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Thanks for stopping by. Take a look through these FAQs and if you can’t find the answer you’re looking for please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

What services do you offer?

We offer a full slate of business services for small to medium-sized businesses, in the forms of bookkeeping, payroll, insurance, tax solutions, and more.

  • Tax Solutions
  • Bookkeeping services
  • Payroll services
  • Insurance Solutions
  • Brand Solutions

What do you specialize in?

At Semaphore, we specialize in helping small businesses realize their full potential by offering solutions to common business needs. Our team does have a unique specialty in online businesses, specifically YouTube creators.

Where are you located?

Our headquarters is located in the Irvine Spectrum area of Irvine, CA, serving the greater south Orange County. Additionally, we also have seasonal offices in Carlsbad and Hollywood, serving the greater LA area.

Who’s preparing my taxes?

We have a team of experienced CPA’s, tax preparers, and advisors on staff to help you with your business’ tax needs.

Can your team represent me in an audit?

When we prepare your taxes, we accept responsibility for the work we do. We have a team accredited with the licensing required to represent our clients before the IRS in the event of an audit.

How much do your services cost?

We offer competitive prices for Orange County and Los Angeles. Since every business operates differently, our services are specialized based on the needs of our clients. Please get in touch for more information.

I received a form 1099-MISC (from PayPal or Google or your MCN) for my YouTube channel earnings so I need to file a tax return. Where do I start?

When running a YouTube channel, you are actually running a business since you will be issued a 1099-MISC. Therefore, you need to file the appropriate schedule C tax form to show the IRS that you are properly handling your tax calculations. At Semaphore, we can help you position yourself so that you receive the greatest tax benefit when filing by ensuring the schedule C is properly capturing all your business related expenses.

When do I need to incorporate?

Once your monthly earnings from your YouTube channel reach a certain threshold, it’s a good idea to start thinking about incorporation. Because you are taxed differently as a sole proprietor, you need to weigh the costs and benefits of creating a formal company.

Are you an MCN?

No, we are NOT AN MCN. Our talent span every MCN, and many choose to remain independent with Google directly.

Will I be locked in a contract?

No, we do not have duration contracts. We work on a month to month basis with our clients.

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