Articles Tagged - Investment

Valuing Your Company: What to Know Before Seeking Business Valuation

By Wiss, Posted in General Business

By Brittney Neal Businesses change hands all the time, for a variety of reasons. Whether they're sold, gifted, merged, passed on to next of kin, or divided among former partners, family members or divorcing spouses, ownership of even the most stable of businesses at some point will change. And when a business changes hands in whole or in part, the parties involved need to have an accurate picture of the value of the sum total of the company's assets. That makes a business valuation an essential part of an... read more.

How to Minimize Your Fiduciary Liability

By Wiss, Posted in Employee Benefit Plan Audits

By Craig Erickson Those with discretionary authority or administrative control over their organization’s retirement and 401(k) plan face significant risks. If fiduciaries make decisions that negatively affect plan participants or beneficiaries, they can be held personally liable for breaching their fiduciary duties, even if the action was unintentional. Although fiduciaries cannot entirely eliminate the risks associated with their role, there are several things they can do to protect themselves and... read more.

What Type of 401(k) Plan Document Do I Have and When Do I Need to Update it?

By Wiss, Posted in Employee Benefit Plan Audits

By Craig Erickson When you establish your company’s 401(k) plan, you have to make a range of decisions, from the type of plan and investment tools you’ll offer to participation requirements and guidelines. Once you’ve done this, you need to put it in writing. This is your plan document, a mandatory part of your plan that details its provisions and clearly communicates them to participants. There are three levels of plan documents: Prototype. This off-the-shelf version of a plan docum... read more.

How the Permanent QSBS Capital Gains Exclusion Benefits Investors

By Wiss, Posted in Tax Advantages

By Kevin Kerrigan The relatively unknown Qualified Small Business Stock (QSBS) capital gains exclusion was permanently extended in December 2015, giving many investors and entrepreneurs much reason to celebrate. While the QSBS tax break has been around since early 2009, the 2015 permanent extension incentivizes small business investors to look more closely at the QSBS. Here are some of the advantages, conditions and drawbacks of QSBS. Overview of the QSBS The QSBS tax incentive was established to offer... read more.

Top Earners Should Consider this Retirement Strategy

By Wiss, Posted in Tax Advantages

By Russ Faye If you are a high-income sole proprietor or the owner of a small business searching for a tax-advantaged retirement strategy, defined benefit pension plans could be the ideal tool for your needs. Here’s how to determine whether you should discuss this option with your trusted financial adviser.  How it works A defined benefit pension plan is a qualified retirement plan to which you make an annual contribution, which fund a chosen level of retirement income you will receive at a p... read more.

A Startup's Guide to Seeking Investments

By Wiss, Posted in Emerging Companies

By Matt Barbieri With every investment deal comes risks and questions waiting to be answered. If you are seeking investments, it is important you are as prepared as possible when it comes time to present your case. The following recommendations will increase confidence, but more importantly, make sure you are prepared for anything investors throw at you.  Be prepared to discuss the numbers. To an investor, your story matters, but ultimately every investment boils down to the numbers. Do they mak... read more.

Finding the Right IT Tool for Real Estate Management

By Wiss, Posted in Real Estate

By Alexander J. Narcise  If you own a real estate investment or property management firm and are reluctant to take on the time-consuming hassle of running a financial report, it’s time to upgrade your accounting software system. Off-the-shelf accounting software systems don’t know your business. They don’t speak your language. They can’t respond to requests for construction project accounting or help you manage leases, issue tenant arrears reports or run a partner distribution... read more.