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Promote From Within Successfully: A Management Cookbook

Promoting non-supervisory employees to management roles can be a morale-booster for the promoted employee, and for others. Seeing a fellow employee move up the ladder gives coworkers reason to expect that, someday, they could rise…


  • Jackie Powell
  • Apr 13, 2017

Four Steps to Finding the Sweet Spot for Business Success

Ah, the sweet smell of success! Achieving goals and bringing our vision to fruition is the end-game for most of us, especially in our business lives. Unfortunately, business success can sometimes elude us to the…


  • John Kirsch
  • Mar 29, 2017

Keep Your Donor Database Clean

This is one of those Believe It or Not stories: Years ago, a charity generated solicitation letters from a computerized donor database. One letter addressed to a state Humane Society stated: "Dear Miss Society." Whoops!…


  • Janis Bergeron
  • Mar 23, 2017

There’s Still Time to Set Up a SEP for 2016

Simplified Employee Pensions (SEPs) are stripped-down retirement plans intended for self-employed individuals and small businesses. If you don't already have a tax-favored retirement plan set up for your business, consider establishing a SEP — plus,…


  • Becky Byrd
  • Mar 21, 2017

Use Incentive Compensation Plans to Maximize Productivity

Bonuses: They're not just for senior executives anymore. Many companies now offer performance-based incentives to rank-and-file personnel, too. Well designed employee compensation plans can have a big impact on motivation for employees to be more…


  • Chad Williams
  • Mar 21, 2017

Learn the IRS Red Flags That Can Trigger an Audit

What triggers an IRS tax audit? While the IRS isn't about to publish a list of items that cause an audit red flag, there are a number of items that are known to raise the…


  • Deb Weber
  • Mar 01, 2017

Recruit and Retain Good Employees with Benefit Programs

It's a lot more efficient to retain good employees than to find and hire new ones. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recently asked its members how they are adapting their employee benefit programs…


  • Jackie Powell
  • Feb 17, 2017

Remember To Take Required Minimum Distributions at Age 70 1/2 Or Face Penalties

Did you know there's a stiff penalty if you fail to take timely distributions from your IRA? Once you turn age 70½, you must start taking required minimum distributions (RMDs) from your traditional IRAs, including…


  • Sue Schloemer
  • Feb 17, 2017

How S Corporations Can Save on Federal Employment Taxes

If you own an unincorporated small business, you may be getting fed up with high self-employment (SE) tax bills. One way to lower your SE tax liability is to convert your business to an S…


  • Pete Abner
  • Feb 06, 2017

Employee, Partner or Both? Recent Developments Help You Decide

Are you an employee, a partner, a partner who doesn't know it — or a combination of these classifications? The answer can have serious tax implications. If you participate in a business that's operated as…


  • Chad Williams
  • Jan 19, 2017