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Achieve Sustainable Cost Cutting at Your Organization

Taking costs out of a business can be deceptively easy to do — at least initially. Cutting low-hanging fruit such as providing coffee in break rooms, consulting services, laying off temporary employees or removing a layer of management can result in considerable savings. However, these savings often aren’t sustainable. Slowly but surely, decisions will be…

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Women in Business: Who’s the Boss?

Barriers for women in leadership positions are slowly being broken down in the United States. Women currently hold 102 seats in the House of Representatives (23.7% of the voting members) and 25 seats in the Senate (25% of the total). Four women also serve as non-voting delegates from American Samoa, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands…

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Are Your Proposed or Incurred Costs Reasonable?

Can you demonstrate that your proposed or incurred costs are reasonable? If not, then you may not be able to negotiate a desirable price or get paid for your incurred expenses. Federal Acquisition Regulations (FARs) contain cost principles and procedures. The cost principles and procedures in FAR Subpart 31.2 and in agency supplements are used…

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Politics Shouldn’t Be Business as Usual for Nonprofits

The presidential election of 2020 is just around the corner. Generally, not-for-profits sit on the political sidelines, but some organizations skirt the boundaries. The stakes for these borderline cases are high: If a nonprofit engages in political campaign activities, it risks its tax-exempt status — and perhaps its very existence. Here’s what you need to…

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Prepare to Receive a Social Security Administration No-Match Letter

The SSA explains that it’s seeking to reconcile discrepancies between the names and Social Security Numbers (SSNs) it has on file with the names and SSNs that employers report. The purpose isn’t to support enforcement of immigration law, but rather to “properly post employees’ earnings to the correct record.” That’s an important distinction because if…

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How to Benefit from the Rising Average Age of American Workers

By 2026, nearly one in four workers will be 55 and older. That’s compared to about one in five today, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. So, the proportion of younger workers in the overall labor pool will shrink. Does that mean your business will have to settle for workers that are less…

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When to Update Your Estate Plan

Estate planning isn’t just for the rich and famous. Many people mistakenly think that they don’t need an estate plan anymore because of the latest tax law changes. While it’s true that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) provides generous estate tax relief, even for well-to-do families, the need for estate planning has not…

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Three Approaches to Valuing a Business

Most closely held business owners want to know the value of their investments, especially if they are going to sell or gift shares to family members or charities. Valuing a private business is a complex undertaking, however. The only sure way to appraise a business interest is to hire a valuation professional who understands the…

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Know Your Hiring Costs

At some point, all business decisions come down to dollars and cents. How much is it going to cost to implement a particular program and what’s the potential value to your company? In many cases, the costs are pretty straightforward, such as when you buy a new computer or launch an ad campaign. But when…

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Billing Requirements in Federal Contracts: Are You Compliant?

Are you compliant with your billing requirements under your U.S. government cost-reimbursable contracts? Federal Acquisition Regulations (FARs) provide for inclusion of the contract clause in FAR 52.216-7, entitled Allowable Cost and Payment, in cost-reimbursement contracts. This clause provides for the government to make payments to you when requested as the work progresses. How Often Can…

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