Author Archives: Brenda J. McGivern, CPA

About Brenda J. McGivern, CPA

Brenda McGivern started her own certified public accounting and management consulting firm in October 2001. The full service CPA firm provides tax and accounting solutions to meet the needs of today's small business and individual. Brenda McGivern has become a trusted advisor and valuable resource her clients rely on for timely, accurate assistance when they need it. Before starting the firm, she worked as an accountant for three years at a local firm and prior to that five years at a large international CPA firm in Boston. She has performed the following tax services: federal, state and local tax planning, international tax planning, estate and succession planning, mergers and acquisitions, capital retention and IRS representation. She has also coordinated assurance engagements, such as financial statement audits, reviews and compilations from the planning phase through the reporting phase. She has prepared and reviewed regulatory filings for numerous regulatory agencies including the Security and Exchange Commission. Prior to these positions she was selected from over 2,000 candidates into an eight-person intensive financial management program at an international technology company. The program consisted of graduate level classroom study and two six-month rotational assignments in financial operations. She graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting. McGivern also holds a license in Massachusetts as a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the American Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants. She currently sits is a board member at two local organizations. She resides in Stoughton, Massachusetts with her husband Brian, and their sons Sean, Ryan and Conor.

Establishing Preferences in QuickBooks

Before you start entering data, make sure QuickBooks is set up appropriately for your company. QuickBooks was designed to serve the needs of millions of small businesses. To do that, it had to include the tools and processes suitable for … Continue reading

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Using Custom Fields and Classes in QuickBooks Online

QBO’s tools are generic enough that myriad businesses can use it. But custom fields and classes help you shape it to meet your specific needs. Small business accounting is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. Your company is unique in that sense; … Continue reading

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Are Your Social Security Payments Taxable?

They may be. The IRS’s rules for taxing Social Security benefits could require some studying on your part. If you’ve received Social Security benefits for more than a year, you probably already know the answer to this question. But if … Continue reading

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Financial scams take more than your money

The consequences of being taken in by a scammer include three types of costs, according to a survey by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s Investor Education Foundation. In addition to the money lost in the fraud, victims generally incur legal … Continue reading

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Do you need to think about the alternative minimum tax?

You may not have thought much about the alternative minimum tax, or AMT, since Congress passed a law that permanently fixed the exemption. But the tax, which you calculate separately from your regular tax liability, is still around. Here’s how … Continue reading

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Contractor or Employee? The Rules for Classifying Workers

The difference matters – a lot. Be sure you’re using the correct classifications for your staff. Employees. Contractors. They both create and support products or provide services for your customers. They’re your company’s most valuable assets. But the IRS looks … Continue reading

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Use Recurring Transactions in QuickBooks Online

Save time and ensure that repeating transactions are processed as scheduled. You know how much time QuickBooks Online already saves you. Customer, vendor, and item records need never be entered again once they’re created for the first time. Pre-built forms … Continue reading

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