Paying off Debt the Smart Way

Paying off Debt the Smart Way With a potential economic downturn in the wings due to COVID-19, being debt-free is a worthwhile goal. Unfortunately, between mortgages, car loans, credit cards, and student loans, this is unrealistic for most people – especially those of pre-retirement age. Instead, it’s better to start by focusing on managing debt.…

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Personal Goodwill in a Texas Divorce

What is Personal Goodwill in a Texas Divorce? Written by: Anthony DeBenedictis, CPA, ABV, CFF, CFE Goodwill is an intangible asset often defined as “the value of a trade or business attributable to the expectancy of continued customer patronage,” and that “this expectancy may be due to the name or reputation of a trade or…

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Encryption

Encryption Written by: Madhu Maganti, CPA, CISA The need for encryption is at an all-time high with an increasing number of organizations and consumers falling victim to a whole host of cybercrimes. The cyber criminals never rest, and this means that organizations need to be vigilant as well as ensure the implementation of tough security…

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Data is King

Data is King Written by: Madhu Maganti, CPA, CISA Evolution of Data Everyone and their big brother (no pun intended) is talking about data and more specifically, Big Data. Big Data is a technology buzzword that describes the current ecosystem in which there is significantly more data, and the processing of this data is beneficial…

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What is My Business Worth?

What is My Business Worth? Written by: Anthony DeBenedictis, CPA, ABV, CFF, CFE In simplicity, the value of a business or an asset is the present value of all the expected future economic benefits (income steams).  In reality, this is a bit more complex.  Business valuation is the process of determining the economic value of…

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Biometrics Identification – Boon or Bane?

Biometrics Identification – Boon or Bane? Written by: Madhu Maganti, CPA, CISA Biometric identification is any means by which a person can be uniquely identified by evaluating one or more distinguishing biological traits. Unique identifiers include fingerprints, hand geometry, earlobe geometry, retina and iris patterns, voice waves, DNA, and signatures. Biometric identification is still an emerging technology but…

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Data Privacy Rights

Data Privacy Rights Written by: Madhu Maganti, CPA, CISA The lines between data security and data privacy often get blurred. Data security is about securing data against unauthorized access. Data privacy is all about authorized access, concerning who has it and who defines it. In this regard, data security is about the technical implementation of…

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Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act

Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act On Wednesday, June 3, 2020, the Senate passed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020. The PPP Flexibility Act passed the House last week and will now be sent to President Trump for signature into law. The PPP Flexibility Act provides some relief and flexibility in the use of…

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Preparing an Effective Business Plan

Preparing an Effective Business Plan A business plan is a valuable tool whether you’re seeking additional financing for an existing business, starting a new company, or analyzing a new market. Think of it as your blueprint for success. Not only will it clarify your business vision and goals, but it will also force you to…

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Pass on Wealth to Heirs Using These Strategies

Pass on Wealth to Heirs Using These Strategies Individuals with significant assets who want to transfer wealth to heirs tax-free, as well as minimize estate taxes, should take advantage of proven tax strategies such as gifting and direct payments to educational institutions; however low interest rates and a volatile stock market are creating additional opportunities.…

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Loan Forgiveness Under the Paycheck Protection Plan

Loan Forgiveness Under the Paycheck Protection Plan As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law March 27, many small business owners were able to apply for – and receive – a loan of up to $10 million under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Businesses – including nonprofits, veterans’…

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Additional Tax Deadlines Extended

Additional Tax Deadlines Extended As a reminder, taxpayers now have until July 15, 2020, to file and pay federal income taxes originally due on April 15 and no late-filing penalty, late-payment penalty or interest will be due. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this relief has been expanded to include additional returns, tax payments and other…

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Employee Retention Credit Could Help Your Business

Employee Retention Credit Could Help Your Business Businesses that have been impacted financially by COVID-19 may be able to take advantage of a new, refundable tax credit called the Employee Retention Credit. The credit is designed to encourage businesses to keep employees on their payroll and is worth 50 percent of qualifying wages up to…

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Job Loss Could Affect Your Tax Situation

Job Loss Could Affect Your Tax Situation If you’ve lost your job you may have questions about how it could affect your tax situation. Here are some answers: Q: I lost my job. How does this affect my tax situation? A: The loss of a job may create new tax issues. For example, any severance…

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Relief for Businesses with Net Operating Losses

Relief for Businesses with Net Operating Losses Taxpayers with net operating losses (NOLs) form a business are provided tax relief under the CARES Act. Tax relief for partnerships filing amended returns is provided as well. Let’s take a look at three key points: 1. Claiming NOLs Taxpayers with net operating losses that are carried back…

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