News and Upcoming Events at Conner Ash
Nov 21, 2017
Congress is considering changes to way exclusions of gain on principal residences are determined as a part of the tax reform. Read Jim's blog to learn the current law and proposed changes!
Nov 14, 2017
Once again Congress is contemplating the death of the estate tax. But before we plan on finally dancing on its grave, we should be aware of its remarkable longevity over the course of human history. Read more about Estate Tax in Alicia's blog!
Nov 07, 2017
The Summary Annual Report summarizes the IRS Form 5500 and must be distributed to all Plan participants within nine months after the close of the Plan year. Read about this important filing deadline in Cathy's blog!
Oct 31, 2017
The Republican administration’s proposed tax plan called the “Unified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code”, dated September 27, 2017, intends to reform both the individual and corporate tax system with the hope of simplifying the income tax system; ending “wasteful” tax breaks; and eliminating “loopholes.” Read more in Helen's blog.
Oct 24, 2017
With the continued increase in mobility, more companies are implementing flexible work arrangements. Read more in Andy's blog post.
Oct 10, 2017
The role of the Board for a non-profit organization has three primary legal duties known as - “duty of care’, “duty of loyalty” and “duty of obedience”. Read about Building a Board in this weeks' blog by Andrea Schaefer, CPA.
Oct 03, 2017
There's a relatively new investment strategy that is being discused and used more recently. It goes by many names including sustainable investing, Socially Responsible Investing, "Green" investing or ethical investing. Read Jill's blog to find out more about Sustainable Investing.
Sep 19, 2017
Companies must continually evaluate their operations, products and marketing efforts. This will help them to determine if they are growing or dying.
Sep 08, 2017
Conner Ash celebrated new employees, promotions and years of service at its annual event on Thursday, August 31, 2017.
Sep 08, 2017
Conner Ash P.C. is honored to be named one of the "Top Five Best Accounting Firms in St. Louis"
Sep 05, 2017
Conner Ash announces the 2017-2018 promotions!
Sep 05, 2017
Children's daycare can be expensive. However, with proper planning these costs can be mitigated by reducing your income tax liability. Read more in this weeks' blog by Brian Ostendorf, CPA.
Aug 29, 2017
The IRS now allows you to rollover the after-tax portion of your distribution to a ROTH IRA instead of a traditional IRA. Electing to use the ROTH IRA IS A NO BRAINER!! Find out more in Brian's blog post.
Aug 28, 2017
Conner Ash welcomes Brian Ostendorf, CPA
Aug 25, 2017
Conner Ash welcomes Anna Schmelzle!
Aug 22, 2017
Are you considering moving your small business accounting to the cloud? Read Christina's blog post to learn five things you should consider before you make the move.
Aug 15, 2017
As the summer draws to a close, and going "back to school" is on the minds of many, it is an appropriate time to revisit some of the ways to plan for meeting the future college education costs of your children. Read John's blog post and find out more!
Aug 08, 2017
Are you thinking about upgrading a computer system in your organization? Read How to Have a Successful Accounting System Upgrade by Bob Klutho, CPA for important information to consider when planning an upgrade.
Aug 01, 2017
Many small organizations rely on a few key people to run their accounting system. Read Simple Way to Avoid Accounting Problems by Bob Klutho, CPA, for important things to consider so that your accounting system doesn't fall apart when one of these key people leave.
Jul 18, 2017
The Missouri Works Program is an economic development tool utilized by the Missouri Department of Economic Development. Learn more about this program in this weeks' blog by Jim Gentry, CPA.
Jul 11, 2017
The term Xennial was coined by journalists Sarah Stankorb and Jed Oelbaum in a 2014 article for GOOD magazine. Xennials were born between 1977 and 1983 and don't fully identify with Generation X or Millennials. Read more in Alicia's blog.
Jul 05, 2017
It's dangerous to look at any of your financial statements in a vacuum as if one is more important than the other. The balance sheet and income statement are so interrelated that if one is wrong, so is the other. Check out Cathy's blog to find out more!
Jun 27, 2017
Have you ever noticed that life is easier for those lucky individuals that never miss an appointment and know where most of their things are most of the time? Read more about Organization in Helen's blog post!
Jun 20, 2017
Good mentors Build Trust, Listen and Encourage Input and Challenge the Team. Read more about these important traits of a good mentor in Andy's blog post!
Jun 13, 2017
Learn some important tips on how to host a successful fundraising campaign in this weeks' blog by Amanda!
Jun 06, 2017
Our aging population has created a demand for alternative and more cost-effective healthcare options. Read more in Andrea's blog post!
May 30, 2017
It's graduation time! That means whether your child or grandchild is completing first grade or 8th grade, you need to have a plan for saving for college
May 23, 2017
We all must deal with change in our lives. So how do we deal with change that we really don't want? Read more in Patty's blog.
May 16, 2017
Did you know that most individuals are not saving enough for retirement? Find recommendations to help you have a comfortable retirement in Dan's blog, Saving for Retirement.
May 09, 2017
Have you ever received an email from your "CFO" requesting you send a wire transfer? After you send that wire did you find out you've been scammed? Read Sues' blog to find out more about this scam and ways to avoid this in the future.
May 02, 2017
Moving a household is expensive. Does your move meet the 3 tests to be deductible? Read this weeks' blog by Vivian McKenzie, CPA, CGMA to learn more.
Apr 25, 2017
There seems to be confusion about non-cash deductions in excess of $5000. Read Brian's blog to see when you need to get an appraisal for your donation.
Apr 18, 2017
Why does a revocable trust avoid probate? Learn how titling your assets in your trust can help to avoid the additional cost or intervention by the state in this weeks' blog by Christina Rowland, MBA.
Apr 04, 2017
For those lucky enough to be getting a tax refund, Bob gives you some great ways to put the money to work. Read on to learn more.
Mar 28, 2017
We are working way too many hours and are stressed out by the demands of the tax filing deadlines. Read Rick D'Angelo, CPA, CGMA, blog for a little "humor".
Mar 21, 2017
It may be easier than you think to keep employees motivated and engaged. According to globoforce.com, 78% of employees say that being recognized motivates them in their job. Read Amanda Mueller's blog to learn five ways to engage and motivate your employees.
Mar 14, 2017
As jobs reports continue to be strong, it is expected that interest rates will continue to rise. It is time to plan for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates multiple times during 2017.
Mar 07, 2017
After years of building your business it can be difficult to think about doing anything else. But what happens when you decide it is time to step away? Do you have an exit plan for yourself? Where do you start?
Feb 28, 2017
What does it mean to be an adult? Does it mean that you are able to do everything on your own without anyone's help? Read Cathy's blog post to learn that having a trusted advisor is valuable for everyone, even adults!
Feb 21, 2017
Possible changes to the U.S. tax regime are certainly a hot topic but who knows what changes we will actually see in the near future. Read Helen Floros, CPAs blog post to learn some of the proposed tax changes for businesses and individuals.
Feb 14, 2017
There are new fiduciary rules set to take effect in April 2017 that would require financial advisors, whose work involves retirement plans or retirement planning advice, to be bound to fiduciary standards.
Feb 07, 2017
Did you know that the IRS has guidelines that, if met, would allow you to claim your parents as your dependents? Read more about this timely topic - Are Your Parents Your Dependents in this weeks' blog post by Sue Freed, CPA.
Jan 31, 2017
Effective in 2017, the PATH Act extends due diligence requirements to tax preparers in relation to the American Opportunity Tax Credit for education.
Jan 24, 2017
Let's talk about getting Fiscally Fit! For a small business owner, this means looking at the big picture of your company's financial situation and making the health of your business one of your long-term goals. Read Jill Cooper's blog post to find out more!
Jan 17, 2017
In recent years, we have head more and more about identity theft - Tax ID theft, Medical ID theft, Child ID theft and Driver's license theft. Check out Patty's blog post to find out more!
Jan 10, 2017
Employers tend to trust their employees but, unfortunately, not all people can be trusted. Are Your Employees Stealing From You? is the subject of Dan's blog post this week. Check it out!
Dec 27, 2016
There are changes to the FAFSA process beginning with the school year starting July 1, 2017. Read Vivian's blog post to find out more about these changes.
Dec 20, 2016
Besides that bucket list of things you want to do when you retire, you need to prepare another bucket list – a list of your different buckets of income and assets you will have at retirement. Read Brian's blog post to find out more
Dec 13, 2016
For employers that provide company cars, there are tax implications if there are no restrictions on the personal use of the vehicle. Read Christina's blog post to find out more!
Dec 06, 2016
One of the important cash flow decisions almost everyone is faced with in their pre-retirement planning, is "NOW OR LATER". That is, when to begin drawing their social security benefits.
Nov 29, 2016
Many of us have been asked to join a board of directors of a nonprofit. Before you agree, do your diligence to make sure you are a good fit for the organization.
Nov 22, 2016
The most common answer when asking family members what they are thankful for is - Family. Learn how to plan to make life easier for your heirs in this weeks' blog post.
Nov 15, 2016
More and more people are supplementing their 9-5 incomes with freelance work or so called "side hustles". Find three things you can do to reduce your tax bill in Leilah's blog post!
Nov 09, 2016
Now that the election results are in, we take a look at the proposed tax plan. Read Jim's blog post to find out more!
Nov 01, 2016
The due dates for many tax returns are changing. This impacts original and extended due dates for tax years starting after December 31, 2015. Read Alicia's blog post to find out more!
Oct 25, 2016
Two of the most common reasons cited for offering company volunteer days are 'corporate responsibility' and 'community reputation'. Read Cathy's blog post to find out more!
Oct 18, 2016
The rules regarding recognizing a gain on the sale of a home changed in May 1997, but some still think the old rules apply. Read about the new rules in Helen's blog post!
Oct 11, 2016
In 2016, each U.S. citizen is allowed a unified gift and estate tax exemption of $5.45 million before estate taxes are owed to the IRS! Read more in Chuck's blog post.
Oct 04, 2016
Did you know that you can make charitable contributions directly from your IRA and the withdrawal is not included as income? Read Sue's blog post to find out more!
Sep 27, 2016
Not-For-Profits will be required to change their financial statement presentation effective for fiscal years after December 15, 2017. Read Andrea's blog post to find out more!
Sep 20, 2016
The IRS can be a Grinch when it comes to business gifts. Read Jill's blog post for a list of rules to consider.
Sep 19, 2016
Check out the new reports in the Crystal Report Catalogue!
Sep 15, 2016
Sometimes, the best things sneak right by us without us ever knowing about it. Have you ever had a day when you found that just a simple click of a box made your life so much easier? Take a few minutes to join us for our next Tech Tuesday to see if you are a Click away from Happiness!
Sep 13, 2016
Did you know there are preferential tax rates for qualified dividends and long-term capital gains on sale of assets held for over a year? Read Patty's blog post to find out more!
Sep 12, 2016
Sometime the standard reports in Sage 100 don’t exactly meet your needs. Did you know that custom Crystal Reports can be created that will give you and your management team the information needed to make knowledgeable business decisions? Check out our Crystal Catalogue to see if one of these reports might give you the answers you need or help with making those business decisions.
Sep 08, 2016
Whether you are the owner of a company that is highly profitable or struggling to break even there are certain business practices that you can apply to maximize your company's potential and profits. Read Dan's blog post to find out how!
Sep 08, 2016
Are you looking for Help and How To’s for Sage 100? Do you want to learn about Month-End Closing Procedures or how to write your own Crystal Report? Check out the free handouts and videos from our Tech Tuesday archives; they address these and many more topics of interest.
Sep 06, 2016
It looks like Microsoft, sounds like Microsoft, but is it really Microsoft? Read Sue's blog post to find out!
Aug 23, 2016
Did you know that eligible educators can receive a small tax-break on their individual tax returns for certain classroom expenses paid out-of-pocket? Read Vivian's blog post to find out more!
Aug 16, 2016
What kind of documentation do you need to support your cash contributions? How much can you deduct if you receive goods and/or services? Find out in Brian Hantsbarger's blog post.
Aug 09, 2016
If you don't start taking distributions from your retirement account by age 70 1/2, you could face stiff penalties. Check out John Marten's blog post to learn more!
Jul 26, 2016
There's no standard answer to the question Do I or Don't I when it comes to taking Social Security benefits. Find out more in Rick D'Angelo's blog post!
Jul 19, 2016
The IRS has raised the threshold for expensing verses capitalizing tangible property purchases. Find out more in Jim Gentry's blog post!
Jul 12, 2016
Do you have a plan to keep your business running in case of an emergency, big or small? Alicia gives us some actions to consider in this weeks' blog post.
Jul 05, 2016
Research shows that "meaningful work is precisely what most employees are looking for in a job...". Check out Cathy's blog post to find out how You Can Make a Difference in your workplace!
Jun 28, 2016
The lessons in Teamwork we learn as children and young adults carry forward to the workplace. Read Helen's blog post to find out how!
Jun 22, 2016
So often we wonder…do we have to close the month? What a surprise it is to find out that almost every module has a month end closing process! Let’s spend a little time together to walk through the Why’s and How’s of month end closing. You’ll see how fast and easy it is, and well worth the time!
Jun 21, 2016
The IRS Transcripts online service has been reopened more than a year after the data breach in May 2015. Learn about the new registration process in this weeks' blog post.
Jun 21, 2016
Another Tech Tuesday is just around the corner! Watch your inbox for your invitation to learn about The Mystery of Month End Closing.
Jun 16, 2016
New reports have been added to the Crystal Reports Catalogue. Check it out!
Jun 15, 2016
Give your new graduate a Roth IRA to introduce her to the power of long-term saving and investing. Read Andrea Schaefer's blog post to find out more.
Jun 07, 2016
Learn about the latest IRS Scams so you can avoid being a victim in Jill Cooper's blog post!
May 31, 2016
Patty Ward provides information about Casualty Losses in this weeks' blog post.
May 24, 2016
Learn about the new overtime pay rules which will be taking effect on December 1, 2016 in Dan Velcheck's blog post!
May 23, 2016
Learn some great shortcuts to use on your SmartPhone or Computer in Sue Deters' blog post!
May 03, 2016
The tax deadline for Missouri residents in 33 counties affected by the December 2015 flooding has been extended!
Apr 26, 2016
John Martens, CPA, looks at using T.O.D. as an Estate Planning Tool in this weeks' blog post.
Apr 19, 2016
Let's look at 'Spring Cleaning' our financial house to get it in order!
Apr 12, 2016
There are a few easy ways to avoid owing a lot to Uncle Sam that Bob Klutho discusses in this weeks' blog post!
Mar 29, 2016
Changes to the way Lessors and to a greater extent Lessees account for leases will be taking effect in the next couple of years.
Mar 22, 2016
Most small business owners say 'No!' when asked if they believe fraud can happen to them. Read on...
Mar 15, 2016
Learn about ways your CPA can assist you when going through a divorce in Helen Floros' blog post.
Mar 01, 2016
Learn about the Cadillac Tax on Health Insurance Coverage in Andrea Schaefer's blog post!
Feb 23, 2016
Free public Wi-Fi comes with a cost - exposing your personal data to hackers!
Feb 16, 2016
Your business has the best chance of being successful if you have the right combination of people and meaningful financial information!
Feb 09, 2016
Here are some tips on how to avoid being the victim of tax theft and helpful hints if it happens to you!
Feb 02, 2016
If you pay an individual to perform services at your home, you may be an household employer. Check out this weeks' blog post to find out about tax reporting requirements for household employers.
Jan 26, 2016
If you want to clear a room, simply bring up the topic of death and dying. Read Vivian's blog post to learn a few general questions to ask yourself when considering your arrangements.
Jan 19, 2016
If you are thinking about purchasing a rental house to save on taxes, there are many limitations to keep in mind.
Jan 12, 2016
Consider some New Year "financial" resolutions to help you get your financial life "in shape"!
Jan 05, 2016
Are you a small business owner who should be making these new year's resolutions?
Dec 29, 2015
Don't be surprised! Social Security benefits have been taxable for over 30 years.
Dec 22, 2015
Learn about changes to the Statute of Limitations for the IRS audit period in Jim Gentry's blog post!
Dec 15, 2015
As a business owner, your business is likely your most valuable asset. But how do you determine the value of that asset?
Dec 03, 2015
The tax rules contained in the health insurance reform law (Affordable Care Act or ACA) continue to evolve. The effect of the ACA on your 2015 personal and business federal income tax returns is outlined.
Dec 01, 2015
Read Howard Rosen's thoughts on Succession Planning in this week's blog post!
Nov 23, 2015
Learn reasons why you would use a Business Consultant in your Accounting Department in Catherine Dobrynski's blog post!
Nov 17, 2015
Learn about the phase out of the popular Social Security spousal-claiming options for retirees in Helen Floros' blog post!
Nov 12, 2015
Conner Ash P.C. has been named a Five-Star Workplace by the St. Louis Small Business Monthly!
Nov 10, 2015
Learn the different types of outsourced payroll providers in Sue Freed's blog post!
Nov 03, 2015
Learn about preparing your business in the event of a disaster in Andrea Schaefer's blog post!
Oct 27, 2015
Learn the advantages and disadvantages when deciding whether to move to QuickBooks Online!
Oct 20, 2015
Learn about how to determine if you are getting the most out of your accounting department in Dan Velcheck's blog post!
Oct 16, 2015
Need to write a Crystal Report where your tables have a one-to-many relationship? Join us and learn how to include a Subreport in your Crystal Report.
Oct 14, 2015
In today’s economic climate, it can be difficult to get a business loan, particularly for a startup. As a result, many entrepreneurs start their businesses by using personal sources of money, such as life savings and retirement funds. Howard Rosen, CPA, JD AEP, give us his insights on using personal assets and choosing your business' legal structure.
Oct 13, 2015
Learn how to protect yourself when downloading a flashlight app to your android phone in Sue Deter's blog post!
Oct 06, 2015
Learn about when to use the cash and when to use the accrual method of accounting in Brian Hantsbarger's blog post!
Sep 29, 2015
Learn about the proposed future of financial reporting for nonprofit organizations in Bob Klutho's blog post!
Sep 22, 2015
Learn about what's deductible when you take a client to a sporting or entertainment in Jim's blog post!
Sep 15, 2015
Learn about how your company culture's has an impact on fraud in Alicia Brockland's blog post!
Sep 08, 2015
Learn about the new basis rules for inherited property in Howard Rosen's blog post!
Sep 02, 2015
Conner Ash is launching a new blog page on our website. Come and check out the page.
Jul 15, 2015
Conner Ash PC and Martens & D’Angelo, LLC have announced that they have reached an agreement to merge their two practices effective September 1, 2015.
Jul 13, 2015
BKR International attracts independent accounting firms from around the world. Watch this informational video to learn why.
Jul 10, 2015
In the wake of increasing incidences of taxpayer identity theft this tax season, leaders from BKR International, a top five global accounting association, say CPAs need to do more than simply safeguard their clients' financial data.
Jul 09, 2015
Need to get to your data? Come and see how easy it can be to export, report and query your data.
Jun 26, 2015
The Supreme Court has upheld the tax subsidies under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Jun 17, 2015
We all wish our software could think for us. Imagine what is would be like to receive an email notifying you that your Customers balance has slipped into an Aging category that just isn't acceptable.
Jun 02, 2015
Conner Ash is nominated for Best in Customer Service and Best Accounting Firm in this months Small Business Monthly.
May 29, 2015
Oh Boy... what do I do now? My ledger is out of balance! How can that happen? How do I fix it?
May 13, 2015
Give your Invoices and Orders some Pizazz! Replace those old boring Standard forms with something new.
Apr 30, 2015
Scams are everywhere. Identity theft has become a major problem. Learn the 10 things you should know about identity theft.
Apr 17, 2015
Sometimes the canned reports just don't give you what you want... so write your own using Crystal Reports!
Apr 08, 2015
It probably comes as no surprise that the majority of Americans are somewhat miffed at the nation's tax system. According to a recent Pew Research Center survey released March 19, the public sees the nation's tax system as deeply flawed.
Apr 02, 2015
User Preferences is a menu item that we seldom look at but can be very powerful.
Apr 02, 2015
What if you never had to update the sales tax rates in your ERP again?
Mar 27, 2015
BKR International, a leading global association of independent accounting and business advisory firms from across 75 countries, plans to strengthen its operation and expand its network in India to broker in-bound and out-bound investments and trade opportunities.
Mar 06, 2015
To Delete or Not to Delete... That is the Question
Feb 20, 2015
The resources available to the HOA and involvement of the board are key factors when determining whether to hire an outside organization or utilize the board to handle finances.
Feb 18, 2015
Your company's books show an increase in sales and net profits but cash flow remains tight. You ask yourself... How can we keep making a profit and have no money in our bank account?
Feb 09, 2015
The topic for this informative Tech Tuesday session is "What's Up With the MORE Button?".
Jan 27, 2015
You may have already started receiving tax forms in the mail - the envelopes are marked in big block letters, "IMPORTANT TAX DOCUMENTS ENCLOSED".