We have weekly Facebook Live classes

We are having Facebook Live classes every Wednesday at 10:30 AM!  These classes will cover a wide variety of topics.

 

  • QuickBooks Online
  • QuickBooks Desktop
  • Information Technology Information
  • Tax preparation tips. 
  • And more………  Suggestions are welcome!

The classes are TBD and if you have any requests. please send us an email at info@business-resource-partner.com or give us a call at 321-236-2771.

 

Web site in progress – Please pardon our mess!

We are currently redesigning our website; this is to add our new divisions! The departments we are adding are the following: Business Development, Human Resources, Information Technology, Quick Books Proadvisor, Taxes, and Almond Street Business Center.

Business Development

Would you like to grow and improve your company? Ask us today about how we can help you become the company you wish to be.

Human Resources

Need to hire new and qualified individuals? Worried that there might be some stress within your business but can’t find the source? Our Human Resources division can help you but these worries to rest.

Information Technology

Computer slowing down? Phones not working? Don’t have your information protected and are worried about losing your personal data? Ask your Information Technology division about how they can help protect you from the dangers of the internet.

Quick Books Proadvisor

Quick Books is a user friendly accounting software that allows you to customize the financial information. To use the full potential of Quick Books we can: assist you in understanding how a good set of books can help grow your business, set up or transfer your books, and train personnel how to effectively use Quick Books.

Tax & Accounting

Our tax and accounting division can assist you with business, personal, payroll and sales tax filings. We have an Enrolled Agent and an Annual Federal Tax Preparer on staff to help you with your annual tax preparation or tax planning needs.

Almond Street

The Almond Street Business Center offers virtual office services, including Answering Services, Physical address and Administrative services. This gives you the ability to focus on working on your business. Additionally, the Almond Street Business Center has a furnished executive office and conference room available, so you can meet with your clients in a professional setting.

 

These are just some of the services that we offer.

Because here at Business Resource Partner we are more than just accounting, we are business solutions.

Quickbooks Online Price Change

 

Attention; important information ahead!

As of October 15, 2017, Quick Books is changing their prices for their Quick Books online plus and online essentials.  One way to avoid these price changes is to contact your local Quick Books Pro-Adviser and see what they can do for you. We here at Business Resource Partner are always willing and able to help you with any of your Quick Books needs. We are well staffed to handle all of your Quickbooks and accounting needs to allow you to continue to work for your business; instead of worrying about the money.

Updates and Security

Everyone knows that keeping your computer and anti-virus up to date is important.

What most people miss is that with Microsoft and Windows their products only get updated once a month. With the ever-changing nature of the internet and the endless wave of threats; hacking, malware and ransomware. We recommend using third party anti-virus software to keep your information as safe as possible. There are many options available to you and we would love to discuss these options with you.  BRP-IT recommends using Spybot™ ; this program provides updates once a week for the free version, and multiple updates a day for the paid version!

For additional information see:

www.getcybersafe.gc.ca/cnt/rsks/cmmn-thrts-eng.aspx

www.microsoft.com/en-us/safety/pc-security/updates-faq.aspx

www.safer-networking.org/

 

 

Business Solutions

Heard of the Global Cyber Attacks? Did you know you’re at Risk too?

Reminder! BRP Has an IT Department!

 After serving five years in the United States Marine Corp, Mason Reid is bringing his technical knowledge to you and your business! He is trained in computer, telephone, and network repair.

We are offering a variety of custom IT services for you and your business, including a free diagnostic for your first time!

If you have any questions, or are interested in setting up your first appointment, please call us at (321) 236-2771 or e-mail;

mason@brp-it.com

Our BRP-it manager Mason sent us this awesome article that has valuable information about your computer’s protection and all the risks we face now, and will face in the future. We’re touching on some major points he’s focusing on to keep you updated and keep your information safe.
This article was written by David E. Sanger, Sewell Chan and Mark Scott, for the complete article, visit this page.

You may have heard about the recent cyber attacks that affected large corporations such as FedEx, Microsoft, and many foreign countries. What you may not have known is that it is still a threat to not just your personal computer, but to your business and your clients as well. One of the biggest factors is not being protected properly or updating your malware. Most of the attacks have been outside of the US but there is no telling if this will continue to be the case.

So, what can you do?

Never click on a any suspicious e-mail or links: A hospital had to pay roughly $900,000 to repair a breach that was caused by an employee clicking on an unsafe web link. Doing this opens your computer up to many security risks! Although your cost might not be this high, it can be detrimental to your personal information whether financial, personal, client information, etc.

Update your software and protection regularly: According to the article, British government was spending about $64 million to improve cyber security because most computers were still running on outdated software. It’s that important! Making sure that your computer is as protected as possible is never a waste of time or money. The benefits most certainly outweigh the costs.

BRP-it! Do you know what it is & why it’s important?

Information Technology (IT) is more than just computers and networks! We found this awesome article on LifeWire written by Bradley Mitchell and wanted to share some important points regarding IT and your business.

Information Technology encompasses all layers of all systems from computer hardware to databases and servers including internet and phones. Many businesses and corporations add an IT department which is responsible for:

-Computer tech support
-Network Admin
-Databases and software

-Security of all data and networksAccording to Mitchell, System and Network Security issues are a primary concern for many businesses because this has the potential to cause a security hack and not only damage a company’s reputation, but cost large sums of money to fix. With the advancements in technology, it is important to always ensure that your data and client’s information is secure. Using a trusted professional is a great way to make sure your network protection is secure and up to date.

Business Resource Partners is proud to announce our full service IT Department! Our newest BRP addition, Mason Reid will be the head of our IT division. After serving five years in the United States Marine Corp, Mason is bringing his technical knowledge to you and your business. He is trained in computer, telephone, and network repair.
We are offering a variety of custom IT services for you and your business and have included a flyer with a list of customized services.
For an introductory offer, and to  or to set up an appointment, please give us a call at (321) 236-2771.

Goodbye QuickBooks 2014!

Starting on May 31st, 2017, users of QuickBooks 2014 will not have access to certain features and add-on services. This will include all versions of QuickBooks Desktop (Pro, Premier, Enterprise Solutions, Accountant Edition, and Mac). If you do not use the add-ons, your product will still work but you will not be able to subscribe to live technical support or any other intuit service.

What does this mean for you?

  1. You will need to upgrade to the latest version of QuickBooks as soon as possible if your products are being affected by this change.
  2. Access to the following will no longer be available after May 31st: Desktop Payroll Service, Live Support, Online Backup, Online Banking, etc.
  3. QuickBooks will notify affected customers in advanced by mail or e-mail. Keep an eye out for any additional information or updates that may affect you.
Below is a table provided by Quickbooks that further explains what services will be discontinued
Fully Supported Products Products & Services to be discontinued after May 31, 2017
QuickBooks Desktop Pro & Premier ’15, ’16, ’17
 QuickBooks Desktop Pro & Premier 2014
(General Business, Contractor, Manufacturing &  Wholesale, Nonprofit, Professional Services, and Retail)
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac ’16, ’15  QuickBooks Desktop for Mac 2014
QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions ’17, ’16, ’15  QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions 14
QuickBooks Desktop Accountant ’15, ’16. ’17  QuickBooks Premier Accountant Edition 2014

Image Provided by intuit QuickBooks Online Learn and Support

Business Resource Partners is updated with the latest version of QuickBooks online & Quickbooks Proadvisor for all years and versions. Our knowledgeable staff is ready to help with your QuickBooks Desktop or QuickBooks online needs. Give us a call to schedule an appointment or stop by our office! (321) 236-2771
310 Almond Street Clermont, FL 34711

Visit our Services page to see what BRP can do for your business!

Starting a Business is More Than Just an Idea!!

About two months ago, I met a young man full of enthusiasm to start his own business providing lawn services. The momentum was lost after a few weeks and he abandoned the idea. You may think he gave up, however, it was the capital that dried up. He purchased a used trailer that ended up using all his financial resources in repairs.

Starting any business is more than an idea – it is a combination of the idea, the working capital, the resources, the business environment, and the government rules and regulations. By following the basic startup steps, you are not guaranteed success, however, the likelihood increases significantly when you follow these steps.

  1. Create a Business Plan
  2. Secure financing for your business
  3. Decide on the legal structure
  4. Register your Business
  5. Register for the federal and state taxes
  6. Get your business licenses and permits
  7. Understand your responsibilities as an Employer

 

Contact your BRP Business Development team today to help you with your business startup! (321) 236-2771.

310 Almond Street, Clermont FL 34711

 

“NEW” IRS Collection Tactic

The IRS has sent us an interesting article that will affect many tax payers, we wanted to share this with you before the end of tax season.

Starting this month, the IRS will be using four private-sector collection agencies (PCA) to collect unpaid tax debts on the government’s behalf. This is authorized under a federal law that was enacted by congress in December of 2015. These are tax debts that are not currently being worked on and were assessed years ago. If a tax payer is being assigned to a private firm, there would have been multiple attempts to contact by the IRS in the past years.

  • How is this going to work?

The IRS will send an official letter to the tax payer and his or her tax representative informing them that they will be assigned to a PCA and will be given the name and contact information for the PCA. This mailing will also include a copy of Publication 4518 of what to expect.

Once your letter is sent, the designated private firm will send a letter to the tax payer with information that will assure that the transfer and all future collection calls are legitimate.

Important: The PCA are authorized to discuss payment options and payment agreements. However, all payments must be made directly to the IRS via check, or electronically. Never make a payment to a private firm or anyone besides the IRS or U.S Treasury. For more info on payment options, click here.

For a list of the agencies selected, visit this page.

  • Prepare for phone scams!

There will be scammers who jump at this opportunity to pose as PCA employees. It is important to know that these agencies will only be assigned if you owe money from previous tax years. You will be made aware about these PCAs before you hear from them.

The IRS or PCA will never:

  1. Call to demand immediate payment using a specific method such as prepaid card or wire transfer
  2. Threaten to call local police or other law-enforcement groups
  3. Demand payment without the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed
  4. Ask for any credit or debit card numbers over the phone

You don’t need to wait for a call or letter from the IRS! It is important to always come forward and pay what you owe, or set up a payment plan. For a list of ways to take advantage of this, visit IRS.gov.Tax filing deadline is approaching soon! Business Resource Partners has an Enrolled Agent on staff who will directly represent you to the IRS if ever needed. We would be happy to prepare and file your business and personal taxes! Give us a call to set up an appointment (321) 236-2771 or visit us at 310 Almond Street Clermont, FL 3711.

Need More Time to Pay Your Taxes?

Your taxes should always be filed on time regardless of whether or not you can pay what you owe. This prevents you from having to pay a penalty.
If you cannot pay your taxes in full by the April 18th deadline, here are four things you should know according to the IRS.
  1. File on time & pay as much as possible:

You have the option of paying online, by phone, or with the IRS2Go App. Visit this page for electronic payment options.

  1. Get Loan or use a credit card to pay the tax:

The interest and penalties by the IRS for failure to pay are higher than the interest rates of a bank or credit card company. For your credit card options, click here.

  1. Use Online Payment Agreement Tool:

Get ahead! Plan for your payments using the IRS Online Payment Agreement Tool. You may also file Form 9465 which is the Installment Agreement Request with your tax return. This allows you to set up a direct debit agreement and not have to worry about sending a check each month.

  1. Don’t Ignore a Tax Bill:

The IRS may take collection action when you ignore a tax bill. The best option is to call the number on the bill and talk about payment options.

Beginning in 2017, all taxpayers using a software product for the first time may need their Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) from their prior year’s tax return to verify identity. To learn how to verify identity and electronically signing your return, visit this page.

For all your present and future tax needs, Business Resource Partners is more than happy to provide you with tax preparation and filing.  Our Enrolled Agent will directly represent you to the IRS if ever needed. Our office also offers Payroll Services, HR, Virtual office space, and more! Call us to set up your appointment at (321) 236-2771, or visit us at 310 Almond Street Clermont FL 34711.