Submit current W-9s to avoid backup withholding

“The only constant in life is change.” This quote has been attributed to Greek philosopher Heraclitus, and between the sales and purchases of restaurants, transfers of ownership to Next Gens and spinoffs creating new organizations, most McDonald’s owner/operators would probably agree. Amidst all this change, it is important to make sure nothing falls through the […]

Go green: Save tax by saving energy at home

“Going green” at home — whether it’s your principal residence or a second home — can reduce your tax bill in addition to your energy bill, all while helping the environment, too. The catch is that, to reap all three benefits, you need to buy and install certain types of renewable energy equipment in the […]

Phishing scams are everywhere so be sure to know the signs

Whether it’s an email, a phone call or a solicitation through social media, scams abound and it’s up to all of us to be aware. While they take different forms using various platforms, most scams have a few things in common that can serve as tell-tale signs the communications are not legitimate. Some of the […]

Tax reform changes to employee benefits tax breaks: 4 negatives and a positive

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) includes many changes that affect tax breaks for employee benefits. Among the changes are four negatives and one positive that will impact not only employees but also the businesses providing the benefits. 4 breaks curtailed Beginning with the 2018 tax year, the TCJA reduces or eliminates tax breaks […]

Antares Group named Workplace Achiever of the Atlanta 2018 Top Workplaces Award

Antares Group, Inc., has been awarded a 2018 Top Workplaces, Workplace Achiever honor by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC (formerly WorkplaceDynamics), a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, […]

Year-end planning tips to help lower your tax bill

As the end of the year approaches, it is a good time to think of planning moves that will help lower your tax bill for this year and possibly the next. We have compiled a checklist of actions based on current tax rules that may help you save tax dollars if you act before year-end. […]

You’ve frozen your credit but you need a loan. Now what?

There’s bad news about the Equifax security breach, and then there’s more bad news, particularly for those looking at pursuing financing loans in the near future. The bad news is the most obvious: As a result of a security breach at Equifax, one of the big three credit bureaus, personal information of 143 million Americans […]

Family picnic

Our associates and their families enjoyed a beautiful day swimming, boating and eating good food at Brooks Lake in north Rockdale County. Here are some photos from the event:  

Sparkmon & Associates goes to college

Always looking to continue hiring the best and the brightest, Sparkmon & Associates, CPAs, has hit the college circuit this fall to attend various career fairs. We have been impressed with the caliber of students we have met, and hope to see some of them again soon!