January / February

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  • Dealer Digest – Inventory scanning can beat scammers, slip-ups

    January / February 2008
    Newsletter: Dealer Insights

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 529

    Abstract: This feature looks at some of the latest issues affecting auto dealers, including how inventory scanning can prevent fraud and employee mistakes; the worrisome upside-down car loan trend; and using dealership blogs as an effective marketing tool.

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  • Starting over – Your new best friend: The factory rep

    January / February 2008
    Newsletter: Dealer Insights

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 493

    Abstract: The relationship you have with your factory representative could mean the difference between having a successful year and just edging by. Much can change in the fast-changing world of automakers, and when it does, you need to be ready to build a rapport with your new rep from the ground up. (Updated 5/30/12)

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  • Solving the parts department puzzle

    January / February 2008
    Newsletter: Dealer Insights

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 344

    Abstract: Managing a parts department is a little like putting together a picture puzzle. But if you manage the seemingly overwhelming number of pieces properly, a profitable picture can emerge. The article includes tips on inventory control systems, stock and special orders and third-party parts. (Updated 12/30/12)

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  • Is it time for HSAs? Recent changes offer additional enticements

    January / February 2008
    Newsletter: Dealer Insights

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 660

    Abstract: If you don’t yet offer Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) to your dealership’s employees, now may be the time to start. Learn about some key changes in the world of HSAs that make them more enticing than ever, and how to give your employees a valuable new benefit at minimum cost.

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  • Think big (but think carefully) – 3 questions to ask when eyeing an acquisition

    January / February 2008
    Newsletter: Dealer Insights

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 927

    Abstract: If you’re thinking about acquiring another dealership on this challenging financial landscape, you need to realize that it’s a critical move which could impact you positively or negatively for years to come. To keep yourself on course, it’s important to focus on three major questions: Are you financially strong enough, would the deal lessen your risk, and is the prospective staff compatible with your business?

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  • Construction Success Story – VoIP helps one contractor lower expenses

    January / February 2008
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 392

    Abstract: While meeting with his financial advisor to discuss escalating expenses, a roofing and siding contractor in a growing suburban area mentioned that his telephone bills seemed to be growing exponentially each quarter. One potential solution that came to the advisor’s mind almost immediately was a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) system — a technology that digitizes phone calls, allowing them to be transmitted via the Internet.

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  • Crackdown on illegal hiring looms

    January / February 2008
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 563

    Abstract: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Census Bureau data show that foreign-born workers are critical to the construction industry. Problem is, contractors often can’t — or don’t — verify that their employees are eligible to work in the United States. And, as this article warns, Uncle Sam is starting to take more notice.

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  • Stay in the driver’s seat with sound fleet management

    January / February 2008
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 532

    Abstract: One of the many questions that cost-conscious contractors often struggle with is how to manage their company vehicles. How often should they be replaced? How should hours of use be accurately tracked? Are vehicles costing too much? This article explains how sound fleet management can help answer critical questions such as these and, ideally, save contractors money. (Updated 3/23/12)

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  • Is your business structure still a perfect fit?

    January / February 2008
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 674

    Abstract: Most contractors wouldn’t dream of allowing a construction project to run unsupervised according to the original plans, because circumstances can change. The same is true of business structure: The ownership form that was once a perfect fit may eventually need to be adjusted. Beginning with the two most popular choices, this article provides a snapshot of each. (Updated 3/23/12)

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  • Tax planning for 2008 and beyond – Looking forward by looking back

    January / February 2008
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 839

    Abstract: As a new calendar year begins, construction business owners may want to look back to last year for some strategic planning cues. For example, the Small Business and Work Opportunity Tax Act of 2007 (SBWOTA) included more than $4.8 billion in tax breaks for businesses. This article demonstrates how SBWOTA offers contractors some opportunities to plan strategically for this year and beyond.

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  • Tax Tips

    January / February 2008
    Newsletter: Tax Impact

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 532

    Abstract: News items briefly discussed are the IRS’s random audit program, lodging expenses, out-of-state purchases, and what to do when the IRS or a state taxing authority informs a taxpayer of a discrepancy or mistake in a tax return.

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  • 5 post-year-end tax strategies to reduce your 2007 tax bill

    January / February 2008
    Newsletter: Tax Impact

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 561

    Abstract: Now that you’ve “closed the books” on the 2007 tax year, you may think you’re finished tax planning for it. But there’s still time for you to implement these five post-year-end strategies that can reduce your 2007 tax bill. This article suggests making an IRA contribution, checking receipts, simplifying your retirement plan, reviewing losses and taking the expensing election.

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  • Bulletproofing your FLP

    January / February 2008
    Newsletter: Tax Impact

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 1208

    Abstract: During the last decade, family limited partnerships (FLPs) have come under increasingly intense fire from the IRS. But that doesn’t mean they’ve lost any of their muscle as an estate- and succession-planning tool. What it does mean is that the IRS may attempt to shoot down an FLP it believes is nothing more than a tax-avoidance scheme. This article explores how to create an FLP that’s bulletproof — or at least bullet resistant.

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  • Seal your exit strategy with an ESOP

    January / February 2008
    Newsletter: Tax Impact

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 870

    Abstract: Many successful business owners have a substantial portion of their net worths tied up in their companies. Even if one plans to stay actively involved in a company for many years, it’s important to have an exit strategy that addresses when to convert business interests into cash for investment diversification purposes. Designing an exit strategy can be challenging — especially if a business is closely held or the company’s stock is thinly traded. How can a business owner cash out without selling the company to an outsider or giving up control? This article suggests one way: Implement an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), which creates a market for stock and offers tax savings and other benefits to the company as well as its owners and employees.

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  • No more cookie-cutter FLP valuations

    January / February 2008
    Newsletter: Viewpoint on Value

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 475

    Abstract: Attention to detail and thorough documentation are key ingredients to preserving family limited partnership (FLP) valuation discounts. This brief article notes some of the ways valuators support these discounts and uses a case study to illustrate the need to consider state tax regulations and provide well-founded written documentation in supporting FLP valuation discounts. Citations: Estate of Helen H. Berry, No. 1485 C.D., LEXIS 182, April 24, 2007. Estate of Thompson, 382 F. 3d 367, 379, 3rd Cir. 2004.

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  • Buy-sell agreements gone bad — Plan for the unexpected with a comprehensive plan

    January / February 2008
    Newsletter: Viewpoint on Value

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 636

    Abstract: Buy-sell agreements are legal contracts that spell out buyout terms and provisions during key ownership changes. But inadequate agreements can create problems when owners can least afford the turmoil. This article explains some of the common valuation-related mistakes owners make when setting up buy-sell agreements, including failing to define buyout terms, using ambiguous or outdated valuation formulas, and misstating or failing to verify financial data. The article emphasizes the importance of consulting with an experienced valuation professional to ensure the agreement covers all the bases.

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