How Plumb Bill Pay Works and 5 Reasons to Use It

At Plumb Bill Pay, our personalized family bill pay services are custom designed to meet the needs of our high-net-worth clients. Our team of experts manages your bills, creates reconciliations and reports to allow your personal financial team to make better decisions about your wealth.

How It Works:

With Plumb’s proven outsourced bill pay solution, you receive high-touch service from accounting experts who provide cash flow reporting, track your expenses and pay your bills reliably and securely.

Our 7-phase bill pay cycle features segregation of duties, multiple levels of review, and secure access. Following these checks and balances, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing that your assets and bills are being monitored and paid on time, and all the while you can monitor your bill pay phases through our bill pay app. Take a look at our proven approach to family bill pay:

Phase 1: Bill Pay Associate receives and reviews vendor invoices.
Phase 2: Bill Pay Associate sends vendor invoices to the client for approval and initiates bill payment.
Phase 3: Bill Pay Lead approves bill payment.
Phase 4: Plumb signer authorizes signatures for ACH, wires, and checks.
Phase 5: Bill Pay Supervisor reviews bank and credit card statements for accuracy.
Phase 6: Bill Pay Associate reconciles bank and credit card statements.
Phase 7: Bill Pay Lead sends weekly cash activity report.


Top 5 Reasons You Should Use Plumb Bill Pay:

1. Take your time back:

Have your expenses tracked and all bills paid on time, so you can focus on your family and enjoy your wealth. With 24/7 on-demand access to your own accounts and frequent comprehensive reporting, you or your designated financial representative maintain a direct line of sight into your expenses, without the stress of managing the minutiae.

2. Personalized solutions:

We customize our approach to the specific needs and objectives of each separate client.

3. Be in the know

Receive comprehensive cash flow reports, allowing you and your personal financial team to make better decisions about your wealth.

4. You can rely on us

You will have peace of mind knowing you are in good hands as we offer unparalleled client service and guarantee on-time payments. This takes the pressure of you to plan for upcoming payments and recurring bill due dates. Ensure that your bills are paid on time, so you can devote more energy to enjoying life.

5. Deliver accurate tax documents to your CPA by having organized recordkeeping throughout the year and electronically filing invoices.

Plumb Bill Pay Finalist in the Family Wealth Report Awards 2021

Press Release: 2021 Family Wealth Report Awards

Awards showcase the best in the industry with categories focused on experts, products and services for wealth managers, high-net-worth clients and financial institutions.

Plumb Bill Pay, a leading bill pay firm servicing family offices and the high-net-worth, has been selected as a finalist in the Bill Pay and Property & Household categories at the Family Wealth Report Awards.

The annual Family Wealth Report Awards program recognizes the most innovative and exceptional firms, teams and individuals serving the family office, family wealth management and trusted advisor communities in North America.

“It is an honor to be nominated for this prestigious and nationally recognized award,” said Anneke Stender, Executive Vice President of Plumb Bill Pay. “This is testament to our best-in-class services and a foundation of technology and bank-level security that has led to our growth and success this year,” she said.

Plumb Bill Pay was nominated for the Property & Household category for their range of service offerings to the private client community, including bill payment, recordkeeping, income and expense tracking, cash flow reporting, vendor and mail management services.

Using a proprietary task management software system to facilitate and track bill payments, the solutions of Plumb Bill Pay are customizable for family offices or individual clients depending on their need and complexity of transactions and reporting.

“It feels great to be recognized alongside the top service providers to the affluent community and trusted by their advisors,” said Robert Scherer, President of Plumb Bill Pay. “As we continue to build relationships with family offices, wealth management firms and financial institutions, it is imperative to keep expanding our technology, security features and ease of use for client satisfaction,” he said.

Stephen Harris, ClearView Financial Media’s Chief Executive, and publisher of Family Wealth Report, was first to extend his congratulations to all finalists.  He said: “The firms and individuals who are finalists in our 8th Family Wealth Report Awards program are all worthy competitors, and I would like to extend my heartiest congratulations.  These awards are judged by an independent panel of judges and finalists are selected on the basis of entrants’ submissions and their response to a number of specific questions, which had to be answered focusing on the client experience, and not only quantitative performance metrics.  That is a unique, and I believe, compelling feature.  These awards will recognise the very best operators in the private client industry, with ‘independence’, ‘integrity’ and ‘genuine insight’ the watchwords of the judging process – such that the awards truly reflect excellence in family wealth management.  I’m delighted that we have made these annual awards the brightest, and most keenly contested highlights in the family wealth management calendar.”

Winners will be announced on 6 May 2021 in Family Wealth Report alongside a series of videos and publications.

About Plumb Bill Pay:

For over two decades, Plumb has been helping high-net-worth families, their businesses, and family offices achieve greater levels of financial freedom by handling their personal reporting and bill pay needs. Plumb Bill Pay offers a high-touch and high-tech approach to personal bill pay and is custom designed to meet the needs of the high-net-worth.

Plumb Bill Pay works with clients across the country and globally. They have office locations in La Jolla and Newport Beach, CA and New York City, New York.

About Family Wealth Report Awards:

The Family Wealth Report is published by ClearView Financial Media, which provides essential business intelligence and up-to-date wealth management news to the global financial services sector.  With a database of 60,000 professionals, ClearView Financial Media is a real voice for private bankers, wealth managers, and advisors in related sectors.

London-based Publisher Stephen Harris is an international financial journalist and private client investment manager. With teams based in New York, London, Singapore, Switzerland and South Africa, Group Editor Tom Burroughes is dedicated to bringing the community useful news, thought-leadership events and important issues facing the private client community. 

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3 Things to Know About Form 1099-NEC

What is Form 1099-NEC (Nonemployee Compensation)?

The IRS is bringing back a form last used in 1982s —Form 1099-NEC, to be used beginning with 2020 information returns. The draft 2020 version of the form has been posted by the IRS to the agency’s website. Part of the rationale for the new Form 1099NEC was that the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATHAct of 2015.

It will be used to report at least $600 payments made to each person during the calendar year for your business:

  • Services performed by someone that was not your employee
    • Include parts/materials used to perform the service
  • Cash payments for fish (or other aquatic life) you purchase from anyone engaged in the trade or business of catching fish
  • Payments to attorneys

Withheld any federal income tax under the backup withholding rules regardless of the payment amount.

Common examples of who will receive Form 1099-NEC:

  • Attorneys
  • Architects
  • Accountants
  • Graphic Designers
  • Web Developer
  • IT Consultants
  • Freelance writer
  • Non-employee Sales Commission
  • Freelance Contractors
  • Landscapers
  • Other self-employed individuals

Form 1099-NEC:

Due to IRS & Recipient 2/1/21

  • A IRS
  • 1 State Tax Department
  • B Recipient
  • 2 Recipient copy to be filed with state income tax return (if applicable)
  • C Payer

Form 1099-MISC:

Due to recipient by 2/1/21 or 2/16/21 if reporting in box 8 or 10. Due to IRS by 3/1/21 (paper) or 3/31/21 (electronic)

  • A IRS
  • 1 State Tax Department
  • B Recipient
  • 2 Recipient copy to be filed with state income tax return (if applicable)
  • C Payer

Ready to start your new year with organized financials in preparation for tax season? Plumb Family CFO works in partnership with your CPA and personal financial team.  Find out more…

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Personal Income Tax Organizer: Preparing your Financials for Filing Tax Returns

Personal Income Tax Organizer, an Outsourced Recordkeeping Solution by Plumb Family CFO

In this client case study, Plumb Family CFO gives an overview of the recordkeeping and accounting services that go into putting together a personal income tax organizer that streamlines year-end tracking and creates financial organization in order to file tax returns.

Client: High-net-worth real estate investor with multiple properties, S Corp, and brokerage accounts.

Net Worth: $35MM

Background:  This real estate investor has a large portfolio of multi-family rental and mixed-use properties, along with an S Corp, and complex personal accounting needs. With limited time and resources to organize his financial records and supporting tax documents, he turned to Plumb Family CFO as an outsourced accounting solution.

The Solution:  Plumb Family CFO collects, tracks and organizes the client’s financial data to create a comprehensive and audit-proof financial package for year-end.  This allows for the client’s CPA firm to be more cost-effective with their time and helps to maximize standard deductions. Plumb also supplies the CPA with quarterly financial reports to properly adjust estimated tax payments as needed to avoid any penalties and interest chargers with the IRS or Franchise Tax Board.

By having accurate recordkeeping throughout the year, with up-to-date reconciliations and properly tracked income and expenses, the client experienced tax season with the peace of mind knowing that he had the highest quality of data and financial reporting to file tax returns. With a clear financial picture, he was able to make informed decisions with his wealth and property portfolio.

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“Plumb Family CFO tracks and organizes my client’s financials and paperwork throughout the year and I never have to worry about any last-minute fire drills or missing information during tax deadlines”.  – Client’s CPA

Download: Sample copy of Annual Tax Organizer / Personal Income Tax Organizer

Personal Income Tax Organizer: “Pulling it all Together”

In order for Plumb Family CFO to organize and compile all the data for the client’s CPA to file tax returns, we follow an accounting preparation guideline, including:

  • Step 1: Fully reconcile and close out year-end financials
  • Step 2: Print a P&L statement for each entity to use as reference tool
  • Step 3: Work with the client’s CPA to use their standard personal income tax organizer or create document using Plumb Family CFO template
  • Step 4: Outline and track any major purchases made throughout the year that may have a tax impact – for example, purchase/sale of real estate, purchase of electric vehicle or IRA contributions

Financial Recordkeeping & Supporting Tax Documents

Here is a sample list of the supporting tax documents that Plumb Family CFO will collect throughout the year for the personal income tax organizer package.

  • Wages/Salary – W2
  • Interest/Dividend Income:
  • 1099s from bank and brokerage firms
  • General Ledger for private loan/note interest received
  • Capital Gains/Losses
  • 1099 from brokerage firms
  • K1 Schedules
  • Private Equity
  • Hedge Funds
  • Privately Held Companies
  • Property Income/Expenses
  • Include P&L by investment property to be included on Schedule E of the tax return
  • Standard Deductions
  • Include GL detail for each category
  • General Expense Categories
  • Medical and Health Insurance
  • Legal – Estate Planning
  • Interest Expense – either 1098 form for mortgage or investment interest
  • Property Taxes for Residence(s)
  • Donations – include donation receipt for amounts over $250 per annum
  • Tax Payments (IRS and State)

Ready to start your new year with organized financials in preparation for tax season? Plumb Family CFO works in partnership with your CPA and personal financial team.  Find out more…

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Announcing Our Name Change to Plumb Bill Pay!

Big news – we are releasing our new name, we are now Plumb Bill Pay!

We are proud to announce the launch of the new company name as part of the ongoing development of our company’s brand. We changed our name to better represent our brand and our mission. The new name reflects our companies approach to family bill pay. You’ll see our new name and look throughout our website.


Our business has grown and evolved over the years, and we felt it was time for a change. We have changed our name to reflect who we are as a company today. For over two decades, we have been helping high-net-worth clients achieve greater levels of personal freedom to savor their time and enjoy their lifestyles. By providing expert advice and innovative technology solutions to streamline, simplify and centralize day-to-day financial operations, we act as an extension of your financial team, supporting individuals and families with our analytical and proactive approach to bill pay.


“By rebranding ourselves as Plumb, we are doubling down on our assurance to serve you with the highest quality bill pay services available in today’s market. Plumb is exacting. Plumb ensures clarity. Plumb aligns your accounting and bill paying. You know us for our quality products and  services, now get to know us as Plumb Bill Pay.” – Anneke Stender

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