Knowledge and Insights: Newsletters

Effectively Managing Fraud Risk Within Your Organization

Business owners may not want to believe that their employees, vendors and customers are capable of committing fraudulent acts against their companies, but it is a reality that all executives must face. Although it would be naïve to think that any one solution will eliminate all fraud risks, proactive fraud risk assessments can be an effective tool…

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Failure to Plan Has a Price

I never worry about action, but only about inaction. – Winston Churchill “I haven’t decided what I ultimately want to do with my business, when I want to exit, how much money I’ll need, or whom to sell to. So how can I plan my exit? Besides, I don’t want to exit right now.” If…

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A Backup Plan for Family Business Owners & Their Successors

Owners preparing for any type of exit find that circumstances can—and often do—change. Intergenerational business transfers are no exception. The twist in family business transfers is that owners should have a backup plan not only for themselves, but for their successor as well. A Backup Plan For You. Let’s look at the most common causes…

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Nonprofits Should Focus On Building Volunteerism As U.S. Volunteer Rates Continue To Decline

Each year the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) teams up with the National Conference on Citizenship to conduct a Current Population Survey (CPS) that collects information on the frequency of volunteering and the characteristics of volunteers in the United States. Recent survey data confirms that the volunteer rate continues to decline among American…

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Donor Advised Funds: Efficient and Effective Planned Charitable Giving

We have just completed the year-end rush of charitable giving and a barrage of requests from multiple organizations. How can we make this process more strategic and tax efficient? One option is a donor advised fund (DAF). A DAF offers an easy way for a donor to make significant charitable gifts over a long period…

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National Financial Literacy Month Just Got More Exciting

Everyone knows there are certain things you just don’t discuss in polite company, right? It seems this month we need to recognize the taboo that no one even seems to want to talk about; money. In 2003, the National Endowment for Financial Education introduced Youth Financial Literacy Day, and in 2004, the U.S. Senate passed…

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Fighting Fraud in the School Yard

In the last decade, there were numerous reports of fraudulent acts committed by school officials, many resulting in criminal indictments and jail sentences for the perpetrators, as well as significant monetary costs and adverse publicity for the victimized school districts.  More recent media headlines identifying fraud in schools again remind us that investigative audits are…

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How CRA & HMDA Disclosures May Lend Help To Your Institution

It’s that time of year again, when financial institutions are working diligently to prepare and validate their Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) and Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) filings prior to the March 1 deadline. However, if this is the first time that your financial institution is accumulating or looking at this data, you may already…

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Tax Implications on Foreign Investments

Happy New Year clients and friends! February is a month during which many organizations take a hard look at their investment portfolios’ prior calendar-year performance. While the markets certainly ended strong in 2016, due, in part, to anticipated changes from the new administration, certain sectors and investment products were lacking. We talked to Mercadien Asset…

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Exits Are Inevitable, Failure Is Not: Planning A Successful Exit

We understand that business owners are so busy addressing today’s economic challenges that they can overlook the critical task of Exit Planning. We also understand that, at some point, all owners exit their businesses. When that day arrives, owners want to exit on their terms, the most important of which are financial independence and choosing…

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