Tax reform expands availability of cash accounting

The cash method of accounting offers greater tax-planning flexibility, allowing some businesses to defer taxable income. Under the TCJA, if your business’s average gross receipts for the previous three tax years are $25 million or less, you generally will now be eligible for the cash method for federal tax purposes, regardless of how your business…

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3 ways to get more from your marketing dollars

In a strong economy, some companies cut back on marketing while others overspend on it. A better approach is to get more from your investment so you can cut back or ramp up as prudent. Start with digital marketing: Use search engine optimization, social media and Internet-only deals to improve customer focus. And don’t assume…

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Taking the hybrid approach to cloud computing

Many businesses struggle to decide whether to use a public cloud computing solution or invest in a private cloud. Why not both? Under the hybrid approach, a company sets up an infrastructure that uses a public cloud for accessing apps and storing less sensitive data while relying on one or more private clouds to store…

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Reduce insurance costs by encouraging employee wellness

The safer your workplace, the less likely you’ll incur high workers’ compensation premiums. But think about the impact of employee wellness on other insurance costs, too. From a physical well-being standpoint, a formal wellness program can encourage healthier life choices and thereby reduce health coverage costs. In terms of mental health, providing the right training…

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Now’s the time to review your business expenses

As we approach the end of the year, it’s a good idea to review your business’s expenses for deductibility. At the same time, consider whether you’d benefit from accelerating certain expenses into this year. There’s no master list of deductible business expenses in the Internal Revenue Code (IRC). Some deductions are expressly authorized or excluded,…

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Tax-free fringe benefits help small businesses and their employees

In today’s tightening job market, to attract and retain the best employees, small businesses need to offer not only competitive pay, but also appealing fringe benefits. Those that are tax-free are especially attractive to employees. Examples include many types of insurance (health, disability, long-term care, life) and assistance plans (dependent care, adoption and educational), subject…

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2 ways to transfer a family business

If a family-owned business is your main source of wealth, it’s critical to plan for the transition of ownership in your estate plan. One option if estate tax isn’t a concern is an estate defective trust. It’s designed so that your beneficiaries are the owners for income tax purposes, which will result in lower “familywide”…

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Are you ready to expand to a second location?

Are you thinking about expanding your business to a second location? If so, make sure your company is truly ready. First ask whether you can duplicate the success of your current location at another one. Also look into how an expansion might create conflicts between the two locations. Explore the financial aspects, too. How will…

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3 reasons you should continue making lifetime gifts

The TCJA doubled the lifetime gift and estate tax exemption this year to an inflation-adjusted $11.18 million. But it can still pay to make lifetime gifts. First, gifting removes future appreciation from the estate, saving estate tax for taxpayers with very large estates. Second, the higher exemption isn’t permanent, so taxpayers who don’t have to…

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Protect your peace of mind with a trust protector

Do you need a trust protector? Maybe, if you aren’t completely confident the trustee will carry out your wishes. A trustee manages the trust on a day-to-day basis, while the protector oversees the trustee and weighs in on critical decisions, such as investment transactions involving large dollar amounts. Although it’s tempting to provide a protector…

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Is there a weak link in your supply chain?

Every company should watch out for weak links in its supply chain. Examples include: 1) legal risks; a supplier could be embroiled in a lawsuit or violation, 2) political risks; a supplier may operate in a politically unstable region (even nationally), and 3) transportation risks; weather or other disasters could compromise a supplier’s shipping routes.…

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