General & Family Business

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  • Pssst! Have you heard? Word-of-mouth marketing can help you build your business

    February / March 2008
    Newsletter: Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 313

    Abstract: This short article discusses why word-of-mouth marketing (a.k.a. referrals) is one of the best, most cost-effective ways to grow your business. Although you may be relying on successful product and service delivery to grow your company, you can maximize these opportunities by developing a program to handle referrals. This article explains how to do it. (Updated 1/4/12)

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  • The 4-1-1 on FIN 48 – New accounting rules can be taxing

    February / March 2008
    Newsletter: Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 651

    Abstract: Under the new FIN 48 accounting rules, some organizations must disclose uncertain tax positions on their financial statements. If you’re like many business owners, you may be concerned that these new requirements will not only increase your costs and affect your company’s earnings, but also provide the IRS and state taxing authorities with ammunition they can use during an audit. This article delves into the topic and attempts to answer these questions: Do the new rules apply to you? What does FIN 48 require? What about state taxes?

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  • Figuring out dependent tax breaks isn’t child’s play

    February / March 2008
    Newsletter: Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 864

    Abstract: Caring for children or other dependents may entitle you to a variety of tax breaks. But just because you support another person financially doesn’t mean that you’ll qualify. This article explores the intricacies of the tax code, and attempts to decode the IRS’s definition of “qualifying child.” Unlike previous definitions, which generally required that you provide more than half of a dependent’s support, the new definition relies on residency. This article also outlines four tests that a qualifying child must meet. A helpful sidebar discusses how to determine who’s entitled to tax benefits if more than one person claims a benefit with respect to the same child.

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  • Healthy computers = better performance

    February / March 2008
    Newsletter: Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 627

    Abstract: If you’re like most people, you know the feeling of your stomach dropping to the floor when a computer malfunctions or crashes. That feeling can turn to sheer panic when the computer malfunction is companywide. This article explains why maintaining your computers is critical to enabling and sustaining your business operations, and it offers practical advice on how to keep your company’s computers humming.

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  • Practical Perspectives: Key financial issue for you and your family – Comparing Coverdell ESAS with 529 plans

    February / March 2008
    Newsletter: Trendlines

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 626

    Abstract: In this month’s Practical Perspectives, we meet Floyd, an investment analyst, and Marietta, an educational researcher — a married couple with a five-year-old son and a newborn daughter. Like many parents, they’d heard and read plenty about 529 plans, but they wanted to know whether there were any other college funding alternatives worth considering. They visited their financial advisor, who explained one potential option: the Coverdell Education Savings Account.

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  • Moneylines: News Briefs for Businesses and Individuals

    February / March 2008
    Newsletter: Trendlines

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 439

    Abstract: This section offers four news briefs about: 1) A recent survey indicating that many companies are still ill-prepared for a technological disaster, 2) How the IRS has recently adjusted the allowable living expense standards that help determine how much delinquent taxpayers must pay, 3) The results of a recent survey revealing that many workers intend to delay their retirements, and 4) Why the beginning of the year is a great time to contribute to a traditional or Roth IRA.

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  • 5 easy steps to creating a financial disaster recovery plan

    February / March 2008
    Newsletter: Trendlines

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 575

    Abstract: Whether a massive flood that affects thousands or a sudden illness that affects only one person, should disaster strike, an individual’s financial solvency could very well depend on whether he or she has a clear strategy in place for paying the bills. This article offers five easy steps to creating a financial disaster recovery plan. (Updated: 2/9/12)

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  • Qualified plan loans – What you don’t know can hurt you

    February / March 2008
    Newsletter: Trendlines

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 980

    Abstract: Among the risks of offering workers a “qualified” retirement plan (one that follows certain rules to qualify for beneficial tax treatment), such as a 401(k), is that the arrangement may allow participants to take loans from their accounts. Although employees often appreciate this feature, taking out a qualified plan loan can get workers into trouble — and hurt their companies as a whole. This article gives an overview of how qualified plan loans work for employers who may not be fully aware of all the risks involved. (Updated: 8/28/12)

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  • Looking for a successor? – For best results, keep an open mind

    February / March 2008
    Newsletter: Trendlines

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 740

    Abstract: For many business owners, among the hardest aspects of retiring (or otherwise moving on) is choosing a successor. Many, if not most, have a few viable candidates to consider — often too few. This article recommends that, when looking for a successor, business owners keep an open mind and take a close look at all options, including family members, nonfamily employees and external candidates. (Updated: 3/20/12)

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  • Keeping your charitable contributions in order

    Winter 2008
    Newsletter: Management & Tax Concepts

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 289

    Abstract: Charitable giving allows you to benefit both your favorite charities and yourself — in the form of tax deductions. But to enjoy these deductions, you must follow the substantiation rules. This brief article tells you what you need to know.

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  • Do your homework before purchasing long-term care insurance

    Winter 2008
    Newsletter: Management & Tax Concepts

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 579

    Abstract: As the baby boomers age, long-term care insurance has become quite the buzzword. And with good reason: 60% of people over age 65 will need some form of long-term care at some point, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. But long-term care is expensive, and it’s not covered by Medicare or private health insurance. This article goes beyond the hype to help you determine whether long-term care insurance is the right choice for you.

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  • Maximize profits: Fire some customers

    Winter 2008
    Newsletter: Management & Tax Concepts

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 746

    Abstract: It may seem counterintuitive for a business to not try to keep every single customer possible. But every customer isn’t worth keeping. This article explains how to determine individual customer profitability so a company can “fire” those that are dragging down operations and the bottom line. (Updated 6/10/12)

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  • Location, location, location – How a new one might save your company taxes

    Winter 2008
    Newsletter: Management & Tax Concepts

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 746

    Abstract: When purchasing real estate, where you locate can save you a bundle in taxes — if you know what to look for. This article looks into not only federal tax incentives available through locating in an empowerment zone or renewal community, but also economic incentives at the local level. Plus, it explains how a Section 179 expensing election can help you save big tax dollars when you purchase personal property for use in an empowerment zone. A sidebar discusses other tax breaks available through the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006.

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  • Looking for well-qualified employees? Don’t overlook your competitors

    Winter 2008
    Newsletter: Management & Tax Concepts

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 534

    Abstract: Finding employees who understand a company’s product, industry and customer base can be difficult. But there are several good sources business owners can tap into: their suppliers, customers and, yes, even their competitors. This article takes a close look at the pros and cons of luring employees away from rivals. One example of a “pro” is that hiring experienced employees from competitors can cut the cost and time a company invests in their training. On the other hand, because they have such knowledge and experience, these hires may not be open to new direction and supervision. (Updated 5/30/12)

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