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Energy-Saving Incentives for Small Businesses

  • 28 July 2015
  • Author: Cari Holbrook
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Energy-Saving Incentives for Small Businesses

Many small businesses are becoming more energy efficient because it’s the right thing to do for our environment.  But did you know it can also benefit you as a business owner? The average commercial building wastes 30 percent of the energy it consumes, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. That’s a lot of money down the drain.

Are Gold Coins and Hedge Funds Good Retirement Plans?

  • 7 July 2015
  • Author: Cari Holbrook
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Are Gold Coins and Hedge Funds Good Retirement Plans?

News broke last month that Renaissance Technologies, owned by hedge fund leader James Simons, abolished its 401(k) plan and won the government’s permission to put pieces of Simons’ own Medallion fund inside Roth IRAs for employees instead. As Bloomberg News reports, “That means no taxes—ever—on the future earnings.”

Charity Scams: What You Need to Know

  • 23 June 2015
  • Author: Cari Holbrook
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Charity Scams:  What You Need to Know

Some charities sound like great causes but turn out to be scams. While it’s important to help others (and it can even be helpful to you, come tax season) charity scams can turn a moment of giving into a moment you wish you could get back.

When Employees Are Called for Jury Duty

  • 9 June 2015
  • Author: Cari Holbrook
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When Employees Are Called for Jury Duty
Participating in the judicial process is an important role. And most calls for jury duty result in little more than a day away from work, so it doesn’t necessarily disrupt business as usual when an employee gets called to serve. But what if jury duty ends up taking longer than a day or two?

When Adult Children Move Home: Take Tax Advantage

  • 26 May 2015
  • Author: Cari Holbrook
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When Adult Children Move Home:  Take Tax Advantage

They’re called the “boomerang” generation: young adults who move back into their parents’ homes, usually to save money after college. One study revealed that nearly 40 percent of young adults ages 18 to 34 have moved back in with their parents for a time after moving out.

Why Planning to Sell Your Business is Always a Good Idea

  • 12 May 2015
  • Author: Cari Holbrook
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Why Planning to Sell Your Business is Always a Good Idea

One in three small business owners plan to fund their golden years by selling their businesses. However, half of these business owners do not have potential buyers lined up. These statistics from a 2014 Small Business Retirement Readiness Study shed light on a common issue among entrepreneurs: the issue of poor exit planning.

How an LLC Can Help a Business Thrive

  • 21 April 2015
  • Author: Cari Holbrook
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How an LLC Can Help a Business Thrive

Taking on partners or investors can be risky, especially when you’re just starting out. However, certain risks are necessary in order to succeed. Some tools can help mitigate the risk of getting outside funding for a business. An LLC structure is one of those tools.

Top Money Mistake Startup Businesses Make

Top Money Mistake Startup Businesses Make

About 50 percent of new U.S. companies fail in their first five years. According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), 34 percent close before their second year in business. Some of the worst performing companies are in the fields of transportation, communications/utilities, retail, construction and manufacturing. Starting a business in one of these industries is definitely an uphill battle. But it’s certainly a battle that can be won.

ACA and Your 2014 Tax Return

  • 24 March 2015
  • Author: Cari Holbrook
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ACA and Your 2014 Tax Return

The Affordable Care Act is expected to complicate an already arduous tax season. Just how much it will complicate your own efforts depends on your situation. If you anticipate a tax credit like the IRS Small Business Tax Credit, you may not receive good news.

Texans: Don't Forget the Sales Tax Deduction

  • 10 March 2015
  • Author: Cari Holbrook
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Texans:  Don't Forget the Sales Tax Deduction

If you file a Form 1040, the IRS is prepared to reward you for your purchases. However, it’s up to you (and your tax preparer) to not miss the opportunity. 

The federal sales tax deduction expired at the end of 2013 but was revived retroactively to cover 2014 returns. Despite this, it’s a deduction that’s often overlooked.
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