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Helping you reach your personal & professional financial goals.

Have You Met With a Tax Advisor Recently?

Posted by Mark On March 15th

Do you have a standing appointment with a tax advisor?

Are you prepared for your next meeting?

Need some new ideas on investing and tax planning tips to discuss with your tax advisor?

Tax & Investment Plannig

Tax Planning

Each year brings multiple changes in tax planning. Today, the new method for financial planning for tax and investment is more focused on “spreading” income and expenses over a number of years. Understanding how you can accomplish this can become overwhelming.

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Is It Time to Hire a Certified Public Accountant?

Posted by Mark On October 27th

Are you considering a new business start-up? Makara & Associates, LLC

Is your business going through some difficult times financially?

Do you need guidance with your tax planning?

These are just a few of the reasons why people look to a CPA for direction with their businesses.

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Are you a small business owner?7 Things Every Small Business Owner Need to Know

Have you been considering starting a small business? 

Are you looking for guidelines that can help you build a solid foundation for your business?

Every business owner is faced with the same business questions at one time or another. Not dealing with the questions can cause problems, they can even create hurdles that can eventually put you out of business.

Being proactive allows you to grow your business on a solid foundation. Understanding these questions can make the difference of whether they become a problem.

Reviewing the seven things to know from our free eBook, 7 Things Every Business Owner Needs to Know, can help create a positive working environment which allows you to grow your business while tackling these potential problems.

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Are you satisfied with the success of your business?

Does your business get the attention to details that it needs?

Do you feel confident that you are addressing all the changes in today’s complex business world?Future Plannin

Whether you are an entrepreneur or an established business owner, you know the importance of engaging an accounting firm to prepare your compliance related documents.

However, it doesn’t stop there, as there are many other challenges in running your business operations that your accountant can assist you with.

When was the last time you met with your accountant?

Did you address your current business needs as well as plan for your future?

At Makara and Associates LLC, our Certified Public Accountants and Consultants are committed to education and cutting edge technologies that allow us to offer our clients superior services.

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Have you put off planning for your retirement because you find it daunting and intimidating? Are you familiar with the “3 Key Plans” you need to have in place to build a solid retirement plan?

Retirement Plan

Visualize yourself on a “three-legged stool”, each leg is a different plan that is vital to your retirement planning. All three legs have one thing in common – all of them need to support you! Each leg must be strong, balanced, and able to support you during your retirement.

So what are the three plans?

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Tax planning and investment planning are important to your financial future.

013 & Beyond Tax Planning

Staying on top of your financial plan and meeting with your tax and investment advisor more than once a year are beneficial steps to take now to…

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Tax and investment planning has always been an important part of any individuals financial future, however as the two calculations below show it has become more important and costly to ignore or “I will do it next year”.

 Capital Gains Tax Rate

This is the fifth installment of 2013 and Beyond Tax Planning
which can also be downloaded from our eBook library.
The ordinary income tax rate and LT capital gains tax rate have risen significantly in 2013. Having a conversation regarding your overall financial plan with your tax and investment advisor more than once a year can save tax dollars in the end an increase overall cash flow for your financial plan.

If you only come away with one thing after reading this eBook, understand spreading of income and expenses is the new method for financial planning (tax and investment). My suggestion would be…

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Tax Changes

This is the fifth installment of Tax Planning for Changing Times: 5 Things You Should Know which can also be downloaded as a free eBook.

There are several other provisions or tax changes that were set to expire on December 31, 2012, that you should be aware of. These changes include the following:

Real Estate & Divorce – Your Rights in the State of Florida

This is the tenth installment of “Divorce. What You Need to Think About from a Financial Perspective” which can be downloaded from our FREE eBook library.

The Marital Home

In Florida, “the marital home” is defined as the piece of real property where you and your spouse have spent the majority of your marital lives together. This property is considered a joint asset, and is subject to division according to the Florida statutes. Of course, the court makes the ultimate decision as to who gets the property. A number of factors are taken into consideration, such as:

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#9: Tax Preparation Timing During and After Divorce

Posted by Mark On September 20th

Timing Divorce

This is the ninth installment of “Divorce. What You Need to Think About from a Financial Perspective”which can be downloaded for FREE from

When preparing for tax filing during or after a divorce, the two dates I consider to be the most important are the date divorce petition was filed and December 31 of each year.

Pending divorces can often go on for more than one filing year.

Filing Date

In most states the filing date, by either party, is when you become financially separated. However, this is not true for every asset. Retirement plans are usually marked by the date of distribution and appreciating or depreciation assets (i.e. principle residence). This can be valued once an agreement is reached.

December 31st

December 31st is the last day of the tax year. It is the determining factor in a couple’s filing status. If you are legally married on December 31, you have two options when it comes to filing tax returns.

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