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Friday, 21 July 2017

Don't play the waiting game

Written by The Rehmann Team

Protecting your company means thinking several steps ahead and anticipating moves from a wide variety of players. Fortunately, there are internal controls you can implement to secure your business' information and assets. Here are 12 ways to establish a winning cyber security strategy ... before a data break strikes...

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Determining the true value of your manufacturing operation

Written by Heidi Bolger, CPA/ABV, CM&AA, CGMA & Mary Van Skiver, CPA, MBA, PHR, CEPA

As published in Jackson Magazine A few important factors should play a major role in the timing and outcome of a business transition. Perhaps one of the biggest obstacles in a successful business transition is coming to a realistic, optimal value. Often times, owners think they know how much their business is worth (this may be based on what they have heard from colleagues or what they have read in recent industry publications). However, determining the value depends on many factors, some of which include:  Your industry segment  The recent history of performance Inorganic growth strategies focused on product and service differentiation The quality of the underlying business, patented and proprietary methods Customer base transferability and access to new markets, customers and technology...

Monday, 17 July 2017

Market outlook -- July 2017

Written by Frank Germack III, CFA

Economics U.S. GDP growth was revised upward to 1.4 percent for the first quarter as the additional data collected from prior estimates showed improvement...

Monday, 17 July 2017

The health-wealth connection

Written by Forefield, Inc.

It's a vicious cycle: Money is one of the greatest causes of stress, prolonged stress can lead to serious health issues, and health issues often result in yet more financial struggles. The clear connection between health and wealth is why it's so important to develop and maintain lifelong plans to manage both. The big picture Consider the following statistics: More than 20 percent of Americans say they have either considered skipping or skipped going to the doctor due to financial worries. (American Psychological Association, 2015) More than half of retirees who retired earlier than planned did so because of their own health issues or to care for a family member...

Monday, 17 July 2017

Don't let rising interest rates catch you by surprise

Written by Forefield, Inc.

You've probably heard the news that the Federal Reserve has been raising its benchmark federal funds rate. The Fed doesn't directly control consumer interest rates, but changes to the federal funds rate (which is the rate banks use to lend funds to each other overnight within the Federal Reserve system) often affect consumer borrowing costs. Forms of consumer credit that charge variable interest rates are especially vulnerable, including adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs), most credit cards, and certain private student loans. Variable interest rates are often tied to a benchmark (an index) such as the U...

Monday, 17 July 2017

Don't let rising interest rates catch you by surprise

Written by Forefield, Inc.

You've probably heard the news that the Federal Reserve has been raising its benchmark federal funds rate. The Fed doesn't directly control consumer interest rates, but changes to the federal funds rate (which is the rate banks use to lend funds to each other overnight within the Federal Reserve system) often affect consumer borrowing costs. Forms of consumer credit that charge variable interest rates are especially vulnerable, including adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs), most credit cards, and certain private student loans. Variable interest rates are often tied to a benchmark (an index) such as the U...

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Thoughts and musings on family budgeting

Written by Thomson Reuters

Simplicity is the key to a successful family budget. But every budget needs to cover all necessary items. To find the right balance, your budget should address two distinct facets of your family members’ lives: the near term and the long term. In the near term, your budget should encompass the primary, day-to-day items that affect every family...

Monday, 10 July 2017

Three Considerations for Michigan Unitary Taxation

Written by Michael Bannasch, CPA, MST

Although Michigan was late to the unitary taxation bandwagon, the issue is so complex, and sometimes so controversial, that there have been some growing pains in order to get the kinks worked out and get things running smoothly. There have been several major court cases, with the latest being LaBelle Management, Inc. v. Department of Treasury, in which the court opined on the meaning of indirect ownership for purposes of meeting the unitary group control test...

Monday, 10 July 2017

5 Signs Your Healthcare Practice Has Outgrown QuickBooks

Written by The Rehmann Team

You’ve put in a lot time and effort to nurture a growing healthcare practice and while QuickBooks worked well at the start, it’s time for something better. QuickBooks isn’t sophisticated enough to manage complicated healthcare operations and it could already be creating new problems. You may not have noticed it right away, but there are several signs that QuickBooks isn’t meeting your needs and could be hampering growth. Here are the top 5 ways to tell you’ve outgrown QuickBooks and what you should do now before things get worse...

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Must our plan cover a surrogate’s pregnancy expenses?

Written by Thomson Reuters

Question: Can our company’s major medical plan exclude coverage for the pregnancy and birth-related medical expenses of a participant who acts as a surrogate for someone else? Answer: Federal agencies haven’t yet issued specific guidance on this issue. But at least two legal hurdles may prohibit enforcement of an exclusion from coverage for the pregnancy and birth-related medical expenses of a participant acting as a surrogate: the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The PDA The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission interprets the PDA (which applies to most employers with 15 or more employees) as prohibiting employer-sponsored major medical plans from excluding coverage for pregnancy-related medical conditions...

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