October 2, 2018
Like many business owners, you probably created a business plan when you launched your company. But, as is also often the case, you may not have looked at it much since then. Now that fall has arrived and year end is coming soon, why not dig it out? Reviewing and revising a business plan can be a great way to plan for the year ahead.6 sections to... Read More
September 26, 2018
Author: Robert Newton Succession planning is a process that every business owner thinks about, however, identifying and developing new leaders is easier said than done. According to Business Enterprise Institute’s 2016 Business Owner Survey Report, 79 percent of business owners plan to exit their business in the next ten years, 38 percent have... Read More
September 25, 2018
Tax identity theft may seem like a problem only for individual taxpayers. But, according to the IRS, increasingly businesses are also becoming victims. And identity thieves have become more sophisticated, knowing filing practices, the tax code and the best ways to get valuable data. How it worksIn tax identity theft, a taxpayer’s identifying... Read More
September 25, 2018
You’ve no doubt heard the old business cliché “cash is king.” And it’s true: A company in a strong cash position stands a much better chance of obtaining the financing it needs, attracting outside investors or simply executing its own strategic plans.One way to ensure that there’s always a king in the castle, so to speak, is to maintain a cash... Read More
September 17, 2018
Does your business reimburse employees’ work-related travel expenses? If you do, you know that it can help you attract and retain employees. If you don’t, you might want to start, because changes under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) make such reimbursements even more attractive to employees. Travel reimbursements also come with tax benefits, but... Read More
September 17, 2018
Most business owners want to grow their companies. And one surefire sign of growth is when ownership believes the company can expand its operations to a second location.If your business has reached this point, or is nearing it, both congratulations and caution are in order. You’ve clearly done a great job with growth, but that doesn’t necessarily... Read More
September 10, 2018
Every business with more than one owner needs a buy-sell agreement to handle both expected and unexpected ownership changes. When creating or updating yours, be sure you’re prepared for the valuation issues that will come into play.Issues, what issues? Emotions tend to run high when owners face a “triggering event” that activates the buy-sell... Read More
September 6, 2018
Natalie Luppold CPA, CISA, CITP On July 29, 2017, Equifax discovered suspicious network traffic. After an investigation, Equifax determined that a website application vulnerability granted unauthorized access to sensitive data from May 13 through July 30. On September 7, 2017, Equifax publically announced the breach of 143 million Americans’... Read More
September 4, 2018
Navigating the New Qualified Business Income Deduction Robert Newton, CPA, CVA The tax reform legislation that Congress signed into law on December 22, 2017, was the largest change to the tax system in over 3 decades. The new tax code contains many provisions that will affect individual, estate, and corporate taxpayers. One of those changes... Read More
September 4, 2018
Classifying a worker as an independent contractor frees a business from payroll tax liability and allows it to forgo providing overtime pay, unemployment compensation and other employee benefits. It also frees the business from responsibility for withholding income taxes and the worker’s share of payroll taxes.For these reasons, the federal... Read More