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  • Local Entertainment And Events Calendar

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

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  • 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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  • Masking Social Security Numbers in Microsoft Excel

    This is something especially for those with human resources responsibilities: making sure Social Security Numbers are kept private. It's possible to do this in Excel, but tricky. Click through to learn how to master this technique.

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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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  • Welcome to the Firm's Newsletter

    Welcome to our firm's newsletter! We plan to give you helpful information every month. Click through to learn all about the valuable free information we'll be sending.

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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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  • Pass-Through Entities and the 20 Percent Tax Break

    Much talk has been made of the new 20 percent tax deduction for pass-through entities but, as with most tax laws, it can get very complicated very quickly. Click through to learn more, and find out if you're entitled to the break!

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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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  • 7 Benefits of Adding Lemon Water to Your Routine

    Drinking water in the morning has long-term health benefits, but adding a splash of lemon to your water can drastically improve your health. Click through to learn seven benefits of lemon water.

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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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  • 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 Your Accountant Can Be Doing for You

    Accountants are not just tax experts — there's a lot they could be doing for you. Click through to learn all the different ways your accountant could be helping your business.

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  • How to Indirectly Edit PDF Documents in Excel

    You may commonly receive PDF reports with data, but how to do you get the information into Excel? Third-party tools can be awkward, but Excel can do the trick. Click through to see how Excel can "translate" PDF.

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  • 6 Inspiring TedTalks to Watch Today

    Educating yourself about human emotions and body language is a great way to get more in touch with yourself. Click through to browse this list of thought-provoking TedTalks to feel inspired today.

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  • We Hope You Scare Up Some Fun This Halloween!

    Halloween night is coming! Light your lanterns and roam around to scoop up as many candies as can be found. Click through for a special spooky greeting.
     

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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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  • 529 Plans: What You Need to Know

    Time flies, and before you know it, your adorable toddler will be a gangly teenager heading off to college. How will you pay for it? Click through for some insights into 529 plans, which have some surprising features.

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  • 10 Steps to Complete a Social Media Detox

    Unplugging from the noisy world of social media from time to time can help you clear your mind and enjoy the simpler things in life. Click through to learn how to disconnect and recharge.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Worried About Rising Health Care Costs

    If you're like most employers, you're worried about rising health care costs, and you know you can't eliminate this very popular benefit. But you have choices. Click through for some thoughts on reducing costs.

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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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  • Wishing You a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

    May every day of the coming New Year glow with good cheer, health, happiness and prosperity for you and your loved ones. Click through for a special New Year greeting.

    Saved on 03-17-2019 - Remove
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The 2018 Tax Wrap-Up

    This has been one of the biggest years for tax changes in recent memory. The IRS is still issuing guidance, with more expected. Click through for a summary of the most significant changes that may affect you as April 15 approaches.

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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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  • Is This Your Situation: Travel and Expense Recording Out of Control

    All of the documentation from a business trip can be a major hassle for traveling employees and the accounting staff back at the home office. Click through to learn how to use QuickBooks to streamline this process.

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  • New Standard Mileage Rates For 2019

    The Internal Revenue Service has issued the 2019 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • De-stressing After Work! 13 Tips to Help You Unwind

    When you get home from work, does it take several hours for you to unwind? If you are having trouble sleeping or getting up in the morning, it could be stress related. Click through for 13 tips to help you de-stress after work.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Your QuickBooks Files Are Too Big and Slow

    Are you working in a QuickBooks file that includes data for nearly 20 years? Are you holding onto data longer than necessary? Click through to learn how to simplify your data management.

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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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The 4 QuickBooks Reports Small Business Owners Need

    Yes, QuickBooks takes charge of your data, but the real value is in the reports the program generates from all that information. Click through for insights into the key reports and how they can help you.

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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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  • 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 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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