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Overlooked Business Metrics To Keep Your Eye On

By Dana McGuffin | June 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

Revenue, gross margin, net profit — these are the basic metrics every small business owner watches closely. But there are also some often-overlooked metrics that can deepen your insight into your business and inform your decision-making. Here are a few: Customer acquisition cost Divide the total amount of money you’ve spent on marketing over a…

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6 Tax Benefits Of Owning A Home

By Dana McGuffin | June 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

If you own or are considering owning a home, you can take advantage of many tax benefits. Here are six of the most commonly used homeowner’s tax breaks: Mortgage interest deduction. You can deduct the interest you pay on your monthly mortgage bill when you itemize deductions on your tax return. This can be a huge…

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It’s Tax-Planning Time

By Dana McGuffin | June 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

Now is the ideal time to schedule a tax-planning session. Your tax return outcome is still fresh, and it’s early enough in the year to make corrective action to take advantage of the numerous new tax law changes taking place in 2018. Here’s a brief overview of some of the new tax issues that you…

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Protect Yourself From Port-Out Scams

By Dana McGuffin | May 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

Mobile phones not only contain our personal details and information about everyone we know; they are used to verify our identities and unlock access to our financial accounts. Now scammers are using a process called a “port-out” to hack into our phones to change our passwords, steal our personal data and even empty our bank…

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Get Your Small Business Off The Rocks

By Dana McGuffin | May 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

Every small business eventually hits a rough patch. It’s easy to get discouraged when it happens. But look at the upside: you have infrastructure in place, you have existing customers and most importantly, you have the hard-won experience of knowing what works and what doesn’t. With that in mind, here are some ideas to get…

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How To Handle A Gap In Health Care Coverage

By Dana McGuffin | May 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

Health care coverage gaps happen. Whether because of job loss or an extended sabbatical between gigs, you may find yourself without health care for a period. Here are some tax consequences you should know about, as well as tips to fix a coverage gap. Coverage gap tax issues You will have to pay a penalty…

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Update on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA)

By Dana McGuffin | May 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was passed by Congress in a hurry late last year, and the IRS and tax preparers have been working to digest some of the more thorny issues created by the tax overhaul. Here are the latest answers to some of the most common questions:   Is home equity…

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Stay Prepared To Sell Your Business

By Dana McGuffin | May 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

If you enjoy running your own business, selling it may be the furthest thing from your mind. But the reality is that eventually an opportunity to sell will come, whether due to your own life changes or a perfect buyer walking in the door. Planning, often years in advance of the sale date, is necessary…

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Great Uses For Your Tax Refund

By Dana McGuffin | April 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

Most Americans get a refund every year, with the average check weighing in at $2,895 last year. Even though it’s really money that they earned, many people are tempted to treat it like a windfall and splurge. If you can resist that temptation, here are some of the best ways to put your refund to…

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Know The IRS’s “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams

By Dana McGuffin | April 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Every year the IRS releases its “Dirty Dozen” list of the year’s most prevalent tax scams. They include ploys to steal personal information, talk people out of money, or engage in questionable tax activity. Here are some of the top scams: Phishing. Fake emails or websites claiming to represent the IRS, for the purpose of…

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