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Monday, 18 February 2013

Preparing for 2013's tax changes

Written by Jeff Phillips

According to the Chinese calendar, 2013 will be the year of the snake. It's an appropriate analogy given how changes to tax rates and exemptions will require many Americans to shed certain financial habits. Because planning for yourself and your family this year may take more scrutiny than ever before, the following are a few tips on how to help prepare. Play the long game...

Published in Tax
Thursday, 31 January 2013

Criminals Pocketing Tax Refunds

Written by Bill Kowalski, JD

Last year, criminals across the country illegally collected billions of dollars in fraudulent tax refunds through a brazen form of fraud that takes advantage of the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) fast and convenient online returns. Conceivably using little more than laptops and free Wi-Fi connections available at their local coffee shop, criminals steal identities using the names of legitimate taxpayers and use this stolen information to file fraudulent online tax returns. As crimes go, this one can be as easy as it is bold: Thieves may obtain Social Security numbers and other personal information from insiders at businesses where the information is stored, or through computer malware. An online tax return is filed using the legitimate taxpayer’s name and Social Security number along with a fictitious income...

Published in Tax
Thursday, 31 January 2013

Gaming the System

Written by Miranda Stempien

BWD Magazine, Winter 2012-13 Putting a stop to Family Medical Leave Act and other occupational fraud If a masked thief broke into your business today and made off with $140,000 in cash, the heist would likely warrant a pronounced law enforcement response and intense media coverage. Yet that is the median loss caused by occupational fraud cases worldwide, according to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners' (ACFE) 2012 global fraud study. You're undoubtedly already familiar with some forms of occupational fraud – stalwarts such as stealing cash (say, from the petty cash fund) or inflating expense reports. But you might not be familiar with the newest scheme on the scene: Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) fraud...

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Navigating rapid change with CFO Executive Advisors

Written by BWD Magazine

BWD Magazine, Winter 2012-13 Fresh perspectives used to be "nice." "Nice" like cotton candy. And rainbows. And songs about summertime...

Published in Business Consulting
Thursday, 31 January 2013

Pure Commitment

Written by BWD Magazine

BWD Magazine, Winter 2012-13 Rehmann steps up to support tomorrow's superstar businesses In 1976, two men in their twenties toiled away in a Los Altos, California, garage on hand-built personal computer kits they hoped to sell to their friends and colleagues in a local computer club. By 2012, the company started by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak - Apple - was the most highly-valued company in the world, having revolutionized personal computing several times over. Apple isn't the only one: the history of American business abounds with successful companies that launched from garages across the country, including recent giants Google and Amazon. There are a number of Michigan originals, too, with the history-changing automobile industry topping the list...

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Taking Action on Healthcare

Written by Tom Mulvihill, CPA/CGMA

BWD Magazine, Winter 2012-13 What business needs to know - and what you need to do - regarding upcoming changes to healthcare At over 900 pages long - not quite War and Peace, but easily surpassing Moby Dick - there's little wonder why the Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act stirs as much confusion as it does: that's a lot of information to parse. Regardless, there are Act-imposed changes coming to the fore in 2013... so it's a good idea to understand the steps you'll need to take to ensure compliance with the law come January 1. 1...

Published in Healthcare
Thursday, 31 January 2013

The Next 12 Months

Written by Don McAnelly, CPA/ABV/CGMA

BWD Magazine, Winter 2012-13 What you need to know about the Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act It's one of the most hotly-debated political issues in recent memory, but let's take a look at some of the practical, real-world implications the Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act may have for you, your employees and your business. The following is a Q&A developed from some of the most common questions I've heard about the Act. Is there a change in an individual's ability to deduct medical costs as an itemized deduction on their personal tax return? Yes...

Published in Tax
Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Go Team! The Benefits of a Morning Huddle

Written by Gary Borucki, CPA, CHBC

As featured in The Journal of the Michigan Dental Association.As you begin your work week on Monday, do you know if an incoming patient will be celebrating a birthday soon? Just bought a new house or car? Is looking forward to retirement?..

Published in Dental
Monday, 26 November 2012

Is the Recession Really Over in Michigan

Written by Gary Borucki, CPA, CHBC

When the "Great Recession" got under way at the end of 2008, it seemed that the rest of the country was finally catching up to what Michigan had been experiencing since the beginning of the 21st century. Our state's dependence on the auto industry and the "trickle down" effect it had on other businesses (suppliers, retailers, restaurants, etc.) that had previously helped Michigan thrive was keenly exposed when it skidded to the brink of failure and required rescue by the federal government. Michigan dental practices had certainly been among the beneficiaries here during the boom times, with UAW and other union contracts that carried generous health and dental benefits...

Published in Dental
Friday, 31 August 2012

Nuggets of Wisdom Summer 2011

Written by Carol Wright, CPA

BWD Magazine, Summer 2011 Ten Most Affordable Cities to Retire Based on factors such as cost of living and tax rates on pensions and social security, combined with access to recreation, climate and culture, AARP Magazine named the following cities their Top 10 Most Affordable Places to Retire. Winchester, Virginia Portland, Maine Gainesville, Georgia Wenatchee, Washington Tulsa, Oklahoma Cheyenne, Wyoming Columbus, Indiana Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Ithaca, New York Midland, Texas Ten Worst States for Retirement Taking into consideration cost of living, crime rates, climate and life expectancy, has determined the following Ten Worst States for Retirement. Nevada Michigan Alaska South Carolina Maryland Tennessee Ohio North Carolina Missouri Arkansas "Retirement: It's nice to get out of the rat race, but you have to learn to get along with less cheese...

Published in Business Consulting
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