Understanding how taxes factor into an M&A transaction

If your company is merging with or acquiring another business, it’s important to understand how the transaction will be taxed. For tax purposes, a transaction can basically be structured in two ways: stock (or ownership interest) or assets. For tax and nontax reasons, buyers usually prefer to purchase assets, while sellers generally prefer stock sales.…

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An implementation plan is key to making strategic goals a reality

Strategic planning comprises two primary tasks: establishing goals and achieving them. The key to that all-important second task is establishing an implementation plan. First, appoint a leader to communicate and champion your objectives. Next, establish teams of employees to complete goal-related projects. Ensure each team’s members represent a cross-section of your company’s departments. Also, regularly…

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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…

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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.…

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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.…

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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…

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