Are you ready to expand to a second location?

Are you thinking about expanding your business to a second location? If so, make sure your company is truly ready. First ask whether you can duplicate the success of your current location at another one. Also look into how an expansion might create conflicts between the two locations. Explore the financial aspects, too. How will…

HSA + HDHP can be a winning health benefits formula

“HSA + HDHP” represents the concept of offering a Health Savings Account (HSA) coupled with a high-deductible health plan (HDHP). For 2019, an HDHP must have a deductible of at least $1,350 for single coverage or $2,700 for family coverage. Your business and the employee combined can make pretax HSA contributions up to $3,500 for…

Business tips for back-to-school time

Back-to-school time is an opportunity to step up your business development efforts. Here are three inspiring examples: 1) A real estate agency sponsors a middle school’s parent-teacher organization to raise the visibility of its agents. 2) An engineering firm donates equipment and mentors students to encourage interest in science, technology, engineering and math. 3) A…

Choosing the right accounting method for tax purposes

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) liberalized the eligibility rules for using the cash method of accounting, making this method (which is simpler than the accrual method) available to more businesses. Now the IRS has provided procedures for obtaining automatic consent to change accounting method under the TCJA. If you’re eligible for both methods,…

Is there a weak link in your supply chain?

Every company should watch out for weak links in its supply chain. Examples include: 1) legal risks; a supplier could be embroiled in a lawsuit or violation, 2) political risks; a supplier may operate in a politically unstable region (even nationally), and 3) transportation risks; weather or other disasters could compromise a supplier’s shipping routes.…

Close-up on the new QBI deduction’s wage limit

The TCJA allows qualifying noncorporate owners of pass-through entities to deduct as much as 20% of qualified business income. But once taxable income exceeds $315,000 for married couples filing jointly or $157,500 for other filers, a wage limit begins to phase in. When the limit is fully phased in, the deduction generally can’t exceed the…

How to avoid getting hit with payroll tax penalties

For small businesses, managing payroll can be one of the most arduous tasks. A crucial aspect is withholding and remitting to the federal government the appropriate income and employment taxes. If your business doesn’t, you, personally, as the business’s owner, could be considered a “responsible party” and face a 100% penalty. This is true even…