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Tax Law Changes: Stay Current to Maximize Benefits

While the core of the “Bush Era” tax cuts was extended for two more years, it’s just one of this year’s features on the tax-planning landscape. The string of tax-related legislation that cleared Congress in 2010 included, among other things, the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act, the Health Care Act as Amended by…

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Leveling the Playing Field Still Manages to Leave it Tilted

Insurance Agent Insurance premiums have always been established by accountants using statistical data accumulated over many years. Primary ingredients in the mix are: age, gender, interest earning assumptions, risk to be assumed, length of time the insurer stays at risk and a few others. However, recently in the EU, the European Court of Justice ruled…

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The ‘Too-Happy Bookkeeper:’ Top 10 Tips on Preventing Employee Fraud

Research shows that small businesses are often more vulnerable to fraud than their larger counterparts because they maintain fewer employees. Companies with fewer employees tend to have less segregation among duties and fewer internal accounting and auditing controls. Smaller company owners and employees develop closer relationships and trust, which can cause owners to be less…

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SBA Launches New Refinancing Program 504 Commercial Mortgage Debt Refinancing Program

Small businesses facing maturity of commercial mortgages or balloon payments before December 31, 2012, may be able to refinance their mortgage debt with a 504 loan from the Small Business Administration (SBA) under a new, temporary program. The new refinancing loan is structured like a traditional 504 loan, with borrowers committing at least 10% equity…

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Networking Done Right Leads to Long-term Relationships

The three R’s of PR (reputation, relationships and referrals) are extremely important for every organization. That second R (relationships) often starts with getting involved in an industry, business or civic group. But if you’re the type of person who gets shy and dreads And it’s worth it. Simply stated, relationships you grow via networking help…

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Saving with Cost Segregation: Don’t Overpay Your Taxes

Countless commercial property owners overpay federal taxes every year and miss allowable depreciation expense deductions. Under existing IRS tax law, accelerated depreciation expense deductions are available to all federal taxpayers; however, without an engineering-based cost segregation analysis, the taxpayer is unable to take full advantage of the tax law and surrenders significant cash flow to…

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Government Agencies Stepping Up Enforcement Tactics

At a recent NE Florida SBRN monthly meeting, I joined SBRN experts Mark Addington and Lucy Markert to discuss the current HR legal and regulatory environment surrounding small business. These skilled specialists discussed how agencies such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Wage and Hour Division of the…

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Are You Up to Par with Tax Return Documentation Standards?

Every year around this time, CPAs usually receive many questions regarding records retention. For those who share these concerns, below is a quick summary you can use for reference. When concerned with what the requirements are for maintaining records in support of a tax return, it’s a good idea to consult the entity that will…

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Private Equity Recapitalizations: Selling Your Business Twice

At some point in the lifecycle of a business, most owners wrestle with the decision of whether they should sell or remain working in their growing business. Most business owners probably don’t realize both objectives can be accomplished, namely, to sell the business and still have the opportunity to participate in its future growth. A…

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Money Shock Management: Financial Triage

Due to current financial circumstances, many people are experiencing record levels of uncertainty in their lives; not only financially, but physically, and the way we feel and function are suffering. Like a national punch in the stomach, we’re all trying to catch our breath and breathe normally again. “Money shock” management is a three-part process,…

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