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Budgeting is Key to a Successful Start-Up

More than half of recent college graduates plan to start a business someday, according to the results of a survey published in August by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Unfortunately, the AICPA estimates that only half of start-up businesses survive the five-year mark, and only about one in three reach the 10-year…

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Tax Implications of Equity-Based Compensation

Equity-based compensation is a powerful tool for attracting, retaining and motivating executives and other employees. By rewarding recipients for their contributions to your success, it aligns their interests with those of the company and provides them with an incentive to stay. Here’s a look at some of the more common types. Incentive stock options Stock…

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Q4 Tax Calendar Deadlines

2019 Q4 Tax Calendar: Key Deadlines for Businesses and Other Employers

Here are some of the key tax-related deadlines affecting businesses and other employers during the fourth quarter of 2019. Keep in mind that this list isn’t all-inclusive, so there may be additional deadlines that apply to you. Contact us to ensure you’re meeting all applicable deadlines and to learn more about the filing requirements. October…

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Auditing Grant Compliance

Has your organization received any public or private grants to fund its growth? Grants sometimes require an independent audit by a qualified accounting firm. Here’s what grant recipients should know to help facilitate matters and ensure compliance at all levels. Federal compliance Federal awards require compliance with the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit…

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The Next Individual Estimated Tax Deadline is September 16: Do You Have to Make a Payment?

If you’re self-employed and don’t have withholding from paychecks, you probably have to make estimated tax payments. These payments must be sent to the IRS on a quarterly basis. The third 2019 estimated tax payment deadline for individuals is Monday, September 16. Even if you do have some withholding from paychecks or payments you receive,…

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Corporate Governance in the 21st Century

What’s the purpose of a corporation? For the last 50 years, the answer was “to maximize shareholder value.” But, on August 19, CEOs of 181 leading U.S. businesses, including Amazon, Apple, General Motors and Walmart, pledged to broaden the scope. Beyond shareholder value Putting shareholders first was the doctrine of University of Chicago economist Milton…

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Expenses that Teachers Can and Can’t Deduct on Their Tax Returns

As teachers head back for a new school year, they often pay for various expenses for which they don’t receive reimbursement. Fortunately, they may be able to deduct them on their tax returns. However, there are limits on this special deduction, and some expenses can’t be written off. For 2019, qualifying educators can deduct some…

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Thompson Greenspon Announces 2019 Staff Promotions

Thompson Greenspon is pleased to announce the continued growth of our firm with the following staff promotions, effective August 2019: Steven Mack, CPA to Audit Senior Agnes Tajat, CPA to Audit Senior Thompson Greenspon is delighted to have so many of our people moving ahead in their careers.  These promotions are just one part of the…

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Traditional IRA distributions

Taking Distributions from Your Traditional IRA

If you’re like many people, you’ve worked hard to accumulate a large nest egg in your traditional IRA (including a SEP-IRA). It’s even more critical to carefully plan for withdrawals from these retirement-savings vehicles. Knowing the fine points of the IRA distribution rules can make a significant difference in how much you and your family…

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