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The R&D Tax Credit: Many Businesses Can Qualify (Video)

The R&D or Research and Development Tax Credit is available to far more industries than you’d think, including manufacturing, construction and software development among many others. You don’t have to develop a new product to qualify; even improving processes can be a qualifying activity. The R&D Tax Credit is one of the most lucrative available…

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Multiple Tax Entities: The Pros and Cons for Construction

It might be advantageous from a tax standpoint to run a business through multiple entities. For example, a construction company might form a separate company to own and lease its trucks and equipment back to its related entities. Or a corporation might transfer appreciated property to an affiliated corporation in order to limit risk in…

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The QBI Deduction: The Newest Rules for Business Owners

The recent federal tax reform measures included a new deduction offering possibly the greatest tax benefit to pass-through businesses in more than 60 years. The Qualified Business Income Deduction – or QBI – allows qualified small business owners to simply not pay income taxes on 20% of their income in tax years 2018 through 2026….

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The Exit Path: Transfer Ownership of Business to Active Family Members

In many ways, selling to a third party is far easier than selling to a family member – it is usually less emotional, and the focus is entirely on transferring the business. To sell to a family member, it requires a plan for working with your family, transferring your knowledge and transferring the business. Of…

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Nonprofit Cash Management: Steps to Take Beyond the Annual Budget

Managing limited resources and dodging between various compliance issues, nonprofit organizations are at greater disadvantage than their for-profit counterparts. One way they can take on this challenge is with the proper monitoring of cash flow. Nonprofit entities use two reports to this end – the annual budget and a cash forecast.

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Multi-State Tax & The Wayfair Fallout: What’s Next for Online Sellers

The recent Wayfair decision has drastically altered the landscape for states that want to collect sales and use taxes. Prior to this landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, economic “nexus” for tax purposes was established only if the seller of goods or services exhibited a “physical presence” in the state. Under Wayfair, sales and use tax…

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Buy-Sell Agreements are a Must for Closely-Held Business Owners

For closely-held businesses with multiple owners, it’s certainly a best practice to have a buy-sell agreement signed and in place. A buy-sell agreement is a contract between the co-owners of a business which stipulates the terms and conditions for the buyout of an interest in the company should one of the owners need to leave….

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Post Tax Reform: Who Pays No Tax on Long-Term Gains and Dividends

Do you have long-term capital gains or qualified dividends? If so, there’s good news: After the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, you might still qualify for the 0% federal income tax rate on these types of income. The rate is only available for those with relatively low income. But, if your income is too high…

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How Much is My Brewery Worth? A Valuation Primer

Whether you’re looking to buy a brewery, sell a brewery, gift some ownership to a partner or successor, or are just plain curious, the question of value is of primary concern. Ask any valuator worth their salt and he or she will tell you, valuation is an art, not a science. There is no black…

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Thinking of Buying Another Construction Firm? What to Consider

Buying another construction firm can be an attractive way to grow your company’s revenue base. A merger or an acquisition can allow you to:  Add a new subcontracting specialty, Acquire an experienced labor force to reach new markets, and Deepen your penetration into the market your firm already serves.

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