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Not-For-Profit Group Newsletter – Spring 2014
The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) shared-responsibility provision, commonly referred to as “play or pay” — requiring that “large” employers offer their employees affordable health insurance or pay a penalty — has been delayed until 2015. But that means that now is the time for not-for-profit organizations to determine what it will mean for their bottom line. This article explains who qualifies as a large employer and how “affordable” is defined. A Sidebar discusses how smaller not-for-profit organizations can qualify for the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit.
Health Care Group Newsletter – Winter 2014
A significant worry to any practicing physician is the fear of being sued by a patient for medical malpractice. Although most practicing physicians have coverage under medical malpractice insurance, the constant worry is: Is the malpractice coverage I have enough to protect my personal assets? With the increase in lawsuits filed -- especially medical malpractice lawsuits -- other options of protecting your assets may need to be considered. The following provides three other strategies for protecting your assets that do not involve purchasing additional malpractice insurance coverage.
Wealth Management Group Newsletter – Spring 2014
It is often suggested that as you prepare information for income taxes, it is also a good time to perform an overall personal financial review. However, this can be a much larger task than most of our clients are ready to take on all at once. It is possible to address different areas of your finances separately and build up to a thorough and comprehensive overall financial review. Over the course of the next several issues, we will address different areas that you may consider as separate, but important and related pieces of an overall financial review.
Law Firm Group Newsletter – Winter 2014
Whether billing rates are hourly, flat or contingent, ideally they are competitive and enable firms to remain liquid and profitable. What is less than ideal is the fact that the typical firm realizes only about 85% of the work it performs. This article offer tips for realizing a rate of greater than 90%.
Manufacturing and Distribution Group Newsletter – Winter 2014
Modern Technology continues to change the way we run our business and manage our inventory, but not without a cost. Radio frequency identification (RFID) is the latest technology in inventory management. However, before investing thousands of dollars in converting to RFID tags and readers, manufacturers and distributors should consider whether bar coding -- or a combination of these two options -- is the optimal choice for their company. Bar codes are generally less expensive, but RFID offers a host of additional benefits. This article discusses how the two technologies work and the considerations that should be addressed in deciding which technology to adopt.
Tax Connections Newsletter – Winter 2013
From a tax perspective, pass-through structures — such as limited liability companies (LLCs), S corporations and partnerships — have been the preferred business entity choice in recent years. But increases in individual income tax rates have made the decision a closer call.
Real Estate Group Newsletter – Winter 2014
Although much of the nation has seen an increase in home sales, there are still areas in the United States that are dealing with sluggish markets. If you find yourself in this situation, it may be better to surrender the property rather than try to satisfy the loan obligations. But be careful. Why? Because discharging the debt may lead to unwelcome tax consequences.
Not-For-Profit Group Newsletter – Winter 2014
This edition focuses on two topics. The first article addresses how to manage and safeguard peer-to-peer fundraising efforts utilized to raise money for not-for-profits. The second article, "Newsbits," discusses a court case, the concept of kaizen (continuous improvement) and results from a study focused on public support for community foundations.
Wealth Management Group Newsletter – Winter 2013
Those who find themselves raising children, saving for their own retirement and helping to care for or support aging parents can consider themselves members of the "Sandwich Generation." Although it may be personally gratifying to be able to help your parents, it can be stressful and financially burdensome. This article shows that careful planning and tax breaks may help.
Health Care Group Newsletter – Fall 2013
The traditional physician practice model is changing. Single or small numbers of physicians in private practice are finding it more and more difficult to retain independence. Some are even considering leaving the practice of medicine. Before one gets to that point, however, this article offers several suggestions for consideration on innovative ways you can reinvigorate your practice.