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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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  • Construction innovators can still claim the research tax credit

    Fall 2019
    Newsletter: On-Site

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 680

    Abstract: The word “innovation” is often associated with the tech industry. But there are construction innovators as well, and these companies may be able to claim the research tax credit. This article explains the eligibility criteria for, and potential rewards of, this tax break. Harper v. U.S., No. 18cv2110 DMS (LL), April 25, 2019 (U.S. Southern Dist. of Calif.)

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  • “Blue skies smiling at me” – How goodwill factors into a sale or acquisition

    Fall 2018
    Newsletter: Auto Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 680

    Abstract: Like the sentiment in the 1926 Irving Berlin song “Blue Skies,” the accounting term “blue sky” — or “goodwill” — is a thing to be welcomed. And with mergers and acquisitions on the rise this year, it’s a good time for auto dealers to familiarize themselves with the terms. This article explains what goodwill and goodwill impairment mean, what GAAP requires and an alternative goodwill measurement method.

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  • “Blue skies smiling at me” – How goodwill factors into a sale or acquisition

    September / October 2018
    Newsletter: Dealer Insights

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 680

    Abstract: Like the sentiment in the 1926 Irving Berlin song “Blue Skies,” the accounting term “blue sky” — or “goodwill” — is a thing to be welcomed. And with mergers and acquisitions on the rise this year, it’s a good time for auto dealers to familiarize themselves with the terms. This article explains what goodwill and goodwill impairment mean, what GAAP requires and an alternative goodwill measurement method.

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  • The write stuff: A letter of instructions

    August / September 2016
    Newsletter: Insight on Estate Planning

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 680

    Abstract: When drafting an estate plan, the centerpiece is a will or living trust. Such a document determines who gets what, where, when and how, as well as tying up the loose ends of an estate. A valid will or living trust can be supplemented by other legally binding documents, such as trusts (or additional trusts), powers of attorney and health care directives. But there’s still a place at the table for a document that has absolutely no legal authority: a “letter of instructions” to one’s heirs. This article explains how this informal letter can provide valuable guidance and act as a road map to the rest of a person’s estate, while a sidebar looks at creating a family mission statement.

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  • Lending to borrowers with multiple entities

    June / July 2016
    Newsletter: Commercial Lending Report

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 680

    Abstract: Borrowers that operate various lines of business under one “roof” may expose themselves and their lenders to high levels of risk. But creating separate legal entities for different business practices can reduce those risks. This article presents the upsides and potential pitfalls for lenders to know about when borrowers operate multiple legal entities.

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  • How do private and public companies differ?

    September / October 2014
    Newsletter: Viewpoint on Value

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 680

    Abstract: Private company appraisals are often derived from public stock data, because it’s more relevant and plentiful. But private and public companies can markedly differ in terms of risk, expected return and liquidity. Appraisals that fail to account for these differences could be making “apples-to-oranges” comparisons. This article lists some of these key differences between private and public companies.

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  • Can owners compensation affect a company’s value?

    January / February 2014
    Newsletter: Valuation & Litigation Briefing / Litigation & Valuation Report

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 680

    Abstract: Owners of closely held companies have significant leeway when it comes to setting their own salaries and benefits. But how does that affect business value? Often, to obtain a more accurate valuation, it’s necessary to “normalize” owners compensation. This results in an objective, unbiased owners compensation amount, which, in turn, contributes to a more credible business value. This article discusses when it is or is not appropriate to normalize owners compensation, along with the challenge of determining market compensation for an individual owner.

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  • A look at Section 529 plans – Understanding the rules is critical

    Year End 2013
    Newsletter: Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 680

    Abstract: As the costs of higher education continue to rise, a great option for families is to sign up with a savings vehicle that offers a tax break as they sock away money. A qualified tuition plan — also known as a Section 529 college savings plan — is an example. This article explains how 529 plans work and why they’re so popular — but also notes some drawbacks.

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  • Let a rebuttal expert break your valuation deadlock

    March / April 2011
    Newsletter: Advocate's Edge / Litigation Support

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 680

    Abstract: Professional valuators use a variety of methods and inputs when appraising a business, making it easy for two experts working in good faith to reach different conclusions. In such situations, litigating parties must find a way to break the deadlock. This article discusses how a rebuttal report can help them do just that — as well as reduce overall valuation costs.

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  • Should you move your trust?

    June / July 2010
    Newsletter: Insight on Estate Planning

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 680

    Abstract: In some cases, it may be desirable to move a trust to a more favorable jurisdiction. But moving a trust from one state to another also presents significant risks, so attempting to do so without considering all the benefits, limitations and risks and obtaining professional advice isn’t recommended. This article lists some of the pros and cons, and describes a number of procedures one should be aware of in regard to moving a trust.

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  • Game on – Tracking trends affecting your clients helps keep them — and you — on top

    Winter 2009
    Newsletter: Law Firm Management

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 680

    Abstract: As the legal industry becomes increasingly competitive, it’s not enough to stay on top of your game. You must help your clients do the same by researching and tracking issues and trends that affect their businesses. Ensuring your clients dodge potential threats and maximize opportunities within their industries will help you score big points with them and set you apart from the competition. This article outlines steps your firm can take, including online resources to review, to help clients in this area.

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  • How can you make the most of Social Security?

    June / July 2008
    Newsletter: Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 680

    Abstract: As life expectancies grow, planning for retirement is more important than ever. For some people, Social Security will be a significant source of income. For others, it will make up a relatively small portion of their retirement funds. Either way, it pays to maximize the benefits. This article gives some guidelines to help you determine when you should start collecting benefits. For example, you’ll need to consider your life expectancy, other sources of income and your career plans. (Updated 1/3/12)

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  • Handle your law firm’s move with care

    Winter 2008
    Newsletter: Law Firm Management

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 680

    Abstract: Has your firm outgrown its workspace? Do you need to lower costs? Do you want to move to a more desirable location? No matter what the reason or even the size of your law firm, moving is typically time-consuming and complex, requiring meticulous planning, communication and coordination. This article reviews some tips to help get your firm to its new location with as few bumps along the way as possible.

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