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Your Accountant’s Hidden Impact on Workplace Culture

Today, many headlines for hiring and retention articles reference “workplace culture”. As competition across all industry sectors is on the rise, companies are realizing that workplace culture plays a significant, although often undetected, role in the success of their business. However, it’s often overlooked as day-to-day operating needs take precedence over building a strong workplace environment. Yet, strengthening workplace culture is not as overwhelming as it may seem. Be sure your company benefits from ways your accounting firm can add value to your company culture.

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New Foreign Asset Reporting Guidelines

If you hold foreign assets or have signature authority over foreign assets such as bank accounts, stocks, bonds, retirement plans, or sometimes real estate, you may need to report this information to the IRS. The consequences for not reporting are costly, so be sure to take note of deadlines, which have changed since last year, and allow time to prepare.

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Top Business Valuation Myths

All business owners speculate about the value of their companies. But like most compelling questions, the easy answers are typically not the worthwhile ones. The many myths in the world of business valuation can misguide business owners. Following are the top myths that lead many business owners astray.

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Upcoming Tax Deadlines

Be sure to mark your calendar and allow time to prepare for these upcoming tax deadlines, some of which have changed for 2017.

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Perplexing Nexus

State taxes used to be simple. You have a store in Chicago; you pay Illinois tax. You have a warehouse in Indianapolis; you pay Indiana tax. But what if you have sales people visiting Denver? Or you work with an online reseller with a location in Denver? Do you need to pay Colorado tax? The tax term used when determining in which localities a business must pay tax is called nexus. How nexus works often stumps even the most tax-savvy business owners, especially with the impact of online sales and constantly changing rules. By understanding and correctly determining nexus, you can avoid unnecessary penalties.

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Nonprofit News and Tips

Managing a nonprofit organization is quite a balancing act, and the IRS doesn’t make it any easier. Nonprofit-specific tax laws can be even more complicated than those regulations for for-profit businesses. Are you up to date on recent changes in nonprofit tax law? Check out our nonprofit news and tips to ease your 2017 tax season.

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Cray Kaiser featured in Family Business Magazine

Cray Kaiser is proud to be featured in the January/February 2017 edition of Family Business Magazine! Are you including the next generation of your business leaders in your accounting conversations? The article, Exposure to accounting decisions is a key part of leadership training, was written by Karen Snodgrass and explains why it is important to involve the next generation of leadership in financial discussions.

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Are You In or Out? Succession Planning for Family Business Owners with Children Both In and Not In the Business

Like many family business owners addressing their succession plan, Diane and Tom zero in on the family business and neglect to include their entire estate in their planning efforts. Proper succession planning considers assets beyond the family business. Founders should evaluate their whole estate and identify assets outside of the business that can also be bequeathed in an effort to achieve fairness.

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The Path to Certainty: Following the PATH Act

As they say, “Nothing is certain but death and taxes.” Yet, many tax provisions carry year-end expiration dates, therefore taxes have proven far from certain and certainly far from predictable. Until recently, taxpayers played a guessing game about whether or not tax provisions would be extended, making tax planning difficult. Seeking to end some of the confusion, the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act is a federal law enacted in late 2015.

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