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Paying for Performance and 2014 Raises: What Others are Planning

Posted on Mon, Oct 21, 2013

A new survey looks at how employers are setting their salary budgets for 2014. Based on survey results, it appears that most employers expect to hand out raises similar to those given in 2013. In other words, the planning indicates it will be "more of the same for next year." This is not necessarily a good thing. Keep reading to see some analysis of the numbers involved in this important issue. 

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Tags: Employee Raises for 2014, New Study, business consulting, CPA Firm, Echelbarger, EHTC, Salary Budgets

Don't Be Haunted by Inappropriate Halloween Festivities at Work

Posted on Mon, Oct 21, 2013

Planning to let your employees have a Halloween celebration of some kind? Even if your organization limits the recognition of Halloween to costumes, be proactive by setting some boundaries in advance. It's hard to know what will offend some staff members' sensibilities, result in hard feelings, or even litigation. Continue reading for some tips to keep the Halloween spirits fun, not fiendish. 

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Tags: business consulting, Articles, Halloween Festivities at Work, Lawsuit, EHTC

What Does the Federal Government Shutdown Mean for Taxes?

Posted on Wed, Oct 16, 2013

As Congress continues to debate the federal government shutdown, the IRS has issued an announcement, providing details about tax filing deadlines, available assistance from the tax agency, and services that will not be accessible until normal operations resume. Continue reading to receive answers to questions you may be asking. 

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Tags: Michigan State and Local Tax (SALT), Filing Taxes, Tax Extension, Government Shutdown, business consulting, CPA Firm, Articles, Echelbarger, Tax Return, EHTC, Taxes

Deadline for Reversing 2012 Roth Conversions Is Closing In

Posted on Thu, Oct 03, 2013

Converting a traditional IRA into a Roth IRA allows you to pay taxes now in exchange for tax-free withdrawals during retirement. But if the market value of your Roth account plummets after the conversion, you'll be stuck paying taxes on value that no longer exists. Fortunately, you have until October 15 of this year to reverse an ill-fated 2012 conversion. What's more, the IRS will let you reconvert the IRA back to a Roth, if you'd like to try your luck again next year. 

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Tags: business consulting, CPA Firm, Articles, Echelbarger, Roth IRA Conversion, October 15 Deadline, EHTC

Charitable Giving: Which Americans Are the Most Generous?

Posted on Mon, Sep 09, 2013

Economic recovery seems to foster generosity. The 2013 Giving USA study finds that contributions to charitable organizations are up, but they have a long way to go to return to pre-recession levels. The study and another recently released survey shed light on the latest demographic and technological trends that affect charities. This article reveals which Americans are the most generous and how they use the Internet to make donations, as well as the tax rules you must follow to claim deductible contributions on your tax return. 

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Tags: non-profit consulting, EHTC Services, Charitable Giving, business consulting, CPA Firm, Articles, Echelbarger, Generational Giving, EHTC

Plan Ahead as if You Will Be Audited

Posted on Mon, Sep 09, 2013


W
hile your chances of being audited may be relatively low, planning as if you will hear from the IRS could help you survive a challenge. A recent U.S. Tax Court case illustrates why keeping meticulous records and operating in a business-like fashion can mean the difference between claiming tax deductions and having them disallowed.

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Tags: EHTC Services, Audit, IRS, business consulting, CPA Firm, Echelbarger, EHTC

Help Your Employees Appreciate Your Investment in Them

Posted on Fri, Aug 16, 2013

 

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Tags: Employee Investment, business consulting, Echelbarger, EHTC, Employee Compensation, Employee Retention

When Is an Executive Personally Liable for Claims Against a Business?

Posted on Mon, Aug 05, 2013

If you're a business owner or corporate executive, be aware that your company's structure is not always enough to shield you personally from legal claims against the business. In one recent case, a grocery store owner found out the hard way. His direct, although limited, involvement in the company's operations rendered him individually liable when employees filed a lawsuit. Continue reading for details of the case and some guidance on this important matter. 

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Tags: EHTC Services, Audit, FLSA Violations, business consulting, EHTC, Personally Liable for Business Claims, Employee Lawsuit, Litigation Support

Which Employers Must Pay the New 'PCORI' Fee Due July 31?

Posted on Mon, Jul 15, 2013

Some employers face a July 31 deadline to pay a new fee required under the Affordable Care Act. The fee must be paid by employers who sponsor self-insured health plans, including health reimbursement arrangements and flexible spending arrangements. The new requirement may take some employers by surprise -- and, of course, there are penalties for failing to comply. This article explains what the federal government will use the money for and which employers must pay it.

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Tags: PCORI fee, IRS, business consulting, Echelbarger, Affordable Care Act, EHTC

Delay in ACA Employer Mandate: Opportunity to Regroup

Posted on Mon, Jul 15, 2013

The Obama Administration's announcement on July 2 that it is pushing back the "pay-or-play" deadline by one year has already been scrutinized for possible political motives. Politics aside, employers need to know what they are required to do and when. How does the new 2015 deadline affect your organization?

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Tags: Affordable Care Act (ACA), Law, business consulting, CPA Firm, Echelbarger, EHTC