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Accountants CPA Hartford: William Brighenti, CPA: A New Kind of Accounting Firm Opens Its Doors in Hartford, Connecticut

Started Oct 19, 2009 0 Replies

William Brighenti, CPA, and Carole Romatis, Quickbooks bookkeeper, have teamed up to form a new kind of accounting firm: Accountants CPA Hartford. What’s so different about it? Rather than operating out of a plush expensive office in downtown Hartford, Connecticut, it operates out of a small office in Berlin, a suburb of Connecticut’s capital, and relies largely on electronic technology to offer its accounting services. “By using remote access and webconference rooms (featuring whiteboards, webcams, microphones, Skype, and chat)”, Carole Romatis asserts, “Accountants CPA Hartford can provide services to clients more efficiently and effectively. Businesses require accounting support now rather than later. A visit tomorrow leads to costly downtime and—even worse—bills not being processed and cash inflow being delayed. Clients sometimes wait days for their accountants to come to their office and assist them with their accounting problems. Moreover, they are relieved of the expense of the public accountants' traveling time and automobile expenses, dramatically reducing their accounting bills.”Carole believes that since this is the age of information, accounting firms need to update their technology and their way of conducting business in order to make their services more affordable, timely, effective, and efficient. Both Carole and Bill feel that remote access services and fully equipped webconference rooms add an immediency to the accessibility of the firm's services and improve, rather than lessen, personal service. “By using remote access and webconference rooms with webcams, microphones, whiteboards, Skype, and chat, we are now virtually available 24/7. Equally as important, this advanced electronic technology lowers our costs of conducting our operations, thereby allowing us to charge fees one-half of those charged by other accountants in our area. It’s a win-win for us and our clients.”“What’s equally…Continue

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Retirement Plans: Which is the best plan for a very small business?

Started Oct 12, 2009 0 Replies

I wrote an article on Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) Plan, and while doing the research, I saw some information on solo 401(k) plans. Are they better than the SEP plan in terms of tax advantages, administration, etc.?William Brighenti, Certified Public Accountant, Accountants CPA HartfordContinue

Construction Gain/Fade Analysis

Started Sep 28, 2009 0 Replies

I'm interested in new templates for Construction Gain/Fade Analyses. Anyone have one?William Brighenti, CPA, Hartford Accountants CPAContinue

Tags: firms, construction, accounting, Hartford, public

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It's Deductible!

It's Deductible! So why complain? Whenever my clients complain endlessly about their expenses and my bills, I send them this video clip from the movie, "My Blue Heaven", where Betty Grable and Dan Dailey sing this cute ditty from Hollywood City, "It's Deductible".  Music was composed by Harold Arlen and lyrics were written by Ralph Blane.So when your clients complain about their expenses, and your bills, just…See More
May 14, 2012
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Are you having issues with Intuit and QuickBooks ProAdvisor Support?

by the Barefoot AccountantI have been having serious customer service issues with…See More
Jan 3, 2012
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Tax Inequity in the United States?

by the Barefoot Accountant The Barefoot Accountant recently interviewed Susan Bysiewicz, a Connecticut Democratic primary candidate for the United States Senate in 2012, on the pocketbook issues facing middle class Americans. In part 3 of the interview, Susan Bysiewicz addresses the inequity of the tax laws in the United States today and and how the Bush tax breaks have contributed $2.6 trillion to our national debt as well as…See More
Dec 6, 2011
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My 0-0-0 tax plan

The Barefoot Accountant's 0-0-0 Tax Plan:  the panacea for all that ails America!           Hey, I got the answer for the18% poverty rate in America, 47 million without health insurance, 26 million unemployed, one-third of the homeowners in default of their mortgages, property values plummeting 30% since 2006, $15 trillion national debt, $1.6 trillion spent in the middle east, armies in Iraq and Afghanistan, Iran's development…See More
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We have the best tax code that money can buy

On August 5th, the Barefoot Accountant interviewed Susan Bysiewicz, who is seeking the Connecticut Democratic candidacy for the United States Senate.  Part I of the interview, How to Create Jobs, is available on the Barefoot Accountant's website, where a video and a complete transcript has been published.Part II of the interview, involving her views on free trade…See More
Sep 3, 2011
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Warren Buffett: "Stop Coddling the Super-Rich". Is Warren Buffett the Tax Man?

brought to you by the Barefoot Accountant  Billionaire investor Warren Buffett, chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA, Fortune 500), wrote in an op-ed piece published Sunday,  Augsut 14, 2011, in The New York Times that taxes should be raised on Americans who make at least $1 million per year.  In the event that you did not read the article, I provide it for you below."OUR leaders have asked for “shared sacrifice.” But…See More
Aug 16, 2011
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The Barefoot Accountant interviews Connecticut Senatorial candidate, Susan Bysiewicz

Susan Bysiewicz interviewed by the Barefoot Accountant.... Susan Bysiewicz is running in the Democratic primary for Senator of Connecticut. William Brighenti, "the Barefoot Accountant", requested the opportunity to interview Susan Bysiewicz and Chris Murphy, the two leaders in the Democratic primary race for…See More
Aug 12, 2011
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Even Warren Buffett says, raise taxes on the wealthy

It's time to raise taxes on the rich.  Prior to 1980, the highest marginal tax rate was never below 75%.  In the 1950s, it was 91%.  Those decades after World War II and before 1980 were America's greatest economic years of prosperity.  The American middle class flourished.  Our national debt prior to 1980 was about $800 billion.Since 1980, the wealthiest individuals have quadrupled their wealth, while the incomes of the middle class have shrunk in real terms.  Real unemployment is now between…See More
Jul 25, 2011
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Accountants: Are They Born or Made?

by the Barefoot AccountantOn the website, "Best Colleges Online.Net", an anonymous author named "admin" posted an article on August 8, 2010 entitled, "10 Ways to Know You Were Born to Be an Accountant", as if accountants are born and not made.  That article brings to mind that age-old argument of whether you were doomed to be a gloomy bean counter or whether you were made, crafted, chosen, or forced by someone (your mother?) to…See More
Jul 6, 2011
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Ye Gods, another bad experience with Intuit's ProSeries!

by the Barefoot AccountantI don't know who gave Intuit's ProSeries a 5-star rating because I give it a 0-star rating.  In fact, in my opinion, it sucks!I have great difficulty finding input sheets in ProSeries.  Unlike Lacerte, that has a very helpful table of contents, ProSeries leaves it to the user to find…See More
Jun 8, 2011
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Why your small business clients cannot obtain bank loans today

Are you puzzled why your small business clients have been unable to obtain loans today even though the Federal Reserve has lowered the Federal funds rate to virtually 0% (i.e., .25%) for the past couple of years?  As you know, the Fed has lowered the Fed funds rate to ease up on credit conditions in an effort to provide ready monies for small businesses to meet payroll and remain solvent and for consumers to pay their mortgages and avoid foreclosures on their homes.  And do you know what has…See More
May 28, 2011
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Are Banksters today's Untouchables?

I never missed an episode of the "Untouchables" on TV.  I would curl up on my Daddy's lap on the big ottoman in the living room every week and watch Elliot Ness in black-and-white take on all those bad guys, Al Capone, Frank Nitti, Bugs Moran, Bugsy Siegal...why were they always referred to as Bugs, I wondered as a child.  Was it because they were as elusive as Bugs Bunny, I…See More
May 18, 2011
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Best Buy proved to be the Worst Buy of my entire life.

Do you remember the days before the big chain stores when there was customer service? I can recall going to G. Fox and being waited on by a sales representative without sending out a search party. I can also recall a “no questions” asked policy of returning merchandise.About a month ago, during the crunch time of tax season, I…See More
May 14, 2011
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How to fix our American economy and create jobs: a 19 step approach

The Barefoot Accountant's fix for America's economy....You are accountants.  You are financial problem solvers.  You advise clients on their finances.  You show them not only how they are doing, but advise them on how to improve operations and profitability.  You are good at what you do.Our country is bleeding to…See More
Apr 29, 2011
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OK, Donald Trump's hair looks fake, but is he a fake Presidential candidate?

by the Barefoot Accountant Or maybe his hair just looks angry and that's why it appears so discombobulated whenever his puss is on the media, which has been very frequently lately.  No wonder he is leading the other Republican potential candidates for…See More
Apr 19, 2011
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Harvey on marketing an accounting firm and life in general

The Barefoot Accountant  On average it takes seven years to build a public accounting practice.  As many of you can testify, it’s not easy obtaining clients, even though we are bombarded hourly with emails from marketers promising, if not guaranteeing, instantaneous success.Many of us spend thousands of dollars for a website, containing…See More
Apr 1, 2011
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This group is for anyone interested in discussing issues involving construction accounting. Please feel free to post, ask a question, or make a suggestion.See More
Mar 28, 2011
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Monty Python on Auditors, Accountants, and Embezzlement

Provided by the Barefoot Accountant  If you love John Cleese, Michael Palin, and the rest of the gang from Monty Python as I do, and you are a Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Accountant, auditor, controller, accounting manager, or bookkeeper, then you will love this video and especially appreciate the amusing exchanges between this board of directors, which includes a member of the clergy, no less.  In case you have difficulty…See More
Mar 8, 2011

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About Me:
William Brighenti is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Valuation Analyst, and Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor with thirty years of experience, having begun his career in accounting in 1979. William holds a Master of Science in Professional Accounting degree from the University of Hartford, and attended the University of Connecticut and Central Connecticut State University for his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees, as well as Purdue University for his doctoral studies in accounting and quantitative methods in business. He has contributed articles on accounting and taxation to various professional journals, and has served on both the Board of Finance and Taxation as well as the City Plan Commission for the City of New Britain. Moreover, he has taught accounting at the University of Hartford, Central Connecticut State University, Hartford State Technical College, and Purdue University as well as GMAT and CPA examination preparation classes at Kaplan Educational Centers and Person-Wolinsky.

Bill writes a blog on various accounting, QuickBooks, and tax topics as the Barefoot Accountant at http://www.cpa-connecticut.com/blog/.
Company Name:
Accountants CPA Hartford: William Brighenti, Certified Public Accountant, Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, Certified Business Valuation Analyst
Software Expertise:
Quickbooks, Sage Master Builder, Timberline, Church Windows
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http://www.cpa-connecticut.com
Which other online communities do you actively participate in?
AccountingWeb, cpa-connecticut.com/blog/, Accountants World, Intuit Community
What are you interested in being contacted for?
I am developing a website primarily devoted to promoting technical articles interpreting and illustrating the various methodologies of accounting and tax pronouncements. I welcome articles, participation, comments, suggestions, and any feedback to articles appearing on my website.

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It's Deductible!

Posted on May 14, 2012 at 10:23pm 0 Comments

It's Deductible! So why complain?

Whenever my clients complain endlessly about their expenses and my bills, I send them this video clip from the movie, "My Blue Heaven", where Betty Grable and Dan Dailey sing this cute ditty from Hollywood City, "It's Deductible".  Music was composed by Harold Arlen and lyrics were written by Ralph…

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Are you having issues with Intuit and QuickBooks ProAdvisor Support?

Posted on January 3, 2012 at 3:30pm 0 Comments

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I have been having serious customer…

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Tax Inequity in the United States?

Posted on December 6, 2011 at 7:01am 0 Comments

by the Barefoot Accountant

The Barefoot Accountant recently interviewed Susan Bysiewicz, a Connecticut Democratic primary candidate for the United States Senate in 2012, on the pocketbook issues facing middle class Americans. In part 3 of the interview, Susan Bysiewicz addresses the inequity of the tax laws in the United States today and and how the Bush tax breaks have…

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My 0-0-0 tax plan

Posted on November 9, 2011 at 10:00pm 0 Comments

The Barefoot Accountant's 0-0-0 Tax Plan:  the panacea for all that ails America!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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