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When is it the time to quit my 9-5 to become my own boss?

So you officially decided to quit.   You’ve been thinking about it for a while now actually. Mentally, you checked out a long time ago. In fact, you spend most of your waking minutes fantasizing about the very moment you walk out of the office for good. It’s a...

The Power of a Staycation

I LOVE summer! I know you do too.  Even though we’re still hustling and working our butts off, you can’t help but be in a lighter mood because it’s always so nice out. If you have kids, chances are they’re at summer camp or having fun outside most of the day leaving...

Girl, you need to stop doing that!

Tell me if this sounds familiar... Picture this: It’s Thursday night and you’re at the office working late. The sun came down, this is your third cup of coffee today, your eyes are strained but you’re still glued to the computer typing away. There are several reasons...

Should I buy a home for the tax savings?

Buying a home is probably one of the biggest financial decisions a person can make. Owning property is a huge responsibility, [FIRST NAME GOES HERE], and when done right, can lead to the biggest financial gains and tax savings that can benefit your personal life and...

How doing yoga can make you more $$$

CPAs have a bad reputation. When you think of an accountant, you envision a basic looking white man wearing a boring UPS-brown suit and glasses with a calculator in hand and a thick stack of files in the other. He probably eats spreadsheets for lunch, too. Yuck. Well,...

What’s the biggest struggle you’re facing right now?

Today, I want to talk to you about something personal. I launched my 9-week live online course Polished CEO  last Thursday after my Free Webinar The 3 Habits You Need to Grow Your Profits. It’s a comprehensive approach to healthy finances for entrepreneurs who don’t...

The IRS Does Not Care About This

Today I’m getting straight to the point because it’s real af. The Internal Revenue Service aka the IRS exists solely to collect money from taxpayers to cover the federal government’s expenses. They care only about getting their money and getting it on time. Let me...

Keep going sis…

Whewwww! We are reaching the end of the first month in the second quarter. Can you believe it? 2019 is flying right by. Before you know it, you’ll be pulling out the  short-shorts, slathering on sunscreen and laying out on the beach while sipping on a Tito’s...

The IRS requests every business to do this…

So, I already know I’m talking to a boss lady (you wouldn’t be subscribed if you weren’t one) but are you as polished as you think you are? You’ve already started a new business and have even been grinding for at least a year, but did you make sure everything was...

File for an extension NOW

It’s April 14 which is significant not only because Game of Thrones premieres tonight (OMG!) but also because the deadline to file your taxes is TOMORROW! Let me start off by saying...WHEW! I AM ALMOST FREE!  *Wipes sweat from forehead and sighs while booking my...

These things do not go together

Last week I asked my amazing Chika’s Tax Tips Facebook group of badass women entrepreneurs how many hours they work during a typical week and if they felt like their rates were high enough. 60% answered they work over 40 hours while many others expressed that they...

Every parent needs to know about these tax credits

Let take a moment to give it up for all the Boss Women who have kids and businesses. I don’t need to be a parent to know that kids takes a LOT of time, energy, and patience! I respect women who balance both family and work - it’s no easy thing to do. When I decided to...

I have some questions for you.

I have some questions for you. Did you prepare your taxes yet? Are you calculating your quarterly estimated taxes correctly? Do you know what quarterly estimated taxes even are? Can you sleep well at night knowing that you aren’t wasting money on taxes because you’re...

Stop Comparing Yourself To Other Women

Stop comparing yourself to other women. Let me repeat that. Stop comparing yourself to other women! There. I said it. I had to say it twice because I know how hard it is for us to get it through our thick heads, especially in this day and age. I know...we’ve all been...

When’s The Last Time You Had a Great Idea?

Hey y’all, I’ve talked to a lot of boss ladies throughout my career, and with that, I’ve encountered tons of great ideas. But I find that even the most determined people have a hard time communicating them with others. Of course, I’m not exempt from this. For the...

“I wish I would have waited to believe in myself,” said no one ever

I’m here to speak a word. If you don’t believe in you, then how can you expect others to? It’s simple really. But sooo many people struggle with this. Especially women. I’ve had this one client who bravely left her corporate job to find creative freedom to become her...

How to get SHIT DONE when you want to Netflix & Chill

Whew...that title. Let me preface: this will not be a lecture. Trust me...I struggle with low productivity too. In fact, I use these tips myself to stay focused. Some are new, some are old and others may have taken me a while to learn, but all of them have helped me...

Track your miles and SAVE big *Free Offer*

Let’s face it: as boss women, it’s often vital in our business that we are mobile and able to get around. We have no one to rely on but ourselves to get shit done. We get from point A to point B no matter what it takes. That means our cars are our everything and the...

The best cheat sheet to understanding 199A QBI Deduction

KEY DEADLINES: March 15 - Partnership & S-Corp Tax Deadline April 15 - Individual & C-CorpTax Deadline   In life, you deal with the good and the bad. Deciding to run your own business isn’t any different. There are a lot of positives, but in the same...

5 habits you could be doing to stay sane during tax season…

We’re officially in tax season, yaaay!  It’s a party, it’s a party, who’s excited?! 🎉🎉🎊 Ok...I know, tax season isn’t particularly sexy - especially for self made boss women entrepreneurs who always GET SHIT DONE no matter how daunting. I bet you could easily think of...

Are you tired of feeling unmotivated?

Everyone has those days, there’s nothing to be ashamed about. It’s totally normal for you to have days where you don’t want to do anything at all. In fact, it’s actually good for you to take some breaks while you’re working, especially when considering your long term...

Do you need issue 1099 forms? JAN 31 DEADLINE

Tax season is upon us! I hope you’re ready like I am. To set the tone, I’ll place important tax dates before every post until April 15 so you don’t forget. We staying on top of our game all 2019!  January 28 - Filing season begins January 31 - 1099 Deadline for...

Your tax preparer should be doing this

Tax Season is coming, and unless you work a W2 job,  you probably can’t rely on Turbo Tax get your business in order this year. In fact, I suggest every entrepreneur or self-employed person find a certified tax preparer to file their returns because it gets too...

Ultimate Tax Preparation ✅list

It’s a new year! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and brought it in with a bang. 💥 I know, it’s the first Sunday of the year so I don’t want to bore too much while you get back into the groove of your regular everyday routine, but have you thought about tax...

Can you believe it…

Wow...can you believe it? It’s basically 2019. Time flies. I hope you reached all your goals this year and then some! I know it’s hard to maintain the momentum from January 1, 2019 throughout the rest of year so I thought it’d be helpful to leave you with something...

My tip for you….🎅🏾🎄 🎁

Happy holidays to my wonderful Chika’s Tax Tips family, clients, friends, and family!! Thank you for all the Instagram comments, emails, in-person and phone conversations, words of encouragement, etc. You’ve not only made this journey amazing but excited me to give...

What’s The Biggest Struggle You’re Facing Today?

Hola. Today, I want to talk to you about something personal. I know, I know, it seems like I’m usually all about my business (which isn’t all the way wrong) but sometimes we need to take the time to remember that we’re not just brands, but human beings too. Don’t get...

You MUST do this to survive the holidays (Free gift!)

It’s that time of the year again! Can you believe it? The holidays are here which means more festive decorations, incessant Christmas music and yes, last minute sales. If you’re like me and you do last minute shopping every year, the stress and impulsive buys under...

The secret to 1099s

Last week when I was teaching yoga, a student of mine came up to tell me that he has been enjoying my Chika’s Tax Tips content and that he has personally been struggling with managing his taxes as an entrepreneur. When I asked him what his issue is, he told me he had...

Bookkeeper vs Accountant  – what’s the difference?

Most people who run businesses know that bookkeepers and accountants provide financial services for entrepreneurs — but what’s the difference? Both deal with helping you make faster, smarter business decisions. I know it may seem excessive (and expensive af) to have a...

5 Tax-DO’s For Every Self Employed Person

W2 employees have it so easy when it comes to tax season.  They can comfortably expect to get paid on a consistent schedule, with the taxes conveniently withheld so they don't even have to think twice about it. Then, they enough resource available to them in order to...

Trump Tax Reforms and You….

You’ve probably already heard about the changes made to the tax code since the beginning of this year. You may have even noticed a heftier paycheck. But how will that affect you during tax season when you’re filing? Here’s a recap of major changes from the 2018 Tax...

Getting to know me

Getting to know me... Taxes can be scary, but thankfully they don’t have to be. My name is Chika Obih. I’m from LA but have called the Bay my home since 2003. I’ve been a tax accountant for 9 years and counting… First I want to say, thank you for interest in learning...