Sunday, February 18, 2018

Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker - Fixing Payroll Problems

Aloha!!

 

Payroll and HR issues can be very challenging for a small business. These guys fix that chaos and make it easy.  And possibly save you money as well. 

 

Here is the link to this week's Business in Hawaii - https://youtu.be/CuX3HEWbrqE?t=26

 

And here is the link to the current Hawaii Reporter article - http://wp.me/p8dr7Y-28Gb

 

As we all know, tax season is in full swing.  This year is more challenging than ever due to the Tax Cut and Jobs Act passed last December. Not only do we need to deal with current tax preparation we need to figure out how the new rules will impact 2018 estimated tax payments.  And there is much confusion on exactly what congress intended in some areas of the so called "tax reform".  Stay tuned as this tax reform unfolds during the next year or so.  Here is a link to the very lively Tax Reform debate Jay Fidel (Founder of Think Tech Hawaii) and I had on January 30.  https://youtu.be/JKqQ6n3m738?t=27

 

Till next week,

 

RB

 

Reg Baker

Host of Business in Hawaii

& Small Business Advocate

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Business in Hawaii and the Hawaii's SBDC

Aloha!!

 

Hawaii's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has a huge impact on the health of small business in Hawaii.  Watch the show and see how the SBDC can help your business too! 

 

 

Have a safe and warm weekend and see you on Thursday,

 

RB

 

Reg Baker

Host of Business in Hawaii

& Small Business Advocate

Phone: (808) 753-6026

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Trump's Tax Reform Act Debated - Pro's and Con's

Aloha –

 

What was supposed to be an interview about Tax Reform turned into a very lively and pointed political debate (not what I was expecting).  Jay Fidel, founder of Think Tech Hawaii and Reg Baker, Small Business Advocate, go head to head to debate the pros and cons of the 2017 tax reform act.

 

If you want to hear both sides of the tax reform movement, this is the video to watch!

 

https://youtu.be/JKqQ6n3m738?t=27

 

All the best!

 

RB

 

Reg Baker

Host of Business in Hawaii

& Small Business Advocate

Phone: (808) 753-6026

eFax: (866) 728-5419

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker - Controlling SMB Regulations

Aloha!

 

Business regulations in Hawaii are certainly a challenge.  But there is a way to voice your frustration and potentially make changes.  This weeks show highlights Hawaii's Small Business Regulatory Review Board and how they can help make it easier for SMB's to stay compliant.  Here is the link:

 

 

Also, remote workers getting more popular every day!  Check out my recent Hawaii Business Magazine article on the topic below. 

 

 

Till next week!

 

Mahalo nui loa,

 

RB

 

Reg Baker, CPA PFS

Small Business Advocate

Phone: (808) 753-6026

eFax: (866) 728-5419

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker - Preparing High School Students for Successful Careers & Tax Scam Season

Aloha!

 

This week's show was very enlightening and exciting.  Shayne Greenland, the Academy Principal for Business at Campbell High School (he largest high school in Hawaii located on the west side of Oahu – think Ewa and Kapolei) told us how he and his team are getting the students ready for entering the workforce and being successful.  This includes internships, work study, learning a trade and college.  What a great program and something all high school (Kauai already doing this) should be offering.  Congrats Campbell High School!

 

 

Also, tax season is here and so are the tax scams!  These scammers are out in full force and using very aggressive tactics to get you to give them your money.  Do not fall for these scams!  Steve Pingree, one of the leading tax defense attorney's in Hawaii, offers some very sage advice:

 

  • The IRS never calls people to collect money. 
  • The IRS never threatens jail or bank seizure over the phone. 
  • The IRS never demands debit card info or money orders. 
  • Repeat IRS never telephones people—hang up immediately 👍

 

Finally, this was the lead story on KHON Fox Tuesday night (some may have already seen this) about the scams currently hitting Hawaii.  Very serious situation, especially for our Kapuna (elderly).  The scammers are very aggressive and pushing for an immediate payment or they threaten jail or bank account seizure.  Never pay by phone.  Never meet an IRS agent anywhere other than in clearly identifiable IRS offices.  And always be skeptical. 

http://khon2.com/2018/01/16/beware-scams-by-thieves-posing-as-the-irs/

Please listen carefully to my commentary warning of the risk and pass the word to warn everyone of this very aggressive scam.

Mahalo nui loa

RB

 

Reg Baker

Host of Business in Hawaii

& Small Business Advocate

Phone: (808) 753-6026

eFax: (866) 728-5419

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Beware of Aggressive IRS Scams - KHON Fox News Lead Story

Aloha –

 

This was the lead story on KHON Fox last night at 10:00.  Very serious situation, especially for our Kapuna (elderly).  The scammers are very aggressive and pushing for an immediate payment or they threaten jail or bank account seizure.  Never pay by phone.  Never meet an IRS agent anywhere other than in clearly identifiable IRS offices.  And always be skeptical. 

 

http://khon2.com/2018/01/16/beware-scams-by-thieves-posing-as-the-irs/

 

Listen carefully to my commentary warning of the risk and pass the word to warn everyone of this very aggressive scam.

 

Aloha,

 

RB

 

Reg Baker, CPA PFS

Small Business Advocate

Phone: (808) 753-6026

eFax: (866) 728-5419

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker - State of Hawaii Technology Update

Aloha –

 

State of Hawaii CIO Todd Nacapuy and I discuss technology upgrades and Hawaii's Department of Taxation tax systems. What a challenge he has!!  And then add a massive tax reform package and watch out!!  Good luck Todd. 

 

This week's Show link - https://youtu.be/3Ir9sXC9RPk?t=30

 

Everyone have a great 2018!!

 

RB

 

Reg Baker

Host of Business in Hawaii

& Small Business Advocate

Phone: (808) 753-6026

eFax: (866) 728-5419

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