Unhappy Employees Can Cost Your Business Big Bucks

It is easy to look at employee turnover as a regular part of doing business. While a certain amount of turnover is inevitable, it is worth doing whatever you can to keep your employees happy, healthy and satisfied in their positions. According to the US Department of Labor, 20% of workers voluntarily leave their jobs, while another 15% are fired. If you take into … [Read more...]

Flexible Spending Plans (FSA) Can Benefit Both Employees and Employers

Although the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is still unclear, it’s likely that health insurance costs will continue to increase in the future regardless of the outcome. Business owners are finding that they are requiring greater employee contributions or needing to offer reduced coverage as costs increase. In addition, the ACA has made it more difficult for … [Read more...]

5 Important Tax Tips For New Businesses

Tax tips from the IRS for new businesses, including information on business structures, taxes, Employer Identification Numbers, accounting methods, and employee health care. When you start a business, one key to success is knowing about your federal tax obligations. From choosing the structure of your business to handling payroll taxes, here are five basic tax … [Read more...]

New Alert from the IRS – Watch Out for Business Email Compromise Scams

The Internal Revenue Service has issued a warning to businesses today about a new email scam. It involves scammers impersonating company executives in emails to gain access to W-2 forms, wire transfers, and other potentially damaging information. Read on to see how you and your business can protect yourself.   WASHINGTON – The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax … [Read more...]

Outlining the Trump Tax Plan

As a candidate in 2016, Donald Trump promised significant tax reform. A few months after becoming President, Trump released a one-page outline of his goals in that area. As the year goes on, we will see many discussions and changes to the plan. This is a review of the original outline, showing the major areas that will be addressed.  Taxes on Businesses President Trump … [Read more...]

How to Account for Employees Under the Affordable Care Act

With the recent defeat of healthcare reform in the US Senate, it is important to remember that businesses are still bound by the rules and regulations of the Affordable Care Act. We will be reviewing the basics of how the ACA affects small businesses, large corporations, and individuals. Today's topic - how to account for your employees under the Affordable Care … [Read more...]

The Affordable Care Act – How it STILL Affects Large Businesses

With the recent defeat of healthcare reform in the US Senate, it is important to remember that businesses are still bound by the rules and regulations of the Affordable Care Act. We will be reviewing the basics of how the ACA affects small businesses, large corporations, and individuals.    More than 50 employees? Here’s how the Affordable Care Act affects … [Read more...]

The Affordable Care Act – How it STILL Affects Small Businesses

With the recent defeat of healthcare reform in the US Senate, it is important to remember that businesses are still bound by the rules and regulations of the Affordable Care Act. We will be reviewing the basics of how the ACA affects small businesses, large corporations, and individuals. First up - small businesses.   Less than 50 employees? Here’s how the … [Read more...]

Solo 401(k) Plans Available for Companies Without Employees

Retirement benefits like 401(k) plans have become common in many businesses with employees. But even the smallest of businesses can have a 401(k) plan for retirement. One-person 401(k) plans, known by names such as Solo 401(k) and Uni-k, are available. For some business owners and self-employed people, a Solo 401(k) may offer a chance to save more for retirement with … [Read more...]

Is an employee stock ownership plan good for your business?

Small businesses have many retirement plan options they can offer to their workers.  Employee stock ownership plans (ESOP) can be an effective way to provide retirement benefits to your employees. An ESOP is a process for transferring company ownership to employees. How does that work as a retirement plan? In some ways, an ESOP is like a profit-sharing plan based on … [Read more...]