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Deducting business meal expenses under today’s tax rules
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Deducting business meal expenses under today’s tax rules

You probably spend a bundle “wining and dining” customers, vendors and employees. Under current tax law, entertainment expenses are no longer deductible. But you can still deduct 50% of the cost of business-related food and beverages, if you meet certain requirements. What if you buy food and beverages at an entertainment event? You can still deduct 50% of the expenses incurred at entertainment events, but...

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17 Apr 2019
Divorcing business owners need to pay attention to tax implications
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Divorcing business owners need to pay attention to tax implications

If you’re getting a divorce, you know it’s a highly stressful time. But if you’re a business owner, tax issues can complicate matters more. For example, you can generally divide most assets, including business ownership interests, between you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse without any federal income or gift tax consequences. When an asset falls under the tax-free transfer rule, the spouse who receives the asset...

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10 Apr 2019
Understanding how taxes factor into an M&A transaction
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Understanding how taxes factor into an M&A transaction

If your company is merging with or acquiring another business, it’s important to understand how the transaction will be taxed. For tax purposes, a transaction can basically be structured in two ways: stock (or ownership interest) or assets. For tax and nontax reasons, buyers usually prefer to purchase assets, while sellers generally prefer stock sales. Buying or selling a business may be the most important...

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03 Apr 2019
2019 Q2 tax calendar: Key deadlines for businesses and other employers
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2019 Q2 tax calendar: Key deadlines for businesses and other employers

Here are a few key tax deadlines for businesses during Q2 of 2019. APR. 1: File with the IRS if you’re an employer that will electronically file 2018 Forms 1097, 1098, certain Forms 1099 and/or Form W-2G. APR. 15: If you’re a calendar-year corporation, file a 2018 income tax return (Form 1120) or file for a six-month extension (Form 7004) and pay any tax due....

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27 Mar 2019
An implementation plan is key to making strategic goals a reality
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An implementation plan is key to making strategic goals a reality

Strategic planning comprises two primary tasks: establishing goals and achieving them. The key to that all-important second task is establishing an implementation plan. First, appoint a leader to communicate and champion your objectives. Next, establish teams of employees to complete goal-related projects. Ensure each team’s members represent a cross-section of your company’s departments. Also, regularly monitor the implementation plan’s financial feasibility, considering your company’s budget,...

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20 Mar 2019
There’s still time for small business owners to set up a SEP retirement plan for last year
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There’s still time for small business owners to set up a SEP retirement plan for last year

If you own a business and don’t have a tax-advantaged retirement plan, it’s not too late to establish one and reduce your 2018 tax bill. A Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) can be set up for 2018 as long as you do it before your 2018 income tax return filing deadline. You have until the same deadline to make 2018 contributions and claim a potentially substantial...

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13 Mar 2019
Using knowledge management to develop your succession plan
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Using knowledge management to develop your succession plan

As you develop your succession plan, you’ll need to consider how to mitigate the loss of pure know-how that will occur when you step down. One way is to implement a knowledge management strategy. This is a formal process of treating knowledge as a valuable company asset. Knowledge generally can be subdivided into two types: 1) explicit (already documented) or 2) tacit (exists only in...

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06 Mar 2019
Beware the Ides of March — if you own a pass-through entity
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Beware the Ides of March — if you own a pass-through entity

Pass-through entity owners: Beware the Ides of March. Shakespeare’s words don’t apply just to Julius Caesar; they also apply to calendar-year partnerships, S corporations and limited liability companies treated as partnerships or S corporations for tax purposes. Why? The Ides of March, better known as March 15, is the federal income tax filing deadline for these entities. If you haven’t filed your return and are...

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27 Feb 2019
Best practices when filing a business interruption claim
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Best practices when filing a business interruption claim

Business interruption insurance generally provides cash flow to cover revenues lost and expenses incurred while normal operations are suspended because of an applicable event. But submitting a claim can be time-consuming and requires preparation. First, notify your insurer of an interruption immediately and review your policy. Then reorganize your bookkeeping to segregate costs related to the business interruption and carefully maintain supporting documents. The loss...

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20 Feb 2019
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