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Do Your Employees Get a Mandatory Raise This December 1?

If your business is covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), you may be required to give all of your salaried employees who perform executive, administrative or professional (EAP) duties a raise. As of December 1, 2016, the new minimum wage for full-time salaried workers is $913 per week. Previously, the minimum wage was […]

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Tax Lessons for Your Business, Courtesy of the Clintons!

In anticipation of the election and in response to public demand, Hillary and Bill Clinton have released their 2015 federal tax return. Tax returns have been a hot topic this year, as candidate Donald Trump continues to refuse to release his tax returns. What can you learn from reviewing the Clinton’s tax returns about how […]

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Strategy Inside: Now is the Time to Plan to Reduce Your 2017 Tax Bill

While it’s only October or November when you are reading this, now is the time to plan to reduce your tax bill for 2017. By December, it’ll likely be too late. And by the time January comes around, you will have likely missed out on your best tax saving opportunities. So, how can you best […]

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Overcoming Small Business Challenges through Operational Strategies

As with so many things in life, some of the same qualities that help small businesses succeed, can also lead to their demise. Fortunately, much of that risk can be lessened through operational excellence. For example, the owners and managers of small businesses often know each other before they go into business together. Sometimes, they’re […]

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Ways to Manage Increasing Healthcare Costs for Small Businesses

The good news about healthcare costs in the United States is that they have decreased from 6-7% per year to just around 4%. The bad news is that health care costs continue to rise faster than workers’ incomes. For small businesses, this is a recipe for disaster. They are caught between increased costs for employer-sponsored […]

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Partnerships and LLCs, Take Heed of New Tax Law

Beginning with tax year 2018, all partnerships and limited liability companies (LLCs) taxed as partnerships will be affected by a new federal tax audit law. In 2015, the Bipartisan Budget Act repealed the earlier audit system, known as TEFRA, and replaced it with entirely new taxation audit provisions. It is important for those affected by […]

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Important Deadline March 15 re Your Business Entity That Could Save Thousands on Next Year’s Taxes

If you have a newly incorporated LLC or Corporation, you only have until March 15 to elect S-Corporation status for the 2016 tax year, using IRS Form 2553. This is important because there could be significant tax consequences to you, if you do not elect for S-Corporation status. As the owner of an LLC interest, […]

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How Do I Keep Track of All These Tax Deadlines?

If you own a business, particularly if it is a new business, you are probably concerned about how to track tax deadlines.  Fortunately, the Internal Revenue Service has developed several methods to help with this very problem.  First, though, you must know which taxes you are required to pay. Which Taxes? The tax and information […]

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Benefits of a Home-Based Business

With the advanced connectivity options available through the internet and associated devices and applications, more and more people are earning a living by working from home. Many of us, however, may be so ingrained in the notion of being employed and reporting to work at a fixed location that we may not be able to […]

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Taxes for the Self-Employed

Going into business for yourself means learning about a lot of things, and not all of them are necessarily fun.  Take taxes, for example.  Unless you’re an accountant, dealing with the tax issues that come with your business is probably not your favorite task.  But once you get the hang of it, it really isn’t […]

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How to Save Big Money on Your Taxes This Year – Part 3

Welcome back to our third and final article in our series on how you can save big money on your taxes this year.  Just a little time and effort focused on strategically reducing your taxes can pay big dividends. In part 1,we discussed the first step in saving big on taxes: strategize with your tax […]

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