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    Devote some time to internal leadership development

    Many factors go into the success of a company. You’ve got to offer high-quality products or services, provide outstanding customer service, and manage your inventory or supply chain. But there’s at least one other success factor that many business owners often overlook: internal leadership training and development. Even if all your executive and management positions are filled with seasoned leaders…

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    When holiday gifts and parties are deductible or taxable

    The holiday season is a great time for businesses to show their appreciation for employees and customers by giving them gifts or hosting holiday parties. Before you begin shopping or sending out invitations, though, it’s a good idea to find out whether the expense is tax deductible and whether it’s taxable to the recipient. Here’s a brief review of the…

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    What’s better than giving? Giving and tax breaks combined! Charitable deductions for appreciated stock.

    Planning on making a substantial contribution to a charity or college before 2018 ends? You should consider donating appreciated stock from your investment portfolio instead of cash. Your tax benefits from the donation can be increased and the organization will be just as happy to receive the stock. This tax planning tool is derived from the general rule that the…

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    3 ways to get more from your marketing dollars

    A strong economy leads some company owners to cut back on marketing. Why spend the money if business is so good? Others see it differently — a robust economy means more sales opportunities, so pouring dollars into marketing is the way to go. The right approach for your company depends on many factors, but one thing is for sure: Few…

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    Mutual funds: Handle with care at year end

    As we approach the end of 2018, it’s a good idea to review the mutual fund holdings in your taxable accounts and take steps to avoid potential tax traps. Here are some tips. Avoid surprise capital gains Unlike with stocks, you can’t avoid capital gains on mutual funds simply by holding on to the shares. Near the end of the…

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    Is the Qualified Business Income Deduction (20% QBI) 199A deduction right for you?

    The IRS now offers a 20% deduction for all “pass-through businesses” – great news! However, modifications and restrictions apply….. For tax years that begin after Dec. 31, 2017: pass-through businesses, e.g., sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited liability companies and S corporations, may be able to take a deduction of up to 20% of their business income from a qualified trade or…

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    It’s not too late: You can still set up a retirement plan for 2018

    If most of your money is tied up in your business, retirement can be a challenge. So if you haven’t already set up a tax-advantaged retirement plan, consider doing so this year. There’s still time to set one up and make contributions that will be deductible on your 2018 tax return! More benefits Not only are contributions tax deductible, but…

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    Taking the hybrid approach to cloud computing

    For several years now, cloud computing has been touted as the perfect way for companies large and small to meet their software and data storage needs. But, when it comes to choosing and deploying a solution, one size doesn’t fit all. Many businesses have found it difficult to fully commit to the cloud for a variety of reasons — including…

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    Time for NQDC plan deferral elections

    If you’re an executive or other key employee, your employer may offer you a nonqualified deferred compensation (NQDC) plan. As the name suggests, NQDC plans pay employees in the future for services currently performed. The plans allow deferral of the income tax associated with the compensation. But to receive this attractive tax treatment, NQDC plans must meet many requirements. One…

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    Buy business assets before year end to reduce your 2018 tax liability

    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has enhanced two depreciation-related breaks that are popular year-end tax planning tools for businesses. To take advantage of these breaks, you must purchase qualifying assets and place them in service by the end of the tax year. That means there’s still time to reduce your 2018 tax liability with these breaks, but you…

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