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Death and Taxes

The difference between death and taxes…….congress can not make death any worse!

What do you think of President Obama’s tax cut deal?

On the surface, it looks like it addresses several concerns for each taxpayer segment, from the unemployed to taxpayers to businesses. Hopefully it will provide the additional stimulus needed to ward off recession and fuel growth. It’s appeal varies depending on whether you share Democratic or Republican ideologies. Two things stick out to us: #1 [...]

What are you doing this holiday season?

As business owners we struggle to increase sales, reduce costs, retain good employees, etc. This has been especially challenging in 2010 and looks to be only marginally more productive in 2011. At year end (typically the holiday season) is when employees generally get some feedback on their performance or are recognized for their contributions throughout [...]

Are you ready for a fresh look at your business?

It happens to all of us, we get busy surviving the challenges of the day. The problem is that this happens routinely and eventually we get stuck doing things a certain way. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but are we doing things as efficiently and effectively as we could be? Left un-vetted, ad-hoc [...]

Sign of the times!

State of Indiana tax returns filed, by year. 2008 actual – 5,011,850 2009 est – 4,822,400 2010 est – 4,740,800 2011 est – 4,745,400 2012 est – 4,784,800 2013 est – 4,832,800 2014 est – 4,871,600 2015 est – 4,899,600 5 years down the road, we still do not get back to the 2008 level [...]

Are You On Top Of Your Competitors?

Here is a list of questions that every business manager should be able to answer with an unqualified yes. They relate largely to the fundamental need of identifying and understanding your competition, and if you find yourself giving a no answer to any of them it means you could be short of valuable information that [...]

Are You Running Your Business Through Your Checkbook?

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Are you an employee or a contractor?

Seven Tips for Business Owners As a small business owner you may hire people as independent contractors or as employees. There are rules that will help you determine how to classify the people you hire. This will affect how much you pay in taxes, whether you need to withhold from your workers paychecks and what [...]

Will Social Security be there for you?

The Social Security Board of Trustees today released its annual report on the financial health of the Social Security Trust Funds and the long-range outlook remains unchanged. The combined assets of the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) Trust Funds will be exhausted in 2037, the same as projected last year.

Start-up business survival tips

While it may be a bit of an exaggeration to say that most new businesses dont survive past the first two years, government data does show that seven out of 10 new employer firms last at least two years, with only half surviving for five years. Statistics aside, there is no doubt that steering a [...]