Businesses aren’t immune to tax identity theft

Tax identity theft may seem like a problem only for individuals. But increasingly businesses are becoming victims. Business tax identity theft occurs when a criminal uses information from a business (such as the Employer Identification Number) to obtain tax benefits or enable individual tax identity theft schemes. Here are some prevention tips: 1) Educate employees…

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.…