February 1, 2018
With the occurrence of cybercrimes affecting businesses increasing daily, many companies are looking for outside expertise to help them mitigate their risks. If your company has never engaged a cybersecurity professional before, you may be unsure of what to look for. The IRS suggests businesses use the following four steps when evaluating and selecting a cybersecurity professional:
1. Ask other business owners or professionals for recommendations and references.
2. Keep trust at the forefront of your selection process. Since any cybersecurity professional you hire will have access to sensitive data and systems within your organization, it is essential that you feel comfortable granting such access to them.
3. When interviewing candidates, make sure you learn how much experience they have in data protection. The IRS suggests asking questions such as:
4. Once you have identified the cybersecurity professional or firm that you wish to engage, make sure that you execute a written agreement or engagement letter to ensure both parties understand how you will be working together.
For businesses that do not have an internal resource to help them safeguard their sensitive data and computer systems, hiring an independent cybersecurity professional or firm can be a wise decision. If your business decides to engage this type of resource, use the steps above to help you find the right fit for your company’s unique needs.
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For many business owners, September tends to bring a bit of a slowdown. The chaos of getting kids prepared for going back to school has passed, and a focus on saving money tends to kick in as people prepare for the coming holiday spend. Combined, this can often translate into a lull for business owners.
This is a friendly reminder that the Q3 tax estimate payment deadline is coming up fast. Be sure to make your payment by September 15, 2018 to avoid penalties. Currently, penalties for late or no payment average about 4 percent. And wouldn’t you rather keep that money in your pocket?
According to new rules from the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, meals and entertainment tax-deductible expenses for businesses have undergone considerable reform. Because the explanations of new deduction guidelines can be confusing, we’ve created this brief outline for you. A visit with your accounting professional to ensure your Chart of Accounts is correct may also be beneficial.