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estate planning and succession planning

Estate Planning and Business Succession Planning

May 20, 2019

The lines blur when a family business comes into play For many business owners, estate planning and succession planning go hand in hand. If you’re the owner of a closely held business, you likely have a significant portion of your wealth tied up in the business. If you don’t take the proper estate planning steps…

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financial statements

Close-Up on Financial Statements

May 17, 2019

There are three types of financial statements under U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Each one reveals different, but equally important, information about your company’s financial performance. And, together, they can be analyzed to help owners, management, lenders and investors make informed business decisions. Profit or loss The income statement shows revenue and expenses over…

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backdoor roth IRA

The “Backdoor” Roth IRA Remains Open

May 16, 2019

The Roth IRA is an attractive savings vehicle, offering tax-free retirement income and other significant benefits. Unfortunately, income limitations prevent many people from contributing to these accounts. But even if you can’t contribute directly, there’s no limit on converting a traditional IRA into a Roth. This “backdoor Roth IRA” strategy allows anyone, regardless of income,…

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selling a home; home for sale

Selling Your Home? Consider These Tax Implications

May 16, 2019

Spring and summer are the optimum seasons for selling a home. And interest rates are currently attractive, so buyers may be out in full force in your area. Freddie Mac reports that the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate was 4.14% during the week of May 2, 2019, while the 15-year mortgage rate was 3.6%. This…

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tax refunds

Check on Your Refund – And Find Out Why the IRS Might Not Send It

May 8, 2019

It’s that time of year when many people who filed their tax returns in April are checking their mail or bank accounts to see if their refunds have landed. According to the IRS, most refunds are issued in less than 21 calendar days. However, it may take longer — and in rare cases, refunds might…

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tax breaks for electric vehicles

Plug In Tax Savings for Electric Vehicles

May 2, 2019

While the number of plug-in electric vehicles is still small compared with other cars on the road, it’s growing — especially in certain parts of the country. If you’re interested in purchasing an hybrid or electric vehicle, you may be eligible for a federal income tax credit of up to $7,500. (Depending on where you…

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accounting standards

Close-Up on Professional Standards for CPAs

April 29, 2019

The accounting profession is largely self-regulated by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Part of its mission involves the development and enforcement of a broad range of standards for the profession. Why do these standards matter to you? By having a little familiarity with the guidance that accountants and auditors follow, business owners…

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entrepreneur expenses start-up

How Entrepreneurs Must Treat Expenses on Their Tax Returns

April 25, 2019

Have you recently started a new business? Or are you contemplating starting one? Launching a new venture is a hectic, exciting time. And as you know, before you even open the doors, you generally have to spend a lot of money. You may have to train workers and pay for rent, utilities, marketing and more.…

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business professionals reviewing QOE report

Put a QOE Report to Work for You

April 23, 2019

An independent quality of earnings (QOE) report can be a valuable tool in mergers and acquisitions. It’s important for both buyers and sellers to look beyond the quantitative information provided by the selling company’s financial statements. Quality matters There’s a lack of guidance from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) regarding scope and…

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couple reviewing unexpected tax liability

If You Have an Unexpected Tax Bill, a Payment Plan May Be Your Best Option

April 22, 2019

Although recent changes in the tax law brought some new deductions and reductions in the highest marginal tax brackets, the loss or limitation of many deductions and changes in the tax withholding tables have left many taxpayers with an unexpected bill to pay. For taxpayers who do not have the cash available to pay the…

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