Category Archives: Business


Save Yourself from a Tax Scam

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Mar 2015

Save Yourself from a Tax Scam

If you’ve fallen prey to a tax scam, you’re not alone. Hundreds of thousands of people have been tricked into money and identity loss by frauds posing as the IRS. With the tax deadline rapidly approaching, you’ll want to be sure you don’t get suckered in by these scammers! We’ve shared a few tips to keep in mind to make sure your money stays where…

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Deadline Approaching: Corporate Tax Filing

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Feb 2015

Deadline Approaching: Corporate Tax Filing

The Corporate Tax Filing deadline is March 16th – just three weeks away! Six month extensions are available if you need more time, but you will still have to pay your Corporate Tax Liability by March 16th. Don’t forget, California Annual Minimum Tax of $800 is also due by April 15th. If you haven’t filed your corporate taxes with us yet, give Paragon a call. We have appointments available, so come…

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8 Reasons to Have Paragon Prepare Your Taxes This Year

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Feb 2015

8 Reasons to Have Paragon Prepare Your Taxes This Year

It is estimated that about 60% of Americans use professionals to prepare their tax returns. While the majority of tax preparers are honest and experienced, there are an unfavorable few who use their occupation as a way to steal your identity and commit refund fraud. If you’ve ever been caught up in tax scam, you know that the taxpayer is wholly responsible for their return,…

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Everything You Need to Know About Foreign Contractors

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Jan 2015

Everything You Need to Know About Foreign Contractors

Have you ever used a contractor from outside of the United States? Do you know what tax forms are required for using foreign work services? You may think that all independent contractors require a 1099 form, but if the services are performed outside of the US by a non-US citizen, you don’t have to use a 1099. Here are two sure-fire ways to confirm that…

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Not All Audits Are The Same

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Jan 2015

Not All Audits Are The Same

Not all audits are the same! If you’ve ever received a dreaded letter from the IRS, we can help. It is in your best interest to keep your tax returns and supporting documents, as audits normally can go back up to three years (in some cases indefinitely) and can be performed at any time. The most common audit is a correspondence audit, basically a letter…

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Get Prepped For Tax Season

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Jan 2015

Get Prepped For Tax Season

The IRS recently announced that the 2015 tax season will open as planned this month. While many were fearful that the extended provisions would delay the start of filing, the provisions were renewed by Congress at the end of the year, pushing the final preparations for tax season forward.  You will be able to file your tax return as early as January 20th; both electronic…

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Simple Ways To Protect Your Bank Account

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Dec 2014

Simple Ways To Protect Your Bank Account

Fraudulent activity affects many people worldwide. Luckily, there are a few simple things you can do on your own to protect yourself from trouble and avoid losses. Stay On Top of Things: Check your balances and statements regularly to ensure that you’ll catch an act of fraud quickly if it does occur. One problem that can come up for those who aren’t on top of…

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Online Shopping and Sales Tax

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Sep 2014

Online Shopping and Sales Tax

At Paragon Accountants, we often get asked questions regarding sales tax with buying and selling goods, especially online. We’ve answered some of the most common concerns here to help keep you sales tax savvy. When is sales tax applicable? In California, retail sales and “tangible personal property” (furniture, tools, vehicles, etc.) are subject to sales tax. California residents are taxed on all income, within and…

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7 Internal Controls to Eliminate Fraud Within Your Company

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Jul 2014

7 Internal Controls to Eliminate Fraud Within Your Company

Every year, companies are looking for ways to improve their bottom line… However, most don’t realize that the biggest problem at hand, might be right under their noses. According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, most businesses lose around 6% of revenue per year due to employee theft alone. The following tips are designed to help managers avoid fraud within their company…   1…

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First Quarter Estimated Tax Payments Are Due April 15th !!

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Apr 2014

First Quarter Estimated Tax Payments Are Due April 15th !!

  Estimated taxes are paid in quarterly installments (every three months) on income that is not subject to withholding, for example: interest, dividends, gains from stock, earnings from a business, and alimony. Federal and state law requires: -trusts -estates -non-wage employees -corporations -wage employees who are not subject to tax withholding to submit quarterly payments of estimated taxes. Self-employment and income tax are paid by…

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