General & Family Business

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  • Managing your credit history

    June / July 2008
    Newsletter: Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 569

    Abstract: Like most people, you’re probably well aware of the importance of managing your credit history to protect your standing among current and future lenders. What you may not know, however, is how to go about doing it. This article gives you the lowdown on how to obtain your credit reports (free of charge), what to look for on those reports and how to defend your position if you detect fraudulent activity.

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  • Let’s be reasonable – Setting salaries for S corporation owners

    June / July 2008
    Newsletter: Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 834

    Abstract: If your business is an S corporation, the way you characterize payments to owners who work in the business can have a significant tax impact. For instance, failure to pay reasonable salaries to these shareholder-employees raises a red flag for the IRS. And if the agency reclassifies distributions of corporate profits as wages, you may be hit with a hefty bill for back payroll taxes, penalties and interest. This article offers tips on how to ensure salaries are reasonable. A sidebar illustrates how costly not doing so can be.

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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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  • Practical Perspectives: Key financial issue for you and your family – Cleaning up tax records can help fend off an IRS audit

    June / July 2008
    Newsletter: Trendlines

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 620

    Abstract: In this issue’s “Practical Perspectives,” we meet Mike and Beverly, a married couple with two young daughters, who recently decided to finally get their house in order — literally. Beverly’s job was to organize the family’s financial records and, when she went to do so, she began to get frustrated about what tax-related documents she needed to keep and for how long. Wisely, she called her financial advisor, who had some answers. (Updated 6/11/12)

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  • Moneylines: News Briefs for Businesses and Individuals

    June / July 2008
    Newsletter: Trendlines

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 471

    Abstract: This section offers four news briefs about: 1) How the subprime mortgage crisis has made it harder for many small businesses to obtain financing, 2) A recent survey indicating that a slowing economy may not necessarily mean that college graduates will have a hard time finding jobs, 3) How the IRS has boosted a valuable tax break for commuters, and 4) The perhaps disturbing results of a recent study indicating that many Americans are unclear on some fundamental concepts that apply to their personal finances.

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  • 4 tech tools to help you with your personal finances

    June / July 2008
    Newsletter: Trendlines

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 573

    Abstract: By now, most people use technology, in one form or another, to manage their personal finances. There may, however, be a few technological options out there that some individuals have either never heard of or never fully considered. This article gives four examples.

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  • The most important thing – Smart hiring now saves time and money later

    June / July 2008
    Newsletter: Trendlines

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 729

    Abstract: No matter how sound the business plan or how brilliant the strategies for executing it, without the right people on staff, a company isn’t likely to get very far. And that’s why every business always needs to be on the lookout for smart approaches to hiring. This article offers a few to consider. (Updated: 6/11/12)

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  • The net operating loss deduction – A tax break for tough times

    June / July 2008
    Newsletter: Trendlines

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 709

    Abstract: For much of the year, fears of an economic downturn have permeated the news. Whether or not tough times lead to your company losing money, one way to mitigate any shortfall may be to claim a tax deduction for a net operating loss (NOL). This article looks at the rules governing the NOL deduction. [Updated: 12/27/12]

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  • Fetch, stay or roll over your 401(k) when you change jobs

    Spring 2008
    Newsletter: Management & Tax Concepts

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 324

    Abstract: Who says you can’t teach an old 401(k) plan new tricks? When you change jobs, you can choose the best “trick” to preserve the tax-deferred growth of your 401(k) plan and avoid current taxes and penalties that can chew up your savings. This brief article explains various options, such as “fetching” money from investment savings as a lump sum, letting the money “stay” in a current plan, and “rolling over” the lump sum. (Updated 7/20/12)

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  • The pros and cons of lease financing

    Spring 2008
    Newsletter: Management & Tax Concepts

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 602

    Abstract: When acquiring new equipment for your business, you can pay cash, finance with a loan or, in many cases, lease. Although leasing is often the easiest route to take, it may not always be the right move. This article discusses the pros and cons of leasing and explains when it’s best to use an operating lease vs. a capital lease.

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  • Naming your retirement plan beneficiaries? Remember the tax considerations

    Spring 2008
    Newsletter: Management & Tax Concepts

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 580

    Abstract: Regularly reviewing the beneficiaries of a retirement plan — particularly if there’s been a life-changing event, such as a divorce, birth or death — is always a good idea. Specifically, when selecting beneficiaries, plan owners need to consider the income and estate tax impact of their choices. This article tackles the issues one by one. (Updated 6/10/12)

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  • Use your business smarts when buying a business

    Spring 2008
    Newsletter: Management & Tax Concepts

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 615

    Abstract: Thinking of buying a business? Doing so can be a smart move because it’s generally less risky than building a company from scratch. This article explores the benefits, such as gaining experienced employees, existing facilities, and established customer and supplier relationships. And it explains how to conduct the necessary due diligence and find financing. A sidebar debates the issue of stock vs. asset purchases.

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  • Time for a billing and collections check-up!

    Spring 2008
    Newsletter: Management & Tax Concepts

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 683

    Abstract: In a shaky economy, it’s common for financially stretched clients to be late in making payments. This threatens your cash flow and ability to pay your own bills on time. This article discusses how improving your company’s collections efforts can be just what the doctor ordered to remedy ailing cash flow and give your bottom line a boost. A sidebar offers tips on how to cut your losses on uncollectible outstanding debts.

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  • Why your company needs a travel policy

    April / May 2008
    Newsletter: Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 572

    Abstract: If your employees travel regularly for business, it’s important to develop a written travel policy. A well-designed policy has many benefits: It provides employees with guidance on appropriate business spending, helps you control your travel costs, and ensures that you have the documentation needed to support income tax deductions and withholding and payroll tax exclusions. This article explains how to develop a travel policy for your employees. A sidebar delves into the subject of per diems. (Updated 4/4/12)

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  • Do you really have the homeowner’s coverage you need?

    April / May 2008
    Newsletter: Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 705

    Abstract: A homeowner’s insurance policy is designed to cover your home and personal belongings in the case of theft or damage. But do you know whether you really have the coverage you need? This article explains why it’s critical to review your policy regularly so you know whether it’s time to buy additional coverage or switch insurers. A sidebar offers tips on how to ask your insurer for a better deal.

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  • 3 tips for tax-smart intrafamily loans

    April / May 2008
    Newsletter: Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 413

    Abstract: At one time or another, you may wish to provide financial assistance via a loan to your children or other family members. Whatever your reasons for lending to a family member, it’s important to structure and document the loan carefully. You may trust these loved ones implicitly but, if you handle things too informally, you may bring about some unpleasant tax consequences. This article offers three tips for making tax-friendly family loans.

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