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Charity Scams: A Small Business Perspective

Many businesses support their communities by donating to local charities. While there are many nonprofits that deserve your support, some exist solely to facilitate fraud. How can you avoid the latter? Familiarize yourself with the deceptive tactics scammers use and...

2021 Virginia Passthrough Entity Tax

Summary After a long delay, the Virginia Department of Taxation can now process 2021 passthrough entity tax (PTET) returns. Electing passthrough entities (PTE) must file 2021 Form 502PTET through Virginia’s Business Online System by September 16, 2024 Those companies...

Help Wanted: Hiring Your Kids to Work for Your Small Business

If you own a small business, you might consider hiring your kids to work during their time off from school. In addition to teaching your children some financial responsibility and business sense, there are some tax advantages to factor into your decision. Tax...

What is Residual Fraud Risk — and What Can Your Business Do About It?

By regularly analyzing risk, business owners and executives can better understand and manage the likelihood and potential impact of fraud. In general, there are two types of business risk: inherent and residual. Inherent risk is what exists before management takes...

Gauge Quality of Earnings When Buying a Business

One of the most important factors in valuing a business is the quality of earnings, or QoE. In other words, are the company’s earnings sustainable and predictable over a period of time, and are past earnings a reasonable representation of future earnings? QoE impacts...

Remember to Include Foreign Assets In Your Estate Plan

It is common for people to assume that foreign assets are not relevant to their “U.S.” estate plans. However, foreign — indeed, all of your assets — should be included in your estate plan. Financial experts can structure ownership of your foreign assets according to...

The Pros and Cons of Neutral Valuations

One recent trend in business valuations is a move toward neutral valuations. Hired jointly by both parties, a neutral valuator will investigate the relevant facts, perform a business valuation, and produce a neutral appraisal report with no bias toward either party....

Keys to Avoiding Payroll Tax Trouble

What would happen if your company failed to pay the IRS payroll taxes when they are due? You could be on the hook for penalties and, if you are treated as a “responsible party,” held personally liable for unpaid taxes. Fortunately, your business can avoid dire tax...

Strategies to Safeguard Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses Against Fraud

Fraud occurs in companies of every size. But small businesses, especially new ones, have special risks because they generally cannot invest in expensive fraud-prevention programs. Thankfully, there are simple yet effective strategies that can reduce the likelihood of...

Timing Counts When Valuing a Business

In today's uncertain markets, the value of a business may change significantly over time. So it's important to choose the valuation date carefully. Often, the date is prescribed by law or a judge. But sometimes attorneys or others, such as the executor in an estate...