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  • What is an audit opinion letter — and why is it important?

    Spring 2019
    Newsletter: Auto Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 687

    Abstract: A financial audit provides assurance to potential buyers that a dealership’s finances are in good shape. This article details the content of an audit opinion letter, and explains the four possible opinions it might render.

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  • What is an audit opinion letter — and why is it important?

    March / April 2019
    Newsletter: Dealer Insights

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 687

    Abstract: A financial audit provides assurance to potential buyers that a dealership’s finances are in good shape. This article details the content of an audit opinion letter, and explains the four possible opinions it might render.

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  • Is board member compensation a good idea?

    Fall 2017
    Newsletter: Profitable Solutions for Nonprofits

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 687

    Abstract: If a not-for-profit struggles every time it needs to fill a board vacancy — and doesn’t always come up with the candidates it desires — it may be time to consider creating a board compensation program. This article explores the pluses and minuses of these programs and discusses how to launch a compensation program for board members successfully.

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  • 3 tests to analyze solvency

    January / February 2017
    Newsletter: Advocate's Edge / Litigation Support

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 687

    Abstract: Solvency is generally defined as a business’s or individual’s ability, at a specific point in time, to meet its long-term interest and repayment obligations. A company’s solvency may come into play in fraudulent conveyance, bankruptcy alter ego and due diligence actions. This article highlights the three tests that experts apply when preparing a solvency opinion. All three of these tests must be passed for a company (or debtor) to be considered solvent.

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  • How basis planning can result in significant tax savings

    September / October 2016
    Newsletter: Tax Impact

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 687

    Abstract: A basic tenet of estate planning is to minimize gift and estate taxes. Yet with the exemption amount at $5.45 million for 2016 ($10.9 million for married couples), a vast majority of Americans won’t have to pay these taxes. For many this means that estate planning focuses on income tax planning. This article highlights one of the most valuable tax planning areas — the “stepped-up basis” rule.

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  • The watchful eyes of the IRS – Tread carefully when setting owner compensation

    Summer 2016
    Newsletter: Auto Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 687

    Abstract: Dealership owners would like to reward themselves and their partners with attractive compensation when business is good. But they must be careful: The IRS is watching to make sure compensation levels are “reasonable,” and it pays particular attention to the dealership’s business structure. This article describes considerations for C corporations, the popular S corporation and others. It also points out IRS “red flags.”

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  • Approach tax accounting with a watchful eye

    Winter 2016
    Newsletter: On-Site

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 687

    Abstract: Tax accounting for construction businesses can be a complex and daunting task. For this reason, it’s important for contractors to occasionally review the principles involved. This article discusses two commonly recognized accounting approaches, as well as the differing rules for long-term contracts.

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  • Think before you jump – Capital campaigns call for serious advance planning

    Fall 2015
    Newsletter: Profitable Solutions for Nonprofits

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 687

    Abstract: An upcoming big expenditure might call for launching a capital campaign. Committing to a campaign isn’t easy — the fear that people won’t donate in an uncertain economy can cause hesitation to ask for more funds. But a nonprofit can get off to a good start by securing the right campaign leader, creating a solid and detailed plan, and targeting the right donors. A sidebar discusses lining up manpower for a capital campaign.

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  • When fraud distorts value – Appraisers adjust statements and assist attorneys

    March / April 2014
    Newsletter: Advocate's Edge / Litigation Support

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 687

    Abstract: Among the many negative consequences of occupational fraud, one is rarely mentioned: how fraud affects a company’s value. Schemes involving asset misappropriation, corruption and financial misstatements can distort value. To ensure realistic value conclusions, professional appraisers must adjust financial statements when the existence of fraud is known. This article explains how they go about it.

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  • A balancing act: Should you raise prices or lower them?

    June / July 2013
    Newsletter: Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 687

    Abstract: As the U.S. economy continues to just plod along, thousands of business owners face a delicate balancing act: Should they implement higher prices for their products and services in order to become more (or stay) profitable? Or should they stand behind their clientele and keep prices as low as possible? This article discusses the situational factors that owners should consider when developing a pricing strategy, along with different strategies to help gain market share and increase profitability.

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  • Be the best of the best – How to boost your practice’s financial performance

    Spring 2013
    Newsletter: Vital Signs

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 687

    Abstract: This article discusses some of the many ways a physician practice can boost its financial performance. These include focusing on revenue, new patient inflow, referrals, fee schedules, compensation levels and payor monitoring.

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  • Earnouts: Don’t overlook the tax implications

    October / November 2012
    Newsletter: Public Company Insights

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 687

    Abstract: When one company acquires another, the buyer and seller often have conflicting views on the target’s value. One way to bridge this valuation gap is with an earnout. When negotiating earnout provisions, the parties typically focus on financial issues. But, as this article explains, the potential tax implications deserve attention, too.

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  • 5 tips for building an incentive compensation program

    Winter 2012
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 687

    Abstract: When looking to cut costs, a contractor may first look to put annual bonuses on the chopping block. But rather than eliminating such financial incentives, it may be better to develop an incentive compensation program that’s designed to help achieve the company’s goals. This article offers five tips for designing a program that works.

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  • Punitive damages – Are you asking the right questions?

    July / August 2011
    Newsletter: Advocate's Edge / Litigation Support

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 687

    Abstract: Although the U.S. Supreme Court has suggested that there may be constitutional limits on the size of punitive damages awards, an appropriate award generally depends on the defendant’s financial condition. Professional damages experts can help lawyers ask the right questions and present information in court that will bolster their case. This article shows how the plaintiff’s or defendant’s counsel can address issues such as who specifically is responsible for the alleged wrongdoing, how they profited from it, and their ability to pay.

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  • Don’t let profit fade wipe out your bottom line

    Winter 2011
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 687

    Abstract: Many construction projects fall prey to what’s known as “profit fade.” In many cases, this costly problem comes into play when a job goes awry, taking with it the expected profit margin. This article shows how doing one’s homework, expecting the unexpected, and writing clear, specific contracts can help prevent profit fade from wiping out the bottom line — and make a surety more confident in one’s ability to make a profit.

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  • Supreme Court decision could require fresh patent valuations

    March / April 2008
    Newsletter: Advocate's Edge / Litigation Support

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 687

    Abstract: A U.S. Supreme Court ruling welcomed by many in the technology arena may have made it more difficult to obtain and retain patent protection. The decision in KSR International Co. v. Teleflex Inc (U.S. 2007) could diminish the value of some patents and their related revenues. Because it has implications for compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) and certain accounting standards, some companies may require new patent valuations.

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