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What You Need to Know…And Do…About the Massive Equifax Cyberbreach

Posted on: 9/27/17 by John J. Unser

Can you imagine a cyberbreach affecting one-third of the U.S. population? That’s exactly what happened with the Equifax breach earlier this month, and it is important that we share the steps you should follow to best protect yourself and your family.
 
 

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Five Steps to Prepare for a Business Sale

Posted on: 9/27/17 by Kevin P. O'Leary, CPA

How to improve your position
If you are a successful business owner, you should prepare for the day when you hand over the reins—perhaps to a younger family member—or sell the business outright. In the event you are predisposed to sell, you could be leaving some money on the table if you do not put your best foot forward. This article gives five practical suggestions.

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Four Top Retirement Plans for Self-employeds

Posted on: 9/27/17 by Thomas W. Hosey, CPA

Weigh all retirement plan options
At one time, pension plans and other qualified retirement plans were usually offered only by larger companies.  Now many small companies have caught up.  In fact, if you are self-employed with just one or two employees—or maybe just yourself—you still have plenty of retirement plan options at your disposal.  This articles gives four popular choices for self-employed business owners.

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Tax Pros and Cons of Municipal Bonds

Posted on: 9/27/17 by Kevin J. McCoy, CPA, CFF

Balanced view of investment tax aspects
Municipal bonds (often called “munis” for short) may be attractive to high-income taxpayers, but there are a number of potential tax drawbacks as well. This articles gives a brief look from both sides of the fence.

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Twists and Turns to Charitable Rollovers

Posted on: 9/27/17 by Heather D. Patten, CPA

Special tax break for older taxpayers
If you are “of a certain age,” you may benefit from a unique tax break. Under a special tax law provision, an individual age 70½ or older can transfer a significant amount of funds directly from an IRA to a qualified charitable organization without paying any tax on the distribution. This “charitable rollover” counts as a required minimum distribution (RMD) for tax purposes.

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Facts and Figures For October

Posted on: 9/27/17 by Victoria A. Reilly, EA

*Tax Face-off—In a new case, the Boston Bruins hockey team was allowed to deduct 100% of the cost of pregame meals furnished to its players and personnel at hotels on the road as a “de minimis fringe benefit.” 
 
*Late Again?—Perhaps you can overlook occasional tardiness for legitimate reasons, but it becomes a problem if a worker is habitually late to work. 
 

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Business Credit Cards Have Legitimate Uses - and Fraud Isn’t Among Them

Posted on: 9/27/17 by Carol A. Hausamann, CPA

It seems like more and more forensic accounting cases are focusing on abuse of business credit cards by executives and sales representatives. So what enables these individuals to enrich themselves at will? Oftentimes, it comes down to two preventable factors: deficient internal controls and lax supervision.

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Go With the Flow: How Flowcharts Benefit Organizations

Posted on: 9/27/17 by Heather R. Lewis, CPA

Whether you’re talking about internal audit processes, or any other key process within an enterprise, it is critical for organizations to establish, utilize and maintain sound documented processes. Any organization that fails to do so, or relies on outdated documented processes, or documentation with a sub-par level of detail, puts itself at tremendous risk on a number of fronts.
 

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Warning - IRS Impersonation Scams

Posted on: 9/27/17 by Margaret Hurlburt, CPA

The frequency of fraudulent calls by individuals posing as IRS or United States Treasury officials seems to be on the rise this time of year.  This observation is based on our experience here at Marvin and Company as we recently noticed an increase in client calls to us regarding this type of activity.

This article summarizes important information on how to respond in the event you are contacted by someone stating they are from the IRS, United States Treasury or other state or local taxing authority.

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Creating Customer Statements in QuickBooks

Posted on: 9/27/17 by Reshma N. Mulchandani, CPA

Invoices not being paid promptly? Customers questioning their payment history? Create statements.

Let’s say you have a regular customer who used to pay on time, but he’s been hit-and-miss lately. How do you get him caught up?

Or, one of your customers thinks she’s paid you more than she owes. How do you straighten out this account?

Both of these situations have a similar solution. QuickBooks’ statements provide an overview of every transaction that has occurred between you and individual customers during a specified period of time. They’re easy to create, easy to understand, and can be effective at resolving payment disputes.

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