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October 24, 2017

Handle with care: Mutual funds and taxes

Many people overlook taxes when planning their mutual fund investments. But you’ve got to handle these valuable assets with care. Here are some tips to consider. Avoid year-end investments Typically, mutual funds distribute accumulated dividends and capital gains toward the end of the year. But don’t fall for the common misconception that investing in a … Continue reading Handle with care: Mutual funds and taxes

Bad debts aren’t always bad news

The IRS defines a business bad debt as “a loss from the worthlessness of a debt that was either created or acquired in a trade or business or closely related to your trade or business when it became partly to totally worthless.” Although no business owner goes out of his or her way to acquire … Continue reading Bad debts aren’t always bad news

Pondering the purchase of a life insurance policy

What, if any, role life insurance should play in your financial plan depends on a variety of factors. These include whether you’re single or married, if you have minor children or other dependents, and your net worth and estate planning goals. There’s also the tax impact to consider. Let’s look a little more closely at … Continue reading Pondering the purchase of a life insurance policy

Are frequent flyer miles ever taxable?

If you recently redeemed frequent flyer miles to treat the family to a fun summer vacation or to take your spouse on a romantic getaway, you might assume that there are no tax implications involved. And you’re probably right — but there is a chance your miles could be taxable. Generally, miles awarded by airlines … Continue reading Are frequent flyer miles ever taxable?

September 7, 2017

Do you need the protection of a D&O insurance policy?

Your efforts toward ensuring your financial security might be focused on building up your assets through wise investing or growing your business. But protecting the assets you already have is just as important. And if you serve as a director or officer of a company, or even sit on the board of a nonprofit, your … Continue reading Do you need the protection of a D&O insurance policy?

May 26, 2017

Reviewing the innocent spouse relief rules

Married couples don’t always agree — and taxes are no exception. In certain cases, an “innocent” spouse can apply for relief from the responsibility of paying tax, interest and penalties arising from a spouse’s (or former spouse’s) improperly handled tax return. Although it isn’t easy to qualify, potentially affected taxpayers should review the rules. Applicants … Continue reading Reviewing the innocent spouse relief rules

Watch out for IRD issues when inheriting money

Once a relatively obscure concept, income in respect of a decedent (IRD) can create a surprisingly high tax bill for those who inherit certain types of property, such as IRAs or other retirement plans. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize or even eliminate the IRD tax bite. How it works Most inherited property is free … Continue reading Watch out for IRD issues when inheriting money

Viatical settlements: A funding mechanism for medical costs

Someone who’s terminally or chronically ill may lack the funds to cover significant medical costs. Although insurance policies have historically been held for the death benefits, it may be possible to sell a policy to a viatical settlement provider. This way, the individual can secure much-needed and generally tax-free cash while still alive. Buyers and … Continue reading Viatical settlements: A funding mechanism for medical costs

Could a cost segregation study save your company taxes?

If your business has acquired, constructed or substantially improved a building recently, consider a cost segregation study. One of these studies can enable you to identify building costs that are properly allocable to tangible personal property rather than real property. And this may allow you to accelerate depreciation deductions, reducing taxes and boosting cash flow. … Continue reading Could a cost segregation study save your company taxes?

April 29, 2017

5 growth strategies for today’s businesses

It’s probably safe to say that nearly every business owner wants his or her company to grow. The question is: How? As you ponder your company’s ideal strategic direction, here are five common business growth strategies to consider: Creating and delivering new products and services. This is probably the most obvious growth strategy, but that … Continue reading 5 growth strategies for today’s businesses