Forming a Joint Venture: What You Need to Know

When multiple business entities make a decision to start a new business together as a cooperative arrangement, they are creating what is known as a joint venture. In forming a joint venture, each of the involved entities agrees to what assets they will contribute, how they are going to distribute income and share expenses, and how the new entity will move forward.

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Is My Inheritance Taxable?

Are you asking yourself: is my inheritance taxable? This is a frequently misunderstood taxation issue, and the answer can be complicated. When someone passes away, all of their assets (their estate) will be subject to estate taxation, and whatever is left after paying the estate tax passes to the decedent’s beneficiaries.

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Hiring Your Children in the Family Business Can Result in Big Tax Breaks

With jobs at a premium during the COVID-19 pandemic, you might consider hiring your children to help out in your business. Rather than helping to support your children with your after-tax dollars, you can instead hire them and pay them with tax-deductible dollars. Of course, the employment must be legitimate and the pay commensurate with the hours and the job worked.

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Is Cofounder Conflict Threatening Your Business?

If you asked entrepreneurs to make a list of everything they think might one day pose a threat to their company, you’d probably hear a variety of answers. Some might be (rightfully) worried about ultimately developing a product in search of a marketplace. Others may be worried about how they’re going to overcome cash flow issues. And some may still be worried about getting “taken for a ride” by the venture capital people they’re putting so much of their faith in. While all of these are understandable concerns, there’s one that’s often missing from the list: cofounders.

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Why Buy-Sell Agreements Are a Journey, Not a Destination

Audio Blog: In Cray Kaiser’s first audio blog, CK Principal Deanna Salo shares the journey of a closely-held business as they craft their buy-sell agreement. When the owners of the company were looking to exit, they decided it was time to dust off their original buy-sell agreement from the 1980s. What followed was a two-year process of education, emotion, and collaboration, ending with the signing of their brand-new buy-sell agreement.

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Tips on Raising a Financially Savvy Child

If you have children (or grandchildren) you have an opportunity to give them a jump-start on their journey to becoming financially responsible adults. While teaching your child about money and finances is easier when you start early, it’s never too late to impart your wisdom.

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The Value of a Written Partnership Agreement

Your business partner(s) should balance your strengths and support you through the good times and the bad. They should also be willing to communicate with you freely and often. And while you and your partner may agree about everything now, disagreements and unexpected events are inevitable. That’s why a written partnership agreement is so valuable. Do you and your partner(s) have one?

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