Planning Ahead for the New Year - Top 3 Tips for Business Owners

For best results, start your strategic planning early. Time flies when you’re having fun — and running a business. Although it’s probably too early to start chilling a bottle of bubbly for New Year’s Eve, it’s certainly not too early for business owners to start doing some strategic planning for next year. Here are some ways to get started.

10 Rules of Thumb for Trust Income Taxation

Rule #1: When in doubt, refer to the trust document; an investment policy for a trust cannot be created without it.
One advantage of creating a trust is that the grantor can have it tailored to his or her needs; therefore, although there may be provisions in common, trust documents vary widely.

5 Tips for a Mid-Year Tax Check Up

If you’re one of those people who is scrambling to finish your taxes by the end of the year, you may want to change your strategy by reviewing your finances mid-year. This is typically a great time for a check-up to make sure you are receiving optimal tax benefits and minimizing tax liabilities that may arise from changes in your life. Here are some things you should focus on for your mid-year tax checkup:

5 Ways Businesses Can Go Green

Going green in the workplace is a great way to protect our earth and increase awareness of the importance of environmental sustainability. Implementing sustainable practices in your business can drive profitability, attract new customers, motivate employees, increase efficiency, and help to protect the environment. Here are some easy ways to encourage sustainability in your business and do your part to protect our planet.

529 Plans: Qualified and Non-Qualified Expenses

You’ve put in the hard work of saving for college, and now it’s time to start using those 529 plan assets to help with a family member’s education-related costs. But before you begin withdrawing those funds, it’s important to understand the difference between qualified and nonqualified expenses.

Remittance Schedules: How to Know and Meet your Deadlines

Part of offering a defined contribution plan, whether a 401(k) or a 403(b) plan, is making sure that the money participants contribute from their paycheck is deposited in their retirement account in a timely manner. While this might seem like a relatively minor and simple task in the scope of a plan sponsor’s fiduciary duties, the Department of Labor (DOL) views non-compliance with remittance rules as a major issue, and missing deadlines for deposits—even by a couple of days—can carry significant penalties.

Is Your Business Ready to Comply with the New Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Act?

As you may be aware, on June 28, 2018, Governor Charlie Baker signed a landmark bill requiring all employers in the state of Massachusetts to provide workers with paid family and medical leave—giving Massachusetts one of the most generous paid family and medical leave programs in the country.

10 Expert Tips to Recognize and Avoid Phishing Scams

Recently, we have had questions from several of our clients asking about phishing email scams, and more importantly, how to recognize and avoid them. 

Retirement Countdown: A checklist for the final steps on the road to retirement

There's a lot to consider as you prepare for retirement, so it's wise to begin planning well ahead of time. Once you begin nearing retirement age, the checklists below can help you stay on track for the retirement you have envisioned.

5 Tips for Preventing a Cyber Security Breach

In today's world, we hear about cyber security breaches all the time. They impact businesses of all sizes, from corporate giants like Target and Equifax, to small local businesses. Malicious individuals can gain access to a private network through any number of weak points, causing real damage to the business and their clients—damage that is often extremely expensive to repair, and can be irreparable in terms of reputation.