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  • Dinner’s on me! Big changes to meal and entertainment expense deductions

    March / April 2021
    Newsletter: Real Estate Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 809

    Abstract: Players in the real estate industry have long incurred meal and entertainment expenses while conducting business. But in recent years, there’s been some confusion about what’s deductible and what’s not, given that the TCJA placed some new limits on the meal and expense deduction. Now the deduction for qualifying meals has temporarily increased to 100%, and some IRS guidance has provided more clarity on the TCJA’s limits. This article reviews the changes. A short sidebar covers some entertainment expenses that are deductible.

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  • How data analytics can help improve used car operations

    Fall 2018
    Newsletter: Auto Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 809

    Abstract: The term “artificial intelligence” or “AI” may conjure up sci-fi images of robots and futuristic machines. But many businesses today, including auto dealerships, are using AI to obtain more accurate data and help owners and managers make better decisions. This article discusses the advantages of using data analytics to help improve used car operations through far-better-informed pricing. A sidebar highlights data analytics and VIN numbers.

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  • How data analytics can help improve used car operations

    September / October 2018
    Newsletter: Dealer Insights

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 809

    Abstract: The term “artificial intelligence” or “AI” may conjure up sci-fi images of robots and futuristic machines. But many businesses today, including auto dealerships, are using AI to obtain more accurate data and help owners and managers make better decisions. This article discusses the advantages of using data analytics to help improve used car operations through far-better-informed pricing. A sidebar highlights data analytics and VIN numbers.

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  • Saving for college – Debunking some common Section 529 plan myths

    Fall 2017
    Newsletter: Management & Tax Concepts

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 809

    Abstract: Section 529 plans have become one of the most popular tools to save for children’s college education, largely because of their favorable tax treatment: If the funds are used to pay for qualified education expenses, the earnings accumulate tax-free. But myths about these plans exist. This article debunks five common myths, to help parents use Section 529 plans to full advantage.

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  • Fraud and the nonprofit – How to counter your vulnerabilities

    Spring 2017
    Newsletter: Profitable Solutions for Nonprofits

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 809

    Abstract: Every organization — whether for-profit or nonprofit — is at risk of falling victim to costly acts of fraud. Nonprofits, though, have some common characteristics that can make them particularly susceptible to such schemes. This article discusses organizational weak spots and advises on ways to combat risks by implementing some simple controls. A sidebar discusses the “fraud triangle” of conditions that can lead to fraud.

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  • Preparing to sell a medical practice: 3 key steps

    Winter 2015
    Newsletter: Rx for Practice Management / Practice Management Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 809

    Abstract: Whether a physician is considering selling his or her medical practice or has already made a firm decision to do so, three key preparation steps can help ensure a successful outcome. This article describes how to benchmark practice performance, review physician-owner payments and expenses, and prepare strategic and financial plans. As a sidebar explains, it’s also possible to consider a traditional SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis of the practice’s operating environment.

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  • The GRAT: A limited time offer?

    September / October 2013
    Newsletter: Estate Planner

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 809

    Abstract: The grantor retained annuity trust (GRAT) has long been a popular tool for transferring wealth while minimizing or even eliminating gift and estate taxes. GRATs are particularly effective when interest rates are low, as they are now. But Congress may soon reduce their firepower, so now may be the time to include one or more GRATs as part of an estate planning arsenal. This article explains how GRATs work and notes proposed tax changes that would limit their benefits. A sidebar offers an example of a GRAT in action.

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  • Get ready to make RMDs by year end

    August / September 2013
    Newsletter: Employee Benefits Update

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 809

    Abstract: In today’s economy, many individuals who are nearing retirement age have already decided how they’re going to spend their retirement benefits. It’s important that qualified plan participants understand the mandatory distribution rules, otherwise known as required minimum distributions (RMDs). This article summarizes RMD rules and what participants must do to avoid steep excise taxes.

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  • Lean, mean borrowing machines – Encourage borrowers to cut the fat from working capital

    April / May 2013
    Newsletter: Commercial Lending Report

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 809

    Abstract: Working capital — current assets minus current liabilities — is traditionally a measure of liquidity. High liquidity generally equates with low risk, but excessive amounts of cash tied up in working capital detract from other spending options, such as expanding to new markets, buying equipment and paying down debt. This article discusses five best practices for reducing working capital. A sidebar cites a study showing that top performers have significantly lower working capital on hand than do mediocre companies.

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  • Are you ready for a plan audit?

    Year End 2012
    Newsletter: Employee Benefits Update

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 809

    Abstract: Federal audits and investigations of retirement plans are on the rise. With proper preparation, plan sponsors can get through the process with minimal problems. A well-prepared employer will help simplify the audit process, minimize paperwork, lower administrative costs and reduce risks connected with an audit. This article describes what every sponsor can do to ease the audit process.

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  • Hospital-owned group practices  – Breaking the ties that bind

    Winter 2010
    Newsletter: Rx for Practice Management / Practice Management Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 809

    Abstract: Today, when many hospitals are in the buying mode, some practices are ready to join up but are wondering, “What if I want out in a few years?” Breaking up isn’t easy. Physicians must be prepared to deal with federal regulations, employee benefits, patient accounting and other day-to-day details, or else perhaps join another physician network instead of buying back the practice. Those who do buy will need to hire an appraiser to establish the practice’s fair market value; determine what proportion of profits or losses can be attributed to the physicians in the practice; and develop an exit strategy that covers the potential consequences of unwinding in the future.

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  • Be reasonable – Procedures, documentation essential when setting compensation

    April / May 2008
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Agendas

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 809

    Abstract: Nonprofits often vie against for-profit businesses for the same talent pool; to acquire and keep the employees you need, you must be competitive in your offers. But this offer-the-best-we-can approach is shadowed by growing regulatory pressures to provide “reasonable compensation” for key employees — and nothing more.

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