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Ready to Start Your Own Business? Choosing the Right Business Structure is Crucial

October 9, 2019
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Ready to Start Your Own Business? Choosing the Right Business Structure is Crucial So, you have come up with a brilliant idea and you think to yourself, “I should start a business…but where do I start?”  If you google “how to start a business,” you’ll soon discover that there are several different types of business…

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The Ins and Outs of LLCs

February 25, 2019
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By Joe Erickson, CPA and Viridian Shareholder Limited Liability Companies, commonly known as LLCs, offer their owners (“members”), as the name implies, limited liability protection.  LLCs are a relatively straightforward means of structuring a small business, and they are a great option for many business owners. Setting up an LLC For a single-member LLC, you simply…

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Asset Protection in Estate Planning

October 30, 2017
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You’re beginning to accumulate substantial wealth, but you worry about protecting it from future potential creditors. Whether your concern is for your personal assets or your business, various tools exist to keep your property safe from tax collectors, accident victims, health-care providers, credit card issuers, business creditors, and creditors of others. To insulate your property…

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Choosing an Entity for Your Business

October 23, 2017
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Now that you’ve decided to start a new business or buy an existing one, you need to consider the form of business entity that’s right for you. Basically, three separate categories of entities exist: partnerships, corporations, and limited liability companies. Each category has its own advantages, disadvantages, and special rules. It is also possible to…

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Tax Planning for the Self-Employed

July 10, 2017
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Self-employment is the opportunity to be your own boss, to come and go as you please, and oh yes, to establish a lifelong bond with your accountant. If you’re self-employed, you’ll need to pay your own FICA taxes and take charge of your own retirement plan, among other things. Here are some planning tips. Understand…

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Retirement Plans for Small Businesses

July 3, 2017
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As a business owner, you should carefully consider the advantages of establishing an employer-sponsored retirement plan. Generally, you’re allowed a deduction for contributions you make to an employer-sponsored retirement plan. In return, however, you’re required to include certain employees in the plan, and to give a portion of the contributions you make to those participating…

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Retirement Plans for Small Businesses

April 3, 2017

If you’re self-employed or own a small business and you haven’t established a retirement savings plan, what are you waiting for? A retirement plan can help you and your employees save for the future. Tax advantages A retirement plan can have significant tax advantages: Your contributions are deductible when made Your contributions aren’t taxed to…

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Transferring Your Business Interest with a Buy-Sell Agreement

March 6, 2017
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What is a buy-sell agreement? Business succession tool Events like the death, disability, or retirement of an owner don’t have to mean the end of the business. Business succession planning can provide for an orderly transition of ownership and business management, during lifetime or at death. One tool used in business succession planning is the…

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How to Protect Your Small Business from Cyber Threats

November 28, 2016

Risk management is a key component in any successful business plan. In today’s world — where data breaches are common occurrences — it’s especially important for business owners to understand the digital risks they face. Are you doing all you can to mitigate the risk of a cyberattack? The importance of cybersecurity Many small-business owners…

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Tesla – How Accounting Can Make a Difference

April 12, 2016
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Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock for the past few weeks, you’ve seen and read all the excitement about the Tesla Model 3 and its recent pre-order count at 325,000 (US News) for a car that is slated to be delivered in late 2017 (read most likely 2018).   Now that is amazing given…

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