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Estate Planning: How to Save Taxes using the Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax

Posted by Concannon Miller on Thu, Jan 10, 2019

Beneficial rules for the generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax are currently in force, which may allow you to pass on assets to future generations without a federal tax bill.

GST Tax Basics

When it comes to arranging for gifts and bequests to loved ones, most planning strategies focus on avoiding or minimizing the federal gift and estate taxes. Rightly so. But there's one more piece to the puzzle. It's called the generation skipping transfer tax. The GST tax is intended to snare those who would try to foil the federal gift and estate tax system by transferring wealth to persons more than one generation younger than themselves (typically grandchildren).

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Topics: Estate and Trust Services, Individual tax planning

10 Financial Resolutions to Boost Business in 2019

Posted by Concannon Miller on Tue, Jan 8, 2019

New Year's is traditionally a time to make resolutions for the upcoming months. Once you set your personal goals, it's time to get serious about your business goals. Here are 10 resolutions you might consider making — and sticking to — to put you on track to prosper in 2019.

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Topics: Business consulting

Nonprofit Consolidation: The Pros and Cons and How to Do It

Posted by Concannon Miller on Thu, Dec 27, 2018

It doesn't happen often, but sometimes nonprofit organizations merge or are incorporated into one another.

For example, your nonprofit may be contemplating an acquisition of a smaller organization or perhaps you may be merged into a larger organization. In either event, this represents a significant change for managers both personally and professionally.

What causes nonprofit organizations to join forces? After all, groups generally start off with a distinct mandate and a commitment from its supporters. Of course, the reasons vary according to actual circumstances, but most mergers and acquisitions in the nonprofit world can be traced to one of these two reasons:

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Topics: Nonprofit Organizations

Manufacturers: Are you Ready to Start Exporting?

Posted by Concannon Miller on Thu, Dec 20, 2018

If your company would like to tackle the international market, it's time to evaluate your chances of success.

Manufacturing firms that successfully make the leap generally tend to have a firm domestic base, strong reputations and a quality product. A solid track record is also essential before expanding abroad.

But there's more to it than that. Before taking on the world, realistically examine how your skills and resources fit into a highly competitive global environment. Here are five points to consider:

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Topics: Manufacturing

Estate Planning: How to Set up a Private Foundation to Save Taxes

Posted by Concannon Miller on Tue, Dec 18, 2018

Are you interested in setting up a private foundation?

With this approach, you make contributions to a foundation and get a charitable tax deduction just as you would with any qualified organization. Then, as the director, you decide which charities you want to make distributions to so you retain control of the assets.

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Topics: Estate and Trust Services, Individual tax planning

Construction Companies: How to Avoid IRS Problems from Using Independent Contractors

Posted by Concannon Miller on Thu, Dec 13, 2018

Chances are, your construction business hires subcontractors, rather than employees, to perform some of the work. These arrangements obviously save your company a lot of time, money and headaches. Take a look at some of the recordkeeping and financial differences:

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Topics: Construction & Real Estate Development

Gift of MAGI? Tax planning can help!

Posted by Concannon Miller on Tue, Dec 11, 2018

The IRS has announced its 2019 cost-of-living adjustments to tax items that might affect you. Many of the amounts increased to account for inflation, but some remained at 2018 levels. As you implement 2018 year-end tax planning strategies, be sure to take these 2019 adjustments into account in your planning.

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Topics: 2018 Federal Tax Reform, Individual tax planning

Save More. IRS Approves Larger Retirement Contributions

Posted by Concannon Miller on Thu, Dec 6, 2018

Did you know that you will be able to contribute more to your 401(k), IRA and other types of qualified retirement accounts in 2019? The IRS recently published annual cost-of-living adjustments to these accounts. Many limits have increased, including the amount you're allowed to contribute to a traditional IRA account, which last increased in 2013. Here's what you should know.

Every year, the IRS releases cost-of-living adjustments to qualified retirement plan amounts. For tax year 2019, many of the limits applicable to pensions and other retirement plans will increase. But some will remain unchanged from 2018.

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Topics: Individual tax planning, Financial planning

Still Time to Lower Your Personal Tax Bill

Posted by Concannon Miller on Tue, Nov 27, 2018

Have you thought about your personal tax situation for 2018? In addition to reviewing the adequacy of your payroll withholdings and estimated tax payments, there's still time to employ some tax-savvy moves that could potentially decrease this year's tax bill. Tax reform legislation has changed the rules of the game, so it's important to discuss end-of-year strategies with your tax advisor as soon as possible. 

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Topics: 2018 Federal Tax Reform, Individual tax planning

Tax Moves for 2018: Act Now! Time’s Running Out!

Posted by Concannon Miller on Fri, Nov 23, 2018

The passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) in late 2017 brought significant changes to the tax landscape. As the first tax season under the law looms on the horizon, new year-end tax planning strategies are emerging. Meanwhile, some of the old tried-and-true strategies have changed and others remain viable.

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Topics: 2018 Federal Tax Reform, Small business, Business tax planning

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