Steve Bruning, CPA, MST | Accounting and Tax services for you and your business | Maine
Steve Bruning, CPA, MST | Accounting and Tax services for you and your business | Maine
Steve Bruning, CPA, MST | Accounting and Tax services for you and your business | Maine
Steve Bruning, CPA, MST | Accounting and Tax services for you and your business | Maine
Steve Bruning, CPA, MST | Accounting and Tax services for you and your business | Maine Steve Bruning, CPA, MST | Accounting and Tax services for you and your business | Maine Steve Bruning, CPA, MST | Accounting and Tax services for you and your business | Maine
Steve Bruning, CPA, MST | Accounting and Tax services for you and your business | Maine
Steve Bruning, CPA, MST | Accounting and Tax services for you and your business | Maine Steve Bruning, CPA, MST | Accounting and Tax services for you and your business | Maine Steve Bruning, CPA, MST | Accounting and Tax services for you and your business | Maine
Steve Bruning, CPA, MST | Accounting and Tax services for you and your business | Maine
Steve Bruning, CPA, MST | Accounting and Tax services for you and your business | Maine

Steve Bruning, CPA offers a wide range of services to individual and business clients. Our clients benefit by getting personalized, quality service that is beyond comparison. We are devoted to the needs of individuals and business owners and we provide outstanding service because of our dedication to the three underlying principles of professionalism, responsiveness and quality.

Tax Planning & Preparation

Steve Bruning, CPA, MST | Accounting and Tax services for you and your business | MainePreparing your own income tax return can be a task that leaves you with more questions than answers. Whether we like it or not, today’s tax laws are so complicated that filing a relatively simple return can be confusing. It’s just too easy to overlook deductions and credits to which you are entitled. Even if you use a computer software program there is no substitute for the assistance of and experienced tax professional.

As a client of Steve Bruning, CPA your tax return will be prepared by a CPA with a Master of Science degree in Taxation. It will be checked and rechecked using my extensive experience and our sophisticated computer software to minimize your tax liabilities while at the same time identifying any potential problems the IRS may look at more closely and reviewing the math to limit IRS contacts.

Books a mess? No Problem!
If you own a small business and haven’t kept up your bookkeeping, don’t worry. We can help you by preparing your bookkeeping for the year and preparing your returns. Then we’ll help you set up an easy system that allows you to keep your books in tip-top shape next year.

Tax planning and preparation form a winning combination for our successful individual and business clients. Whether you are an individual or a complex multi-tiered partnership we can develop tax strategies that take advantage of new tax laws and legislation.

We go beyond tax compliance and proactively recommend tax savings strategies to maximize your after-tax income. Our clients pay the lowest amount of taxes allowable by law because we continually look for ways to minimize your taxes throughout the year, not just at the end of the year.

You will always receive Taxemplary Service from Steve Bruning, CPA.

Tax-em-pla-ry (adj) Serving as a model or standard by which all other tax services are measured, the most perfect embodiment of tax advising and consulting

IRS Representation

With our many years of experience dealing with many taxing authorities, we have achieved a level of competence that can ensure our clients they are being properly represented before the various federal and state taxing authorities. We represent clients with the following issues…

  • Audit representation. If you have received an IRS audit notification we can represent you and make the process much less stressful. We can represent you whether we prepared your return or not.
  • Non-filed Returns. If you have not filed returns for one or more years we can assist you with getting up to date. You may even have refunds coming.
  • Do you owe back taxes? We can assist with a number of procedures including installment agreements and offer-in-compromises.
  • Have you received a Notice of Intent to Levy? We can assist you in resolving the underlying tax issue and avoiding IRS levies and liens.
  • Do you have a tax problem because of a misdeed of a spouse or ex-spouse? We can assist you to receive innocent spouse relief.

Payroll Services

As a business grows, it must hire more employees, which can result in increased payroll administration both in terms of time and cost. We can assist you in implementing the controls necessary to ensure a reliable, efficient, and effective payroll system. We can also assist you with selecting a payroll service, and help you implement controls should you determine to outsource your payroll. In addition we can prepare all necessary payroll tax returns in a timely manner.

Sales Tax Services

If you are responsible for collecting and submitting sales taxes to one or more jurisdiction we can assist in the compilation of information and preparation of sales tax returns in an efficient and timely manner.

Fiduciary, Estate & Gift Tax Planning & Preparation

Effective estate planning facilitates the orderly transfer of assets to your beneficiaries, provides security for your surviving spouse, and can reduce or eliminate the tax due on the transfer of your business and other assets. For business owners, providing for business continuity and succession of ownership is essential. We can guide you through the complex process of getting your financial affairs in order.

INDIVIDUALS

Steve Bruning, CPA, MST | Accounting and Tax services for you and your business | MaineRetirement Planning

Successful implementation and periodic review of your financial plan will ensure financial independence during your working years and through your retirement years. We work closely with your investment advisor to provide one-on-one guidance that helps manage risk, improve performance, and ensure the growth and longevity of your wealth.

Elder Care

As your cherished family member gets older, they may need some help with their day-to-day financial tasks. Ordinarily simple tasks such as balancing a checkbook and paying household bills become increasingly difficult for the elderly.

You could take care of their day-to-day financial tasks yourself, if you have time and live close. But if you don’t, you may want to consider hiring a professional to help.

With our elder care services, you get the help of a caring, honest and knowledgeable professional. Someone on your team, looking out for your loved one’s best interest.

Your loved ones get assistance with their daily finances and business duties and you are kept informed of every step we make. That way, you always know that your family member’s needs are being met.

Whether your loved one is no longer entirely independent or simply needs extra help to enjoy their lives, you get help in any of the following areas…

  • Reviewing and paying household bills, budgeting, and record keeping.
  • Assistance with check writing and checkbook balancing.
  • Making sure money is received, receipted and deposited.
  • Offering second opinions regarding household issues and unexpected situations.
  • Handling day-to-day financial transactions such as home repairs, routine maintenance, and emergency medical expenses.
  • Planning retirement account distributions and safeguard against improper disbursements.
  • Organizing and reviewing personal, financial, and legal documents to determine what needs to be addressed.
  • Preparing an inventory of personal assets and investments.
  • Identifying and planning their retirement income, needs and goals.
  • Determining current and long-term cash flow needs by analyzing income and expenses.
  • Addressing questions about lifestyle, social Security, pensions, Medicare, and long-term insurance.
  • Monitoring investment portfolio and other assets in conjunction with their investment advisor.
  • Preparing, planning and filing income, trust, gift and estate tax.
  • Providing referrals to local service and agencies
  • Arranging proper level of care, transportation, and caregiver assessment.

Planning for the future is important, and elder care services are crucial to help your elderly family members maintain their independence and financial freedom.

BUSINESSES

Steve Bruning, CPA, MST | Accounting and Tax services for you and your business | MaineAccounting Software Selection & Implementation

With the number of computerized accounting software packages available for small businesses and individuals growing every day, selecting one that is right for your business has become increasingly difficult. As accounting professionals we are exposed to most programs through trade journals and actual use. We can help you choose and implement the system that best fits your needs.

Bookkeeping/Write-up

Meaningful, well organized financial records ensure that your business operations will run more efficiently on a daily basis and are the foundation of a successful business. We can assist you with the day-to-day tasks associated with bookkeeping.

Business Entity Selection

Choosing the legal form of entity for your business (e.g. “S” corporation, sole proprietor, limited liability company…) is a crucial decision that can have longstanding tax implication, positive or negative. We can assist you in choosing the most advantageous form for your business by evaluating the pros and cons of each type as they apply to your specific circumstances. We can work with your attorney, or we work with several experienced attorneys that can assist you with the legal aspects of forming your business.

Part-Time CFO Services

Growing businesses often reach a point where they need professional financial advice, but can’t afford a full time CFO. If you’re fortunate enough to be in this position we have the perfect solution for you. Our part-time CFO service gives you a professional financial manager who works with you to guide your business to success.

Bank Financing

Need money to grow? Requesting a business loan without adequate preparation sends a clear message to the lender: High Risk! Therefore, it pays to be prepared and organized in your approach for financing.

Let us help you prepare a winning loan proposal. A well prepared loan proposal created from the lenders perspective, including exactly what the banks want to see, has a higher likelihood of success.

Succession Planning

If you own a family business, do you have an exit strategy? What will happen to the business when you’re no longer running it? Will you have enough money to retire?

Family dynamics complicates the whole transition because of the relationships and emotions involved. Most people are not comfortable discussing topics such as ageing, death and financial affairs.

Comfortable or not, succession planning should be a priority for any family business considering that more than seven out of ten family-owned businesses fail to survive the transition from founder to second generation, typically falling prey either to estate taxes or family discord – or both. Developing and implementing a well-designed succession plan is essential to the survival of a family business from one generation to the next.

Steve Bruning has a unique background and considerable consulting experience taking a multi disciplinary approach assisting family-owned businesses deal with the many issues that arise with succession planning.

Steve Bruning, CPA, MST | Accounting and Tax services for you and your business | Maine
Steve Bruning, CPA, MST | Accounting and Tax services for you and your business | Maine
Steve Bruning, CPA, MST | Accounting and Tax services for you and your business | Maine Steve Bruning, CPA, MST | Accounting and Tax services for you and your business | Maine Steve Bruning, CPA, MST | Accounting and Tax services for you and your business | Maine
Steve Bruning, CPA, MST | Accounting and Tax services for you and your business | Maine
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Steve Bruning, CPA, MST | Accounting and Tax services for you and your business | Maine
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