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Expanding the Role of Optometry into Primary Health Care and Beyond

As obvious and invasive conditions that can have a dramatic effect on a person's ability to function normally, eye problems often cause those affected to seek professional help. This allows the roughly 40,000 optometrists practicing in the United States today to have over 100 million patient interactions each year.

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Evaluating Staff Efficiency and How to Make It Better

If your medical practice always seems behind on work and payroll is always over budget, you might have a problem with your capacity or staffing plan. One of the key behaviors that separates good optometric practices from great optometric practices is a good staffing plan.

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Important Update: 1099 Reporting for 2018

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015 requires Forms 1099-MISC reporting non-employee compensation (NEC) in box 7 to be filed by January 31.

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Optometry Practices: Expense Benchmarks

If your current goal is to maximize your optometry practice’s bottom line, then it is vital to regularly assess the information you have on hand to make important strategic decisions.

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Three Options for Paying a New Associate Optometrist

There are roughly two optometrists per ophthalmologist in the US, so they are in good supply and ready to recruit. The base wage for an optometrist are relatively stagnant compared to the rising wages of an ophthalmologist, but just how much should you offer your new associate?

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A Guide on How to Hire a New Optometrist for Your Practice

Hiring a new optometrist can help to build the practice, but it may also bring a lot of change. It’s a big decision to make, but here is a simple step-by-step plan to make it work. If it really doesn’t work out though, the steps even include a way to back out.

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Importance of Proper Accounting Records for an Optometry Practice

Regardless of the size of your optometry practice, proper accounting records are essential. But rather than just being a series of accounts that guide you when tax deadlines fall, your monthly financial records are valuable and insightful documents.

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Updated IRS Withholding Calculator

In late 2017 Congress passed a major tax bill called the TCJA, which resulted in lower total Federal income taxes for many Americans. Most Americans pay their Federal income tax through withholding taxes taken out of your check every pay period, and at the end of the year many people find that they have overpaid and receive a nice Federal tax refund.

The law change this year will...

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More than 2 million ITINs to expire this year

With more than 2 million Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) set to expire at the end of 2018, the Internal Revenue Service today urged affected taxpayers to submit their renewal applications soon to beat the rush and avoid refund delays next year.

In the third year of the renewal program, the IRS has increased staffing to handle the anticipated influx of W-7...

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New paid sick leave requirements starting Jan 1 2018

Starting January 1, 2018, employers in Washington will be required to provide their employees with paid sick leave. Caro & Associates clients will see the new sick time accrual be added to their employees. Please contact us with any questions.

Accrual Summary

Paid sick leave must accrue at a minimum rate of one hour of paid sick leave for every 40...

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WA State minimum wage climbing to $11 in 2017

The minimum wage in Washington will increase to $11 an hour starting on Jan. 1, 2017. Since the recent election, the Department of Labor & Industries has received scores of calls asking for clarity on the details of the new law.

The new minimum wage, a result of the passage of Initiative 1433, applies to all jobs, including those in agriculture. Workers under 16 years old can be...

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Standard Mileage Rates Decrease in 2016

Jose Diaz Caro

The IRS issued the 2016 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical, or moving purposes.

Beginning on January 1, 2016, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:

(1) 54 cents per mile driven for business...

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Year-End Tax Planning Tips

Jose Diaz Caro

Just as the daylight hours are getting shorter, so is the time for fine tuning any last-minute strategies to lower your 2015 tax bill. While year-end legislation extending certain expired tax benefits may still come to pass and be of benefit to you, there are other options we should explore for potentially lowering your taxes. Often, the correct steps to take will depend on whether you see...

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Requirement to File Forms 1099

Jose Diaz Caro

The IRS has begun focusing heavily on taxpayer compliance with information reporting laws and in just a few short years, Congress has sharply increased the penalties for compliance failures not once, but twice. The penalty for each Form 1099 missed is now $250, a five-fold increase from the original $50 penalty.

Generally, any person, including a corporation, partnership, individual,...

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City of Seattle Minimum Wage Going Up Jan 1st 2016

Jose Diaz Caro

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Tips for Starting a Business

Jose Diaz Caro

When you start a business, a key to your success is to know your tax obligations. You may not only need to know about income tax rules but also about payroll tax rules. Here are four tax tips that can help you get your business off to a good start.

1. Structure. An early choice you need to make is to decide on the type of structure for your business. The most common...

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Our New Website

Jose Diaz Caro

Caro & Associates is excited to announce the recent launch of our firm’s new website. We’ve been working very hard to enhance our website and give our firm a fresh look. We’ve also continued to research and identify the latest and greatest technologies to improve the services we provide and ensure we continue to meet your needs.

Take a moment to look around...

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