Knowledge and Insights: Newsletters

Retire At Your Own Risk

Can you believe that the oldest Baby Boomers (who were born in 1946) will turn 70 this year? Although a lot of younger Boomers continue to be actively involved in the workforce, many older ones who started their own businesses are finally starting to retire. Removing a key person from daily business operations generally isn’t…

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Could A PEO Prune Your Employment-Related Hassles?

For business owners, employment-related hassles can sprout like weeds and quickly grow out of control. If you find yourself constantly getting tangled in a thicket of HR and payroll problems, a professional employment organization (PEO) might be just the gardener you need. Fewer burdens – As their name indicates, PEOs take on employment-related tasks such…

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Student Debt – A Growing National Crisis

Over 70 percent of Bachelor’s degree recipients need to borrow money to attend college – having racked up $1.3 trillion in student loan debt nationally. With the average debt being over $29,000 at graduation time, student debt is putting a major strain on the economy. NY Fed economist Rajashri Chakrabarti outlined the possible effect of…

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Holiday Saving Starts NOW

Summer was the time to get away, but now we’re back to school, college, and work. Before we know it, Thanksgiving will be over and the holidays will be nipping at our heels. The AICPA reports that 6 in 10 US adults report the year-end holiday season is their most stressful time of year. This…

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When Nonprofits are Taxed on Unrelated Business Income

While most nonprofits are operated primarily to be tax exempt, it doesn’t mean they won’t pay business income tax. When nonprofits generate income on unrelated activities, this can result in that

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Trends in Family Philanthropy

Whether you are a family foundation or a grant-seeker, we thought you would find some interest in these trends. Family foundation giving almost doubled between 2002 and 2013 and the number of foundations increased by 44% over this timeframe. This impressive growth can be attributed to three factors: An increase in the creation of family…

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Is Your Payroll Service Provider Really Remitting Your Taxes?

At a recent client board meeting I was asked how an organization would know if their payroll service provider was remitting the payroll taxes on their behalf. In light of recent press coverage about a municipality and other organizations whose payroll service providers did not remit the payroll taxes, it got me thinking about how…

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Our Annual Business Plan – We Have One Too!

Well we did it again – we went to Washington to recharge, regroup and visit with our nonprofit peers to convene about top of mind subjects at the AICPA not for profit annual conference!  We are lucky to work with so many focused and important organizations in an environment that is welcoming and ‘down to…

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Lines of Defense – The Key Challenges in Integrating Control Activities

The current economic environment and significant risk events over the last few years have caused companies to maintain a renewed focus on the effectiveness of risk management. Substantial amounts have been spent on risk management activities and reorganizing companies to best manage risk in line with various frameworks and models. However, many companies now feel…

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Devise Your Exit Strategy – An Early Start Helps Ensure A Good Outcome

Every company owner needs an exit strategy — whether that involves transferring the business to family members or selling it to a management team or a third party. Regardless of the strategy you choose, the earlier you begin planning your exit, the smoother the transition will likely be. And if your ultimate goal is to…

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