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2 Tax Law Changes That May Affect Your Business's 401(k) Plan

Posted by Don G. Chastain, CPA on Jun 12, 2018

When you think about recent tax law changes and your business, you’re probably thinking about the new 20% pass-through deduction for qualified business income or the enhancements to depreciation-related breaks. Or you may be contemplating the reduction or elimination of certain business expense deductions. But there are also a couple of recent tax law changes that you need to be aware of if your business sponsors a 401(k) plan.

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Five Prime Issues For Business Startups

Posted by Michael D. Machen, CPA, CVA on May 09, 2018

Items for new owners to resolve

Are you starting a new business venture or investing in potential opportunities in the marketplace? Before you make any commitments, be aware that there are numerous practical considerations from a business, tax and legal perspective. In other words, there is much more involved than just fronting the cash.

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Five Ideas for a 2018 Business Plan

Posted by Michael D. Machen, CPA, CVA on Dec 06, 2017

It is almost 2018 … do you know where your business plan for the new year is?

Developing a business plan for the upcoming year is a laborious task, but it is often critical to the continued success of the operation. Although the details will vary from company to company, the best approach is to confront the challenges expected for the year and address the strengths and weaknesses within the organization. Conversely, if a business has a merely rudimentary plan—or even worse, no plan at all—the likelihood of real progress is diminished.

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5 Tips For Companies On The Move

Posted by Jessica L. Pagan, CPA on Dec 04, 2017

Do you plan to relocate or expand your business in 2018?

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Strategies to Help Startups Overcome Financial Statement Hurdles

Posted by Nick Wheeler, CPA on Nov 07, 2017

To put the early phase of building a startup business into context, consider dating. You remember that, right? Daters find each other through different avenues, get together, gauge their respective interest in one another, and then pursue a relationship or go their separate ways.

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Six Ways to Improve Cash Flow

Posted by Michael D. Machen, CPA, CVA on Nov 03, 2017

Practical ideas to spur business growth

When you are running a small business, the numbers matter. This is especially true when it comes to cash flow. If you have more money going out than you have coming in, your business will not survive for very long.

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Thorough Due Diligence Can Protect Your Acquisition From Fraud

Posted by Marty Williams, CPA on Oct 20, 2017

In today’s rough-and-tumble world of mergers and acquisitions (M&As), buyers need to get to know business sellers and their executives, test their representations about asset condition and financial performance, and screen for common fraud schemes. Here’s why.

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Which Tax-advantaged Health Account Should Be Part Of Your Benefits Package?

Posted by Jessica L. Pagan, CPA on Oct 17, 2017

On October 12, an executive order was signed that, among other things, seeks to expand Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs). HRAs are just one type of tax-advantaged account you can provide your employees to help fund their health care expenses. Also available are Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs). Which one should you include in your benefits package? Here’s a look at the similarities and differences:

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Accelerate Your Retirement Savings With A Cash Balance Plan

Posted by Michael D. Machen, CPA, CVA on Oct 09, 2017

Business owners may not be able to set aside as much as they’d like in tax-advantaged retirement plans. Typically, they’re older and more highly compensated than their employees, but restrictions on contributions to 401(k) and profit-sharing plans can hamper retirement-planning efforts. One solution may be a cash balance plan.

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2 Ways Spouse-owned Businesses Can Reduce Their Self-employment Tax Bill

Posted by Melissa Motley, CPA on Sep 26, 2017

If you own a profitable, unincorporated business with your spouse, you probably find the high self-employment (SE) tax bills burdensome. An unincorporated business in which both spouses are active is typically treated by the IRS as a partnership owned 50/50 by the spouses. (For simplicity, when we refer to “partnerships,” we’ll include in our definition limited liability companies that are treated as partnerships for federal tax purposes.)

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