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December 31st is just around the corner…

December 31, 2019 is right around the corner and you know what that means…it could very well be the last day to update some things that could impact your 2019 tax return. Click here to learn more about this important topic.Source: Internal Revenue Service

MSA Attends Etiquette and Networking Event

On November 21, 2019, MSA employees Maria Gray and Shanon Stanbury represented Martin Starnes and Associates at the Lenoir-Rhyne University Etiquette and Networking event. This event was centered around teaching students how to conduct themselves in a meal and network setting with perspective or current employers. Maria and Shanon, in addition to other corporate sponsor …

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MSA Attends 2019 Women’s Leadership Conference – GROW

On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, over 500 women attended the Women’s Leadership Conference “Grow,” sponsored by the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce at the Hickory Metro Convention Center. A group of women from MSA attended this all-day event with much excitement and anticipation. The day included vendors, exhibit hall, breakfast, lunch, break-out workshops, inspirational and …

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Shopping Tips to Protect Electronic Devices

December 2, 2019, began this year’s National Tax Security Awareness Week warning holiday shoppers to secure their computers and mobile phones. Open the link below to see how you can reduce the threat of identity theft. Shopping Tips Source: Internal Revenue Service

401(k) Contribution Limits are Increased for 2020

Are you maximizing your contribution to your retirement plan? We generally recommend that you do.  The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) increased contribution amounts for 2020, so read this article to understand your limitations. Submitted by: Frank Williams Source: Internal Revenue Service

Tips to Make Your Tax Season a Little Less Stressful

For the most part, none of us like paying taxes. Unfortunately, it is something that must be done; therefore, it is in our best interest to make sure we get the most out of it.  Doing your due diligence on hiring an accountant, filing a 1099, or utilizing accelerated depreciation methods such as section 179 or bonus, …

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MSA Participates in Walk to End Alzheimer’s

On Saturday October 26th, a group of 12 MSA employees, family members, and furry friends took part in the Hickory Walk to End Alzheimer’s. This is the fifth year in a row that MSA employees participated in the event that took place at the L.P. Frans Stadium in Hickory. The Walk to End Alzheimer’s event …

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Proposed W-4 Design for 2020 Unveiled

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a draft of the 2020 Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate. Taxpayers are reminded that this draft is not for current use and that the final Form W-4 should be available later in 2020, until then, employers are encouraged to use the current Form W-4. The IRS recommends taxpayers …

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MSA Employees Medal at Oktoberfest 5k

Each year during the second week of October, the downtown area of Hickory, otherwise known as Union Square, holds Oktoberfest to celebrate the strong German heritage in the area. This year brought about the thirty-fourth year for the festival. Street vendors and store owners brought out their finest wares for the occasion. There was everything from delicious food …

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2019 Accounting Today’s Best Accounting Firms to Work for

Martin Starnes & Associates, CPAs, P.A. was recently named as one of the 2019 Accounting Today’s Best Accounting Firms to Work for, ranking 3rd in midsized firms across the nation who employ between 50 and 249 people.  Accounting Today has partnered with Best Companies Group to identify companies that have excelled in creating quality workplaces …

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