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Overview of West Virginia Coal Association 2019 Winter Symposium

March 12, 2019

On January 30th, the West Virginia Coal Association held its 46th annual Coal Symposium to recognize safe producers, provide legislative updates, and discuss the global and statewide industry forecast.  While the overall tone of this year’s Symposium was more optimistic than in previous years, an air of caution persisted among the 400+ in attendance. We’ve…

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Vehicle-expense deduction ins and outs for individual taxpayers

March 8, 2019

It’s not just businesses that can deduct vehicle-related expenses. Individuals also can deduct them in certain circumstances. Unfortunately, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) might reduce your deduction compared to what you claimed on your 2017 return. For 2017, miles driven for business, moving, medical and charitable purposes were potentially deductible. For 2018 through…

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Financial statements tell your business’s story, inside and out

March 5, 2019

Ask many entrepreneurs and small business owners to show you their financial statements and they’ll likely open a laptop and show you their bookkeeping software. Although tracking financial transactions is critical, spreadsheets aren’t financial statements. In short, financial statements are detailed and carefully organized reports about the financial activities and overall position of a business.…

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The home office deduction: Actual expenses vs. the simplified method

March 4, 2019

If you run your business from your home or perform certain functions at home that are related to your business, you might be able to claim a home office deduction against your business income on your 2018 income tax return. Thanks to a tax law change back in 2013, there are now two methods for…

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Kelly Shafer Receives YWCA’s Women of Achievement Recognition

March 1, 2019

YWCA Charleston has named Kelly Shafer, a certified public accountant and Member of the Audit and Consulting Department at Suttle & Stalnaker, as one of its honorees for the 2019 Women of Achievement award. Each year, YWCA Charleston salutes community trailblazers and empowerment role models through this recognition. This year’s honorees will be recognized for…

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Best practices when filing a business interruption claim

February 27, 2019

Many companies, especially those that operate in areas prone to natural disasters, should consider business interruption insurance. Unlike a commercial property policy, which may cover certain repairs of damaged property, this coverage generally provides the cash flow to cover revenues lost and expenses incurred while normal operations are suspended because of an applicable event. But…

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You may be able to save more for retirement in 2019

February 25, 2019

Retirement plan contribution limits are indexed for inflation, and many have gone up for 2019, giving you opportunities to increase your retirement savings: Elective deferrals to 401(k), 403(b), 457(b)(2) and 457(c)(1) plans: $19,000 (up from $18,500) Contributions to defined contribution plans: $56,000 (up from $55,000) Contributions to SIMPLEs: $13,000 (up from $12,500) Contributions to IRAs:…

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Will leasing equipment or buying it be more tax efficient for your business?

February 20, 2019

Recent changes to federal tax law and accounting rules could affect whether you decide to lease or buy equipment or other fixed assets. Although there’s no universal “right” choice, many businesses that formerly leased assets are now deciding to buy them. Pros and cons of leasing From a cash flow perspective, leasing can be more…

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Deterring, Detecting, and Reacting to Internal Fraud

February 19, 2019

Surprising but true, small and mid-sized businesses are more susceptible to and crippled by fraud when compared to larger organizations that have more resources to invest in anti-fraud initiatives. The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners recently published its 10th annual report to the nations. The largest global study on occupational fraud, the publication highlights 2,690…

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Using knowledge management to develop your succession plan

February 14, 2019

As the old saying goes, “Knowledge is power.” This certainly rings true in business, as those who best understand their industries and markets tend to have a knack for staying on top. If that person is a company’s owner, however, great knowledge can turn into a vulnerability when he or she decides to retire or…

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