Connections for Success



Want to Improve Customer Loyalty? Consider a Subscription Program
James Pellino

The subscription business model has taken off in recent years. There is a reason that companies talk about becoming “the Netflix of (insert product or service here).” A successful subscription business can offer a more stable revenue stream and improve customer retention. Does the subscription model have a place in the restaurant business? Current trends […]


It is Time to Review Your Client Trust Account Practices
Justin L. Sylvan

Handling client money happens daily in every law firm. State ethics rules require most attorneys to use trust funds to segregate client funds from firm funds. Maintaining these client trust accounts (CTAs) while meeting your state’s ethics rules can be onerous, but following the rules is better than sanctions or potential disbarment. CTA rules vary […]


The Power of Connection: Six Tips for Improving Your Bedside Manner with Patients
Kevin Omahen

Healthcare is fast-paced and physicians are becoming more and more crunched for time. However, the industry is still very competitive and everyone is looking for an edge. Being a well-rounded physician is not just being an expert and providing great care, but also being able to relate to your patients and be personable. This blog […]


Tasks for a Successful Not-for-Profit Finance Committee
Sarah G. Widlock

A not-for-profit’s finance committee oversees and keeps its board of directors apprised of the organization’s overall financial health. This should be more than simply scanning financial reports. An active finance committee is crucial to maintain a not-for-profit’s health and reputation. The success of your finance committee depends on your board, staff and committee members understanding […]


Be Like Mike: Enhancing 403(b) Plans to Be More Like 401(k) Plans
Larry A. Ruff

Yes, be like Mike. This goes way back to a Gatorade commercial featuring Michael Jordan. It was released in August 1991 and portrayed Michael Jordan in the 1991 NBA Finals. The upbeat pop song in it starts out with the lyrics, “sometimes I dream that he is me” and ends with the phrase “if I […]


Walking Away from a Real Estate Contract: How Is a Forfeited Deposit Treated for Tax Purposes?
Ryan Kertes

Often, when a real estate deal falls through, the buyer forfeits the down payment or deposit. When this happens, what are the tax implications for the buyer and seller? The answer, as with many tax questions, is “it depends.” In this case, it depends on whether the property is considered a “capital asset.” Internal Revenue […]


What is Your Required Minimum Distribution Age?
Larry A. Ruff

Is it, or will it be age 70½, 72, 73 or 75? Let’s explore these possibilities. Required minimum distributions (RMDs) from qualified retirement accounts started with the passage of The Tax Reform Act of 1986. That law established the date when RMDs were required to begin as the year in which an individual reached age […]


Is It Time to Write a Gift Acceptance Policy?
Alison Fetzer

In the current economy, many not-for-profit organizations are looking for new and different ways to engage donors and solicit contributions.  Some people believe that anything is better than nothing when it comes to gifts, but that is not always true.  Not all gifts should be accepted, and saying no is okay.  Navigating what an organization […]


How Rolling Forecasts Can Provide More Clarity
Joyce Carlson

Some of the greatest economic concerns brought on by the pandemic have been financial instabilities and volatility.  These pressing issues have forced a stark lesson in pre-planning and have put the spotlight on the weaknesses of traditional budgeting and forecasting methods. In this new unstable environment, annual budgets quickly become cumbersome to prepare. Sudden economic […]


How will SECURE 2.0 Affect Your Retirement Plan Administration?

Late last year, the House and Senate approved the revision to the SECURE Act of 2019, and the President signed it into law on December 23, 2022. This revision had been in process for some time, and Secure 2.0 sought to bring changes and updates to the original SECURE Act, affecting qualified retirement plans and […]

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