Archive for February, 2013

Tax-Saving Strategies

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Dental CPA Ken Rubin has shared with the New Dentist™ his tax saving insights.


Ken says that early in your career, you should spend time with your CPA learning the following basic items to prepare and save money for tax season:


• Proper record-keeping needed to survive an IRS audit
• Tax-deductible automobile business mileage
• Business car deduction – for your spouse
• Tax-deductible meals and how to handle the record-keeping
• Tax-Deductible Trips
• Lock in a home office deduction
• Maximum tax deductions for charitable contributions
• Legally put your kids on the company payroll


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Ken Rubin & Company, Dental CPAs has been providing proactive tax, accounting, and business consulting services to dentists since 1984. Ken is the co-founder of the Academy of Dental CPAs (ADCPA). He is committed to improving the quality of his clients’ lives and can be reached at or (619) 299-6161.

Remember, It ALL Adds Up

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

What many newer dentists don’t consider is that those seemingly insignificant expenditures and special purchases here and there can quickly bury them in unnecessary debt, particularly during difficult economic times. Worse yet, it can set the stage for serious monetary struggles throughout their careers.

The key to avoiding financial troubles is to implement a strategy to control overhead from day one. New equipment purchases should not be made unless they will increase production and revenue flow immediately. Staff salaries cannot be increased unless the practice is on solid financial footing. Patients must be given financing options that encourage them to pursue treatment promptly. And specific budget targets must be established to help the office reach the overhead benchmark of 55% of collections in the coming year, specifically:

Dental supplies – 5%

Office supplies – 2%

Rent – 5%

Laboratory – 10%

Payroll – 20%

Payroll taxes and benefits – 3%

Miscellaneous – 10%

Unfortunately, setting the goal to achieve the budget targets is the easy part. Reaching it is the challenge, as many dentists struggle to develop the systems that will enable them to realize those benchmarks. Don’t go it alone, seek help.

For additional assistance please visit our New Dentist resources page under Practice Management at