Connections for Success

02.23.18

How Detailed Does My Business Budget Need to Be?
Chris Arndt

I feel pretty safe saying that most, if not all, entrepreneurs know they need a business budget. Where business owners often get hung up is on just how comprehensive that budget needs to be. We, at Red Granite and ORBA, frequently get asked this exact question by clients: “How detailed does my business budget need to be?” And it’s another one of those “it depends,” kind of answers.

01.30.18

Don’t Delay – What You Need to Know About Delay Damages
Anita S. Wescott

It is bound to happen occasionally. A perfectly timed construction project hits an unexpected snag, leading to major financial repercussions. When an owner causes the delay, the parties may wind up in court to determine how to allocate damages — no easy task when a contractor’s costs span multiple projects. This article reviews two ways to determine overhead allocations and discusses other damages contractors may seek.

01.29.18

Questions to Ask Your Accountant Before You Expand Your Business
Chris Arndt

Do You Know When The Time is Right (or Wrong) to Expand Your Business? Think you are ready to expand your business? We often see startups attempt to expand too quickly before they are at the appropriate stage in their growth. To know if you have reached the right phase in the evolution of your […]

01.26.18

The Effects of Tax Reform on Charitable Donations
Laurence A. Sophian

In December 2017, the Tax Cut and Jobs Act became law.  This law, which represents the biggest overhaul of the tax code in over 30 years, does not, at first glance, seem to have a big impact on charitable donations. In fact, in one area, the limits on charitable donations became more liberal. However, when […]

01.24.18

What the New Tax Law Means for Law Firms
Robert G. Swenson

Just before the end of 2017, President Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). Many types of businesses stand to benefit from the sweeping legislation, but the boon for law firms is limited. Here’s a quick review of the TCJA and some of its impact on law firms. The Pass-Through Deduction […]

01.19.18

The Most Common Signs You Have Outgrown QuickBooks
Chris Arndt

  When is it the Right Time to Say Goodbye to QuickBooks? We often get asked by growing companies whether or not they have outgrown QuickBooks. Let us preface this by saying when we get asked this, the honest answer is—it depends. It depends on your company size, it depends what industry you are in, […]

01.15.18

Target Date Funds – Confusion?
James G. Quaid

The proliferation of target date fund (TDF) varieties can confuse many plan sponsors. One survey found that while nearly two-thirds of plan sponsors consider investment performance the most important selection criterion when choosing a TDF for their participants, more than half are not confident that they have a solid basis for benchmarking the TDFs against […]

01.10.18

Start the Year Right: Review Withholding and Estimate Tax Payments
Adam M. Levine

Has this ever happened to you? Income tax time rolls around and you realize that over the course of the year, you haven’t withheld enough or failed to make estimated tax payments that you should have. You now owe the IRS money, even before factoring in underpayment penalties and interest. Many taxpayers make this mistake, […]

01.05.18

When is it Best to Claim Social Security?
Peggy Vyborny

Do You Know When Your Employees Will Retire? Your employees’ retirement timing decisions will depend on a variety of factors, including their accumulated vested assets in your company’s plan. Another key variable is Social Security, but the Social Security benefit-claiming strategy that is best for them is not always easy to determine. However, online Social […]

12.26.17

How Will the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Affect Your Not-For-Profit?
Caitlin G. Gibbs

As you are likely aware, Congress recently passed sweeping tax reform. While individual and corporate tax cuts are not something you immediately think about when budgeting for your not-for-profit organization, some of the new changes could potentially have an impact on donor giving. After much debate, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was passed by […]

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