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Use pro formas to plot your route to success

Running a business is like going on a road trip — and a detailed business plan that includes a set of pro forma financials can serve as a road map or GPS app that improves your odds of arriving on … Continue reading


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Don’t make hunches — crunch the numbers

Some business owners make major decisions by relying on gut instinct. But investments made on a “hunch” often fall short of management’s expectations. In the broadest sense, you’re really trying to answer a simple question: If my company buys a … Continue reading


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Consider key person insurance as a succession plan safeguard

In business, and in life, among the most important ways to manage risk is through insurance. For certain types of companies — particularly start-ups and small businesses — one major threat is the sudden loss of an owner or hard-to-replace … Continue reading


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An EAP can keep your top players on the floor

A good basketball team is at its best when its top players are on the floor. Similarly, a company is the most productive, efficient and innovative when its best employees are in the right positions, doing great work. Unfortunately, it’s … Continue reading


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Want to help your child (or grandchild) buy a home? Don’t wait!

Want to help your child (or grandchild) buy a home? Don’t wait! Mortgage interest rates are still quite low, but they likely will increase as the Fed continues to raise rates. If the child is eligible for the 0% long-term … Continue reading


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Individual tax calendar: Key deadlines for the remainder of 2017

Here are a few key tax-related deadlines for individuals through the rest of 2017. JUNE 15: Pay second installment of 2017 estimated taxes, if applicable. SEPT. 15: Pay third installment of 2017 estimated taxes, if applicable. OCT. 16: File a … Continue reading


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Real estate investor vs. professional: Why it matters

Income and losses from investment real estate or rental property are passive by definition, unless you’re a real estate professional. Why does this matter? Passive income may be subject to the 3.8% net investment income tax, and passive losses generally … Continue reading


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3 hot spots to look for your successor

Picking someone to lead your company after you step down is probably among the hardest aspects of retiring (or otherwise moving on). Sure, there are some business owners who have a ready-made successor waiting in the wings at a moment’s … Continue reading


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Turning next year’s tax refund into cash in your pocket now

Each year, millions of taxpayers claim an income tax refund. To be sure, receiving a payment from the IRS for a few thousand dollars can be a pleasant influx of cash. But it means you were essentially giving the government … Continue reading


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Choosing between a calendar tax year and a fiscal tax year

For some businesses, a fiscal tax year can make more sense than a calendar one. You must use the same year for financial reporting. For seasonal businesses, a fiscal year can present a more accurate picture of performance and make … Continue reading


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