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Planned Gifts can be a Major Boon for Nonprofits

Posted by Concannon Miller on Thu, May 23, 2019

Is your nonprofit organization pursuing planned gifts? It should be. Research suggests that the average planned gift in the United States falls between $35,000 and $70,000 -- and the amount may increase with more Baby Boomers moving into retirement. Yet many nonprofits, especially small and medium-sized organizations, lack formal planned giving programs.

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Topics: Individual tax planning, Nonprofit Organizations

Looking to Invest in Opportunity Zones? There’s New Guidance for This Tax Benefit

Posted by Concannon Miller on Tue, May 14, 2019

The IRS has issued proposed regulations that provide guidance under new provisions added by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) related to Qualified Opportunity Funds (QOFs). Specifically, the guidance addresses the gains that may be deferred as a result of a taxpayer's investment in a QOF, as well as special rules for an investment in a QOF held by a taxpayer for at least 10 years.

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Topics: Construction & Real Estate Development, 2017 Federal Tax Reform

Free Business Growth Conference for National Small Business Week

Posted by Concannon Miller on Mon, May 6, 2019

As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE are hosting a free business growth and advisory virtual conference for small businesses.

The event features eight online webinars on May 7 and 8, 2019, or on demand after.

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Topics: Business consulting

Unresolved Tax Reform Issues: Uncertainty Looms With Some Income Tax Provisions

Posted by Concannon Miller on Tue, Apr 23, 2019

Congress has yet to tackle several outstanding uncertainties frustrating both businesses and individual taxpayers.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, for example, contains several “glitches” requiring legislative fixes. Congress also has neglected to pass the traditional “extenders” legislation that retroactively extend certain tax relief provisions that expired at the end of an earlier year, in this case 2017.

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Topics: 2017 Federal Tax Reform

Manufacturers: Does Your Purchasing System Need Improvement?

Posted by Concannon Miller on Thu, Apr 18, 2019

Do you ever get an uneasy feeling that your purchasing system is out of whack? Are you concerned that expenditures are being made on your company's behalf that would never meet with your approval?

Finding an agreeable balance within a purchasing system can be a hard-won victory. Some manufacturers react by over-controlling expenditures without regard for how much money is lost when an executive invests an hour reviewing purchases of $100 supplies that are fairly routine.

The benefit of coming up with a workable purchasing system can usually be measured in savings. For instance, one manufacturer had several different locations -- each with its own approach to buying paper, pens and other materials at various local office supply stores. By consolidating purchases, the company saved 15 percent in expenditures.

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Topics: Manufacturing

Nonprofits: Audits are Critical to Your Organizational Sustainability

Posted by Concannon Miller on Thu, Apr 11, 2019

Audits have become more important due to increased public and government scrutiny of nonprofit organizations, their management and their boards.

Audits not only provide you with a fair assessment of your organization's financial health, but also can reveal vulnerabilities such as weak internal controls, insufficient cash reserves and poor investment policies. Perhaps most important, regular audits reassure your donors, members and other stakeholders that you run a fit organization.

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Topics: Nonprofit Organizations

Ways Manufacturers Can Weather Tariffs & Trade Policies

Posted by Concannon Miller on Tue, Apr 2, 2019

In the current political climate, just about the only thing manufacturers can be certain about is continuing uncertainty. Everything from changes to foreign trade policies, to new tariffs, to military actions threaten to disrupt smooth operations in the manufacturing sector.

To complicate matters, there's no clear timeframe for when (or if) events will transpire. Already, manufacturers are coping with the rising costs of raw materials and subsequent pushback from customers with long-term contracts. For example, your firm may have been forced to find cost-effective alternatives or make certain concessions.

So what's the forecast? For most manufacturers, it's “wait and see.” However, you can take several steps now to weather the storm and minimize potential economic damage. These steps can also help position your company to benefit from any favorable conditions that may arise.

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Topics: Manufacturing

Lower Your 2018 Business Taxes: 5 Last-Minute Strategies

Posted by Concannon Miller on Tue, Mar 26, 2019

Most businesses will owe less tax for the 2018 tax year than they would have under prior law, thanks to changes brought by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. But have you done everything possible to lower your business tax bill for last year?

Even though 2018 is in your review mirror, there are some possibilities for business owners to consider if your return for the last tax year hasn't been prepared yet.

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Topics: Business tax planning, 2017 Federal Tax Reform

Attention Business Owners: New Draft Overtime Rules to Know

Posted by Concannon Miller on Thu, Mar 21, 2019

Today (and since 2004) salaried employees who earn at least $455 per week aren't eligible for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act, if their job duties are executive, administrative or professional (EAP) in nature. That's true no matter how many hours these employees work in a week. 

Under proposed regulations, the limit would rise to $679 in 2020. So, salaried employees earning up to around $35,308 annually would be overtime-eligible even if they fall into those EAP job roles as defined by the Department of Labor (DOL). 

Although the jump in the threshold is substantial, it's not nearly as high as the $913 weekly pay threshold set in an earlier version of the proposed regulations. If that version — which was blocked by a federal judge — had passed, it would've been much more costly to employers.

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Topics: McDonald's management, Business consulting

Lower Your 2018 Taxes: 5 Last-Minute Strategies

Posted by Concannon Miller on Tue, Mar 19, 2019

It's almost Tax Day! But don't despair; there still may be time to make some moves that will save taxes for your 2018 tax year. Here are five tax-saving ideas to consider. 

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Topics: Individual tax planning

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