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We are excited to announce that Kyle Parks will serve as Maxwell Locke & Ritter’s Leading Partner effective January 1, 2019.  Kyle will be ML&R’s third Leading Partner in our 27 year history, succeeding Steven Knebel and Earl Maxwell.  Steven Knebel will continue his advisory and consulting practice and serve as a mentor to our people.

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Get the most from Social Security. Younger retirees face a harsh penalty for working part-time. For every $2 earned over $17,040 in 2018 (up from $16,920 in 2017), you lose $1 in Social Security benefits. In the year you reach full retirement age, a higher earnings threshold applies.

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Just because a merger or acquisition is completed on paper doesn’t mean the transactions will be a success. The implications can generally be seen 18 to 24 months after the deals close and officials can assess how the combinations contributed to improvements or disappointments on profit and loss statements.

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When a deal is pending, the best negotiators know that the goal isn’t to scoop up everything and leave the other side with little or nothing. The real goal is generally to exchange items of value so that both sides leave satisfied they have protected their basic interests and made a deal that benefits their companies.

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Running a business is complex. With employment-related claims and lawsuits on the rise, management must have a basic understanding of numerous federal, state and local laws.

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The IRS has turned up the heat on the use of cost segregation studies by building owners. Auditors have a special guide to help assist them in examining the returns of taxpayers who utilize cost segregation studies.

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Is a pay raise a better motivator for employees than better work conditions? Or is a better working relationship with a supervisor or manager more important than a pay raise to motivate an employee? Whatever your view on this topic, you can probably find a study that supports your position.

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In divorce situations, an ex-spouse may be legally obligated to make payments to the other party. Since payments are often substantial, locking in tax deductions for the payer has often been important and involved a substantial amount of money.

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Congress enacted the so-called “kiddie tax” rules to prevent parents and grandparents in high tax brackets from shifting income (especially from investments) to children in lower tax brackets. Congress recently revamped this tax under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA).

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When it comes to making an acquisition, stock and asset purchases have their advantages and disadvantages but there might be a way to combine the best of both worlds.