Cost Management: A Budget's Best Friend

If your company comes in over budget year after year, you may want to consider cost management. This is a formalized, systematic review of operations and resources with the stated goal of reducing costs at every level and controlling them going forward.

The SECURE Act

On December 20, 2019, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act was signed into law. The SECURE Act contains 29 provisions, encompassing many aspects of financial planning and retirement saving. Once treasury regulations are released, nuances in interpreting this new law will become clearer. Until then, individuals are left to interpret the law’s effects based on the language of the law itself. This article will address what the SECURE Act entails and who it affects, as well as provide suggestions on how to plan for the changes that have been instituted.

Deferring Gains Through 1031 Exchanges

For individuals who are sitting on large gains in investment or business property, a 1031 exchange may be a viable option for deferring those gains. While these transactions tend to be complex, working with an expert who knows the rules surrounding the exchanges and the options available for replacement property can help you decide if this would be an appropriate step to take.

Does your team know the profitability game plan?

Autumn brings falling leaves and … the gridiron. Football teams—from high school to pro—are trying to put as many wins on the board as possible to make this season a special one.

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.