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A contribution to a charity isn’t always a tax-deductible contribution for the donor, as in the case of “quid pro quo” donations. This exchange of one thing for another happens when a charity receives a payment that includes a contribution and, in return, provides the donor with goods or services valued for less than the total payment.

Determining the value of an estate is a fundamental first step in estate management and a critical requirement for settling a decedent’s estate.ยน

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Few things in life are certain, but when disaster strikes, the number of fraud incidents will probably skyrocket. In the wake of a hurricane, tornado, flood, fire, earthquake or other unexpected catastrophe, fraudulent operators are always quick to surface. Often, however, they carry warning signs to alert savvy business owners.

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The Trump Administration and the Republican majority in Congress plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the coming months. In the meantime, however, employers must continue to comply with the existing rules for 2016, including the information reporting requirements and shared responsibility provisions.

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Every year, Fortune magazine and the Great Place to Work Institute collaborate to compile a list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For

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If you are about to ask for a business loan, expect to deal with the issue of covenants — constraints lenders impose on your company to keep it operating within specified financial ratios and to prevent it from taking certain actions.

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If your business is looking for opportunities to make customers sit up and take notice, you might explore the possibility of you or one of your employees becoming a regular “expert” contact to the media. Within your organization, there may very well be expertise in a field that is of interest to business or trade writers.(11/23/2015)

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Determining the amount to compensate top leaders in a tax-exempt organization can be a daunting task, considering that tax-exempt and for-profit organizations compete in the talent pool. Although there are measures of a tax-exempt leader’s effectiveness, a commonly used measure on the profit side is not available in a tax-exempt situation – profitability. (11/23/2015)

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The file-and-suspend Social Security strategy that many Americans had worked into their retirement plans has quietly gone away for future retirees in a little known section of the budget act passed by both houses and signed into law by President Obama on Nov. 2. The bill slipped through Congress with no public hearings or fan fair.(11/23/2015)

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The first three Private Company Council-developed Accounting Standards Updates are effective for the first annual period beginning after Dec. 15, 2014, and interim periods within annual periods beginning after Dec. 15, 2015. Accordingly, many entities will be issuing financial statements applying these updates for the first time this coming reporting season. (11/23/2015)