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  • How to Work With the IRS Office of Appeals

    Tax audits are rough, but you have recourse even if they don't end up in your favor. If an auditor rules against you, but you believe the ruling to be in error, you can appeal the decision. Click through for details on how to make an appeal.

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  • Business Tax and Bad Debt

    Do you have a client or customer who won't pay? Even when all attempts to collect a bad debt have failed, the IRS may give you a break at filing time. Click through to see how to take that bad debt off your taxes.

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  • How to Avoid Micromanaging Your Staff

    You're a manager, and so you need to manage. But how much? Too many managers go overboard on the details. Click through to learn what some of the signs are that you're overmanaging, and how to stop doing so.

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  • Beyond Money: The Softer Side of M&A

    When two companies join together, whether it's a merger between equals or the purchase of a smaller entity, it's not just about the money. Click through for some insights into the softer side of M&A.

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  • Small Business and Insurance: Know the Score

    There is no lack of options when it comes to insurance for your small business. Not every business needs every kind, but you should know what's available. Click through to get started thinking about business insurance.

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  • What Is a Deferred Annuity -- and How Does It Work?

    An annuity contract that delays payments of income until you elect to receive the money is a deferred annuity. Click through to understand how it works and the important role it can play in estate planning.

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  • What's the Deal on Estimated Taxes?

    If you're self-employed or have income other than a salary, you may need to pay estimated taxes to square your tax bill. Click through to see whether you need to make estimated tax payments every quarter.

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  • Local Entertainment And Events Calendar

    You’ll always know where the fun’s going on with our interactive local events calendar featuring social sharing, images, videos and ticket links. Click through to see what's happening or to add your own local events.

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  • Special Video Report: Estate Planning Is About Tax Savings and More

    Conventional wisdom holds that estate planning is just about making sure money flows smoothly to the next generation. But there's a lot more to it. Click through for a video that outlines the full range of estate planning.

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  • Can You Leave Your IRA to Charity?

    Looking to give yourself a tax break and do some good? It's legal, and often advantageous, to leave your IRA to a charity. Click through to learn the rules behind this strategy.

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  • Is a Reverse Mortgage Right for You?

    As you reach your sunset years, you may want to remain in your house but still tap the equity you built up over the years. Click through to find out if a reverse mortgage can solve your problems and how to get started.

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  • How to Choose a Financial Planner

    Financial planners advise clients on how best to save, invest and grow their money. Click through to see how they can help you tackle a specific financial goal like buying a house or getting a macro view of your money and the interplay of various assets.

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  • Learn the Estate Planning Angle for 529 Plans

    Almost everyone knows that 529 plans can be a great way to save for college. In addition, they also have some powerful estate-planning features. Click through to learn the full story behind 529 plans.

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  • How to Pick the Right 401(k) Provider

    You're ready to provide a company-sponsored 401(k) retirement plan -- for yourself and your employees. How do you choose a provider? Click through to learn how to select a service provider for the long haul.

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  • How to Dress for Success in Today's World

    In past generations, office wear was a simple proposition, but today, guidelines for proper clothes are all over the place. Click through for some thoughts on dressing for success in these confusing times.

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  • How to Choose a Credit Card

    No single credit card is better than all others in all categories for all people. Click through to learn how to choose a card that best fits your spending habits and credit situation.

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  • Are You Giving Your Taxes Year-round Attention?

    Giving your taxes your full attention just once a year isn’t the best business strategy. Experts suggest that a year-round approach is better for your finances. Click through to learn the best ways to evaluate the impact of taxes throughout the year.

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  • What's the Deal With Palimony?

    Marital property rights are in a state of transition, not the least because of recent developments regarding the rights of people who are not spouses at all but near-spouses. Click through to be privy to the debate on spousal rights.

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  • How Do You Research Salary Rates?

    Whether you're running a company or working for one, you want to know what the market rate is for people with a specific skill set and experience in a particular region. Click through to powershift your salary rate research chops.

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  • How to Hold Real Estate in Your IRA

    Traditionally, IRAs contain funds or individual securities, but it's possible to put other kinds of investments into these accounts, including real estate. Click through for some insights into the rewards and dangers of this strategy.

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  • How the New Tax Law Affects Housing

    Of the many changes in the new tax law, few are more controversial, or wide-ranging, than the provisions that modify the deductions available to homeowners. Click through for a sense of how these may affect you.

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  • Know the Tax Rules for Part-time or Seasonal Help

    From resorts during the summer to department stores in December, many businesses need to hire part-time and seasonal help. Click through to learn about the special tax rules for these kinds of staffers.

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  • How to Get a Tax Break After a Disaster

    Each season brings its worries about potential natural disasters, including hurricanes, blizzards, tornadoes and floods. But know that the damage is often tax-deductible. Click through to see what the IRS allows after a major loss.

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  • When Do You Need an HR Staff?

    When a business has only a few employees, it's easy to manage staff. But at a certain point, you need an HR manager in-house. Click through for some insights into when you'll reach that place.

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  • Treasury to Withdrawal Proposed Section 2704 Regulations

    By Adam B. Freedenberg, CPA, CFE, CVA

    We are pleased to announce that the Treasury and the IRS is expected to publish a formal withdrawal in the Federal Register. Click through to read more.

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  • Time to Think About Tax Scams

    Death and taxes are two of life's great certainties, as everyone knows, and along with taxes come tax scams, both new and old, every year. Click through to learn how to make sure you don't become a victim this year.

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  • Don't Try to Be Funny with the IRS

    It's OK to disagree with the IRS. In fact, there's even a formal appeals process. But don't try to pull a fast one. Click through to find out what the IRS considers a frivolous argument, which can lead to severe penalties.

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  • Legislators Give Boost to Status of Freelancers

    Everyone talks about the "gig" economy, where workers are all essentially freelancers. But one city is reining in this "Wild West" system, and this may be a trend. Click through to learn about some new rules that affect the way companies and freelancers work together.

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  • Social Security Taxes: The Basics Heading into 2017

    Social Security may be universal, but not every employer knows the details or is aware of its essential responsibilities. Click through for an introduction to key facts on Social Security and what you must do for your employees.

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  • The Ins and Outs of the Earned Income Tax Credit for 2018

    The EITC can be a powerful hand up for working people with low incomes, but the details are often misunderstood. Click through for the provisions of this important credit and a chart with the latest numbers.

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  • Learn the Secrets of Key Performance Indicators

    How do you know if you're doing well? It's a more complicated question than you may realize. Click through to learn about the different ways to measure your company's performance, and which ones are right for you.

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  • Surviving the Personal Tax Audit

    It's the fear of every taxpayer and a staple subject of comedians and TV shows: the tax audit. But you can make it go a lot more smoothly, and increase the odds of a good outcome, if you are well-prepared.

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  • How to Prevent and Address Sexual Harassment in Your Company

    It's every company's responsibility to have a safe and harassment-free workplace. Click through to discover how to develop a robust business environment to prevent and address sexual harassment cases.

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  • What Must You Disclose About Your Retirement Plan?

    Do you have a pension plan for your staff? If so, do you know what you must disclose to them? Click through to learn more about the regulations that govern retirement plan disclosures to make sure you're following the complex rules.

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  • Living Wills: Everybody Should Have One

    It's hard to contemplate, but there may come a time in your life when you can't make decisions for yourself. That's what a living will is for. Click through to find out how these work and why you need one.

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  • Check Your Withholdings

    We all go into tax season hoping for good news, and that we don't have to write a big check to the IRS. One way to insure ourselves against unpleasant surprises is by checking our withholdings. Click through for some tips on checking your status.

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  • The Future of Work: Digital Transformation

    Digital transformation is impacting all aspects of our lives. The typical office worker is becoming a thing of the past. Click through to discover the future of work and your place in it.

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  • Get the Lowdown on Probate -- And How to Avoid It

    Almost everyone has heard the term "probate," but many have only a vague idea of what it means and all the steps involved. Click through for an introduction to the probate process, and tips on how to get through it or even avoid it entirely with trusts.

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  • What to Do if You're Audited

    It's every taxpayer's nightmare: Your tax return has been selected for examination. Your response will undoubtedly be "why me?" Click through to get some tips on how to respond to get through this as painlessly as possible.

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  • Ex-Spouses, Pensions and Social Security

    Dividing assets after a divorce can be difficult in the best situations, but when it comes to pensions and Social Security, it can be a nightmare. Click through for the "straight dope" on splitting retirement assets after a divorce.

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  • Know the Ins and Outs of Joint Tenancy

    It can be a great way to own property, helping owners avoid probate and spreading both risk and reward. But there are some pitfalls and it isn't for everyone. Click through for the key points of joint tenancy.

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  • What Insurance Do Small Businesses Need?

    The world of insurance is a complex one, and it's essential to make sure your business is covered. Click through to learn the basics of business insurance so you can make the right decisions.

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  • Business Valuation

    A business valuation establishes a value for an entire or partial interest in a firm by taking numerous factors into consideration. Click through to watch video.

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  • Noncompete Agreements: Should You Insist on One?

    A noncompete agreement can help minimize loss if a competitor tries to lure one of your employees away. But there are limits to how these work. Click through to become aware of all the implications before you ask your staff to sign one.

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  • The Ins and Outs of Virtual Offices

    A significant proportion of your workers use technology to perform their jobs from home. Click through to see how virtual offices blend home and work to gain efficiencies that benefit both employer and employee.

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  • Portability: Sharing the Estate Tax Exemption

    Portability is a generous estate and gift tax break for married couples. Click through to learn how portability can allow spouses to pass substantial assets to heirs free of estate tax.

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  • Why Is Padding Your Tax Deductions a Risky Proposition?

    Everyone does it, right? Padding your tax deductions may not seem like you're playing a game of Russian roulette, but the risk can be substantial. Click through to learn more about padding deductions and better solutions for your business.

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  • Alternative Minimum Tax: Know the Deal

    Is the most dreaded acronym not the IRS anymore but AMT? Alternative minimum tax is a different way of calculating your tax liability. Click through to get rid of the AMT willies.

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  • Leave Your Estate to Your Grandchildren

    There may be reasons to skip your children and leave most or all of your estate to your grandchildren. This is possible, but there are pitfalls. Click through to learn about generation-skipping transfer tax.

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  • Don't Roll the Dice on Taxes and Gambling Income

    Gambling winnings are fully taxable and must be reported on your federal income tax return. Click through to see that it doesn’t matter what games you play -- you’re required to report all your gambling winnings and pay taxes.

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  • Tax Calendar for the Rest of 2017

    Although April 15 is the most famous, there are plenty of other tax deadlines both businesses and individuals need to know. Click through for an annotated list of taxes to be paid between July 1 and Dec. 31.

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  • What to Do if Your Business Is Audited

    An eerie feeling comes over you when the IRS determines your business owes tax money. Click through to get the scoop on IRS audits of business tax returns.

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  • How to Leave a House to Heirs

    If you're a parent, you probably want your children to inherit your home. It's best to plan for it —via estate planning. Click through to learn the choices available to you.

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  • The 401(k): Just the Beginning of Retirement Benefits

    Retirement plans are one of the most popular benefits companies can offer, and even small businesses can get in on the game. Click through for an introduction to retirement plans that are perfect for small businesses.

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  • Tax Advantages of Investing in Real Estate

    One of the biggest real estate tax advantages for investors is deductions, generally geared to rental properties. Click through to get more details on what can be a long-term investment.

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  • How Does the ADA Work?

    The Americans with Disabilities Act is a federal law that prohibits employers from discriminating against a qualified person who has a disability. Click through to discover what's meant by the ADA's call for reasonable accommodations and who decides what's reasonable.

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  • How to Manage Your 529 Plan in 2018

    The cost of college keeps going up, and you need to become more proactive in how you save for it. Click through for some insights into how to save for higher education and how these methods fit into the new tax law.

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  • Charitable Giving Under the New Tax Law

    Important new tax changes mean that the charitably minded might want to consider new giving strategies and take a look at appreciated stock and donor-advised funds. Click through for insights into charity in this new era.

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  • Business Interruption Insurance: What It Is and How It Works

    Most business owners don't have interruption insurance, but that could be a critical mistake. Click through to see how the rising numbers of natural disasters may factor into today's decisions.

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  • What Are Capitalization and Safe Harbor?

    There are a lot of considerations when it comes to filing your annual taxes. Many business owners forget about subtle deduction issues, which may mean leaving money on the table. Click through to find out more about capitalization and safe harbor.

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  • Estate Planning Is NOT Just for the Wealthy

    There's a common perception that estate planning is only for those with vast wealth. But that's wrong. Click through to get a deeper understanding of the importance of planning for even modest estates.

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  • Working While Collecting Social Security Benefits

    Can you work while you're receiving Social Security benefits? Before you make a decision that could impact your future, it is important to know all the facts. Click through to learn more about Social Security rules for those still in the workforce.

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  • Don't Forget Your Military Tax Breaks

    Whether you haven't yet filed taxes for this year or are already doing tax planning for next year, consider these often-forgotten breaks. Click through for an introduction to the tax benefits the federal government offers to military personnel.

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  • Does Your Company Need Key Person Insurance?

    In business, it's hard to find time to consider something that isn't really urgent but that can be incredibly important. Click through to learn how to protect yourself against the loss of a top employee.

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  • When You Should Take Social Security

    It's tempting when you reach your 60s to dip into Social Security as soon as you're able, but it may not be the best choice. Click through to learn more about timing your payments.

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  • Essential Business Data is Just a Click Away

    For business owners who want to make sure they're competitive, fresh, accurate benchmarking information is a must. How does your business compare with the industry as a whole? Click through to see how you stack up against your competitors.

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  • What You Need to Know as an Independent Contractor

    In today's economy, there can be a thin line between being an employee or being an independent contractor -- but there are still important differences. Click through for key tips on knowing your status.

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  • Deciding How and Whether to Pay Bonuses

    Additional remuneration in the form of performance bonuses or incentive payments can help retain good staff. Click through to get details on choosing how and whether the incentive or bonus should be paid.

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  • Should You Consider Owning a Franchise?

    Maybe you're tired of working for someone else. But starting your own business can be risky. A middle ground for many is the franchise -- be your own boss, but with the backing of a big company. Click through to see if this is the right move for you.

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  • PREPARING FOR THE NEW OVERTIME LAW

    On March 13, 2014, President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum directing the Department of Labor to update and modernize the regulations defining which white collar workers are protected by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime standards. Click Through to learn more about this!

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  • Want to Succeed? Become a Joiner!

    Becoming a member of professional organizations can help you strengthen your network, furthering your career. Click through to see how you can enhance your professional development through business associations.

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  • Don't Get Caught by IRA Rollover Rules

    You have a lot of flexibility with an IRA, but there are some important, and rigid, rollover rules. Don't find yourself accidentally violating them. Click through for information on a rollover rule many investors don't know about.

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  • What to Know About 'Power of Attorney'

    A power of attorney allows you to appoint a person or organization to manage your affairs if you become unable to do so. Click through to discover the different types of powers of attorney with different levels of control.

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  • Permanent Life Insurance: Right for You?

    There are very few circumstances in which you will not need life insurance. Even single people use it to fund final expenses and medical bills. Click through for an overview of this essential financial product.

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  • In Search of a Financial Advisor

    Almost everyone could use some help managing their money, from the modest to the wealthy. How do you find someone reliable? Click through for some insights into choosing and working with a financial advisor.

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  • Watch Out for Reverse Mortgage Scams

    Reverse mortgages can be a great resource for older adults who want additional income for home care or other essential expenses. But you have to be careful when entering into an agreement. Click through to make sure you're not being cheated.

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