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A Guide To Form 990 For Tax-Exempt Organizations

What is Form 990? Although many nonprofit organizations are exempt from paying federal taxes, the IRS requires tax-exempt organizations to file Form 990 for informational purposes. The IRS uses this informational return to determine whether you're still exempt from...

5 Critical Tax Tips For Nonprofits in 2019

No one enjoys filing taxes, but it can be especially problematic for nonprofits. Many nonprofits focus on their cause so much that they neglect proper organization. As a result, they deal with disorganized records and systems, and a lack of clarity around tax issues....

THE SMART BUSINESS OWNER’S LIST OF TAX DEDUCTIONS

For a business owner, taxes can be overwhelming and cumbersome. Tax deductions allow you to save thousands of dollars each year on your taxes and make tax filing a much more bearable experience. In this post, we'll list some of the tax deductions you can use to...

The Smart Business Owner’s List Of Tax Credits

One of the best ways to cut costs as a business owner is to take advantage of all the tax deductions and tax credits for which you're eligible. As a business owner, you're concerned with the bottom line--increasing your net profits. That probably means you spend most...

PRESS RELEASE: Cassidy Jakovickas, CPA of Fresno, CA Appointed to Intuit’s Accountant Council

Select Panel Advises on Products and Services that Accountants and Their Clients Want Most             FRESNO, CALIFORNIA – June 4, 2019 –Today, Intuit, Inc (Nasdaq: INTU) announced that Cassidy...

Beyond The Numbers: What We’ve Been Reading

Although our team loves using numbers and spreadsheets to help our clients make the best financial decisions, we also enjoy reading great books. Staying well read on both fiction and non-fiction books helps us hone our imagination and introduces us to new, sometimes...

Looking Back At April

It’s hard to believe that we’re at the end of April, but it’s true! This month, we helped our clients wrap up another great (and busy) tax season. There was, as always, a lot of paperwork, emails, and nail-biting involved in the days preceding April 15, but that’s all...

5 Last-Minute Tips For Filing Taxes in 2019

Well, April 15 is almost here, and the tax-related panic is thick. If you haven’t filed your 2018 tax paperwork and are rushing to get your taxes in by the deadline, we’ve decided to give you some last-minute tax advice that will hopefully help ease your stress....

An Introduction To Cybersecurity for Business Owners

Keeping your sensitive business and customer data secure has never been more critical. Whether you are a small business or a national corporation, you can't relax your defenses against those criminals seeking to take advantage of lazy cybersecurity policies. Virtually...

March News Roundup

Wow! It seems like we just started March and we’re already moving into April! As we move into the final stretch of tax season, we’re recapping this month’s news for you, just in case you missed it amid the tax-related hubbub. MBS Accountancy: November Review This...

5 Ways to Keep Your Data and Privacy Safe Online

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2018 has been the year of data breaches and new scams. It seems as though a new company comes out every day with news of an internal or external data breach and an apology. While hackers and scammers are nothing new, it seems that they are more determined than ever to trick you out of your money or information. From IRS impersonations to email phishing campaigns, these criminals are certainly coming up with new ways to grab your information. At MBS Accountancy, we value security and protect our clients’ information with high-grade security measures. Beyond our security measures as a company, however, we recognize that information security is a personal matter as well. To help you protect your information, we’ve listed some basic, yet effective, ways to keep your online accounts and information safe.

Use a password manager

Using a password manager helps you to secure your accounts with passwords that are complex and hacker-resistant. It can also help you to vary your passwords for your online accounts by generating random passwords for each one. Passwords that are 16 characters or longer and contain a mix of alphanumeric and special characters are recommended for optimal security.

Use 2-factor authentication

Using 2FA for your accounts is simple: when you log into your online account, a code is sent to you (through text, email, or mobile app) that you must verify before accessing your account. Although 2FA gives you an additional login step, it is highly recommended that you set it up on all of your online accounts. Every extra step in the login process impedes hackers from easily gaining access to your account.

Avoid phishes

A popular way that scammers steal passwords and other information is to phish
(request information for malicious purposes) through email for usernames and passwords. Instead of clicking on the link within an email, call the company directly or visit the company’s official site and check your account for notification.

Use Social Media with Caution

There is nothing wrong with using a Facebook account, Instagram, or SnapChat account to stay in contact with friends and family. It is important to always be aware of what you post in your online account; don’t post sensitive or embarrassing information and regularly check your account’s privacy settings. We recommend changing your password to something secure every few months.

Cautiously Pay Online

When entering payment information online, always make sure that the site’s address shows a lock icon or is “HTTPS”, rather than only “HTTP”. Sparing the technical details and jargon, “HTTPS” is more secure than “HTTP” and is used by legitimate companies to protect your payment information.

Secure Your Financial Information

At MBS Accountancy, we have decades of experience in the financial industry and use our knowledge to help you and your company succeed. When dealing with your company‘s finances, it is important to choose trusted professionals who care about the security of your information as much as you do! We demonstrate our strong belief in information security by taking every possible measure to secure our network and business infrastructures from malicious acts. You can be sure that, whether it’s accounting or tax preparation, you’re in trusted hands with MBS Accountancy!

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