Democrats in the House of Representatives released a new $3.5 trillion proposed spending plan that includes a wide array of changes to federal tax law (increase in personal and capital gains tax rates, etc.). Yet, the proposed law is still under consideration and far from being finalized. If your business or personal finances stand to be impacted by any of these changes, you must act quickly to ensure that whatever actions need to be taken can be planned and executed before the end of the year.
On September 13, 2021, Democrats in the House of Representatives released a new $3.5 trillion proposed spending plan that includes a wide array of changes to federal tax laws. While the proposed legislation is still under consideration and far from being finalized, given the broad-reaching impact of these changes, we encourage you to take action now if you would be affected by the proposed legislation to ensure that whatever actions required can be planned and executed before the end of the year
Building a business from scratch can involve years of working long hours for little to no financial reward. In fact, whether your company can generate a profit or not, starting your own business can consume your life like few other activities. However, buying an existing business isn't without its own challenges. It'll also require hard work and sacrifice, and no matter how successful the company was under its former owner, there's no guarantee you will experience the same prosperity.
Don't let what happened to Bob Ross's family happen to yours. If you own a business, it's crucial to put in place an effective estate plan and should be properly coordinated with your business agreements to ensure that all of your wealth and assets will be passed on to your loved ones in the event of your death or incapacity. Failure to do this could lead them in the same situation as Bob's son, Steve, who's left with nothing, while the business built by his father continues to earn every year.
One of the biggest benefits of running a family business is being able to employ your minor children. By hiring your kids, you have the opportunity to teach them the value of hard work, give them experience managing money, and support them to save for their future. Plus, employing your minor children also comes with some substantial tax-saving benefits. And with the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) in 2017, those benefits are now better than ever.
Bob Ross's philosophy in both painting and life was that there "were no mistakes in life… just happy little accidents." Sadly, as detailed in the recent Netflix documentary Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed, Bob's failure to coordinate his business agreements with his estate plan was anything but happy, leaving his only son unable to benefit from his father's fame and fortune. His planning failures have led to an ugly court battle between his former business partners and his family.
This latest phishing scam is just one of numerous threats that your company faces when it comes to digital security. In addition to scams involving stolen funds, your business is also susceptible to data breaches, hacking, network failures, and other malicious actions targeting your sensitive client and business data. So, it's best to stay in strict compliance with an ever-evolving set of federal and state laws governing data privacy to avoid any risk that may affect your business.
If you are a single parent, life for you right now probably couldn't get any busier. You are likely being pulled between work, school activities, and home - and the inevitable emergencies that fill the lives of single parents everywhere. It's a huge responsibility, even if you do share time with a parenting partner, and especially so if you don't. Regardless, as a single parent, your children's lives are now largely in your hands, and the best way to protect them is through estate planning.
Giving donations to a charitable cause is a noble act of kindness. And you are also likely well aware that as with donating to charity during your lifetime, dedicating a portion of your estate to a charitable cause can reduce the taxable value of your estate. But it doesn’t end here. You may be surprised to learn about the numerous benefits available when you incorporate charitable giving into your estate plan. Learn more here!
Growing your small business can be tricky. In fact, rapid growth can actually harm your company if you don't plan properly. And, even if you've implemented processes, technology, and outsourcing to deliver your core product or service and maximize growth efficiently, your company is still at risk if it doesn't have effective legal, insurance, tax, and financial (LIFT) systems. In fact, without solid LIFT systems, your business is just one accident, audit, or lawsuit away from ruin.