General & Family Business

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  • Executive compensation requires informed decision-making

    Spring 2020
    Newsletter: Business Matters

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 596

    Abstract: Business owners want to compensate themselves and their top executives fairly and competitively for their work, results and commitment. But how can they do so without attracting undue IRS scrutiny and claims of inappropriate compensation? This article explains some important factors to consider for both C corporations and flow-through entities.

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  • Consider a cost segregation study – It’s one way to boost your cash flow

    Spring 2020
    Newsletter: Management & Tax Concepts

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 441

    Abstract: For businesses planning to buy, build or substantially improve real property, a cost segregation study can help accelerate depreciation deductions, reducing taxes and boosting cash flow. Lookback studies can also be done for prior years. This article explains how cost segregation studies work and how tax deductions are recovered.

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  • Oops, you overfunded your 529 plan — now what?

    Spring 2020
    Newsletter: Management & Tax Concepts

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 594

    Abstract: If money is held too long in a Section 529 college savings plan, there could be tax consequences. This article describes alternatives for savers who have overfunded their accounts.

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  • Stock options — the right carrot in today’s job market?

    Spring 2020
    Newsletter: Management & Tax Concepts

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 634

    Abstract: When nationwide unemployment is minimal, companies may struggle to fill staff positions. This article describes how offering equity-based compensation to job candidates is one recruitment strategy to consider. Stock options have proved to be an effective tool for attracting executives and other employees, as well as retaining and motivating them. Highlighted are ISOs, NQSOs and restricted stock.

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  • Rental real estate – Determining if a property is a business or an investment

    Spring 2020
    Newsletter: Management & Tax Concepts

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 865

    Abstract: If you own rental real estate, its classification as a trade or business rather than an investment can have a big impact on your tax bill. The distinction is even more important now considering the 20% qualified business income (QBI) deduction for certain sole proprietors and pass-through entity owners. This article provides a brief overview of the deduction and rental real estate guidance related to it. A sidebar spotlights the IRS definition of “real estate professional” as it relates to this tax matter.

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  • The lowdown on qualified charitable distributions

    April / May 2020
    Newsletter: Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 453

    Abstract: Qualified charitable distributions (QCDs) can help people use their required minimum distributions (RMDs) to support worthwhile organizations while excluding the amounts from their taxable income. This article explains the advantages of doing so, including the ability to stay under various income-based phaseouts and thresholds that can reduce other tax benefits or trigger certain taxes. The article lists the rules for QCDs, including recent changes to the age requirements.

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  • How to make sure your family business stays in good hands

    April / May 2020
    Newsletter: Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 619

    Abstract: Determining the right successor for a family business can be more complex than it first appears. When the time comes to transition ownership and management to a chosen successor, what if that successor isn’t ready or able to meet the challenges? This article points out that obtaining the advice of a trusted advisor or business consultant might be a first step to smoothing the transition. In addition, it offers guidance to help business owners maintain goodwill, fairness and clear thinking while working out succession problems.

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  • Increase lease accounting transparency – Implementing the updated accounting rules for leases

    April / May 2020
    Newsletter: Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 648

    Abstract: In late 2019, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) postponed the implementation date for its updated rules for leases, Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842), by a year for most nonpublic and nonprofit organizations. While most of these organizations won’t have to implement the changes until 2021, it’s a good idea to begin now. This article explains the steps organizations should take to ensure compliance, such as identifying all leases to pinpoint the information they’ll need to disclose and providing expanded disclosures on the nature of the leases — including related-party lease transactions, as well as finance and operating lease costs.

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  • The best of both worlds? A new option for long-term care insurance

    April / May 2020
    Newsletter: Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 835

    Abstract: Premiums for traditional long-term care insurance often run thousands of dollars per year per person. Individuals are forced to weigh this cost against the likelihood that they may end up not tapping into their policies. This article discusses a new hybrid life and long-term care policy that might address the concerns with traditional long-term care coverage. It combines life and long-term care insurance, typically by adding a long-term care rider to a traditional life insurance policy — thus reducing the “use it or lose it” risk of traditional long-term care policies. A sidebar offers some other hybrid policy benefits and caveats.

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  • How rental real estate businesses can sail into a tax deduction safe harbor

    February / March 2020
    Newsletter: Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 432

    Abstract: Revenue Procedure 2019-38, issued by the IRS in 2019, creates a safe harbor permitting certain interests in rental real estate to qualify for the Section 199A qualified business income (QBI) deduction. This article explains what criteria taxpayers must meet to treat their rental real estate enterprises as businesses. It also notes that even an interest in a real estate property that fails to meet the safe harbor requirements may still be treated as a trade or business for the Sec. 199A deduction if it is rented or licensed to a trade or business conducted by the individual or relevant pass-through entity.

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  • Save income taxes by including nongrantor trusts in your estate plan

    February / March 2020
    Newsletter: Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 588

    Abstract: Estate planning strategies vary as new rules change the playing field. Now that fewer taxpayers are likely to be subject to federal gift and estate tax, many families are focusing more on income tax strategies in their estate plans. This article discusses one such strategy — including one or more nongrantor trusts to help reduce any negative tax impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’s (TCJA’s) itemized deduction limitations. The article uses a hypothetical example to show how using a nongrantor trust has the potential to help increase deductions.

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  • Investing in home renovation – Will yours pay off?

    February / March 2020
    Newsletter: Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 643

    Abstract: The potential resale value of, say, a kitchen or bath redo often is one consideration when deciding how to allocate a renovation budget. This article discusses some renovation projects that typically return most of their investment, such as garage door replacements and manufactured stone veneers. The article points out that ensuring that basic plumbing, roofing and other systems are in good working order also is critical in attracting buyers. And it offers some tips for gaining the most from a remodeling project.

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  • New overtime pay rules for 2020

    February / March 2020
    Newsletter: Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 774

    Abstract: The new rules governing overtime pay, which the Department of Labor (DOL) announced in September 2019, carry an effective date of January 1, 2020. The changes are significant, so it’s important for businesses to ensure compliance with them. This article notes the biggest change, which is the increase in the earnings threshold required to exempt many executive, administrative and professional employees from the minimum wage and overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The article explains which businesses will be most affected and how to claim an exemption from overtime regulations for specific types of employees. A sidebar suggests that judicious use of overtime is one strategy for keeping budgets in check.

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  • Congress enhances taxpayer rights with the Taxpayer First Act

    Winter 2020
    Newsletter: Management & Tax Concepts

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 418

    Abstract: The TFA, signed into law in July 2019, expands and strengthens taxpayers’ rights and protections in their dealings with the IRS. This article highlights the Act’s key provisions: the independent appeals process, third-party contracts, innocent spouse relief, and cybersecurity and identity theft protection. Technological improvements are also summarized.

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  • Keep these trustee traits front and center

    Winter 2020
    Newsletter: Management & Tax Concepts

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 614

    Abstract: A critical but often overlooked aspect of estate planning is deciding who will serve as the trustee for your estate. This person will be responsible for managing all related financial, tax and administrative affairs and, therefore, should be chosen carefully. This article addresses the trustee’s duties and the decision about whether to designate an individual or a corporate trustee to handle settling the estate. Trustee services and fees also are discussed.

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  • Sailing the seas of business on a healthy cash flow

    Winter 2020
    Newsletter: Management & Tax Concepts

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 680

    Abstract: Pulling in revenue that will ultimately boost the bottom line is every business’s goal. However, keeping the company in prime shape to seize profitable opportunities and overcome financial challenges is related to another objective: having a healthy cash flow. This article explains two cycles important to a healthy flow: the sales cycle and disbursements cycle. The importance of complete and accurate accounting also is discussed.

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