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Keeping a Family Business Running Smoothly Generation after Generation

This article discusses three dysfunctions that are commonly seen throughout family businesses. Chris Yonker, the author of the article, says that following the steps of over-achievers can be a bad way to help ensure the family business continues to run properly. Often children are faced with the challenge of following the footsteps of their parents, .....

Rental Real Estate: Determining If a Property Is a Business Or An Investment

If you own rental real estate, its classification as a trade or business rather than an investment can have a big impact on your tax bill. The distinction is especially important because of the 20% Section 199A deduction for certain sole proprietors and pass-through entity owners. The 199A deduction is available for qualified business income .....

Business Travel Deductions for 2021

This article discusses how under previous law, deductions for business meals were limited to 50% of the cost, but through the pandemic, that deduction was doubled to 100% for the time being if the meal was provided by a restaurant. Further, many self-employed taxpayers are trying to re-energize their business through travel, and if you .....

Receipt Signatures, Does Your Small Business Need Them?

This article discusses an important topic that all small business owners should consider as it occurs every single day. In the past, credit card transactions required a signature in order to help authenticate the purchase. However, with the development of EMV technology, most credit card companies have dropped this requirement, and large companies such as .....

Oops, you overfunded your 529 plan

Some might consider it a good problem to have: saving too much money for college. But if the money is held in a Section 529 college savings plan, there could be tax consequences to overfunding the account. The tax man giveth 529 plans are tax-advantaged accounts designed to help families save money for college education .....

Productivity Tips for Your Small Business

This article discusses both the importance of a good leader in any small business as well as the requirement that the business is productive. To help you decide what is important to understand, members of the Young Entrepreneur Council weigh in on what they believe are tips that all small businesses should be considering. For .....

Succession Planning for Your Family Business

This article discusses the importance of having a succession plan. According to the Dayton Daily News, about 3 out of 4 small businesses currently do not have a succession plan. Succession plans should not be a birthright, but instead, should go to the most qualified individual. Planning for successor years ahead can eliminate power struggles, .....

Are you liable for “nanny taxes”?

If you employ household workers — which may include nannies, babysitters, housekeepers, cooks, gardeners, health care workers and other employees — it’s important to understand your tax obligations, commonly referred to as “nanny taxes.” Here’s a quick review. Which workers are covered? Simply working in your home doesn’t necessarily make a worker a household employee. .....

Affordable Marketing Ideas for Startups

This article discusses how marketing is essential for any successful business, especially startups. However, sometimes the best marketing practices can be extremely expensive with little return on investment. However, using simple tips such as getting a social cost, having a referral program, and sending emails to the right people are all inexpensive ways that your .....

Things to Consider Before Selling Your Business

This article discusses the best methods to practice before selling your business to someone who values it as much as you do. Firstly, it is important to determine your business value. In order to successfully do that it is necessary to follow the asset method, market method, and income method. It is also important to .....