CalCPA Los Angeles Chapter Names Keith Hamasaki, CPA, Vice President

August 26, 2009By KROST

Los Angeles, California – July 31, 2019 – Our Assurance and Advisory Director, Keith Hamasaki, CPA has been elected Vice President of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA) Los Angeles Chapter. He joins three other Vice Presidents in the chapter. Keith served as a board member for the CalCPA LA Chapter since 2015 … Read More

Keith Hamasaki, CPA, Named Director of the PrimeGlobal Manufacturing & Distribution Special Interest Group

August 26, 2009By KROST

Los Angeles, California – August 19, 2019 – KROST’s Assurance & Advisory Director, Keith Hamasaki, CPA, has been appointed to Director of the PrimeGlobal Manufacturing & Distribution Special Interest Group (SIG). Keith has been a member of PrimeGlobal since he joined KROST in 2016. As the newly named Director, he is responsible for bringing together … Read More

The Timing of Tax Losses on Closed Restaurant Units

May 29, 2008By KROST

A regular part of business operations in the chain segment of the restaurant industry is the periodic review and evaluation of individual units, units within a given geographic market, and, the overall performance of particular concepts. When a unit, market, or concept fails to meet company expectations for return on investment or performance criteria, the … Read More

FICA Tip Credit No Longer Limited by AMT

June 21, 2007By KROST

The 2007 Small Business and Work Opportunity Act of 2007 signed by President Bush on May 25, 2007, waives the limitation on the use of the FICA Tip Credit against Alternative Minimum Tax. Many restaurant operators are aware of the federal FICA Tip Credit, a credit given to taxpayers (with tipped employees) equal to the … Read More

Increased Deductions for Food Donations through The Katrina Relief Act: A new opportunity for businesses to substantially increase charitable deductions

November 3, 2006By So Sum Lee

Publication: KROST Most restaurateurs know that inventory contributed to charity can be deducted based on the cost of the inventory. What many restaurants may not know is that new legislation allows a taxpayer to claim higher deductions closer to the actual value of the inventory. This results in increased deductions for restaurants, grocery stores, and any … Read More

Have You Received an Increase In Visa/MasterCard Charges?

August 28, 2006By KROST

Publication: KROST Well, it’s that time of the year again in which some credit card processing providers will announce that there is an increase in Visa/MasterCard rates and these rates must be passed on to you. Have you received such a notice in your February, March or April merchant statement announcing this increase for May or … Read More

IRS Announces New Tip Reporting Program

July 28, 2006By KROST

Publication: IRS Website WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today released formal guidance on its new tip reporting procedure, the Attributed Tip Income Program (ATIP) ATIP expands the existing IRS tip reporting and education program by offering employers in the food and beverage industry an additional tip reporting program. ATIP reduces industry recordkeeping burdens, has simple … Read More

Tax Credits & Other Related Tax Benefits

December 6, 2005By So Sum Lee

Publication: KROST Monthly News Release Running a business can be extremely difficult with income taxes often eating up a good portion of your profits. There are, however, numerous tax benefits available to businesses that most owners are unaware of. As a restaurant owner, you are probably aware that you have to pay social security and Medicare … Read More

The ABCs of Watching Out For Employee Theft

October 25, 2005By KROST

Publication: KROST Monthly News Release Approximately 95% of all businesses now experience some type of employee theft totaling an estimated $52 billion dollars a year. Cash-based businesses such as restaurants and bars are even more vulnerable to theft by employees. While it would be nearly impossible to eliminate employee theft and dishonesty completely, we can gain … Read More