It’s a very complicated dance.”

By IRS estimates, the average Form 1040 filer spends just two hours per season on tax planning. To put this in perspective, they expect you’ll spend four times that on record keeping (i.e., sorting through that shoebox full of receipts) and twice that to actually prepare and submit your return.
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Now that tax year 2015 is in the rear view mirror, it's time to turn your attention to the return you'll be filing next year. Experts say most consumers'

Overtime Changes Coming Soon: Steps to Take NowThe Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to pay non-exempt ...
04/21/2016

Overtime Changes Coming Soon: Steps to Take Now

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to pay non-exempt employees at least the minimum wage for each hour worked and overtime whenever they work more than 40 hours in a workweek. However, the FLSA includes exemptions from these minimum wage and overtime requirements for employees who meet certain salary and duties tests.

In July 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL)proposed changes that would increase the minimum salary requirement for the administrative, professional, and executive exemptions from $455 per week to about $970 per week in 2016. The minimum salary for the highly compensated employee exemption would also increase. The DOL proposed automatic increases annually.

Final regulations are expected to be issued within the next few months. However, you should assess the potential impact now. Once the rules are published, employers are likely to have 60 days before they take effect. Here are some guidelines to help you prepare:

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Where to find the best Tax Day deals and freebiesNot all Americans look forward to Tax Day, but maybe more of us should....
04/18/2016
Where to find the best Tax Day deals and freebies

Where to find the best Tax Day deals and freebies

Not all Americans look forward to Tax Day, but maybe more of us should.

Each year on the deadline for filing tax returns, restaurants, stores and retailers try to lessen the sting of all those checks written to Uncle Sam by offering consumers special incentives and giveaways.

These annual promotions are just a way for businesses to get you in the door. But if you play it right, you can mark Tax Day with a free burger, a free cookie, free paper shredding and a free massage, among various offerings up for grabs.

Whether you’re paying a tax bill or expecting a refund, here are more than a dozen deals to brighten your Tax Day. This is your guide to the best deals and freebies you can claim on April 18 (and some even beyond that).

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Not all Americans look forward to Tax Day, but maybe more of us should. Each year on the deadline for filing tax returns, restaurants, stores

5 things you can learn from your tax returnThe IRS receives roughly 150 million tax returnseach year.If you’re like many...
04/18/2016
5 things you can learn from your tax return

5 things you can learn from your tax return

The IRS receives roughly 150 million tax returnseach year.

If you’re like many Americans, preparing that filing is the closest look you’ve given to your finances for some time. Though it’s far from an exercise in budgeting, in many cases you can’t help but notice things such as investment activity, retirement account balances and debt levels.

It only makes sense, then, to seize the opportunity: If you’re putting in the time, you might as well take away something that can help you in the future. Even if you used a tax preparer, you can — should — still take a look at your return.

Here are five key things to note:

The interest you earned on cash savings

If you earn more than $10 in interest from a bank, brokerage or other financial institution, you’ll receive a 1099-INT reporting that interest, which is typically taxable.

This is a good reminder to reassess the interest rates on short-term money you keep in safer havens, such as savings accounts and CDs. Take a moment to shop around, comparing your current rate with rates from local banks, credit unions and online banks (which often are the winning option).

Then consider whether you’re keeping too much money in cash, when it could work harder for you invested through an IRA or brokerage account. Money you need in three to five years shouldn’t be in the market, but outside of that, you might want to consider taking a bit more risk.

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If you’re like many Americans, preparing that filing is the closest look you’ve given to your finances for some time. Though it’s far from an exercise in budget

Burgers, shaved ice and cheap hotel stays: Tax Day specialsWhether you’re a taxpayer due an income tax refund this year ...
04/15/2016
Burgers, shaved ice and cheap hotel stays: Tax Day specials

Burgers, shaved ice and cheap hotel stays: Tax Day specials

Whether you’re a taxpayer due an income tax refund this year or a filer waiting for the very last second to send the government a check, there are some money-saving, free and entertaining Tax Day rewards available.

Because of Washington, D.C.’s observance of Emancipation Day, which falls on April 15 this year, the IRS is deferring to the legal holiday. That means taxes aren’t due until April 18.

The extra filing days give taxpayers time to find a few more deductions and, for those getting what the IRS reports as the average $2,800 refund, more time to plan their splurges. And if you’re in need of a thrifty reward or a full-blown vacation, everything from cookies to burgers and cheap hotel stays are on offer.

For taxpayers getting refunds, Priceline offers some suggestions for frugal but fun May vacation spots that cost less than this year’s average tax refund.

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Whether you're a taxpayer due an income tax refund this year or a filer waiting for the very last second to send the government a check, there are some

9 Tax Deductions You Might Qualify ForNothing is certain, except for death and taxes.Long attributed to Benjamin Frankli...
04/14/2016
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9 Tax Deductions You Might Qualify For

Nothing is certain, except for death and taxes.

Long attributed to Benjamin Franklin, that line—whose origin, according to Freakonomics, is a matter of debate—is undoubtedly true. It is a particularly acute reality for all the procrastinating Americans who waited until the last possible moment to file their taxes this year. While you can avoid doing them as long as you want, Uncle Sam will always come for you and your money, regardless of who you are or what position you hold. (Need proof? Just ask Wesley Snipes.)

If there’s nothing you can do to avoid your taxes, then you might as well do them, and do them well, right? If you’re seeking guidance on how you can best navigate the complex U.S. tax policy, then we recommend consulting a C.P.A.

However, if you want to check out some of the possible expenditures small business owners can potentially deduct from their annual tax bills, then you’ve come to the right place. While these do not apply to every small business owner, they are out there for the taking. So, have a look, and see what you think. Who knows? Maybe you missed a possible deduction, and your penchant for procrastination will pay off this year.

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If there’s nothing you can do to avoid your taxes, then you might as well do them, and do them well, right? If you’re seeking guidance on how you can

What late-filing excuses work with the IRSACCEPTED:Fear of IRS.  Taxpayer who had been laid off was overwhelmed by Sched...
04/13/2016
What late-filing excuses work with the IRS

What late-filing excuses work with the IRS

ACCEPTED:

Fear of IRS. Taxpayer who had been laid off was overwhelmed by Schedule C instructions. As a result he just shut down and stopped filing for several years as the fear and anxiety mounted. He hired a CPA (Weston) to get his books in order. Once all returns were filed and taxes assessed, the IRS abated all penalties, because they agreed that the taxpayer had no malicious intent.

Health issues. Prolonged illness made it difficult to concentrate, and short-term memory suffered.
Mourning. Grief due to death of a close family member.
Burglary. House was robbed and family computer with all records was stolen.
The bottom line, according to the IRS, is that relief is generally granted when the taxpayer exercised "ordinary business care and prudence" but still failed to comply.


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Health issues. Prolonged illness made it difficult to concentrate, and short-term memory suffered. Mourning. Grief due to death of a close family member.

Will I pay taxes on my Social Security benefits? "Will I pay taxes on my Social Security benefits?" It's a common questi...
04/11/2016
Will I pay taxes on my Social Security benefits?

Will I pay taxes on my Social Security benefits?

"Will I pay taxes on my Social Security benefits?" It's a common question, and the answer may surprise some people, because it's yes. Some people do get taxed on the Social Security benefits they receive.

If that news has you hyperventilating a bit, take a deep breath. It's not as bad as it might seem.

If Social Security makes up the lion's share of your retirement income, you probably won't face any taxation. But if in addition to your Social Security benefits you have a significant amount of other income that has to be reported on your tax return — such as from a job, dividends, interest and so on — then Uncle Sam's hand may, indeed, be outstretched toward you. How big a tax bite will you face? Well, it will depend on your particular situation and your benefits and total taxable income, but it's only up to 85% of your benefits that may be taxable.

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If Social Security makes up the lion's share of your retirement income, you probably won't face any taxation. But if in addition

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