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Time for an Estate Plan Checkup

An annual estate plan checkup is critical to the health of your estate plan. Because various exclusion, exemption and deduction amounts are adjusted for inflation, they can change from year to year, impacting your plan. 2019 vs. 2018 amounts Here are a few key figures for 2018 and 2019: Lifetime gift and estate tax exemption […]

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How Do Profits and Cash Flow Differ?

How do profits and cash flow differ? Business owners sometimes mistakenly equate profits with cash flow. Here’s how this can lead to surprises when managing day-to-day operations — and why many profitable companies experience cash shortages. Working capital Profits are closely related to taxable income. Reported at the bottom of your company’s income statement, they’re […]

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Outsourcing Business Functions

Business owners seem to have less and less time. One thing in plentiful supply in today’s business world is help. Orbiting every industry are providers, consultancies and independent contractors offering a wide array of support services. Simply put, it’s never been easier to outsource certain business functions so you can better focus on fulfilling your […]

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Chris West, CPA

Executing on Strategy

At the dawn of a new year, it is essential for all business owners to step back, breath and contemplate the future of their business and the wildly important goals they hope to achieve in the coming year.  Every business has a strategy.  Even the “no strategy” approach is, in essence, a strategy.  I tend […]

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New VIE Exception for Private Companies

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) recently gave private companies long-awaited relief from one of the most complicated aspects of financial reporting — consolidation of variable interest entities (VIEs). Here are the details. Old rules Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) Topic 810, Consolidation, was designed to prevent companies from hiding liabilities in off-balance sheet vehicles. It […]

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