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Confusion Over Taxes and the New Health Law

Sample Chart on Affordable Health Care Law

Sample Chart on Affordable Health Care Law

Our CPA Firm has already received a ton of calls about the New Health Care Law…wanting to know how it is going to impact them and what they should plan for.  The honest truth is that it has been confusing for everyone, even those considered to experts in those areas, like Health Insurance Agents and CPAs.  So when it comes to the new health care laws and filing yours taxes, there doesn’t seem to be a really clear cut-and-dry answer as to how it is all going to play out.  One thing for sure though, is to make sure you have made your Obamacare Health Care election by the deadline of February 15th, which is just a little under 2 1/2 weeks away from today!   In order to avoid some serious penalties (or TAX, as it should be called) you need to follow the health law’s open enrollment period and sign-up by February 15th.  I did some online research and found a good article that pretty much explains the whole complex issue.  Here is a LINK for the article.  The article covers some good examples and shows how the Affordable Care Act will show up on your tax form.   The article is part of a reporting partnership with NPR, WNPR, KQED and Kaiser Health News.

SLR friends, Patty, Kim and Jennifer

SLR friends, Patty, Kim and Jennifer

On a lighter note, I was happy to attend the 4th Friday Social sponsored by ShopLocalRaleigh.  The January event followed the 3-year tradition of being held at Peachy Keen Boutique and Joint Venture Jewelry in Cary.  Thanks to Jennifer Martin for leading this great group of local business owners!  It’s always a fun event with lots of networking and sharing of those small business joys, stresses and success stories!  ShopLocalRaleigh has a FULL calendar of great events coming up, including the Brewgaloo festival in downtown Raleigh that will feature over 70 breweries in North Carolina!  An event NOT to be missed!  Thanks to ShopLocalRaleigh for all that they do to keep small business growing and thriving in Wake County and beyond!

It is time to start thinking about filing those 2014 tax returns!  Smith & Smith, CPA would be glad to help, please give our office a call for a price quote and drop-off appointment.  Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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Cary, NC 27511

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Peachy Keen Frozen on the Fall Fashion Runway!

Peachy Keen Fall FROZEN Fashion Show

Peachy Keen Fall FROZEN Fashion Show

Last night was the Peachy Keen Fall Fashion Show with the theme of FROZEN!  The event was held in the Peachy Keen store in Cary and had a large crowd of over 130 people!  We were tightly packed in but the room was buzzing with all kinds of excitement over the runway show, specialty drinks, hors d’oeurves, shopping and prizes!   Smith & Smith, CPA was proud to be a sponsor for the event this Fall, our relationship with Peachy Keen runs deep with connections through ShopLocalRaleigh and other networking groups.

Ready on the runway!

Ready on the runway!

The event featured over 20 different sponsors and had a nice swag bag full of all kinds of goodies!  As a sponsor, I ordered Hot & Cold Therapy Bags as our Smith & Smith, CPA give-away (toss it in the freezer to get it nice and cool or in the microwave to get warm, GREAT for those neck & back aches and pains!).  The fashion show itself included close to 40 different looks, ranging from the casual weekend chick all the way to the holiday party girl-on-the-go!

Tia wearing Headbands for Hope, sold at PK!

Tia wearing Headbands for Hope, sold at PK!

The models had beautiful braids in their hair (hence the FROZEN Disney movie connection) and was styled by The Hair and Face Lounge in downtown Cary.  All of the styles seen on the runway were then available for purchase after the show.  I got lucky and found a very unique and totally perfect dress that I will wear this weekend to the Art Ball, hosted by Cary Visual Art!  My silk top last night was also purchased from Peachy Keen, made by designer Tracy Reese. The jewelry worn by the models was from Kenda Kist, a local designer.  The food was provided by Thai Spices & Sushi, BlackFin AmeriPub and delicious cupcakes by Confectionate CakesNirvelli Day Spa was offering nail painting and there was a whole counter full of door prizes that were donated by the sponsors.

Door Prize by Smith & Smith, CPA

Door Prize by Smith & Smith, CPA

The door prizes included hotel night stays, beauty supplies, jewelry and more!  Smith & Smith, CPA was proud to provide one of our tailgate chairs and matching coolers for the door prize raffle.  Many thanks to all of the sponsors and friends that came last night!  The idea of ‘shopping local’ is huge and something that our firm takes pride in being involved with in many ways.  Last night was also a special time for our group of girlfriends to honor our dear friend, Katherine Greene, who passed away at the end of September, just a month ago.

Katherine Greene

Katherine Greene

Katherine was a fan of Peachy Keen and always attended the Spring & Fall fashion shows with us.  Katherine had a flare for fashion and brought so much joy and laughs to our group of friends.  Donna, Karly and Jen Hankin, owners of Peachy Keen, were very kind to let us buy Katherine a seat for the show last night, we had her chair decorated with photos and flowers.  At the end of the night, we gathered in the parking lot to release balloons and share our memories of Katherine together.

Pre Balloon Release for Katherine

Pre Balloon Release for Katherine

We appreciate the kind words that Donna said during the opening of the show, it was a memorable night for us to honor a dear friend who will always be missed so much.  Donna reminded us all that life is short and each day should be lived to the fullest!  We need to take time to celebrate with friends and create those memories, you never know if today is your last.   Peachy Keen hosts the fashion show event twice a year, once in the Spring and once in the Fall.  The next Spring Fashion show will be held on April 16th, mark your calendars to be there!

Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information  http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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Cary, NC 27511

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ShopLocalRaleigh 4th Friday Social

Happy COLD Friday!!!  January is going by fast, only one more Friday left in January 2014.  Today was the 4th Friday Social for ShopLocalRaleigh.  

4th Friday ShopLocalRaleigh Social

4th Friday ShopLocalRaleigh Social

We all gathered this morning at Joint Venture Jewelry & Peachy Keen in Cary, NC.  The 4th Friday Social is a monthly event that is offered by ShopLocalRaleigh to all members and guests.  Each month it rotates around to different locations in the Triangle Area.  The event is from 8:30am-10:00am and involves some FRESH coffee, light refreshments and lots of great networking.

Mica, Laura, Becca and Robin

Mica, Laura, Becca and Robin

  I arrived shortly after 9:00am this morning…having to get two boys to two different schools and then drive across town was a time crunch for me, but I made it work and got there in time for the large circle networking.  The large circle networking is everyone’s favorite part; we form a large circle and then go around one at a time to meet each other.  Jennifer Martin, the Executive Director for ShopLocalRaleigh, always gives us a question or topic to discuss during our introductions.

 

Donna, Karly and Kim

Donna, Karly and Kim

This morning she asked us to identify an issue or concern that we are seeking help with as small business owners.  We had lots of new first time visitors at the social this morning, which is always great, as we want ShopLocalRaleigh to keep growing and growing and growing!  I had a nice conversation with Gary Chvatal, owner of Flicko’s Video Workshops in Cary; it was his first time at a ShopLocalRaleigh event.  The more people we can get to shop local and spend local, the better off we will all be as small business owners.

 

Yummy Cupcake!

Yummy Cupcake!

I enjoyed meeting some of the new members/visitors and really liked the cupcakes that were made by Laura McMillan, Baker & Decorator of Confectionate Cakes.  Jen Hankin, Director of Communication for Peachy Keen & Joint Venture Jewelry, spoke to the group about their Dinner & Diamonds Facebook Contest.  The contest features submitted photos from Facebook followers who are defining “What is Love”, they are then asked to get their friends to vote (you can vote daily) for their photos.  What’s a stake you ask…wellll…. winner with the MOST votes gets Diamond Stud Earrings from Joint Venture Jewelry and Dinner for TWO ($150 value) at Oro Restaurant in Raleigh!  Blake and I have submitted a picture, so I would REALLY appreciate your votes!  You can vote once a day between NOW and Feb 11th.   They are also giving away prizes for Cutest Couple and Best Definition of “What is Love”. 

"What is Love" for Dinner & Diamonds

“What is Love” for Dinner & Diamonds

They will award the winners at their Valentine’s Day Panic Party on Wednesday, February 12th.  Great idea and being a member of ShopLocalRaleigh gives JVJ and PK a fantastic opportunity to promote and grow not only the contest…but also their business!  Join us for the NEXT 4th Friday ShopLocalRaleigh social at Ray Price Harley-Davidson in downtown Raleigh (February 28th).  I got a super cute shoulder bag at Peachy Keen during the social, one that I’ve had my eye on for a while, and I can’t wait to carry it! 

Thanks to My Girlfriend’s Closet of downtown Cary and downtown Apex for styling me on this COLD Friday morning in the colorful BCBG Maxazria wrap dress and the Stella & Stevie San Francisco leopard faux-fur jacket (wearing in the contest picture).  They are having their WINTER Clearance Sale right now!  Stop by to see them! 

 Tax season is in full swing!  We are accepting new clients and the phones & emails are very busy with inquires for service and appointments are coming in strong.  Thank you so much!  We love working with all of our clients and we appreciate your business!  Thank you for referring to Smith & Smith, CPA!  

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Cary, NC 27511

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ShopLocalRaleigh Contest for a Moped!

Kate of Frill won!

Kate of Frill won!

Last Tuesday was a really fun event for ShopLocalRaleigh.  They hosted their #WheresWalter Instagram party at Lucky B’s in downtown Raleigh.  This contest had been going on since mid-November and it included finding a Christmas-themed Sir Walter cut-out that was hidden all over Wake County in many ShopLocalRaleigh member stores & offices.  We even had one in our Smith & Smith, CPA office.  The party at Lucky B’s included food & drinks, plus a ton of door prizes and the grand prize…a customized ShopLocalRaleigh moped!!!  I was able to get 5 entries for the contest from tagging Sir Walter around the area, but atlas…it wasn’t enough!

Becca, Jennifer and Jen

Becca, Jennifer and Jen

One of our clients, Kate Steadman, Owner & Lead Designer at Frill (a custom clothing company with charity in mind) ended up being the grand prize winner and took the ShopLocalRaleigh moped home!  Congrats Kate!  She was really excited and had over 35 entries in the contest!  I had a fun time at the party and enjoyed meeting some new ShopLocalRaleigh members and friends.   I had a chance to go by Peachy Keen and Joint Venture Jewelry during the contest and get a picture for the contest of Sir Walter there.  Jen Hankin, Director of Communications at Peachy Keen and Joint Venture Jewelry also came to the party at Lucky B’s.  Thanks to Jennifer Martin, Executive Director at ShopLocalRaleigh for all of her hard work and hours on the contest, prizes and social.  It was fun, like all ShopLocalRaleigh events, and I look forward to the next one!  Thanks also to My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Cary and downtown Apex for this fabulous purple Kate Spade coat!  It’s in super great condition and is ready for a new owner!  Contact My Girlfriend’s Closet about making this coat YOURS!  It sure would make a fantastic Christmas present for someone…maybe you????

WBON ladies

WBON ladies

WBON of Cary had their December meeting last week at Prestonwood Country Club.  This is the last WBON meeting for the 2013 year.  There was lots of holiday spirit at the meeting and we played a fun mixer game before the meeting that qualified you for the door prizes.  Congrats to WBON sponsor and Smith & Smith, CPA client, Christine Hall, owner of CMH College Consulting for her business success.  So far all of her students who have applied for colleges have heard back with positive news and her student clients are also really starting to rack in the scholarship money!!!  That is excellent!  Great work Christine!  Thanks to Lois Cozart, owner of My Girlfriend’s Closet for this lovely black & white Elie Tahari dress.  Right off the rack at their downtown Cary store!  Great place to shop for holiday gifts!

Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information  http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

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Shopping is Good for the Soul…and the Economy!

Caroline and Morgan of Vestique

Caroline and Morgan of Vestique

As a woman living in the Triangle area, you can’t deny the fact that there are some really great places to shop around here!  And yes, I totally love it, and yes, I have some of my favorites.  Earlier this week I went by Vestique, a client of Smith & Smith, CPA, to see the owners, Caroline and Morgan.  They celebrated their 3rd Year Anniversary with their store and were hosting a CELEBRATION!  I first learned about Vestique a few years ago when the New & Observer ran a story in the paper about them…two friends from college, with a passion for fashion, starting with just trunk shows at other local stores, then moving to an online store and now, just three short years later, they have four stores (Raleigh, Charlotte, Greenville, SC and Columbia, SC).  Talk about successful! 

3 Year Celebration Event

3 Year Celebration Event

We are so proud to have them as clients at Smith & Smith, CPA and Blake really enjoys working with Caroline and Morgan on their growing fashion retail business.  These two girls certainly know how to mix fabulous fashion with affordable style!  The celebration event was PACKED; just take a look at the crowded store in the picture!  I even picked up a few goodies for myself while I was there.  We love supporting our clients by shopping at their stores and using their services.  You can shop at Vestique online (at anytime) or go by one of their stores.  Be sure you get added to their mailing list as they are always running lots of great deals! Congrats to them both! 

Peachy Keen Casino Fashion Show

Peachy Keen Casino Fashion Show

Another fun ‘fashion boutique chic’ event was last night.  Peachy Keen hosted their Annual Fall Fashion Show with a ‘Casino’ style theme…let the chips fall where they may!  This was a great opportunity to get my girlfriends together for an evening out.  We had about 12 girlfriends that met at Peachy Keen around 6pm for their social/cocktail hour, followed by an introduction and the fashion show.  Peachy Keen is owned by a local family and they certainly know how to celebrate with vintage style! 

Tia, Becca & An

Tia, Becca & An

I really enjoyed all of the delicious food during the cocktail hour (yummy foods from The Meat House, The Big Easy, Sitti and Trader Joe’s) and also all of the games and activities they had going on before the fashion show.  My friend Tia was really serious about the Black Jack table!  There were several sponsors for the event including friends of mine from Nivelli Day Spa, ShopLocalRaleigh, StudioVIBE, and Order in the House.  There was also live entertainment provided by Cole Roe (really good singer and guitarist).  Several of the girls in our group were lucky jackpot prize winners too, congrats to my friend Jamie on winning the AWESOME bag of goodies from Trader Joes!  We really enjoyed the fashion show down the built-in-runway in the store! 

Fashion Runway

Fashion Runway

After the show, we did some shopping and mingling.  Several of my friends bought some great items!  I was happy to have one of my college best friends in town, Lindsey Dishman, so she could go along with us.  She’s on her way to Virginia Beach for a work meeting, so Blake and I always enjoy being her ‘pit stop’ for the night.  Thanks to My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex and downtown Cary for the lovely black Karen Kane top I wore to the fashion show. 

Lindsey in town!

Lindsey in town!

I wore it with a pair of cheetah print leggings and black boots, just for a fun twist!  My Girlfriend’s Closet was voted “Best Place to Shop for Women’s Clothing” in the 2013 Cary Magazine Maggy Awards and I would have to agree with that!  Thank to Lois and her team for keeping me styled great for all of my networking events. 

No plans for the weekend?  Add Vestique, My Girlfriend’s Closet and Peachy Keen to your weekend list, you will be ‘fashionably’ happy that you did!

Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information  http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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Cary, NC 27511

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Fire & Ice and Joan Rivers too!!!!

Girls for Fashion Show

 In mid-September I received a really neat email from the girls at Peachy Keen about their upcoming Fall Fashion show called Fire & Ice Fashion Show.  This sounded like a super fun event and one that I wanted to attend with some of my favorite girlies!  So I sent the email out and rounded up the troops (or the girls…whatever you want to call us!)  Tickets were only $5 and that included a goody bag full of cool stuff, food and wine tasting before the show on the outside patio, entrance to the fashion show, cupcakes and bubbly afterwards and a $10 shopping voucher!  Can you say GREAT DEAL!?!?!?!  Peachy Keen is a new contemporary lifestyle boutique that specializes in designer apparel, accessories, footwear and gifts.

Fire & Ice Fashion Show

 

The store is owned by the Hankin sisters and their parents share the space with their store called Joint Venture Jewelry.  It’s such a cool concept and their motto is taking “Vintage to Vogue”!  Our group arrived around 6:30pm for the patio party and rushed inside when the doors opened to get seats!  Gotta have a good view!  The lookbook in the goody bag gave a nice list of their vendors/sponsors on the front and included a brief detail of the 27 different fashion looks that would be on the runway that evening. 

Awesome bag (can you see what it says???)

 Our good friend, Dr. Heather Sefried, was a sponsor for the evening with Nirvelli Day Spa and gave away a door prize to a lucky winner of a “Day at the SpaLUCKY HER!!!!!!  We really enjoyed the fashion show, they were true to their “Fire and Ice” them with the models make-up and hair (provided by ds Parada).  After the show (there is a cool built in runway down the middle of the store!!!!) the boutique opened for shopping, cupcakes and bubbly!  I used my $10 voucher towards the purchase of a fashionABLE scarf (if you know me, you know I LOVE a scarf).  But this is a scarf with a STORY!  The scarf was made buy a business woman in Africa and part of the purchase proceeds go back to helping provide a sustainable business for women in Africa.  I worked in the mission field in South Africa when I was 17 years old, so it holds a dear and close connection to my heart.  There is a note with my scare that says “Because of you, I am able to see my son, Abel, grow in character.  Thank you, Etanesh” 

Karly & Becca (scarf from Africa)

 

Each scarf is unique and has a note from the maker.  How cool!?!?!?  Great idea and I’ll be buying those for gifts for sure!  Here is a picture of me wearing my scarf with Karly Hankin (she’s the Creative Director of Peachy Keen).  Karly is wearing a dress from the store under the designer label Biya.  After the show, we went over to Travinia for some food and drinks out by the fire pits on their side patio.  Looking for a great and unique place in Cary to eat!  Go to Travinia Italian Kitchen!!  We enjoyed their ½ price martinis and I also had some of their asparagus soup!  YUM!  Thanks to My Girlfriend’s Close in Apex for the fantastic Steve Madden black chunky strap heels that I wore!  They have the coolest shoes there and great prices too!

Travinia Italian Kitchen on Urbanspoon

Becca & Marsha at Joan Rivers!!!!

 

Earlier this month I attended another fashion event with my mom and the event was for the Queen of Fashion Herself….JOAN RIVERS!  She came to the DPAC and we purchased our tickets earlier this year and have just been counting down the days to her performance!    I’m an avid fan of watching Joan Rivers on Friday night FASHION POLICE, so I was anxious to see her in real life!  She’s a hoot and a total mess!  No one is off limits in her book and she cracks jokes on everyone, even herself!  My mom and I had a great time; we went to dinner beforehand at Tyler’s Taproom on the Tobacco Campus in Durham.  It was a 45minute wait for a table when we arrived, so we opted for the first-come-first-serve seating in the bar area.

Tyler's Restaurant & Taproom on Urbanspoon

Necklace & Sweater from My Girlfriend's Closet!!!!

 We are frequent visitors to the Tyler’s Taproom in Apex, so knew we’d have a good dinner and time together at the Durham location.  Dinner was delicious; the service was fast and friendly.  We then walked across the campus to the DPAC and had fantastic seats to see Joan!  Thank you to My Girlfriend’s Closet in Apex for helping me select this fabulous over-the-top Marc Jacobs navy and gold bedazzled sweater!  I had a ton of compliments on it and it was a great style to wear!  I think event Joan Rivers would have approved it herself!

 

Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information  http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals! 

 

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