Insights: Consulting Services

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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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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Business owners: An exit strategy should be part of your tax planning

February 11, 2019

Tax planning is a juggling act for business owners. You have to keep your eye on your company’s income and expenses and applicable tax breaks (especially if you own a pass-through entity). But you also must look out for your own financial future. For example, you need to develop an exit strategy so that taxes…

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Family businesses need succession plans, too

December 18, 2018

Those who run family-owned businesses often underestimate the need for a succession plan. After all, they say, we’re a family business — there will always be a family member here to keep the company going and no one will stand in the way.Not necessarily. In one all-too-common scenario, two of the owner’s children inherit the…

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Developing a Disaster Preparedness Plan

November 29, 2018

By: Wally Suttle, CPA The widespread media coverage of natural disasters has left business owners with little excuse to be unprepared for hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, forest fires, floods, and super storms. These calamities can strike wherever and whenever, and while there is no preparation for the physiological impact of a disaster, there is a way…

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Catch-up retirement plan contributions can be advantageous post-TCJA

November 26, 2018

Will you be age 50 or older on December 31? Are you still working? Are you already contributing to your 401(k) plan or Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees (SIMPLE) up to the regular annual limit? Then you may want to make “catch-up” contributions by the end of the year. Increasing your retirement plan contributions…

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Estimates vs. actuals: Was your 2018 budget reasonable?

November 26, 2018

As the year winds down, business owners can be thankful for the gift of perspective (among other things, we hope). Assuming you created a budget for the calendar year, you should now be able to accurately assess that budget by comparing its estimates to actual results. Your objective is to determine whether your budget was…

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It’s not too late: You can still set up a retirement plan for 2018

November 19, 2018

If most of your money is tied up in your business, retirement can be a challenge. So if you haven’t already set up a tax-advantaged retirement plan, consider doing so this year. There’s still time to set one up and make contributions that will be deductible on your 2018 tax return!More benefitsNot only are contributions…

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Mutual funds: Handle with care at year end

November 19, 2018

As we approach the end of 2018, it’s a good idea to review the mutual fund holdings in your taxable accounts and take steps to avoid potential tax traps. Here are some tips.Avoid surprise capital gainsUnlike with stocks, you can’t avoid capital gains on mutual funds simply by holding on to the shares. Near the…

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