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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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Idea: Roth IRAs as an Estate Planning Tool

Roth IRAs are a great tax saving tool. The reason: Investments held in a Roth IRA are allowed to build up federal-income-tax-free. Later on, you can take federal-income-tax-free withdrawals. Obviously, a zero tax rate is the best rate going. In addition to being great tax saving tools for retirement, Roth IRAs also provide tremendous estate…

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Records Retention Guidelines to Remember During Spring Cleaning

Warm weather and rainy days bring the urge to purge. But before you clean your file cabinets or declutter your computer files, it’s important to review these guidelines. Federal Tax Records Most tax advisors recommend that you retain copies of your finished tax returns indefinitely to prove that you actually filed. Even if you don’t…

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The Market Approach: A Touchstone in Valuation

The market approach, whereby appraisers use comparable “guideline companies” to help them estimate the value of a private business, has become a long-standing valuation touchstone. Two primary valuation methods are categorized under the market approach: Guideline public company method. Here, appraisers identify companies with stock (or partnership interests) that are actively traded in the public…

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Timekeeping Is a High Risk Area

Timekeeping Is a High Risk Area For most contractors, direct labor costs are usually the most significant expense charged to government contracts and usually make up the base, or largest, element used to allocate indirect costs. It is often appropriate to use historical expenses to estimate hours and costs for follow-on contracts or for government…

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Outside Insight: When Outsourcing HR Makes Sense

The ever-increasing burden of government regulation on small businesses doesn’t make compliance easy, especially when small-business owners spend so much of their time performing “nonproductive” obligations. Many small and midsize businesses today simply can’t afford to employ managers dedicated strictly to human resources. The answer may be outsourcing. Fortunately, there’s a great range of options…

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