Small Business

3 ways your business can uncover cost cuts

Every business wants to find them, but they sure don’t make it easy. We’re talking about cost cuts: clear and substantial ways to lower expenses, thereby strengthening cash flow and giving you a better shot at strong profitability. Obvious places to slash costs — such as wages, benefits, and overhead — often aren’t a viable …

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Forms W-2 and 1099-NEC are due to be filed soon

With the 2023 filing season deadline drawing near, be aware that the deadline for businesses to file information returns for hired workers is even closer. By January 31, 2023, employers must file these forms: Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. W-2 forms show the wages paid and taxes withheld for the year for each employee. …

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Is now the time for your small business to launch a retirement plan?

Many small businesses start out as “lean enterprises,” with costs kept to a minimum to lower risks and maximize cash flow. But there comes a point in the evolution of many companies — particularly in a tight job market — when investing money in employee benefits becomes advisable, if not downright mandatory. Is now the …

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How the new SECURE 2.0 law may affect your business

If your small business has a retirement plan, and even if it doesn’t, you may see changes and benefits from a new law. The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement 2.0 Act (SECURE 2.0) was recently signed into law. Provisions in the law will kick in over several years. SECURE 2.0 is meant to …

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Getting into data analytics without breaking the bank

Most business owners would probably agree that, in today’s world, data rules. But finding, organizing, and deriving meaning from the terabytes upon terabytes of information out there isn’t easy. How can your company harness the power of data without throwing dollars into the technological void? By investing in a formal initiative to incorporate data analytics …

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Look forward to next year by revisiting your business plan

Businesses of all stripes are about to embark upon a new calendar year. Whether you’ve done a lot of strategic planning or just a little, a good way to double-check your objectives and expectations is to revisit your business plan. Remember your business plan? If you created one recently, or keep yours updated, it might …

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Timing is everything when it comes to accounting software upgrades

“Well, it still works, and everyone knows how to use it, but….” Do these words sound familiar? Many businesses stick with their accounting software far too long for these very reasons. What’s important to find out and consider is everything that comes after the word “but.” Managers and employees often struggle with systems that don’t …

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Do you qualify for the QBI deduction? And can you do anything by year-end to help qualify?

If you own a business, you may wonder if you’re eligible to take the qualified business income (QBI) deduction. Sometimes this is referred to as the pass-through deduction or the Section 199A deduction. The QBI deduction is: Available to owners of sole proprietorships, single-member limited liability companies (LLCs), partnerships, and S corporations, as well as …

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Choosing a business entity? Here are the pros and cons of a C corporation

If you’re launching a new business venture, you’re probably wondering which form of business is most suitable. Here is a summary of the major advantages and disadvantages of doing business as a C corporation. A C corporation allows the business to be treated and taxed as a separate entity from you as the principal owner. …

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Choosing a retirement plan for your small business

Most growing small businesses reach a point where the owner looks around at the leadership team and says, “It’s time. We need to offer employees a retirement plan.” Often, this happens when the company is financially stable enough to administer a retirement plan and make substantive contributions. Other times it occurs when the business grows …

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