Estate planning and business succession planning: The lines blur with a family business
June 22, 2022 Knowledge Center
Estate planning and business succession planning: The lines blur with a family business

For many business owners, estate planning and succession planning go hand in hand. As the owner of a closely held business, you likely have a significant portion of your wealth tied up in the business. If you don’t take the proper estate planning steps to ensure that the business lives on after you’re gone, you […]

IRS offers tax relief for leave-sharing programs
June 20, 2022 Knowledge Center
IRS offers tax relief for leave-sharing programs

Under a leave-sharing program, employees can elect to forgo vacation, sick or personal leave in exchange for cash payments made by their employers to qualifying charitable organizations. These arrangements have been around for a while, but they’ve gotten more attention in recent years as some employers have launched leave-sharing programs to aid those adversely affected […]

Valuing synergies
June 20, 2022 Knowledge Center
Valuing synergies

In mergers and acquisitions (M&As), there are some buyers who are willing to pay a premium above the fair market value of the business on a controlling basis. This premium typically is the result of cost-saving or revenue-building synergies that a specific buyer can potentially gain by acquiring the seller’s business. When selling a business, […]

Standard business mileage rate will increase for the second half of 2022
June 15, 2022 Knowledge Center
Standard business mileage rate will increase for the second half of 2022

The IRS recently announced that it’ll increase the standard mileage rate for qualified business driving for the second half of 2022. The adjustment reflects the soaring cost of gasoline this year. In fact, as of June 13, the nationwide average price of regular unleaded gas was $5.01 a gallon, according to the AAA Gas Prices […]

Contingent liabilities: To report or not to report?
June 10, 2022 Knowledge Center
Contingent liabilities: To report or not to report?

Disclosure of contingent liabilities — such as those associated with pending litigation or government investigations — is a gray area in financial reporting. It’s important to keep investors and lenders informed of risks that may affect a company’s future performance. But companies also want to avoid alarming stakeholders with losses that are unlikely to occur […]

CLTs: A charitable trust that takes the lead
June 9, 2022 Knowledge Center
CLTs: A charitable trust that takes the lead

Are you inclined to donate assets to a charity for a period of time without ultimately giving up the property? Consider the benefits of a charitable lead trust (CLT). This type of trust is essentially the opposite of the charitable remainder trust (CRT), a better-known alternative. With a CLT, the property eventually reverts to your […]

How often must a HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices be updated?
June 7, 2022 Knowledge Center
How often must a HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices be updated?

Employers that sponsor a health care plan know they must comply with various provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). One of these is that you must notify all persons from whom you collect medical information — whether directly or indirectly (such as when filling a prescription) — of their rights to […]

How inflation could affect your financial statements
June 3, 2022 Knowledge Center
How inflation could affect your financial statements

Business owners and investors are understandably concerned about skyrocketing inflation. Over the last year, consumer prices have increased 8.3%, according to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) covers the prices of food, clothing, shelter, fuels, transportation, doctors’ and dentists’ services, drugs, and other goods and services […]

The ins and outs of Series EE savings bond taxation
June 2, 2022 Knowledge Center
The ins and outs of Series EE savings bond taxation

Many people own Series E and Series EE bonds that were bought many years ago. They may rarely look at them or think about them except on occasional trips to a file cabinet or safe deposit box. One of the main reasons for buying U.S. savings bonds (such as Series EE bonds) is the fact […]

No parking: Unused compensation reductions can’t go to health FSA
May 26, 2022 Knowledge Center
No parking: Unused compensation reductions can’t go to health FSA

Among the many lasting effects of the pandemic is that some businesses are allowing employees to continue working from home — even now that the most acute phases of the public health crisis seem to be over in some places. This decision is raising some interesting questions about fringe benefits. For example, in IRS Information […]

Proposed regs for inherited IRAs bring unwelcome surprises
May 24, 2022 Knowledge Center
Proposed regs for inherited IRAs bring unwelcome surprises

Back in late 2019, the first significant legislation addressing retirement savings since 2006 became law. The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act has resulted in many changes to retirement and estate planning strategies, but it also raised some questions. The IRS has been left to fill the gaps, most recently with the […]

Could your business benefit from a PEO?
May 24, 2022 Knowledge Center
Could your business benefit from a PEO?

Keeping up with employment regulations and health care benefits can be a struggle for many small to midsize businesses. One potential solution is engaging a professional employer organization (PEO). PEOs employ experts who understand the minutiae of many HR functions. Moreover, these firms can handle difficult, recurring tasks such as managing employment taxes and administering […]