Category: Tax Services

Succession Planning: Transferring Ownership of Your Business

August 31, 2021  |  Barton Walter and Krier

For many business owners, developing a solid succession plan can be overwhelming. There’s the question of who will take over the business upon your retirement, demise, or disability. It’s never too early to create a successful plan. With the help of experienced legal, financial, and tax professionals, you can secure a sound financial future for yourself and your loved ones. Read on as we discuss transferring ownership of your business through succession planning. First order of business: choose your successor This may seem like a no brainer however, choosing the right successor is arguably the most important step in the process. Selecting someone to take over the business isn’t easy. Sometimes the most logical choice is a family member or trusted existing employee. However, each has its drawbacks. You must consider that individual’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as the implications to the business and/or familial relationships. Your successor largely depends on how your business is structured; whether you have an existing partner(s); and what your ultimate business objectives are for the future.  Choose your successor wisely. It’s always a good idea to consult with a financial or tax expert to help walk you through your options. Five common types of succession plans There are five common types of succession plans, each with […]

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Buying a Franchise or Starting a Business: What’s Right for You?

August 25, 2021  |  Barton Walter and Krier

So, you want to own your own business but don’t know where to start. Should you buy an existing franchise or start from scratch? The answer depends on what your objectives are as a business owner. Both options have advantages and disadvantages. Before starting your journey as an entrepreneur, read on for guidance on buying a franchise or starting a business. Buying a franchise The advantage to buying an existing franchise is all the legwork associated with start-up is already done. When you enter into a franchise agreement, you pay the franchiser a licensing fee for rights to the name, brand, and business operations. Typically, the franchiser will assist with selecting the location, connecting you with existing vendors or suppliers, training the staff, and setting up the store. Buying a franchise takes all the guess work out of how to get up and running. There are a few disadvantages to being a franchisee. Oftentimes, you must pay ongoing royalties to the franchiser which may decrease your profit margin. Also, there’s little control over the business model which can impact your product or service offerings. Lastly, as a franchise owner, you run the risk of negative publicity for the brand with which you have no control. If you decide to buy an existing franchise, […]

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How New COVID-19 Stimulus May Affect Your Taxes

January 28, 2021  |  Barton Walter and Krier

On December 27, 2020, President Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA), a spending plan for fiscal 2021 that includes additional economic relief and stimulus for individuals and businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The new legislation contains provisions for small businesses that could significantly reduce federal income tax bills. Read on as we discuss how new COVID-19 stimulus laws may affect your taxes. Help for Cash-Strapped Individuals and Firms Included in the new legislation is another round of “recovery rebate” payments to individuals as well as additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for businesses. According to the IRS, the economic impact payment sent to individuals is not considered income and will not reduce a taxpayer’s refund or increase the amount they owe when filing their 2020 or 2021 tax returns. Moreover, the Second Draw PPP loan is tax-exempt and not taxable income for businesses, as long as the funds are used for approved expenses such as payroll, mortgage interest, rent, or utilities. Tax-Related Provisions for Individuals The legislation includes some tax relief as well. Some of the provisions include: Permanent reduction of adjusted gross income (AGI) floor to 7.5 percent for medical expense deductions Extended nonitemizer deduction for up to $300 of cash donations ($600 for married couples filing jointly) to […]

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