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December 24, 2018

In the last few articles, I have covered some of the changes taking effect in 2018 and forward, such as like-kind exchanges, casualty losses, alimony, elimination of personal exemption and miscellaneous itemized deductions and various other changes.

Bottom line: With significant tax changes, form…


December 17, 2018

In recent years, another choice has emerged: The traditional versus Roth 401(k).

Which is right for you?

To begin with, you need to understand the key difference between the two types of 401(k) plans. When you invest in a traditional 401(k), you put in pre-tax dollars, so the more you contribute,…


December 10, 2018

SCORE found that of the 28.8 million small businesses in the U.S., 19 percent are family-owned businesses, defined as any business in which two or more family members operate the company and the majority control lies within the family.

These businesses employ 60 percent of the U.S. workforce…


December 03, 2018

A few insurance enrollment deadlines are coming up quickly.

The annual enrollment period for individual health insurance ends on Dec. 15. For people receiving Medicare benefits, the enrollment period for a prescription drug plan ends even sooner, on Dec. 7.

Medicare Part D plans are vital for…


December 03, 2018

Bad online reviews can discourage potential customers, but sticking your head in the sand by ignoring a bad review is not your best option.

In fact, responding to customer reviews can result in better ratings and improve your business’ online reputation.

A study analyzed tens of thousands of…


November 26, 2018

Do you regularly donate to charities and other nonprofit organizations? Then you may want to open a donor-advised fund.

Donor-advised funds are becoming popular. It is easy to see why. They offer potential tax perks and in some instances a chance to grow money set aside for charitable gifting.



November 19, 2018

None of us can completely control all the things that happen to us.

Yet when it comes to achieving your long-term financial goals you do have a great deal of power — as long as you follow a well-defined financial strategy. One way to help build and maintain such a strategy is by consolidating…


November 12, 2018

Strong relationships with your customers and supplier partners hinge upon good communications.

When we’re pressed for time, we tend to default to email. No surprise; it’s fast and easy.

Technology has its pros and cons. While connecting is easier than ever, email, voicemail, text,…


November 05, 2018

The current bull market, which is nine years in the making, ranks as the longest of all time

This persistent upward trend has eclipsed the market climb that spanned most of the 1990s. And stocks are showing few signs of letting up. Synchronously, the economy has maintained a steady if unspectacular…


October 29, 2018

Although 2018 is ending on a strong note for many businesses, recruiting and retention challenges will carry over into 2019.

To provide accurate and timely employment forecasts for business leaders, Express Employment Professionals International Headquarters conducts an ongoing Job Insights survey…

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