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  • When Is a Child Truly a Dependent?

    When is your child a child, at least in the eyes of the IRS? To claim your child as your dependent, your child must meet either of two tests. Click through to learn what the tests are and whether you meet them.

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  • Know Your IRS Rights

    Anyone who has received a tax audit knows the terror of imagining a meeting with the IRS. But it's not a one-sided fight! Click through, take a deep breath and read about your protections in the Taxpayer Bill of Rights.

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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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  • Life Insurance Trusts: Powerful Tax-Savings Vehicles

    If an estate is large enough, it can get hit by federal and state estate taxes. Fortunately, a life insurance trust can let you plan around these taxes. Click through for an introduction to this useful estate planning tool.

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  • What Is Head of Household Filing?

    The head of household tax filing status is one of the most advantageous to the tax filer, but you have to meet stringent requirements. Click through to learn the details on this oft-misunderstood filing status.

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  • Business Valuations: The IRS Angle

    Valuations can be essential to any business owner, but you have to take into account the government's interest in your company. Click through for some insights into how the IRS determines the value of your business.

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  • How Long Since You've Reviewed Your Estate Plan?

    An estate plan is not a one-time event. It's a living series of documents you must continue to address throughout your life. Click through for some guidance on what events may trigger a need for a change.

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  • The New Form W-4: What You Need To Know

    The new year has brought with it a long-promised — and heavily revised — Form W-4. It's very different from previous versions. Click through for a review of the changes and how they affect both businesses and employees. 

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  • How You Can Use a Deferred Annuity

    It's a time-tested tool for retirement planning, but it's not for everyone. The key is knowing how a deferred annuity works, and whether it's right for you. Click through for an overview, and the inside scoop on how to choose.

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  • Know How to Handle Canceled Debt

    If your debt is forgiven for less than the full amount you owe, the debt is considered canceled, but you still owe taxes. The IRS wants its cut. Click through for a discussion of how this works and the available exceptions.

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  • Learn the Ins and Outs of Payroll Deductions

    With a mix of state and federal rules, figuring out what to deduct from your employees' wages can get complicated. Click through for an overview of the taxes you have to deduct, and other paycheck issues.

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  • Know the FMLA Notice Requirements

    To receive FMLA-protected leave, eligible employees must provide adequate notice to their employers. If they don't, the leave could be delayed or denied. Click through for details on FMLA notice requirements.

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  • What Is an Offer in Compromise with the IRS?

    To resolve IRS debt, should an offer in compromise be the right next step? What are the advantages? Click through to peruse the many factors to consider before attempting to settle with the IRS.

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  • Personal Bankruptcy: Making Hard Decisions

    At a certain point, someone's financial situation may become so dire that bankruptcy is the only option. But although the implications are serious and long lasting, it doesn't have to be the end of the world. Click through to learn how bankruptcy can lead to a fresh start.

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  • Can You Challenge Your Property Taxes?

    From coast to coast, it can be one of the most contentious local issues: your property tax bill. Often, homeowners believe it's etched in stone, but you may have some recourse. Click through for some help in challenging your property tax bill.

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  • Local Entertainment And Events Calendar: Including Virtual Events

    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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  • Proper Reporting for QSEHRA Benefits

    If you offer a Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement (QSEHRA), you must adhere to special reporting rules under IRS guidelines. Click through to see how this benefit should be handled for your employees.

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  • Hobby vs. Business: What's the Difference to the IRS?

    It's an old tax question, but the answers don't get any easier: what is the difference between a hobby and a business? It's a subtle point, but an important one. Click through for insights into IRS guidance.

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  • Living Wills -- and How to Use Them

    A living will is a legal document -- also called an advance health care directive -- that can make life immeasurably simpler for your loved ones. Click through for details on expressing how you'd like to be cared for if something happens to you.

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  • The IRS and Private Tax Debt Collection

    As we head into tax season, taxpayers should know that the IRS continues to use several private collection agencies. How may this affect you? Click through for the details on how the program works and what your rights are.

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  • Are New Sick Leave Rules Coming to Your Area?

    What seems like the mundane world of paid-time-off and sick-leave policies is receiving attention in the form of new regulations. Click through for some new rules in Chicago and Cook County -- they may come to your area next.

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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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  • Tips on Managing the Ubiquitous Form 1099

    In today's economy, it may seem that there's a thin line between your employees and your contractors, but there's a world of difference to the IRS. One important distinction is the tax form used. Click through for the Form 1099 basics.

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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 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 Improve Your Credit Score

    Everyone talks about credit scores, and how they can make a huge difference in your life -- with home purchases, for example. But what really affects the numbers? Click through for some steps to take now to get on the path to a better score.

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  • When Employees Cross State Lines

    Even small companies can find themselves with employees who have to commute across state borders to work. This can make payroll difficult. Click through for an introduction to the complex tax rules.

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  • Bitcoin: What's Happening?

    Bitcoin, the digital currency, has been in the news a lot recently. What's it all about and how does it work? Is it something you should invest in? Click through for a quick review about this controversial financial product.

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  • What Every Employer Must Know About State Unemployment Tax

    The vast majority of employers in the United States must pay state unemployment tax, the collection of which is authorized by the State Unemployment Tax Act (SUTA). Click through to learn more about SUTA and what it means for your business.

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  • DAFs and More: Charitable Strategies

    Taxpayers are still coming to terms with the new tax landscape, especially when it comes to philanthropy. The charitably minded may want to consider new strategies. Click through for some insights and advice into charitable giving.

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  • Are Annuities Right for You?

    Annuities are well-known financial products designed to fund a retirement. How do they work? And are they right for you? Click through to get the basics to help you decide if they fit into your financial plan.

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  • Basis: The Essential Tax and Investing Term

    Basis seems like a simple concept, but as with so many tax issues, it can become complicated quickly. This is especially true after recent tax reform. Click through for the story of what has, and has not, changed.

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  • 5 Tips for Grossing Up Severance Pay

    As a token of your appreciation to a separated employee, you may decide to pay for the taxes associated with his or her severance package. Click through for tips on this process, known as a "gross-up."

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  • Tips to Improve Company Spirit

    Can low morale ultimately hinder your business from reaching its goals? Click through for simple and creative approaches to strengthen employee engagement.

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  • Should You Honor All W-4 Requests?

    Employees' W-4 forms show what they want withheld from their paychecks. It's their responsibility to complete the forms, but do you have to accept each form no matter what? Click through for some insights into your responsibilities.

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  • How You Can Keep Your Finances in Order Year-Round

    Most of us don't get our finances in order until a life event is imminent — an upcoming wedding, the birth of a baby, a divorce, a financial audit or a natural disaster. Click through to get organized with a 10-step plan.

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  • Do You Need a Spendthrift Trust?

    Experts can help you keep your money safe from creditors, but what about keeping it safe from the heirs themselves? Click through for an introduction to spendthrift trusts, a special estate planning tool for special situations.

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  • A Tax Essential: the Percentage-Withholding Method

    The IRS has developed multiple methods that employers may use to withhold federal income tax from employees' wages. One of those methods is done on a percentage basis. Click through for insights into the percentage-withholding formula.

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  • What's the Story on Long-term Care Insurance?

    It's a complicated and controversial insurance product, and may not be for everyone. However, it's a good idea to see if long-term care insurance may be essential for you. Click through for the basics on long-term care coverage.

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  • Do a Paycheck Checkup

    Especially in the wake of tax reform, some taxpayers could find themselves owing the IRS if they don't adjust their tax withholding. Click through so you won't have sticker shock when you file your return.

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  • Keep Your Homeowners Insurance Current

    Homeowners insurance isn't about buying it once and then forgetting about it. You have to repeatedly check it to make sure you're fully protected. Click through to learn how to stay current with your insurance.

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  • Trusts: What You Need to Know

    A trust lets you distribute your assets to others, while minimizing estate, income and gift taxes. Trusts have scores of uses for a variety of families. Click through for a basic primer on this essential component of estate planning.

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  • All About Key Performance Indicators

    A key performance indicator, or KPI, is a measure of your performance against key business objectives. Used correctly, KPIs can help you manage your business. Click through to learn about the various levels of KPIs.

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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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  • What Is the Kiddie Tax, and How Should You Address It?

    Ever think you could reduce your taxes by shifting investments over to your children? The government is wise to you. Click through to see how the kiddie tax was designed to discourage this.

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  • Know the Secrets Behind 'Miscellaneous Deductions'

    Tax breaks that don't fit into a particular category; what would you call them? Yup, that's what the IRS did -- miscellaneous deductions. Click through and see the one-hit wonders -- maybe you'll see a deduction you haven't considered yet.

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  • 5 Mandatory Registrations for Employers

    To legally become an employer, you must register your business with the federal and state governments. Click through for five types of registrations employers need to perform and what you have to do to stay compliant.

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  • Passwords: Making Them Hard to Crack

    Consider all the passwords you use, in your personal and business lives. Passwords secure all the resources on your computer and phone -- your email and important online accounts. Click through to learn how to choose strong passwords.

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  • Padding Your Tax Deductions? The Consequences Are Serious

    It can be a seductive trap: adding an item here or there to reduce your taxes. But even aside from the morality, it's illegal, and the penalties are steep. Click through to learn about the consequences of lying on your return.

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  • Umbrella Insurance: An Estate Planning Necessity

    Umbrella insurance is extra liability coverage if you're at risk of being sued for damages. Click through to learn how to protect yourself -- and your estate -- against libel, vandalism, slander and invasion of privacy.

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  • What to Know About Private Tax Debt Collection

    The IRS is hiring private debt collectors for the hard cases -- those who haven't responded to other attempts to collect back taxes. Click through to find out what this means for you and how to protect yourself.

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  • Moving and Mileage: Roundup of TCJA Changes

    The new year brings a suspension of moving expenses, but higher depreciation limits for cars, trucks and vans. Click through for IRS information on tax reform changes to expenses for moving, mileage and travel.

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  • The IRS Looks Into Executive Compliance

    The IRS is taking a special look at the tax situation surrounding executive compensation. This may sound simple, but there are a lot of complexities you need to know about. Click through for an introduction to the key issues.

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  • Challenging the IRS's Valuation of Your Company

    Experts say that the average business owner grossly underestimates the value of a business. Click through to discover how to anticipate IRS challenges and shoot back with your own valuation data.

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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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  • Can You Still Deduct Meal Expenses?

    Tax reform passed at the end of 2017 made some important changes regarding the deductibility of meals. Some time-honored deductions are gone. Click through to see what's changed and what hasn't.

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  • How to Calculate Employees' Net Pay

    Figuring employees' net pay may seem obvious, but it can be quite tricky, as there are various rules and regulations that need to be considered. Click through for a primer on calculating your employees' take-home pay.

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  • Just What Is Blockchain?

    It's the latest buzzword—everyone is getting into "blockchain." But what is it, really? In brief, it's a cunning system that allows the creation of digital ledgers in a secure and yet decentralized financial system. Click through for a peek at the magic.

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  • QDIAs for Retirement Plans: Does Your Company Need Them?

    Having a qualified default investment alternative relieves you and plan fiduciaries of certain liabilities. Click through to enhance 401(k) plans by providing investments with potential for long-term growth regardless of how engaged employees are.

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  • Capitalization and Safe Harbor: Know the Rules

    Deduction issues can get complicated very quickly, and businesses need to understand the subtleties to make sure they're handling purchases correctly. Click through for an introduction to these important rules.

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  • Long-Term Care Insurance: Something You Need?

    Long-term care can range from assistance with simple activities to skilled care provided by nurses and therapists. Is it right for you? Click through for more details and to discover the variety of coverage options.

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  • Inherited IRAs: Not Safe From Creditors

    IRAs have many advantages, including legal protection from creditors when the owner files for bankruptcy. But there's a chink in the armor. Click through to learn about how the situation may be different with inherited IRAs.

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  • What Is the Marriage Penalty?

    The marriage penalty refers to fact that two people may pay more in taxes as a married couple than they would have as two single filers. Does this penalty really exist? Click through for details on how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act affects couples and taxes.

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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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  • What Changes With the New Taxpayer First Act?

    Congress passed, and the president signed, an expansion of taxpayer rights. What does this new piece of legislation mean for the long term? Click through to find out what changes to expect from the IRS in the coming months.

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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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  • Taking Care of Your Heirs

    You've worked hard and saved your money, but that wasn't an end in itself. It was to take care of your loved ones, perhaps even generations not yet born. Click through for some insights into leaving assets for your descendants.

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  • Taking Over the Finances of an Elderly Person

    Physical health isn't the only thing at risk of deteriorating as we age: Mental health may decline as well, and along with it, the ability to manage money. Click through for tips on how to manage finances to protect your elderly loved one from missteps.

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  • 3 Steps to Giving a Raise

    You want to give deserving employees raises, to help ensure they stay with the company and to keep morale high. But how do you approach the task? Click through for insights into the process of deciding how much of a raise to give.

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  • How to Choose Automobile Insurance

    When shopping for auto insurance, you want the best coverage for the cheapest price, but you have a lot of options to sort through. Click through to get accurate quotes by providing some basic information.

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  • The Ongoing Problem: Abusive Tax Shelters

    As long as there have been taxes, shady promoters have tried to sell taxpayers on schemes to get out of paying their fair share. Click through to learn about abusive tax shelters, and how to recognize and avoid them.

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  • Bracket Changes and More From the IRS

    Washington is abuzz with talk of tax reform, although there's no certainty what, if anything, will happen. But the IRS is proceeding, for now, as if 2018 will be business as usual. Click through for bracket and deduction changes.

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  • How to Communicate With Your Staff

    The quality of your senior management's internal communication says a lot about your company. Click through to see plenty of ways to continue to improve workplace communication.

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  • It's Time to Organize Your Estate

    No matter what age you are, it's not too early or too late to get a handle on your estate, to make sure it passes smoothly to your spouse, children, and any charities. Click through to learn how to get started.

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  • Audits, Reviews and Compilations: A Summary

    Timely, accurate and understandable financial statements are necessary to gauge how well your business has performed and to assess the strength of its financial position. Click through for an intro to levels of overview for these statements.

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  • How to Face Your Life Insurance Choices

    There's no such thing as simple life insurance. To protect your loved ones, you have to sort through a bewildering array of choices. Click through for some insights into what's available, and what might be right for you.

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  • The ADA: How Does It Affect Your Business?

    The Americans with Disabilities Act is widely discussed and cited, but many employers don't know exactly what their responsibilities are. Click through for an introduction to this important and far-reaching legislation.

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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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  • Depreciation: Is It Right for You?

    Depreciation is a deduction from income tax that lets you recover the cost of property. Click through to see how the IRS allows for the wear and tear, deterioration or even obsolescence of items.

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  • The SBA EIDL and PPP Loans and Their Tax Implications

    The Small Business Administration has refreshed an old loan program and launched a new one for pandemic-affected businesses—but there are a lot of complexities. Click through for the inside story, and the important tax implications.

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  • How to Handle Student Loans

    If you're like the great majority of students (or their parents), you might not have read all the fine print regarding how your student loans are structured or how repayment works. Click through to understand the inner workings of student loans.

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  • The Finances and Taxes of Car Leasing

    A car is typically second only to a home as the biggest purchase you will ever make. And yet, many car owners don't take into account the financial implications. Click through for an analysis of leasing versus buying a car.

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  • 5 Things to Consider About Changing Payday

    Your current pay schedule isn't cutting it anymore, and you're leaning toward changing it. But the FLSA, state rules and other issues can complicate any decision. Click through for five things to consider before you make the switch.

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  • Develop a Succession Plan

    You need to take responsibility for your company and determine how potential risks and threats will impact the future of your business. Click through to safeguard your company with succession and continuity plans.

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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 throughout the year. Click through to see whether you need to make estimated tax payments every quarter.

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  • Social Security and Pensions: Post-Divorce Divisions

    Dividing assets after a marriage ends is never an easy proposition, and it can be especially difficult when Social Security and pensions are added to the mix. Click through for some insights into dividing these benefits.

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  • Take Advantage of the Small Business Administration

    What can the Small Business Administration do for your business? Probably more than you imagined! Click through for an introduction to the SBA and the many programs it offers to businesses like yours.

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  • Paying Extra: Guidance on the Overtime Exemption

    Did you know that you can pay your salaried-exempt employees extra without jeopardizing their exempt status? It's true. But for those paid on an hourly, daily or shift basis, you'll need to exercise caution. Click through for the DOL's opinion on this topic.

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  • What to Know About Employer ID Numbers

    The Employer Identification Number is also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number and is used to identify a business entity. Click through to understand the often important details surrounding the EIN.

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  • What Is Tax-Efficient Investing?

    Investing solely because of a focus on taxes can be counterproductive, but taxation still has to be an important part of making investment decisions. Click through to gauge the role of losses, timing and selection of investments.

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  • How Does Key Person Insurance Work?

    Are there employees who are crucial to your business? Would it damage you if they left? Click through to learn about key person insurance, so that your company survives losing an executive who makes your business work.

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  • Medical and Dental Expenses: What Can You Deduct?

    Yes, the tax code gives you some deductions for medical and dental expenses, but the rules can get complicated. Click through for an intro to this key deduction, to help figure out where the IRS draws the line.

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  • Gather All Your Papers for Taxes

    Don't find yourself frantically searching for information you need to file your tax return at the last minute. Click through to reduce filing difficulties and possibly your tax bill by knowing what documents to have at your fingertips.

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  • How Does Crowdfunding Work?

    As an alternative source of finance, crowdfunding has huge potential to help startup businesses. Click through to learn how to grow faster and even test-market an idea or product without spending much money.

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  • Avoid These Top Trust Problems

    You want to feel secure that any property placed in a trust is held according to its terms and for the benefit of the named party. Click through to avoid mistakes that can interfere and invalidate that simple transfer of property.

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  • Tax Deductions: What's New?

    Tax law changes in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act affect itemized deductions because the standard deduction was nearly doubled for most taxpayers. Click through to see if you should consider itemizing anyway.

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  • Medicaid Trusts: Key for Long-Term Medical Planning

    Is it possible to protect your estate and still qualify for Medicaid? Yes it is, with the right kind of trusts. Click through to learn about the different kinds of Medicaid trusts and how they might be able to help you.

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  • Social Security: Is It Time to Tap Into It?

    You can start taking Social Security payments as early as age 62, but you get a bigger monthly payout if you can wait. What's the optimal time? Click through to learn the basics of Social Security calculations.

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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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  • Smart Practices to Ferret Out Fraud

    When you think about fighting fraud, you may consider hiring financial experts to help -- that's great, but it's not all! Click through to see why your first step should include everyday practices to discover whether your firm is experiencing fraud.

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  • Big Changes in Social Security and Retirement Plans for 2018

    Every year, the IRS and Social Security Administration tweak essential numbers for Social Security and retirement plans — and this year is no different. Click through for the need-to-know numbers for 2018.

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  • Supreme Court Ruling on Online Sales Tax Sows More Confusion

    The Supreme Court has ruled that a company does not need to have a physical presence in a state to be subject to its sales tax. Click through to find out what this really means, and who is affected.

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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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  • How OSHA Can Affect Your Business

    No matter what kind of business you run, you have to know something about OSHA, which oversees workplace safety. Click through for some insights into how OSHA works and why you need to be familiar with its rules.

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  • IRS Clarifies Deductible Expenses

    The Internal Revenue Service has updated the rules to reflect changes resulting from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Click through to zero in on changes involving deductible expenses, to make sure you're in compliance.

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  • Demystifying On-Call Pay

    The conditions surrounding on-call pay can be confusing, and employers often misunderstand them. It comes down to whether employees should be paid if they're required to be available while not working. Click through for an intro to the complex rules.

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  • Know the Tax Rules for Employee Loans

    Companies may allow workers to take a draw against commissions or give them some other form of salary advance. It's perfectly legal, but employers need to know the rules. Click through for the tax implications of employee loans.

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  • ACA Affordability Threshold to Rise in 2019

    One of the main requirements of the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate is that health coverage must be affordable, based on annual standards set by the IRS. Click through for the details on the 2019 increase for one of those standards.

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  • Real Estate in Your IRA: A Good Idea?

    Many people want to invest in real estate. Why not do so within your IRA? It's possible, but there are a lot of restrictions. Click through to see how to do it, and decide if it's really worth all the risks.

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  • Your House in a Trust: The Pros and Cons

    Trusts can solve a lot of estate planning problems, and you can even put your residence into one. There are a lot of advantages to doing this, but you need to know the details. Click through to get the scoop on a powerful estate planning technique.

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  • Steps to Choosing a Charity

    These days, you want to donate with your head as well as your heart, making sure a charity is legitimate, well-run and aligned with your values. Click through to learn how to effectively make a charity a worthwhile part of your legacy.

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  • Get a Tax Break From Past-year Losses

    There are many tax breaks out there, but some of them are a little harder to unearth than others. If you've had a year when deductions exceeded income, you may be entitled to a refund. Click through for an intro to the complex rules surrounding net operating losses.

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  • Know the Basics of Medicare

    Medicare is a federal insurance program that provides health coverage for older Americans, and its provisions can get quite complicated. Click through for an introduction so you understand what you or your loved ones are entitled to.

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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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  • 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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  • Handling Taxes for Employees Who Are Not Regular

    Taxes may be pretty straightforward for your year-round 9-5 employees. But what about those who are part-time? Or seasonal? There are special rules. Click through to learn how to handle taxes for this group.

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  • Qualities That Make Good Leaders

    Leaders can make the difference between success and failure at a company. Have you shown leadership? Have you hired good leaders? Click through to understand how a strong vision can help you lead.

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  • Family Businesses and the Next Generation

    Having your children work in the family business is a great way to teach your kids about work ethic and money management, and to kick-start their retirement or college savings plan. Click through for tips on bringing your children into the family business.

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  • How to Work With OSHA After an Accident

    During the normal course of business, an employee may get sick or hurt -- at which point, you may need to complete OSHA Form 300. Click through for frequently asked questions about this form.

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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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  • How to Manage the Home Office Deduction

    Many people work at home in the age of the telecommuter. Do you fall into that category? Have the rules changed? What are the limitations? Click through for an introduction to this valuable but complicated tax break.

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  • Group Health Plans: 3 Ways to Lower the Risk of a DOL Audit

    As the DOL continues to vigorously audit group health plans, it's critical that you avoid getting caught in the crosshairs. Click through for three ways to protect yourself and minimize the risk of a DOL audit.

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  • Productivity Tools for Small Businesses

    Have you wondered about implementing programs that may make you and your employees more productive, but didn't know how to get started? Click through for an introduction to productivity tools that can help businesses of all sizes.

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  • Learn About an IRS Payment Plan

    Not everyone gets a refund. Sometimes you owe money to the IRS — and it could be a lot. Fortunately, the IRS offers options. Click through to learn about the IRS payment plans for individuals.

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  • What To Know About Getting a Tax Refund

    Tax season is upon us, and all taxpayers are no doubt hoping for a refund. Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths about when and how you'll get your refund. Click through for the "straight dope" from the IRS.

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  • What Is an HECM Reverse Mortgage?

    If you're looking for ways to supplement retirement income, you may want to consider a home equity conversion mortgage or HECM. Click through for specifics of this special kind of reverse mortgage.

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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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  • IRAs: Know the Basics

    Individual retirement accounts are among the most popular retirement savings vehicles, but many people don't know much about them. Click through for insights into the different kinds of IRAs and how they work.

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  • Understanding Your Payroll Tax Liabilities

    Although the payroll taxes you’re liable for as an employer may seem obvious, some taxes are not so easy to identify. Click through to learn the common and not-so-common employer payroll taxes, including associated liabilities.

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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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  • New IRS Guidance on State and Local Taxes

    The IRS is taking a look at the deductibility of state and local tax payments for federal income tax purposes in the wake of tax reform. Click through for a snapshot on what's happening with this complicated issue.

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  • The Advantages of Diversity Training

    You're thinking of implementing diversity training to advocate workplace diversity. Click through to see how such programs lead to higher employee retention rates, improved morale, reduced lawsuits and improved recruiting.

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  • Opportunity Zones: Doing Well By Doing Good

    An opportunity zone, located in an economically distressed community, spurs investments via preferred tax treatment. Click through for an introduction to the specific conditions for this useful but complicated provision.

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  • 5 Ways to Lower Your SUTA Tax Rate

    An employer’s SUTA tax rate is susceptible to fluctuation. If yours is escalating, contrary to popular belief, you actually might be able to reduce it! Click through for five strategies to curb your SUTA tax rate.

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  • When the IRS Wants to Audit Your Business

    Nothing can frighten a business owner like an audit notification. Is it the first step toward arrest and trial? No need to panic. Click through to find out what a tax audit actually is, and how to get through it with minimal fuss.

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  • How to Launch a Business

    Are you planning to start your own business? You probably have a limited budget and need to watch every dime until you start turning a profit. Click through for some tips that can help you reach your goal.

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  • Budgeting Tips for Managers

    It may not be the most entertaining part of your job, but it's often one of the most essential: budgeting. Is there a way to make it less painful? Click through for some tips on managing your department's budgeting responsibly.

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  • Special Report: Small-Business Hiring and Tax Credits

    In today's economy, you'll likely be pressured to offer higher wages and more benefits in order to attract and retain employees. Fortunately, there are some great tax credits to help you. Click through to learn which ones might be applicable to your business.

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  • Take a Look at the New HSA Plan Limits

    The Internal Revenue Service just announced the 2018 inflation-adjusted limits for health savings accounts, and they're up. Click through to see by how much and what other changes might be coming.

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  • The Myth of the 20% Down Payment

    Conventional wisdom holds that you should put down 20% to buy a house. But this is not always necessary, or even wise. Click through to learn there's a much bigger story -- and that you need to educate yourself before writing a check.

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  • What to Do When Debts Survive Death

    People die, but their debts survive them, and in the weeks after someone dies, the bills will keep rolling in. How are these handled? Click through for some guidelines in making sure the decedent's financial obligations are fulfilled.

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  • Fixed-Rate Versus Adjustable-Rate Mortgages: Pros and Cons

    Home mortgage loans come in two flavors: fixed rate and adjustable rate. Which is right for you? It's not always an easy answer. Click through to see the pros and cons, which are based on costs and your long-term plans.

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  • How to Be an Executor

    It may be your duty someday to carry out the final wishes of a family member or close friend. What are you responsibilities? Click through to find what you need to know as an executor, and where you can get help.

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  • Back Pay and Form W-2

    If you've paid an employee less than what he or she is due, it could come back to haunt you in the form of back wages. Click through to learn more about this type of pay, including its impact on Form W-2.

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  • Just What Is an Information Return?

    Certain kinds of business payments trigger the need for what are called "information returns." Just what are they and what are your responsibilities? Click through for a list of the kinds of transactions you have to report.

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  • Good Statements Get Good Loans

    Your ability to obtain a business loan will depend a lot on how prepared you are during your application process. Click through to learn how to improve your chances of getting the loan you need to grow.

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  • Charitable Gifts: Getting the Paperwork Right

    It seems simple: you make a donation to a qualified organization, and you may be able to take a tax deduction. But you could lose out if you don't handle the paperwork correctly. Click through for an intro to the rules on acknowledgments.

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  • A Shrewd Way to Give: The Donor-Advised Fund

    Think of DAFs as halfway between a private foundation and a simple bank account. They can be very useful systems for the philanthropically minded. Click through to learn what DAFs are, and how they work.

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  • Do You Need Business Interruption Insurance?

    Many businesses don't even know about it, but it can be essential to your long-term plans. Are you covered if your business can't continue for a substantial period of time? Click through for the reasons to consider business interruption insurance.

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  • Why You Need Umbrella Insurance

    You may have heard about umbrella insurance, but aren't sure what it is. It's simply extra liability coverage to protect you if you're sued for damages. And it can be surprisingly affordable. Click through to learn more about umbrella policies.

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  • Freelancing? Know the Tax Rules

    Many people make their living in the gig economy, getting most or all of their income from freelance assignments. Click through for an introduction to the tax provisions that apply to these independent workers.

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  • Can You Make Direct Deposit Mandatory?

    Direct deposit makes payroll processing so much easier, and the vast majority of employees find it convenient -- which is why you may wish to require it. Click through to see whether you’re allowed to mandate direct deposit.

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  • How to Get a Business Loan

    If you have a business and want it to grow, there's a good chance you'll need some financing. What are the next steps? How do you decide what you need? Click through to learn how to get the financing you need.

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  • Tips for a Quicker End to Your Mortgage

    All homeowners look forward to the day when their mortgages end. With a little planning, you can make that day come sooner. Click through for some advice on how to pay off your mortgage sooner than you expected.

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  • When and How Often to Review Trusts

    It's a common misconception that creating a trust is just a one-time event. In fact, there are many reasons you may want to change certain kinds of trusts. Click through for a discussion of how and when to review trusts.

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  • Abusive Tax Shelters: Know the Score

    No one likes paying taxes, and we look for ways to minimize our tax bills. But if you're too aggressive, you can step over the line from tax avoidance to tax evasion. Click through to learn the difference.

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  • Tax Credit Offsets Retirement Plan Costs

    Thinking of starting a pension plan for your small-business employees? The federal government may help with the costs for companies that meet certain criteria. Click through to learn how to claim a tax credit for the startup costs.

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  • Getting to Know the Sharing Economy

    What's the sharing economy? It involves using online platforms to rent a spare bedroom, provide car rides or offer any number of other goods or services. Click through to learn more about what's often called the sharing economy.

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  • Family Member Care and the IRS

    Do you have a private nurse taking care of a parent in your home? You don't only have a health issue, you also have a tax issue. Click through to be on top of the additional tax responsibilities that come with home help.

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  • How Do You Handle Multistate Taxes?

    No matter where your company is headquartered, there's a good chance you conduct business across other state borders. How do taxes work in this situation? Click through to learn about multistate taxes and how to ensure that your business is compliant.

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  • 3 Essential HR and Payroll Metrics To Track

    How is the health of your HR and payroll departments? Staying on top of the right metrics will give you a heads-up. The trick is knowing which metrics to track. Click through for three HR metrics to watch closely.

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  • Handling a 'Wrong Information' Form From the IRS

    Have you ever received a CP2000 notice? It's an alert from the IRS that data received from banks, employers or other third parties doesn't match your tax return. Click through to find out how to handle this notice.

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  • Hobby vs. Business: Where Do You Draw the Line?

    You buy and sell rare stamps: Is this a business or just a hobby? The answer can be complicated. Click through for an introduction to IRS guidance on the differences between a business and a hobby.

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  • Put Compensation Front and Center

    How much thought do you give to the salary structure at your company? Successful companies create a compensation philosophy, a set of policies, to ensure consistency and loyalty. Click through to get started on compensation best practices.

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  • Effects of Reciprocal Agreements on Your Business

    Do you have employees who live in one state but work in another? If so, they probably are covered by a state reciprocal agreement, which eliminates dual taxation. Click through to learn more about tax reciprocal agreements.

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  • Do You Know Your Lookback Period for Payroll Taxes?

    Your lookback period dictates your federal payroll tax deposit schedule, so "lookback period" is terminology that you should know. Click through to learn more about how lookback periods work, and how they affect payroll tax deposits.

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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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  • How to Seek and Secure Investors for Your Business

    Searching for investors will require a substantial amount of your own effort, time, money and energy. Click through to wisely and mindfully work on pursuing investors to have a higher likelihood of reaching your goals.

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  • What Is the EITC -- and Does It Affect You?

    The earned income tax credit subsidizes low-income working families. It can be complicated, and many don't know how it works or whether recent tax reform changed it. Click through for the latest word on the EITC.

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  • The Complex World of Flood Insurance

    Many people don't think they need flood insurance, but they do. Others think they have it, but they don't. Flood insurance is a complex topic. Click through for an introduction to flood insurance that can save you a fortune.

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  • Qualified Retirement Plans: Know the Rules

    Periodically, the Internal Revenue Service issues a notice describing changes in its qualification requirements for retirement plans, including deadlines. Are you up to date? Click through to see the list of required amendments.

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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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  • How to Pick Insurance Deductibles

    High premiums for low deductibles? It can be a hard decision, and sometimes it might feel like a gamble. You need to understand the full picture. Click through to educate yourself on why one type of plan might be more suitable than another.

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  • Backup Withholding: Know the Story

    You may find that money you're owed is subject to substantial withholding if certain numbers aren't provided in a timely fashion. Click through to learn how to avoid this or get out of it if it's already happened.

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  • How Do You Handle Sales Tax?

    Does your company need to collect sales tax on purchases made in and out of state? If you’re not already familiar with this process, it can seem complicated. Click through to better understand the basics of sales tax for your products.

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  • Is a Franchise the Right Move for You?

    At one time or another, almost everyone daydreams about owning their own business. With a franchise, you can be your own boss, with the backing of an established company. Click through for an intro to this business model.

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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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  • 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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  • Yes, Home Equity Loans May Still Be Deductible

    Interest on home equity loans and similar products still can be deducted under the new tax law, says the IRS, even though early readings of the law suggested otherwise. Click through to see how you may still be able to claim a deduction.

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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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  • What's Up with Socially Responsible Investing?

    Do you care if the money you invest is actually doing some good in the world? If so, socially responsible investing may be for you. Click through to learn how to ensure that your money is not invested against your values.

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  • How to Calculate Severance Pay

    Severance pay is usually offered to employees after termination from their jobs. Though generally not required to provide it, companies often base it on length of employment. Click through to see how other firms handle this.

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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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  • Baby on the Way: Knowing All About Maternity and Paternity Leave

    There's a good chance you'll eventually have to deal with some kind of parental leave in your office, whether it involves an employee or employee spouse pregnancy, or an adoption. Click through for some insights in creating a policy.

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  • Keep Track of Paycheck Withholding

    You may want to check paycheck withholding, says the IRS. Withholding errors can lead to unpleasant surprises at tax time. Click through to consider several factors that may affect refunds or the taxes owed in 2018.

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  • The Pros and Cons of Becoming an ESOP

    An employee stock ownership plan can be just the ticket for the right kind of company. How does it work, and is it the right model for your business? Click through for an introduction to this popular method for owning a company.

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  • What to Take Out of Employees' Paychecks

    Employers are ultimately responsible for withholding taxes from their employees' wages. Therefore, it's important to understand which payroll taxes your employees should pay. Click through to discover the many different types of employee payroll taxes.

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  • 5 Ways to Avoid Micromanaging Your Staff

    It's a difficult line to walk: you have to properly supervise your staff, but if you spend too much time guiding them in their tasks, you squash initiative and destroy morale. Click through for some tips to avoid the micromanagement trap.

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  • Gifts to Charity: Six Facts About Written Acknowledgments

    You contribute money or gifts to qualified organizations that are eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions. Click through if you plan to claim a charitable deduction on your tax return.

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  • The Latest Fraud Problem: Synthetic Identities

    The most common form of identity theft these days is synthetic identity theft. If that sounds ominous to you, you're right to be scared. Click through to find out about this new twist on fraud and how to spot it.

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  • Using Myers-Briggs to Help with Hiring

    Every company is looking for an edge in finding and hiring the best people. One key tool is the Myers-Briggs test. Click through to learn what this test can, and cannot, do, and how you should implement it.

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  • 5 Steps to the Successful Multi-Office Business

    Your company is expanding -- and that's great! You've grown from one office to two, three, or even more. But you need to be able to manage all of them to continue to grow. Click through for some help in multi-office management.

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  • Tax Reform Expands ABLE Accounts, Saver's Credit

    The tax reform provisions introduced at the end of 2017 contained some provisions for the disabled, which allow them to put away more money in their ABLE accounts. Click through for the details on the more flexible arrangements.

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  • What Is the Path to Profitability?

    Are you concerned about your profitability? Sometimes you have to look in new directions to improve your business. Click through for some insights into the analysis you should be doing to take your business to the next level.

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  • Handling Employees Across State Lines

    When you have employees who live in one state and work in another, things can get a bit tricky. Click through to learn the basic rule -- you generally pay taxes in the state where your team works, but it can get complicated.

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  • How to Challenge Property Taxes

    One thing all homeowners can agree on: Complaining about property taxes is one of their favorite pastimes. However, you may be able to actually do something about high taxes. Click through to learn how to appeal your property taxes.

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  • How Much of a Raise Should You Give?

    If you have good employees, how do you compensate them for their work? Click through for tips on how to give raises based on market averages while making sure your best people feel appreciated each and every payday.

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  • All About Finding a Financial Planner

    When it comes to choosing a financial planner, there are a bewildering array of choices. How do you know who is right for you? How do you know who is competent? Click through for an introduction to finding someone right for you.

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  • What To Do When You Get an Audit Notification

    You’ve opened the mail and your heart sinks. Your business just received an audit notification from the IRS. Click through to learn how to keep your cool and prepare for what happens next.

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  • Do You Need to Hire a Business Consultant?

    Feel like you could use some advice? Sometimes, an outside expert can give you a fresh perspective on the management of your company. Click through to learn about cost-effective ways to leverage a business consultant.

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  • Check Your Withholding Now

    With so many recent changes, two-income families and people who work multiple jobs should check their withholding amount. Click through to see if you're withholding the right amount of tax from your paycheck.

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  • 6 Retirement Mistakes to Avoid

    It's a "don't let this happen to you" situation: finding yourself nearing retirement with not enough money. Click through to learn about the mistakes you need to avoid.

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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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  • What Does It Mean to Be a Fiduciary?

    You may have heard about arguments coming out of Wall Street and Washington regarding fiduciary standards and controversial changes in regulations. Click through to get the scoop about what it means to be a fiduciary.

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  • Adult Children and Filial Responsibility Laws

    In some jurisdictions, special laws may require adult children to contribute to their parents' care if Medicare isn't yet applicable. But federal rules may actual block their enforcement. Click through to learn more about filial responsibility.

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  • Is a 1031 Exchange Right for You?

    A properly structured Section 1031 exchange allows an investor to sell a property, reinvest the proceeds in a new property and defer the tax on the potential gain from the sale. Click through to see the impact of tax reform on 1031 exchanges.

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  • What's the Story on Tariffs?

    Tariffs have been in the news recently. What exactly are they? Tariffs are import taxes the government imposes, like a sales tax, on goods. Click through to see how and why governments impose tariffs.

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  • Beware the Taxes of Self-Employment

    You're self-employed if you're in business for yourself -- including a part-time business. That means you're also your own tax manager! Click through for a brief run-through of your tax obligations.

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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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  • What is D&O Insurance -- and Who Needs It?

    Directors and officers (D&O) liability insurance helps cover costs arising from legal actions brought against an organization's officers or board of directors. Click through to see if it's something you need.

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  • Don't Try This at Home: Frivolous Tax Arguments

    We'll be thinking about taxes again before you know it! Laws change, but one thing that doesn't vary is the IRS's view of bizarre excuses. Click through to learn about frivolous arguments the IRS has no patience for.

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  • How to Handle Supplemental Wages

    Supplemental wages do not qualify as regular income and are subject to special withholding rules. Click through for an introduction to what items fit into this group, and how they should be taxed.

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  • What Is Sexual Harassment in the Workplace?

    The battle cry for sexual harassment prevention has never been fiercer than it is today. But in order to prevent sexual harassment, you must first be able to spot it. Click through for insight into the different kinds of sexual harassment in the workplace.

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  • Why Do You Need a Business Valuation?

    What is a valuation, and why do you need one? Having an up-to-date business valuation on hand will guard against numerous eventualities. Click through to learn why a valuation is essential to business success.

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  • Key Rules for Garnishing Lump-Sum Payments

    The DOL has clarified the types of lump-sum payments that are protected by federal garnishment laws versus those that are not. Click through for details to make sure you don't mishandle these for your employees.

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  • OSHA Inspections and Penalties: What You Need to Know

    The OSH Act of 1970 gives the Occupational Safety and Health Administration the authority to conduct workplace inspections. Click through for insight into OSHA inspections, and how they might apply to you.

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  • Know the Student Loan Basics

    Understanding how student loans work and how to use them will help you borrow wisely and pay them off efficiently. Click through to learn about your options and how to minimize the student loan debt burden.

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  • The 3 Points of Switching 401(k) Plan Providers

    Your 401(k) plan provider plays a major role in managing your fiduciary responsibilities. If your provider fails to meet your expectations, it may be time to seek a replacement. Click through for three considerations when making the switch.

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  • Are Chatbots the Next Big Thing?

    Ten years ago, every company needed a website, and five years ago each one needed an app. What's the next big thing? Click through for details to help you decide whether to embrace messaging with artificial intelligence and chatbots.

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  • Payroll Cards: Know the Full Story

    Despite being a viable option for unbanked employees, payroll cards have garnered a controversial reputation, largely due to concerns over fees and compliance. Click through for answers to frequently asked questions about payroll cards.

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  • The Final Responsibility: Being an Executor

    It's one of the most important tasks you can carry out for a friend or family member: carry out their last wishes after they're gone. But you don't have to do it alone. Click through for a review of what you need to do as an executor.

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  • Headcount Reporting: Why You Must Do It

    Headcount reports provide critical data on each of your employees, and they're essential for a variety of laws and regulations. Click through to see why headcount reporting is so important and how to perform the task.

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  • Use Apprentices at Your Business

    An apprentice system is not a 19th-century relic. It is working today in a win-win situation for businesses and employees. Click through for more on this training concept that can help your business prosper.

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  • Social Security: Note the Key Changes for 2020

    The Social Security Administration has released new numbers for those paying Social Security and those collecting it. Click through for the new maximum taxable earnings amount as well as COLA and other key adjustments.

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  • Can I Modify an Employee's Time Sheet?

    It's common practice for managers and supervisors to adjust employees' time sheets to address incorrect or missing information — but is this legal? Click through to find out what the law says about you making this change.

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  • 4 Factors To Consider When Choosing a Pay Frequency

    Employees expect to be paid on time, based on the designated pay frequency. But before you choose a pay frequency, you must cover your bases. Click through for four things to keep in mind when selecting a pay frequency.

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  • Socially Responsible Investing: The Wave of the Future?

    When it comes to investing, should you care about anything beyond the returns generated? Many investors believe that their money should not only grow, but do good in the world. Click through for an introduction to SRI.

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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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  • Max Out Your Retirement Plan Contributions

    How much can you contribute to IRA and 401(k) plans? The answer is "it depends." Click through to understand retirement plan limits and the special "catch-up" provisions that can help older contributors.

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  • What to Do After a Hurricane

    Did you just get through hurricane? Do you know someone who did? Now comes the time to rebuild and repair homes, businesses and communities. Click through for a helping hand to get you -- or your friends and family -- through the coming weeks.

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  • The EITC: Helpful But Misunderstood

    The earned income tax credit gives an enormous helping hand to working families, but many wrongly assume it doesn't apply to them. Click through for insights into the powerful EITC to learn if you can take advantage of it.

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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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  • Steps for Reconciling IRS Form 941 to Payroll

    Form 941 is a crucial tool for ensuring your payroll data is accurately reported to the government and for balancing payroll in general. Click through for insight into reconciling Form 941 with your payroll on a quarterly and a year-end basis.

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  • What Is OCBOA — and Can It Work for Your Business?

    U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles — GAAP — is not the only game in town. Other Comprehensive Basis of Accounting might be a better choice for your business. Click through for the details so you can make the right choice.

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  • Property Taxes: How Are They Calculated?

    Understanding how property taxes are calculated is critical to making sure the appropriate rate is charged. Click through to determine whether you're paying the lowest taxes possible and maximizing your returns.

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  • Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac Allow Non-FICO Score

    VantageScore is a newer alternative to the venerable FICO score. This may change the mortgage equation for many homebuyers. Click through to see how this may impact you when you're looking for a mortgage.

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  • Bonus Calculations and FLSA Rules

    Bonuses can be a great way to reward top employees. However, businesses need to know that there are different kinds, with key distinctions managers should be well-versed in. Click through to make sure you don't violate FLSA rules.

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  • How to Decode Box 1 of Form W-2

    Form W-2 has many boxes, but Box 1 typically gets the most attention because it reflects the employee's total annual taxable wages. It can be surprisingly complicated. Click through for a primer on this box to make sure you're doing it right.

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  • IRS Warnings About Payroll Scams

    Human resources and payroll departments lacking strong internal controls are vulnerable to cybercrimes. This is not just a tax-season problem. Click through for IRS warnings on HR and payroll tax scams even as the 2020 tax season is on the horizon.

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  • What Is a Home Warranty?

    You can think of a home warranty as a home protection plan, and it is especially useful for a first-time homebuyer with no experience maintaining a home. Click through to see how it works and who will pay for it.

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  • The Ins and Outs of Form 1099

    A 1099 tax form is a record that someone was paid non-salary income. It comes in multiple versions, and there's a good chance you'll be dealing with one or more of them each tax season. Click through for a rundown of how they work.

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  • Depreciation: How Does It Work?

    Depreciation is a tax deduction allowing the recovery of asset costs. You can get a tax break from depreciation, but the rules are complicated. Click through for an introduction to the tax and accounting strategies surrounding it.

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  • When to Use a Collection Agency

    What can you do to get clients and customers to pay up? Are you just stuck with an uncollected account? Not necessarily. Click through to see how to deal with the pesky customers who get behind on their payments.

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  • When Identity Theft Hits Your Taxes

    Tax-related identity theft occurs when someone uses your stolen personal information to claim a fraudulent refund. It's an especially virulent kind of identity theft. Click through to understand how it happens and what you can do.

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  • Estate Planning for Those Under 40

    Estate planning is not a topic you should put off until you're ready to retire. The earlier you start, the better off your family will be if something unforeseen happens. Click through to learn why you're never too young for estate planning.

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  • How Elder Mediation Can Save Families

    Tempers can rise and old grievances resurface as adult siblings face their elderly parents' caregiving needs and the many problems that come with it. Click through to see how mediation can help you avoid long-lasting feuds.

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  • Changes to 401(k) Contribution Limits for 2020

    Cost-of-living adjustments are affecting dollar limits for 401(k) plans, individual retirement accounts and other retirement plans. These changes affect both individuals and the businesses that manage company-sponsored plans. Click through to learn how the changes may affect you.

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  • Alternative Minimum Tax -- What's It Like Today?

    The controversial alternative minimum tax has been around for years, even though politicians argue about it. Has it changed recently? Click through to see how the AMT may apply to you as we approach the next tax season.

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  • How to Leave Your Worldly Goods

    Where will you leave your assets when you're gone? Sometimes it seems obvious, but you still have a lot of choices. Click through for some thoughts on who your beneficiaries should be and why you need to consider your choices carefully.

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  • A Business Bankruptcy: Helpful but Complex

    Starting and running a business is hard, and there's no guarantee of long-term success. Sometimes, a bankruptcy is the only exit plan. Click through for an introduction to the key rules of business bankruptcy.

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  • Child and Dependent Care Credit

    You may be able to claim child and dependent care credit, which can put a lot of extra money into your pocket. But the rules can be complicated. Click through to help determine whether you might be eligible.

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  • What's New With the Kiddie Tax?

    So many tax provisions changed with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed at the end of 2017. The so-called kiddie tax changed as well. Click through for an examination of this complex provision and how it might affect you.

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  • Second Spouse Planning

    It's not uncommon to remarry after a divorce or the death of a spouse. But the newlyweds may have children from prior marriages. Click through for insights into the financial challenges involved in blended families -- especially when it comes to estate planning.

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  • What to Know About the SEP-IRA

    Small businesses and self-employed workers can use SEP-IRAs to help save for retirement. They're powerful and flexible plans that many don't even know about. Click through to find out how one might work for you.

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  • What To Know About the Qualified Business Income Deduction

    It's a much-talked-about and misunderstood provision of the tax reform law passed in 2017, and business owners are still grappling with it. Click through to make sure you understand this beneficial but complex tax provision.

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  • How to Avoid the Top Estate Planning Errors

    Estate planning can get very complicated, and by the time you realize you've made a mistake, it's usually too late to correct it. Click through for the most common pitfalls, so you can make sure you avoid them.

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  • Which Employees Are Exempt From Tax Withholding?

    Most employees are subject to tax withholding. Those exempt from withholding are in the minority -- but you should still know who they are. Click through for a list of employees who are excluded from tax withholding -- and why.

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  • Identity Theft: Stay Safe With Your Taxes

    Imagine being the victim of a tax-related identity theft, and then you find out that the perpetrator claims a fraudulent refund. Click through to learn how the IRS is battling this problem to keep you safe.

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  • What to Know About Pensions and Taxes

    When you start a pension, you can choose to have federal and state taxes withheld from your monthly checks. Click through to see that if you withhold enough taxes, you won't owe money when you file your tax return.

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  • Avoiding Family Fights Over Assets

    Just how should you leave your property to your heirs? Wills and trusts can make your wishes known, but the details can leave hurt feelings and long-lasting arguments. Click through for tips for creating an inheritance of family peace.

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  • What Is Probate -- and How You Can Avoid It

    The death of a close family member is traumatic enough, but the legal and accounting necessities that come with it -- especially probate -- can make it worse. Click through to learn the basics of probate and how to avoid it with trusts and other techniques.

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  • Give Your Taxes Your Attention 365 Days a Year

    Giving your taxes your full attention just once a year isn’t the best business strategy -- especially with so many changes in the past year. Click through to learn the best ways to evaluate the impact of taxes throughout the year.

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  • Should You Establish Payable-on-Death Accounts?

    It's a little-known but very effective technique for leaving your money, and it doesn't require a lot of paperwork. Click through for the inside story on payable-on-death accounts, why they might be right for you, and what the drawbacks are.

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  • The Latest Rules on Charitable Donations

    With a much larger standard deduction in play, and lower marginal tax rates, the charitable giving world has changed. Has anything else changed? Click through for the latest IRS guidance on charitable giving.

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  • Is Your Homeowners Insurance Up-to-Date?

    You bought homeowners insurance when you bought your home, but then you probably forgot about it except for the bills, and that's a mistake. Click through to learn why you should continually review your insurance.

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  • How to Handle Bad Debt and Taxes

    It's a problem almost every business has to face at some point: how to handle bad debt. Fortunately, the IRS may be able to give you a break. Click through for some help in taking care of this.

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  • 6 Key Facts About Excise Taxes

    Everyone knows about income taxes and sales taxes, but we tend to forget about excise taxes, because they're not obvious. Click through for an introduction to this important class of taxes, and see what's changed.

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  • Do You Have to File an Information Return?

    If you made or received a payment in a calendar year as a small business or self-employed individual, you most likely are required to file an information return to the IRS. Click through to learn what this means.

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  • Noncompete Agreements: What's the Deal?

    Noncompete agreements are designed to keep confidential business information safe, and in this infotech world, that's essential. Click through to find out exactly what these entail and what they mean for someone's future employment prospects.

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  • IRAs to Charity: A Useful Estate Planning Technique

    The basic goal of an IRA is to give you money to live on in your retirement years. But it can complicate your estate plan if you leave IRA funds for your family to inherit. Click through to learn about the advantages of leaving your IRA to charity instead.

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  • What Information Is Included on a Pay Stub?

    Even if you're not required to give your employees a pay stub, it's widely recommended that you do so to help with record-keeping and keep employees in the picture. Click through to see which items should go on this document.

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  • The Top Financial Planning Mistakes

    Stay clear of economic difficulties by avoiding the most common financial mistakes individuals and families tend to make. Click through for an introduction to starting on the right financial path and staying there.

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  • The Dirty Dozen Tax Scams

    Tax season may be over, but tax scams are with us year-round. The IRS has issued a "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams that may keep returning. Click through to learn how to recognize these and protect yourself.

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  • Capital Gains, Losses and Sale of Home

    The IRS has issued some important new guidance on capital gains and property basis, especially as the rules apply to homes. There's a chance here to save on taxes. Click through for an intro to this key guidance.

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  • Keep Your Smartphone Apps Secure

    We use our smartphones for so many things today that we take them for granted -- along with the security issues. How do you protect your personal information when you're on your phone? Click through to feel more trust in the apps you're using.

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  • What Is Tax-Loss Harvesting?

    Tax-loss harvesting is about minimizing capital gains taxes on your investment portfolio. With care, you can keep more money in your account rather than giving it to the IRS. Click through to see how several strategies work.

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  • Know the New Expensing Rules

    Tax reform laws changed various expensing rules, as the IRS explained in guidance updated at the end of 2018. Click through to make sure your business is in sync with the regs, so you're not leaving any money on the table.

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  • Employers: Know Your Tax Forms

    Employers must report their federal employment taxes to the IRS on the appropriate tax forms. It's important to know which forms apply to your business. Click through for a list of required forms.

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  • Working at Home — the New Reality

    Both businesses and workers have been ambivalent about telecommuting, but the pandemic may have forced everyone's hands. Click through for some insights into why, for many businesses, working from home may be the new normal.

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  • Gig Economy and Taxes

    The so-called gig economy may be the wave of the future for a substantial number of workers. There are lots of implications—especially regarding taxes. Click through for an introduction to how the IRS handles gig workers.

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  • What Small Businesses Need To Know About Tax

    Many common tax problems vexing small-business owners involve underpayment of taxes and poor record-keeping. Click through for an introduction to some basic rules, so you can make life easier for yourself.

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  • Key Tax Issues for Small Businesses

    If you're running a small business, it's always tax season! In short, you don't want to scramble before each due date, and you certainly don't want any last-minute surprises. Click through for a primer on your small-business tax responsibilities.

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  • Simple Steps to Obtaining a Financial Planner

    Many people don't know exactly what a financial planner does, or how to find one. And that's a shame, because a good planner is helpful for those at all income levels. Click through to get started on financial planning.

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  • Capital Gains and Losses: How Do They Work?

    Realized capital gains and losses occur when an asset is sold, which triggers a taxable event. Those are the basics, but the details can get confusing. Click through for an introduction into what these gains and losses can mean for you.

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  • Toward a Better Credit Score

    Good credit is helpful, even essential, for a successful financial life. The best advice for improving credit is to manage it responsibly over time. Click through for an introduction to the care and maintenance of your credit.

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  • The Adaptable SEP IRA: How It Can Work for You

    There are a lot of options for company-sponsored retirement plans, and for many, the SEP IRA may be the right choice. Click through for more details on how this plan works and why it may be just what your employees want.

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  • S Corporations -- Know the Advantages

    S corporations elect to pass corporate income, losses, deductions and credits through to shareholders for federal tax purposes. Click through to see how S corporations avoid double taxation, and learn whether they're the right format for your company.

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  • Federal Laws That Prohibit Job Discrimination

    Job discrimination has long been an issue, and the federal government has passed substantial legislation to address it. Are you fully in compliance? Click through for an annotated list of the major rules.

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  • Wage Garnishments: What You Need to Do

    It's a hassle for any payroll department: getting an official letter that you have to withhold part of an employee's salary, as ordered by a court. Click through to learn what you have to do when wages are being garnished.

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  • Artificial Intelligence: Has It Come to Accounting?

    Artificial intelligence has been much in the headlines recently, often in the context of self-driving cars or robots. But will it change accounting and finance? Click through to see how AI is already affecting your life and business.

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  • 8 Ways to Take Charge of Your Personal Finances

    Are you thrown into a panic with thoughts of student loans or other debt? Are you worried about your long-term finances? Click through to see how to take charge of your money and plan for a secure financial future.

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