Eight Tips To Keep Your Small Business Safe From Fraud

Jessica Kane / September 7, 2016
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According to a report by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, which is the largest global anti-fraud agency, small businesses constitute 31.8 percent of all fraud-related cases reported per year. This is a significantly higher percentage than for larger businesses. The losses for a small business are also amplified due to their relative size and […]

Prince Leaves a Complex, Unplanned Estate

Manish Bhatia / May 4, 2016
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Unfortunately, too many recent newsletters have focused on the death of musical legends. This month left us with another untimely death. Prince, whose legal name was Prince Rogers Nelson, died on April 21st at his Paisley Park recording studio and home in Chanhassen, Minnesota. As unbelievable as it may seem, according to his sister, Tyka […]

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Using a Testamentary Letter to Explain Your Estate Plan

Robert Lynn / January 20, 2016
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Your estate plan likely includes formal documents (a will, perhaps one or more trusts) that direct transfers of your property when you die. But those documents won’t identify each and every item to be transferred. Eventually, whoever settles your affairs will find a sentence in one of your documents such as “I leave the rest […]

Succession Planning for Your Company and Your Retirement

Aaron Hall / August 6, 2015
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You have built a successful company. Now you are starting to think about the potential for retirement. Retiring is a bit more complicated when you own the company. Your reputation, core values, personality, and relationships have been integral to growing a successful company. Here is a process to begin outlining your succession plan. Are you […]

MN Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act

Jennifer Santini / July 30, 2015
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Minnesota’s Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act (“new LLC Act”) act will take effect this Saturday, August 1, 2015. Any limited liability companies (LLCs) that are newly organized in Minnesota after that date will be subject to the new LLC Act under Chapter 322C of the Minnesota Statutes. Any LLCs that were formed prior to […]

How to Collect Your Final Wages

Joseph Larson / March 23, 2015
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Collecting Final Wages from Your Employer Most of us don’t work for free. If your employer hasn’t paid you all of the wages you’ve earned, then that’s exactly what you’d be doing. What follows is a quick guide on what to do if your employer owes you wages. The rules for wages due to an […]

Dissolving a Business Entity: Why & How

Jayne Sykora / March 9, 2015
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Oftentimes, on the cusp of starting a new business, a business owner(s) is excited, slightly anxious, and cautiously optimistic about the future. In this haze of excitement, what often is not discussed, considered or even understood, is what happens if the business does not succeed, or, the owner(s) simply wants out. According to the Small […]

Tax Season Considerations: 1099 and Tangible Property

Erik Doerr / January 22, 2015
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The month of January, of course, brings the start of the tax filing season.  As such, there are a couple of items to think about. These two particular items are mainly directed at businesses, however, individuals who own rental properties or who are sole proprietors may be impacted as well. 1099 Reporting First, 1099 reporting […]

Year-End Tax Planning Part 2: 2014 Tax Law Changes & Planning Ideas

ET Kelly & Associates, LLC / December 22, 2014
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For 2014 and subsequent years, the individual income tax rate schedules reflect a continuation of the rates in place for 2013. The 2014 individual tax rates are as follows: Tax Rate                Income (Single Taxpayer)                 Income (Married Taxpayers) 10%                         Up to $9,075                                           Up to $18,150 15%                         $9,076 – $36,900                                  $11,151 – $73,800 25%                         $36, 901 – […]

Year-End Tax Planning Part 1: Overview

ET Kelly & Associates, LLC / December 18, 2014
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This is the first in a series of posts over the next two weeks to assist Epilawg readers with year-end tax planning. The opportunity to take advantage of income timing exists particularly for taxpayers who are: In a different tax bracket in 2014 than in 2015; Subject to Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) in one year […]

Qualified Small Business Deduction

Jamie Held / November 26, 2014
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The Qualified Small Business Deduction (“QSBD”) under Minn. Stat. § 291.03, provides an additional deduction for Minnesota estate tax purposes for the value of qualified small business property passing to a qualified heir. The statute was originally enacted in 2011 (and has subsequently been updated).