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10 Facts You Should Know about the Do Not Call Registry

Most Americans hate receiving unsolicited telemarketing calls. Inevitably, they seem to happen at the worst possible times — when you’re sitting down to dinner, tuning in to your favorite television show or drifting off to sleep. Fortunately, the Federal Trade…

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Charitable Donations of Appreciated Stock

Many presume that a sizeable charitable donation to a favorite cause-oriented organization or university should be in the form of cash. Meanwhile, opting to make that contribution instead as appreciated stock could offer tax benefits that would otherwise be missed,…

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The FASB Splits the Nonprofit Accounting Project into Two Phases

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) released an update on the April 2015 proposed Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2015-230, Not-for-Profit Entities (Topic 958) and Health Care Entities (Topic 954): Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities that received significant…

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Estate Tax Round-Up: An Overview of Recent Developments

In 2016, the federal gift and estate tax exemption increases to $5.45 million (up from $5.43 million for 2015). But that’s not all that’s changed. In recent months, there have been several significant developments on the estate tax front. Here…

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EEOC Proposes Important Changes for Wellness Plans

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently proposed some plan changes that could have significant value. Those changes would allow voluntary employer workplace wellness plans to mine health-related information, as well as some genetic data, from the spouses of participating…

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IRS Raises Tangible Property Expensing Threshold

Many businesses are uncertain how to account for costs to acquire, produce or improve property, plant and equipment. So, in 2013 the IRS issued regulations on capitalizing versus deducting the costs of tangible personal property. In 2014, the IRS added…

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Make the Most of Year-End Physical Inventory Counts

For retailers, manufacturers and many other businesses, a significant amount of working capital is tied up in inventory. But how accurate is the amount reported on the balance sheet? To best answer that question, a physical count of raw materials,…

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Could Buying a Heavy SUV, Pickup or Van Help Save Taxes?

Buying a gas-guzzling SUV, pickup or van may be frowned upon for environmental reasons. But these vehicles can be useful if your business needs to haul people, materials, inventory or equipment around. They also offer major tax advantages for businesses…

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