Best practices when filing a business interruption claim

Business interruption insurance generally provides cash flow to cover revenues lost and expenses incurred while normal operations are suspended because of an applicable event. But submitting a claim can be time-consuming and requires preparation. First, notify your insurer of an interruption immediately and review your policy. Then reorganize your bookkeeping to segregate costs related to…

When are LLC members subject to self-employment tax?

Limited liability company (LLC) members commonly claim that their distributive shares of LLC income (after deducting compensation for services in the form of guaranteed payments) aren’t subject to self-employment (SE) tax. But the IRS has been seeking back taxes and penalties from LLC members it claims have underreported SE income, with some success in court.…

Financial statements tell your business’s story, inside and out

As a business evolves, it will encounter the need to build credibility with outside parties, such as investors and lenders, and to make well-informed strategic decisions. In short, financial statements are a necessity. Typical components are an income statement, a balance sheet, and a cash flow statement. Also frequently included: a retained earnings/equity statement and…

Many tax-related limits affecting businesses increase for 2019

A variety of tax-related limits affecting businesses are annually indexed for inflation, and many have increased for 2019. For example, the Section 179 expensing limit has gone up to $1.02 million from $1 million. Also up are the income-based phase-ins for certain limits on the new-last-year Sec. 199A qualified business income deduction for owners of…

Getting wise to the rise of “smart” buildings

If your business is considering upgrading its facility, or moving to or constructing a new one, be prepared to encounter “smart” buildings. A smart building is one equipped with sensors that gather and track information about energy usage. With this data, the building’s energy consumption can be more accurately tracked and regulated to lower costs.…

Do your long-term customers know everything about you?

Most business owners would agree that selling to existing customers is easier than finding new ones. Yet many companies squander potential sales to long-term customers because they don’t create awareness of all their products or services. Learn everything you can about your best customers’ missions, plans and operations. Also, instruct your sales staff to regularly…