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The cost of medical malpractice continues to rise, according to the Aon/American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM) Hospital and Physician Professional Liability 2013 Benchmark Analysis. This annual study helps health care providers better understand trends related to medical malpractice risks. It also provides benchmarks for hospitals and physicians to compare to their own claims histories.

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A business trip is meant to solidify relationships with clients and customers or to gain new ones. Or perhaps it’s a time for sales calls and “meets and greets” with suppliers. In any event, the goal of business travel is generally to make money — not to fritter it away on needless expenses.

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Gone are the days when a glance could confirm or deny whether a business was diverse. Back then, if there were a handful of women and minorities in visible positions, the company’s diversity initiatives would have been considered a success. Today, savvy leaders know that workplace diversity isn’t just having a certain number of minority hires; rather, it’s creating an inclusive, progressive environment that values and leverages every staff member’s background.

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Most tax-exempt organizations must file Form 990 with the IRS. This form, titled Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax, has significant implications for not-for-profit organizations. The compensation of officers, directors, trustees, key employees and others in tax-exempt organizations has always been scrutinized by the IRS. That is why compensation reporting is so important on Form 990.

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There can be negative tax consequences when purported loan payments are recast as corporate distributions to shareholders. In some cases, the courts have ruled that withdrawals from two closely held corporations were constructive corporate distributions rather than loan proceeds and repayments. As such, the withdrawals triggered taxable dividends and capital gains for the shareholders.

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The phrase “two heads are better than one” can apply to corporations and their intellectual property. When two or more companies agree to share their intellectual property for mutual benefit, the payback can be considerable. Not only can collaboration result in additional revenue, it can also create more intellectual property that can further benefit all parties in the relationship.

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At the end of June, the U.S. Supreme Court adjourned for its summer recess. Here are five recent cases from its 2016 term that may be of interest to business owners and managers.

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With technology at the forefront of modern communication, more and more people are turning to the Internet to stay abreast of the latest news and information. Likewise, many of today’s consumers use the Internet to find the best prices and to conduct research when they’re planning their next purchase.

Our affiliate, ML&R Wealth Management, provides investment advisory and management services to institutions and nonprofits in Central Texas.

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We are growing our team and want to introduce you to our new members, Frank Xia and Matt Center!