Russo CPA Applying for a Commercial Loan with Confidence

Applying for a Commercial Loan With Confidence

Few and far between are businesses that can either launch or grow without an infusion of outside capital. In some cases, that capital comes in the form of a commercial loan from a bank or some other type of lender.

If you and your company’s leadership team believe a loan will soon be necessary, it’s important to approach the endeavor with confidence. That starts with having valid, well-considered strategic reasons for borrowing. From there, you need to engage your bank or a prospective lender with a strong air of professionalism and certainty.

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Defer a Current Tax Bill With a Like-Kind Exchange

Defer a Current Tax Bill With a Like-Kind Exchange

If you’re interested in selling commercial or investment real estate that has appreciated significantly, one way to defer a tax bill on the gain is with a Section 1031 “like-kind” exchange. With this transaction, you exchange the property rather than sell it. Although the real estate market has been tough recently in some locations, there are still profitable opportunities (with high resulting tax bills) when the like-kind exchange strategy may be attractive.

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Advantages of Hiring Your Minor Children for Summer Jobs

The Advantages of Hiring Your Minor Children for Summer Jobs

If you’re a small business owner and you hire your children this summer, you may be able to secure tax breaks and other nontax benefits. The kids can gain bona fide on-the-job experience, save for college, and learn how to manage money. You may be able to shift some of your high-taxed income into tax-free or low-taxed income, and, depending on the situation, you may realize payroll tax savings. Perhaps best of all, your kids will spend time with you.

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How To Get an “Early” Refund, Adjust Your Withholding

How To Get an “Early” Refund, Adjust Your Withholding

If you received a large refund this year, you may want to adjust your withholding. Each year, millions of taxpayers claim an income tax refund. To be sure, receiving a payment from the IRS for a few thousand dollars can be a pleasant influx of cash. But it means you were essentially giving the government an interest-free loan for close to a year, which isn’t the best use of your money.

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Discovering a Mistake After Your Tax Return Is Filed

Discovering a Mistake After Your Tax Return Is Filed

Did you file your tax return and then realize you’d made a mistake? Perhaps you completed your return yourself and made an error in math or neglected to include a schedule that should’ve been attached. Or maybe you recently remembered some large, potentially deductible charitable donations you’d made early in the year that you’d forgotten to tell your tax professional about. Now, you may be wondering if you need to file an amended return.

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3 Ways Your Business Can Uncover Cost Cuts

3 Ways Your Business Can Uncover Cost Cuts

Every business wants to cut costs, but it isn’t easy. We’re talking about 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 viable options because the very stability of your operation may depend on them. But there might be other ways to lower expenses if you dig deeply enough. Here are three possibilities.

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What to Do if Your Business’s Data Security Is Breached

What to Do if Your Business’s Data Security Is Breached

Most businesses store sensitive information about employees and customers, such as names, addresses, Social Security numbers (SSNs), banking information, and more. If lost or stolen, this data could put individuals at risk for identity theft and other types of damage.

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B2B Businesses: Assess Customer Credit Carefully

B2B Businesses: Assess Customer Credit Carefully

Does your company operate in the business-to-business (B2B) marketplace? If so, you’re no doubt aware of the double-edged sword that is customer credit.

On the one hand, it’s common practice. Most customers likely expect to be offered a credit option when engaging in B2B transactions. On the other, credit arrangements inevitably come with risk of late payments or nonpayment, which can lead to cash flow problems for you.

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