The Pocket Small Business Owner’s Guide Series Expands

Last October, my book – The Pocket Small Business Owner’s Guide to Taxes – was published by AllWorth Press and became part of a series of books for business owners.  The Pocket Small Business Owner’s Guide books cover such topics as negotiating, buidling your business, and business plans, and today a new title has been added to the series: The Pocket Small Business Owner’s Guide to Starting Your Business on a Shoestring by Carol Tice.

Also known as the Shoestring Startup Guide, the book definitely looks like a great resource for anyone considering starting a new small business.  I meet with new business owners all the time, and unfortunately I see a lot of new businesses run into early cash flow problems or even fail, so there is a definite need for practical money-saving advice for small business owners.

If you buy the book in July, you get a free Shoestring Startup Guide workbook that provides checklists that can be used to brainstorm money-saving opportunities for your business.  Also, you can enter to win a copy of the book on Goodreads.

Be a Pig (Just Don’t Be a Hog)

My new book, The Pocket Small Business Owner’s Guide to Taxes, is scheduled to be released on 10/9/12!  The book is being published by Allworth Press and I have setup a new website to promote the book at

The book expands upon the content that I have written for this blog over the years and provides both in-depth and practical information for the small business owner.  The main focus of the book  is maximization of tax deductions, LLC and S corporation tax issues, and the tax and accounting essentials that you should understand.  If you have found the articles on this blog to be helpful, I think you will find this book to be a good resource and reference.

Check out the Be A Pig website to find out more.  You can also pre-order the book if you are interested.

Lastly, if you are on FaceBook, you can like the PDXCPA blog and My Book and stay current on all the latest updates and giveaways.

The Pocket Small Business Owner’s Guide to Taxes

I apologize for the lack of posts on PDXCPA in the last few months, and for getting behind on comments.  I was given the opportunity last July to write a book on taxes for small business owners, so for seven months I spent countless hours writing and re-writing the manuscript.  As soon as I was finished with that, tax season was upon me – so it has been a very busy year for me.

The good news is that the book, The Pocket Small Business Owner’s Guide to Taxes, is scheduled to be available on October 1st, 2012.  The book contains everything I always wanted to add in this blog and more.  It covers the basics that every small business owners should know, entity selection and tax considerations, and maximizing tax deductions.   The book is concise and practical, and much of the content comes from working in the trenches with small businesses owners over the years.

Stay tuned for more information on the book.  Also, I will also start working on some new content for this blog.  Thanks!

Feature on “It’s Only Money” Blog –

Check out Brent Hunsberger’s blog post: “Do Washingtonians pay income taxes if they work in Oregon?”

My answer on the issue is featured in the post.

It is a great blog – I definitely recommend checking it out on a regular basis.

We are also in the Sunday Oregonian column entitled: “Act Now to Save on 2009 Tax Bill”.  See the small business section for some planning tips.  I will be featuring more year-end planning ideas on this blog over the next few days.

New Tax Q&A Website –

While I realize I have not posted any new articles lately, there have been some great questions on this site lately and I have enjoyed answering them as they have inspired some ideas for future posts.  Thank you for the great questions!  I would definitely encourage you keeping posting any questions you may have on the posts on this site.

In addition, I would like to refer you to a great new tax question and answer site:  They just opened and already have some good content.  The design uses OpenID, which is great because you can easily use any of your profiles from other OpenID sites without having to setup an account like with other sites.

It is definitely worth checking out as it should become a good resource for business owners, tax professionals, and anyone else who is looking for answers to their tax questions.

Tax Season Update


Just a quick update…

I am surviving tax season this year, but as always it really takes a lot out of me.  I have been working solid 60 hour weeks while also researching tax law at night to tackle issues that have come up this season.  It has been one the best tax seasons yet, but I am exhausted at this point and looking forward to 15th.

Thank you for all your questions over the last weeks or so – I will try my best to catch up on them and start putting together some new material for the blog.  I really appreciate the questions as they have actually inspired new posts.

My Big Career Move


January 5th, 2009 marked my fifth year as a licensed CPA in Oregon, but it was also my first day with Parsons & Grinage.  

In my nine years at James H. Richardson, CPA, PC, I received some excellent experience and skills and was given the chance to work closely with some great small business clients that I learned a lot from.  I will greatly miss the clients, co-workers, and my mentor of nine years.  It was a very hard decision to make, but in the end I had to do what was best for my family and career.

I am very excited about the new opportunities and challenges before me and it has really re-energized me as I head into my 10th tax season.  So far, I have been very impressed Parsons & Grinage and the services they provide to their clients.  If you are need of a CPA, please email me or call me at 503.244.8844.

PDXCPA is Back!

My intentions last October were to post weekly on this blog, and I even had over 30 posts worked out…however, sometimes life happens.  I have a 3 year old son Colin and a 13 month old daughter Calleigh and I love being a father, but couple that with a very busy tax season and lets just say the blog had to put on hold for awhile.

Life has calmed down a bit in the off season and I am starting PDXCPA back up.  Be expecting a barrage of posts…

Welcome to PDXCPA!

Welcome to my new blog!

Soon I will have posts on tax advice, IRS developments, accounting technology, QuickBooks tips, and anything else I can find that would be helpful for small business owners and individuals.

Check back soon…