As we move through December, students will start taking final exams. Think back to your school days; were you a crammer or a planner? Imagine studying and preparing all year for an exam on material that is completely new to you. You are told you can study for twelve months and the exam will begin after a one month wait. This is the situation we find ourselves in with the new tax law. The time for studying will end this month, and after about another month to approve tax forms, update tax software, and provide tax information, the final exam will begin. Will you receive a passing grade on your tax return exam?
Ten years ago this month, Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme unraveled in front of the world. Like a bad nightmare, the swindler made $65 billion evaporate from people’s lives. With the benefit of hindsight, we can identify some legitimate questions investors should have asked of Madoff that are just as relevant today. There will always be another con-artist. You cannot prevent someone determined to commit crimes—but you can hold them at arm’s length.
Topics: Accounting & Finance
Technology plays a key role in every modern business. If it’s been a while since you’ve assessed your business’ information technology practices, there’s never been a more crucial moment to get up to speed. Digital transformation continues to reshape the business landscape, meaning digital leaders will capture new market share and laggards will struggle to gain traction.
As the calendar turns to November, it’s important to take a look at what you’re winning and losing with the 2018 tax law changes. You may want to know what your situation will look like compared to 2017 using the 2018 tax changes. Some business owners feel like they are losing a lot, because that’s what they hear— from the news, media, their friends, and maybe even their family. However, they may not lose at all. In fact, by losing deductions, business owners may win.
Let’s look at a comparison. Our comparison is designed to determine what’s lost with the new tax law changes, using the same financial information for each year.
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This article is part one of a two-part series focusing on selling your business.
A record number of small businesses continue to be sold in the United States. Fifty percent of all small business owners are over 50 years old, and it is estimated that over 70% of baby-boomer entrepreneurs will either close or sell their businesses in the next 10 years. Since millennials are looking for business opportunities, and interest rates are still relatively low, now is a good time to start strategizing about how to sell.
With the Tax Cuts and Job Act (TCJA) signed into law late last year, many people have questions about what strategies they should employ. With the end of the year rapidly approaching, now is the time to make plans. Here are a dozen strategies that can optimize end-of-year planning:
One of the biggest mistakes business owners make when they need to improve their profitability and cash flow is to dive right into the details of how to either increase sales or how to identify specific expenses to cut.
They start with tactics rather than strategy.
It is a natural tendency to dive into the details, but in my experience, it usually leads to very little—if any— improvement in profitability. The wiser approach is to take the time up front to consider what you are really trying to accomplish when you are thinking about improving your profitability.
As the rain slows down, it's time to start cleaning up. If your business was affected by the recent rains, that cleanup will take on a different meaning. It’s easy to determine what kind of cleanup effort has to take place if you’re standing in several inches or feet of water. But if you’re a business owner and you’re trying to determine how to clean up with the new 20% deduction for qualified business income (QBI), you may need to look a little harder.
Many businesses choose to operate under an assumed name or a DBA, which is short for “doing business as.” This happens whenever a business operates under a name which is not identical to the official name of the entity filed with the Texas Secretary of State’s Office.
Much of our lives happen on mobile devices, laptops, websites, and an ever-increasing array of online services. So it’s no wonder that our digital accounts and data have become a prime target for hackers and criminals. We frequently see headlines about another website or company getting hacked and the personal data of their users being stolen. As cybercrime continues to get more sophisticated, old security approaches are no match for modern threats and tactics. To address these threats, you can greatly improve your cyber security and better protect your sensitive information by using two-factor authentication.