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  • Lending in the age of COVID-19: Accounting for loan modifications

    Winter 2021
    Newsletter: Community Banking Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 876

    Abstract: Loan modifications during the COVID-19 era create accounting challenges for banks, which must determine whether a particular modification constitutes a troubled debt restructuring (TDR). This article discusses the ins and outs of how a TDR is triggered and explains how the CARES Act provides temporary relief from the TDR accounting rules. It notes that, to enjoy that accounting relief, banks need to show that concessions were made as a result of the pandemic’s impact and not on account of financial difficulties caused by other factors.

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  • SLATs offer an estate planning safety net

    July / August 2019
    Newsletter: Estate Planner

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 876

    Abstract: Many people are taking advantage of the temporary increase to the gift and estate tax exemption amount by giving away substantial amounts of wealth gift-tax-free — either directly or in trust — during the next six-plus years, locking in the higher exemption amount. However, what if one is reluctant to give away substantial amounts of wealth now, for fear that he or she may need access to it down the road? One potential solution is a spousal lifetime access trust (SLAT). This article explains how a SLAT works and includes a sidebar on the “clawback” rule.

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  • Spotlight on marketability

    July / August 2016
    Newsletter: Viewpoint on Value

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 876

    Abstract: Valuators attempt to quantify the time, costs and uncertainty of selling a business interest through the discount for lack of marketability (DLOM). This article answers some frequently asked questions about the DLOM. It also provides a table that summarizes recent empirical data that may be used to quantify this discount. Mandelbaum v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo 1995-255, June 12, 1995

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  • Nonqualified options – How to report stock sales

    July / August 2015
    Newsletter: Tax Impact

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 876

    Abstract: The tax treatment of nonqualified stock options (NSOs) is quite simple. Unfortunately, filling out the IRS forms can be complicated — especially since recent rule changes went into effect. This article explains the ins and outs of NSOs. A sidebar explains how to correct previously reported basis.

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  • Roth or traditional: Which is better?

    May / June 2015
    Newsletter: Tax Impact

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 876

    Abstract: Roth IRAs allow taxpayers to withdraw contributions and earnings tax-free, if they meet certain requirements, so it’s no surprise that their popularity has soared in recent years. But one shouldn’t write off traditional IRAs and 401(k) accounts just yet. This article explains why, under certain circumstances, traditional accounts may generate more retirement income than their Roth counterparts. A sidebar discusses the possibility that the benefits of “backdoor” Roth IRAs may be eliminated.

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  • Definitely not: Patent rejected for indefiniteness

    February / March 2015
    Newsletter: Ideas on Intellectual Property Law

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 876

    Abstract: To satisfy the definiteness standard, a patent must provide objective boundaries that convey the invention’s scope to those skilled in the field with reasonable certainty. But how do courts make such a determination? This article discusses an infringement case in which a district court found the patents invalid because terms used in the patent claims’ language — “in an unobtrusive manner” and “does not distract” — were indefinite. The appeals court noted that, while terms of degree aren’t inherently indefinite, the ones used in this case were indeed too subjective. A sidebar explains how the simple use of the term “e.g.,” instead of “i.e.,” played a role in the outcome. Interval Licensing LLC v. AOL, Inc., Nos. 2013-1282, -1283, -1284, -1285, Sept. 10, 2014 (Fed. Cir.) Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc., No. 13-369, June 2, 2014 (Supreme Court)

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  • It’s time to go SHOPping – How to navigate Small Business Health Options Program Marketplaces

    October / November 2014
    Newsletter: Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 876

    Abstract: Small companies have another option for providing workers with health insurance: the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace. This article explains the levels of plans that are available and the criteria that employers must meet to qualify. A sidebar notes that the Department of Health and Human Services has allowed some states to delay implementation of “employee choice” in their SHOP Marketplaces until 2016.

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  • Light the way – Boosting profitability through your financial statements

    November / December 2014
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 876

    Abstract: When it comes to making sense of dollars and cents, contractors may often feel like they’re fumbling around in the dark. Fortunately, the information available in their financial statements can light the way beyond just getting by into the happy land of greater profitability. This article discusses the basics of financial statements and some key ratios that can provide enlightening insights. A sidebar looks at a few general categories of key performance indicators that may help construction company owners catch and improve misaligned and underperforming aspects of their businesses.

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  • Board matters – Creating a governance policy

    Year End 2013
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Agendas

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 876

    Abstract: A board governance policy protects your nonprofit’s board of directors as it guides the organization. It’s a framework for making ethical decisions, taking appropriate actions and handling real or potential conflicts. As this article explains, a sound governance policy spells out the role and duties of board members and gives an overview of how the board will operate. In addition, a sidebar notes, there are a number of additional policies relating to board oversight that a nonprofit should have in place.

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  • Workers’ compensation insurance – Experience rating modifiers make all the difference

    Summer 2013
    Newsletter: On-Site

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 876

    Abstract: Among the primary formulas that determine every construction company’s workers’ compensation insurance premiums is the experience rating modifier (ERM). Knowing even just a little about where it comes from and what it does can help a business better control its insurance costs. This article explains how insurance companies calculate an ERM and discusses what contractors can do to submit fewer workers’ comp claims. A sidebar offers a hypothetical example of two similar contractors with dissimilar ERMs — and the financial difference this makes.

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  • Plan to offer diverse investment options – Understanding ERISA diversification requirements

    April / May 2013
    Newsletter: Employee Benefits Update

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 876

    Abstract: The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) requires that a fiduciary diversify plan investments to minimize plan participants’ risk. Plan fiduciaries must act cautiously and solely in the best interest of the plan’s participants and beneficiaries. Who’s a fiduciary, and what are his or her responsibilities in a defined contribution (DC) retirement plan that allows participants or beneficiaries to direct their investments? This article answers these questions and more.

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  • How do you value that? — Noncompete agreements are a tricky intangible

    Summer 2012
    Newsletter: Expert / Valuation & Litigation Concepts

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 876

    Abstract: Business appraisers are frequently hired to allocate value among a company’s individual assets, including intangibles. But a noncompete agreement is among the most difficult intangibles to value, because there’s little comparable transaction information available. Fortunately, a qualified appraiser can value a noncompete with confidence by sticking to several common-sense approaches. This article examines those approaches, while a sidebar notes that the value of a noncompete agreement also comes into play when divvying up a business interest for divorce. Citation: Banchefsky v. Banchefsky, No. 09AP-1011, Sept. 9, 2010 (10th Ohio App.)

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  • Need to purchase BOLI? – Here’s how to avoid being taxed

    March / April 2011
    Newsletter: Tax Impact

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 876

    Abstract: Life insurance proceeds are generally exempt from income tax, but special rules apply to business-owned life insurance (BOLI). This article describes the benefits of BOLI, along with Internal Revenue Code Section 101(j) restrictions designed to combat perceived abuses. It also describes what companies using BOLI need to do to be sure that new and existing life insurance policies are in compliance. A sidebar discusses employee notification procedures that must be carried out before a BOLI policy is issued.

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  • Solve your credit crisis with seller financing

    June / July 2009
    Newsletter: Merger & Acquisition Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 876

    Abstract: With much of the credit markets in a deep freeze, M&A activity has, not surprisingly, declined. Many buyers simply can’t find the financing they need to make acquisitions. A prospective seller, however, can attract buyers or help keep a planned deal alive by agreeing to finance at least part of the acquisition by deferring a portion of the selling price. Seller financing can be accomplished through an installment plan or a seller loan. This article describes how either approach can benefit both parties.

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