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At Machen McChesney we are committed to Returning Value to you through our monthly e-newsletter, The Value Report.

Here you'll find regular tips to help with your business and personal finances, as well as strategies to grow and more efficiently run your organization.


Table of Contents

  1. Key Lesson: Q’s and A’s on 529 Plans
  2. Five Key Points You Should Know About Home-Sale Exclusion
  3. 2014 Changes to Form 990 and Schedules
  4. Impact of New Tangible Property Regulations on the Real Estate Industry
  5. Why Business Valuation Should Be Included in Your Exit Strategy
  6. Transportation Infrastructure is the Road to More Competitive U.S. Manufacturing
  7. How Do You Stack Up Against Others in Your Industry?


Key Lesson: Q's and A's on 529 Plans

Despite recent proposals to scale back benefits, Section 529 plans remain a tax-favored way for parents to set aside funds for college. Here are the answers to several key questions on the subject. Continue reading.


Large_HomeFive Key Points You Should Know About Home-Sale Exclusion

Although the government has chipped away at some of the biggest tax shelters for individuals, at least one solid foundation is still standing: your home. During the period when you own a home, it can be a source of valuable tax deductions for mortgage interest and property taxes. Continue reading. 


2014 Changes to Form 990 and Schedules

As in the past few years, most of the 2014 changes to the Form 990 and its many schedules are fairly minor. There is, however, one exception—Schedule A: the schedule required for all Section 501(c)(3) public charities, which has gone from four to eight pages and now includes eighteen pages of instructions. Continue reading.


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Impact of New Tangible Property Regulations on the Real Estate Industry

In September 2013, IRS released final regulations (“Regulations”) dealing with repair and capitalization of tangible property under IRC Sec.162(a) and 263(a) and regulations relating to dispositions under IRC Sec. 168. Continue reading. 


Why Business Valuation Should Be Included in Your Exit Strategy

For small business owners who frequently buy new equipment and other assets for their business activities, the new tax law enacted at the end of 2014—the Tax Increase Prevention Act (TIPA)—provides a temporary reprieve. Signed on December 19, 2014, TIPA extended a Section 179 deduction retroactive to January 1, 2014. But this provision expired—again—on December 31, 2014. As things now stand, the maximum deduction will fall precipitously in 2015 unless Congress takes further action. Continue reading.


iStock_000041718342_LargeTransportation Infrastructure is the Road to More Competitive U.S. Manufacturing

The U.S. manufacturing industry is in the midst of a comeback. Manufacturers are gladly shifting from securing demand to meeting demand. However, reworking the U.S. transportation infrastructure is essential to the success of this progress. Continue reading.


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