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Getting wise to the rise of “smart” buildings
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Getting wise to the rise of “smart” buildings

If your business is considering upgrading its facility, or moving to or constructing a new one, be prepared to encounter “smart” buildings. A smart building is one equipped with sensors that gather and track information about energy usage. With this data, the building’s energy consumption can be more accurately tracked and regulated to lower costs. When buying or building a new facility, factor the long-term...

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16 Jan 2019
Is there still time to pay 2018 bonuses and deduct them on your 2018 return?
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Is there still time to pay 2018 bonuses and deduct them on your 2018 return?

There aren’t too many things businesses can do after a year ends to reduce tax liability for that year. But you might be able to pay employee bonuses for 2018 in 2019 and still deduct them on your 2018 tax return. To be eligible for this favorable tax treatment, you must be an accrual-basis taxpayer and the bonus liability must have been fixed by the...

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09 Jan 2019
Business owners: An exit strategy should be part of your tax planning
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Business owners: An exit strategy should be part of your tax planning

If you own a business, an exit strategy should be part of your tax planning so that taxes don’t trip you up when you retire or leave the business for some other reason. An exit strategy is a plan for passing on responsibility for running the company, transferring ownership and extracting your money from the business. Common exit options include a buy-sell agreement, succession within...

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02 Jan 2019
Do your long-term customers know everything about you?
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Do your long-term customers know everything about you?

Most business owners would agree that selling to existing customers is easier than finding new ones. Yet many companies squander potential sales to long-term customers because they don’t create awareness of all their products or services. Learn everything you can about your best customers’ missions, plans and operations. Also, instruct your sales staff to regularly ask about whether customers would be interested in products or...

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26 Dec 2018
6 last-minute tax moves for your business
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6 last-minute tax moves for your business

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: 1) Postpone invoices. 2) Prepay expenses. 3) Buy equipment. 4) Use credit cards. 5) Contribute to retirement plans. 6) Qualify for the new “pass-through” deduction. These strategies are subject to various limitations and...

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19 Dec 2018
Can a PTO contribution arrangement help your employees and your business?
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Can a PTO contribution arrangement help your employees and your business?

As the year winds to a close, most businesses see employees taking a lot of vacation time. After all, it’s the holiday season, and workers want to enjoy it. But some businesses find themselves particularly short-staffed because they don’t allow unused paid time off (PTO) to be rolled over to the new year. There are good business reasons to limit rollovers. Fortunately, there’s a way...

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13 Dec 2018
Family businesses need succession plans, too
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Family businesses need succession plans, too

Those who run family-owned businesses often underestimate the need for a succession plan. But you can’t assume an ownership transition will go smoothly just because everyone involved is family. Some family members may want to continue with the business; others may want to sell it. A thorough succession plan will answer questions about future ownership and any potential sale so successors don’t have to scramble...

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06 Dec 2018
When holiday gifts and parties are deductible or taxable
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When holiday gifts and parties are deductible or taxable

It’s a great time of year for businesses to show their appreciation for employees and customers by giving them gifts or hosting holiday parties. Gifts to customers are generally deductible up to $25 per recipient per year. De minimis, noncash gifts to employees aren’t included in their taxable income yet are still deductible by you. Holiday parties are fully deductible provided they’re primarily for the...

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30 Nov 2018
Tax reform expands availability of cash accounting
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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 is structured, your industry or whether you have inventories. Newly...

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21 Nov 2018
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