HPC Blog

Work is a Beach!

By Bruce Phillips • August 27, 2015 at 8:00 AM •

As I sit working on the beach, IPad and iPhone in hand, I think about what everyone else is doing. Reading articles and blogs about how everything is going mobile.

Wondering if you can truly run your business from anywhere? I believe the answer is yes, and you will, too, at some point. 

Gone are the days of having to be in one place to work. Gone is the phrase, "I can't work today because those papers I need are are sitting on my desk 20 miles away". Or, "I can't see that electronic file because it's on a server in my office and I'm not there."

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Introducing Shelly Lingor, Director of Sales and Operations

By Bruce Phillips • August 11, 2015 at 7:43 AM • Company News

We’re pleased to welcome Shelly Lingor to the HPC team!

As Director of Sales and Operations, Shelly will take the lead in overseeing client engagement, implementation, and ongoing services.

“Bruce and the HPC team have been in the cloud accounting space for years. Their early adoption and expertise is what sets them apart. I’m thrilled to be joining such a great team,” says Shelly.

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Harshman Phillips and Company Expands Offerings with Acquisition of Cloudsourced Accounting

By Bruce Phillips • May 30, 2015 at 5:00 PM • Company News

Atlanta and San Francisco based accounting and advisory firm Harshman Phillips & Company (HPC) is pleased to announce its acquisition of Cloudsourced Accounting, a premier provider of cloud integration and online bookkeeping services with offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Boston. The acquisition will be effective July 1, 2015.

HPC, a CPA firm founded nearly 25 years ago, is a leading global provider of accounting and advisory services on the Xero accounting platform and add-on ecosystem. A Xero Platinum Partner, HPC offers clients a full back-office solution with staff who can fill needs from bookkeeper to controller to virtual CFO. From business consulting to tax planning and all forms of tax compliance, HPC has client accounting and tax needs covered.

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Announcement: Cloudsourced Accounting to join Harshman Phillips & Company

By Maria Sentic • May 28, 2015 at 12:56 PM • Company News

We are excited to announce that Cloudsourced Accounting is joining Atlanta and San Francisco-based accounting and advisory firm Harshman Phillips & Company (HPC). HPC, a CPA firm founded nearly 25 years ago, is a leading global provider of accounting and advisory services on the Xero accounting platform and add-on ecosystem.

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Navigating the April Sales Tax Due Dates “Perfect Storm”

By Mark Faggiano • April 9, 2015 at 10:51 AM • add-ons, TaxJar, sales tax

This is a guest post from TaxJar, making post-transaction sales tax compliance easy.

As you know, maintaining a business’ sales tax compliance is tedious and confusing. One of the most confusing issues with sales tax are due dates, because each seller’s due dates vary depending on their gross receipts and the state’s criteria.

One of your clients may only owe a sales tax filing annually in California, but quarterly in New York. And “quarterly due dates” mean different things to some states!

Also, if your client is a larger seller who uses drop shipping or a fulfillment service like FBA, they could be remitting sales tax to 16+ states.

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The Online Seller’s Quick and Dirty Guide to Sales Tax

By Mark Faggiano • February 10, 2015 at 8:00 AM • add-ons, TaxJar, e-commerce, sales tax

If you sell online, there’s about a 99.9999% chance you deal with sales tax. If you’re one of the lucky ones, your sales tax situation is easy. You live and run your business out of a single state and only sell on one online platform.

But as eCommerce grows and we expand out to multiple platforms and use savvy fulfillment strategies – like Amazon FBA – to grow our businesses, sales tax grows exponentially more complicated.

What do we mean? Here’s the nitty gritty you need to know about sales tax.

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7 Xero Setup Essentials!

By Bruce Phillips • February 5, 2015 at 7:11 AM • Xero, How To, Technology, business, Tips & Tricks, accounting

Using Xero can be a great experience and covering a few essential steps that are often missed will dramatically improve the user experience.

Our setup, conversion and integrations team has listed a few of these essential steps that many small businesses don’t do when creating their accounts:

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QuickBooks Online vs. Hosted QuickBooks Desktop Solutions

QuickBooks Online and QuickBooks Desktop may share the same name, but they’re entirely different products with different approaches to solving the same problems.

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Are you seeing all of your benefit options?

By Jed Davidson • January 28, 2015 at 8:30 AM • Small Business, HR

This is a guest post by Jed Davidson of Comprehensive Benefit Administrators.

Has your business investigated all of the available options for your employee benefits plan? With the changes in the employee benefits landscape, it is more important than ever that business owners investigate all of their options.

For most companies, the employee benefits plan is typically the second biggest budget item, right behind payroll. With health care costs continuing to rise with no end in sight, it is now more important than ever that you see all the options available to help reduce costs and gain efficiencies.

The role of the insurance broker has also changed in the last few years. Now, you have to be working with an expert in the field or you will fall behind. This article is going to provide a brief overview of the changing landscape of the employee benefits world. 

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Don’t Forget This Crucial Sales Tax Date

By Mark Faggiano • January 21, 2015 at 9:51 AM • cloud, Small Business Tips, add-ons, TaxJar, accounting solutions

Mark Faggiano is the founder and CEO of TaxJar, a service built to make post-transaction sales tax compliance easier for multi-channel ecommerce sellers.

You’ve worked hard all of 2014 to get your business to where you want it to be. You’ve sold a bunch of great products, come up with a big campaign that reached a whole new community, and connected with several customers on a personal level. 

So why do you feel like you’re missing something?

That’s probably because sales tax is rapidly sneaking up on you, ready to knock you over on your way to success. If you’re like many eCommerce sellers, you only have to deal with sales tax on an annual basis. But that means that  for annual sales tax, which means an entire year has passed by since you last dealt with it. This means it’s been a year since you’ve gone through this process.

Need a refresher? Here are the steps you need to take. 

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