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retirement savings

Retiring Soon? Recent Law Changes May Have an Impact on Your Retirement Savings

If you’re approaching retirement, you probably want to ensure the money you’ve saved in retirement plans lasts as long as possible. If so, be aware that a law was recently enacted that makes significant changes to retirement accounts. The SECURE Act, which was signed into law in late 2019, made a number of changes of…

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analytical procedures

Analytical Procedures Can Help Make Your Audit More Efficient

The use of audit analytical procedures can help during the planning and review stages of the audit. But analytics can have an even bigger impact when these procedures are used to supplement substantive testing during fieldwork. Definition of “analytics” Auditors use analytical procedures to evaluate financial information by assessing relationships among financial and nonfinancial data.…

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restricted cash

Reporting Restricted Cash

Your company’s financial statements should be transparent about any restrictions on cash. Are your reporting practices in compliance with the current accounting guidance for restricted cash? The basics Restricted cash is a separate category of “cash and cash equivalents” that isn’t available for general business operations or investments. There are many types of restricted cash.…

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home office deduction

If You Run a Business from Home, You Could Qualify for Home Office Deductions

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are working from home. If you’re self-employed and run your business from your home or perform certain functions there, you might be able to claim deductions for home office expenses against your business income. There are two methods for claiming this tax break: the actual expenses method and the…

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donations substantiation

Did You Make Donations in 2020? There’s Still Time to Get Substantiation

If you’re like many Americans, letters from your favorite charities may be appearing in your mailbox acknowledging your 2020 donations. But what happens if you haven’t received such a letter — can you still claim a deduction for the gift on your 2020 income tax return? It depends. What is required To support a charitable…

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debt restructuring

Should My Distressed Company Consider a Debt Restructuring?

Many businesses have experienced severe cash flow problems during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, some may have delayed or missed loan payments. Instead of filing for bankruptcy in court, delinquent debtors may reach out to lenders about restructuring their loans. Restructuring vs. Chapter 11 Out-of-court debt restructuring is a process by which a public…

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tax amounts

2021 Individual Taxes: Answers to Your Questions About Limits

Many people are more concerned about their 2020 tax bills right now than they are about their 2021 tax situations. That’s understandable because your 2020 individual tax return is due to be filed in less than three months (unless you file an extension). However, it’s a good idea to acquaint yourself with tax amounts that…

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loan

Financial Keys to Securing a Commercial Loan

Does your business need a loan? Before contacting your bank, it’s important to gather all relevant financial information to prove your business is creditworthy. By anticipating information requests, you can expedite the loan application process and improve your chances of approval. Lenders love GAAP  U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) is a collection of specific…

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electric vehicle tax credit

The Power of the Tax Credit for Buying an Electric Vehicle

Although electric vehicles (or EVs) are a small percentage of the cars on the road today, they’re increasing in popularity all the time. And if you buy one, you may be eligible for a federal tax credit. The tax code provides a tax credit to purchasers of qualifying plug-in electric drive motor vehicles including passenger…

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footnote disclosures

Footnote Disclosures: The Story Behind the Numbers

The footnotes to your company’s financial statements give investors and lenders insight into account balances, accounting practices and potential risk factors — knowledge that’s vital to making well-informed business and investment decisions. Here are four important issues that you should cover in your footnote disclosures. 1. Unreported or contingent liabilities A company’s balance sheet might…

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