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Want To Motivate Employees? Get Back To Basics

Posted by Amber Malik on Jan 16, 2019

Motivation. It’s a relatively simple word, but encouraging it among your employees can be a challenge. Maybe that’s because, fundamentally, enthusiasm must come from within. It’s not something you can implant in someone externally. For this reason, employers sometimes need to get back to the basics of employee motivation to identify the right ways to inspire their workforces.

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Posted in Payroll, HR & Benefits

How Do Profits and Cash Flow Differ?

Posted by Jessica L. Pagan, CPA on Jan 14, 2019

Business owners sometimes mistakenly equate profits with cash flow. Here’s how this can lead to surprises when managing day-to-day operations — and why many profitable companies experience cash shortages.

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Posted in Business Tax

Conducting An Effective Post-M&A Audit

Posted by Melissa Motley, CPA on Jan 10, 2019

So, you’re about to merge with another company. What’s next? The integration process typically starts with audited financial statements that reflect the results and financial position of the combined entity. This exercise requires a close partnership between the external audit team and in-house accounting personnel from both companies. Collaboration is key to a seamless transition.

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Comply Carefully With The Laws Regarding Background Checks

Posted by Becky Snedigar on Jan 08, 2019

A bad hire can lead to more than just disappointment. Disgruntled employees may draw bad publicity; file complicated, expensive lawsuits; and even disclose or destroy sensitive data. Many employers are adding background checks to their hiring processes for these reasons. If you’re thinking about joining them, here are some dos and don’ts to follow.

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Posted in Payroll, HR & Benefits

Is There Still Time To Pay 2018 Bonuses and Deduct Them On Your 2018 Return?

Posted by Lesley L. Price, CPA on Jan 07, 2019

There aren’t too many things businesses can do after a year ends to reduce tax liability for that year. However, you might be able to pay employee bonuses for 2018 in 2019 and still deduct them on your 2018 tax return. In certain circumstances, businesses can deduct bonuses employees have earned during a tax year if the bonuses are paid within 2½ months after the end of that year (by March 15 for a calendar-year company).

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Posted in Business Tax

Business Owners: An Exit Strategy Should Be Part Of Your Tax Planning

Posted by Michael D. Machen, CPA, CVA on Jan 04, 2019

Tax planning is a juggling act for business owners. You have to keep your eye on your company’s income and expenses and applicable tax breaks (especially if you own a pass-through entity). But you also must look out for your own financial future.

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Posted in Tax Planning

Time To Celebrate! FASB Expands VIE Exception For Private Companies

Posted by Aaron K. Waller, CPA on Jan 03, 2019

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) recently gave private companies long-awaited relief from one of the most complicated aspects of financial reporting — consolidation of variable interest entities (VIEs). Here are the details.

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A Refresher On Major Tax Law Changes For Small-business Owners

Posted by Nick Wheeler, CPA on Jan 02, 2019

The dawning of 2019 means the 2018 income tax filing season will soon be upon us. After year end, it’s generally too late to take action to reduce 2018 taxes. Business owners may, therefore, want to shift their focus to assessing whether they’ll likely owe taxes or get a refund when they file their returns this spring, so they can plan accordingly.

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6 Last-minute Tax Moves For Your Business

Posted by Jessica L. Pagan, CPA on Dec 18, 2018

Tax planning is a year-round activity, but there are still some year-end strategies you can use to lower your 2018 tax bill. Here are six last-minute tax moves business owners should consider:

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How To Prepare For Year-end Physical Inventory Counts

Posted by Aaron K. Waller, CPA on Dec 17, 2018

As year-end approaches, it’s time for calendar-year entities to perform physical inventory counts. This activity is more than a compliance chore. Proactive companies see it as an opportunity to improve operational efficiency.

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Posted in Audit & Assurance

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