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MSA Presents at NCACPA Student Night

On Monday, February 10, 2020, the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (NCACPA) hosted a student night for the Hickory area. There was a great turnout of students and professionals. Attending students represented high schools from the surrounding counties, along with Appalachian State University, Lenoir Rhyne University, and Catawba Valley Community College. Gold sponsor, Martin Starnes & Associates, …

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IRS Annual “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams

Did you know the IRS has a “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams? Unfortunately, as a taxpayer, we need to always be on guard for the emails, text messages and phone calls from imposters who are trying to steal our identity and personal tax information.   Click here to review the list. Source: Internal Revenue Service  

Time to Get Your Tax Records Organized!

Once again tax season is upon us – are you ready? January is the month you receive most of your important tax information used to file your income tax returns. Please click here and scroll down to the heading (Gather Documents & Organize Tax Records) to learn more about this important process to make your …

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NCDOR 2019 NC-3 Penalty for Late Filings

North Carolina Department of Revenue (NCDOR) requires 2019 Form NC-3, Annual Withholding Reconciliation, to be filed by January 31, 2020. Form NC-3 has an electronic filing requirement via the NCDOR website; however, the NCDOR has issued an automatic waiver of the penalty for failure to file the 2019 Form NC-3, along with required W-2 and 1099 statements, …

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I Have a Dream

On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr, American Civil Rights Activist, delivered a message during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, he called for civil and economic rights and an end to racism in the United States in front of thousands of civil rights supporters. While …

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New Year, New CPA Licensure Model

The new year is bringing a plethora of changes to the accounting industry, including a potential CPA licensure change. The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) have created the CPA Evolution project in response to the need for an evolving licensure model. The initiative’s …

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The Redesigned Form W-4 is Ready to Use!

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has redesigned Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate, and it is now available for employers to use when hiring new employees beginning January 1, 2020. This form was redesigned to replace complicated worksheets with something that is easier to understand and use. As an employee, if you have furnished the Form W-4 to …

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MSA Exceeds NCACPA 100 Days of Service Goal

In honor of the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (NCACPA) 100th Anniversary, they introduced 100 Days of Service.  MSA took this 100 Days of Service literally with our personal goal to complete 100 Acts of Service. Employees were encouraged to participate in acts of kindness individually and as a group with the idea that each one …

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Common Tax Errors for Small Businesses

We have lots of checklists, especially this time of year, but taking time to consider these common mistakes could help you avoid penalties and keep you off the IRS naughty list. Click here to read how you can avoid these mistakes. Source: Internal Revenue Service