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  • Now and later – Time these 2008 tax strategies

    Fall 2008
    Newsletter: Auto Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 861

    Abstract: Some tax planning issues don’t have to be addressed until the time of filing — for example, turning a net operating loss (NOL) into a tax benefit. But other strategies need to be launched before the end of the year to work, such as making qualified asset purchases so that you can benefit from Section 179 expensing and 50% bonus depreciation.

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  • Carrying their own weight – How to keep on top of your technicians’ performance

    Fall 2008
    Newsletter: Auto Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 1291

    Abstract: Do you know, at any given time — not just toward the end of the month — how your service technicians are doing? Because of how important your service department’s revenue is to your dealership’s bottom line, the answer better be “yes.”

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  • Relay team – Installment sale can pass ownership baton to heirs effectively

    Fall 2008
    Newsletter: Auto Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 975

    Abstract: Selling your dealership to your children can be an effective strategy for transferring wealth and accomplishing a variety of goals, including creating an income stream for yourself in the future. Here are some important factors to consider if you’re considering this succession planning move.

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  • Think CPO – 5 ways to heat up a used-car operation

    Summer 2008
    Newsletter: Auto Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 566

    Abstract: Certified preowned vehicles (CPOs) are a “safe” bet for picky or used-car-shy customers. They also allow bargain-hunters to get more car for the same price as a new lower-end, lower-frills model. So it’s no wonder that CPOs can help strengthen a dealer’s used-car operation.

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  • Online-booking tips

    Summer 2008
    Newsletter: Auto Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 341

    Abstract: Is your online-booking service all it can be? With service departments producing a hefty percentage of dealerships’ average profit, you want to make sure that this critical component of your Web site is convenient to access, easy to use and reassuring to customers.

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  • Identity theft prevention – Deadline for FTC-required program rapidly approaching

    Summer 2008
    Newsletter: Auto Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 661

    Abstract: Attending online seminars, installing special software and consulting with professional advisors are among the efforts being made by dealerships as they gear up to meet federal requirements for having an in-house identity theft prevention program. If you haven’t started working on your own program, you need to get going.

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  • What’s your optimal sales staff level?

    Summer 2008
    Newsletter: Auto Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 779

    Abstract: It’s easy to keep adding employees when sales are high. After all, there’s plenty of work to do and profits to go around. But things change in a down market. There’s no time like the present to review your staffing levels — monitoring this variable is critical to holding your expenses in check.

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  • Revving up sales in a down market

    Summer 2008
    Newsletter: Auto Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 785

    Abstract: From giving time-hungry Internet shoppers the fastest service possible to asking your manufacturer for advertising help, there are tactics a dealership can use in a slow market to pick up the pace. With most buyers now using the Internet as part of the process, you can benefit from paying attention to what’s important to customers as they surf their way to a new set of keys.

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  • Accounting rule will affect some financial statements

    Spring 2008
    Newsletter: Auto Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 613

    Abstract: Auto dealerships generally have the rest of this year to figure out how a new accounting rule could affect their financial statements. It’s worth looking into, as the rule applies not only to tax-related decisions you may make in the future, but also to those you’ve made in the past. Read about the possible impact of Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes (FIN 48) on your dealership.

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  • VoIP marries computers with telephones

    Winter 2008
    Newsletter: Auto Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 424

    Abstract: Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), which provides phone service via the Internet, is hot and getting hotter. Some dealerships find it saves them money while creating efficiencies in the showroom that traditional telephone service never could. But before you ring wedding bells for Ma Bell and Papa PC, you need to consider this technology’s costs, functionality and risks.

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  • Think like an IRS agent – Beware of 9 red flags that invite an audit

    Winter 2008
    Newsletter: Auto Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 867

    Abstract: With the IRS auditing about 1.3 million returns each year, dealers must stay on their toes. Obviously, the agency can’t audit every return, so it relies on key indicators — red flags — to narrow the scope. The best way to avoid trouble is to think like an IRS agent while examining your business and tax-filing practices. This article includes nine red flags that invite an IRS audit.

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