FEBRUARY 2017

A Snapshot of the FASB’s New Goodwill Impairment Standard

With digital cameras, taking a photograph is typically a simple process with two steps: point and shoot. Another two-step process – according to a recently issued mandate from the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) – is the goodwill impairment test. The FASB’s new goodwill impairment standard eliminates Step 2 of the test, thereby reducing the [...]

Extra! Extra! Read All About the New 2017 Tax Deadlines

The IRS and Congress made headlines by agreeing to change tax return filing and extension deadlines for the 2017 filing season (i.e., dates for filing 2016 returns). Their goal might be to spread at least some of the busy tax workload over a longer period – and relieve stress from taxpayers, preparers, and the IRS. [...]

February 5th, 2017|BUSINESS TAX, FEBRUARY 2017|

Understanding the International Tax Language

Around the world of international business, the conversation about the use of shell companies has been ongoing. The perception for business or individuals that create international shell companies is that their purpose is to avoid disclosure and evade taxes. The positives and negatives, legality and ethics, and regulations and secrecy have been argued for years. [...]

December 12th, 2016|FEBRUARY 2017, INTERNATIONAL TAX|

Apples and Oranges: Keeping Personal and Business Finances Separate

Many small business owners tend to think, “I am the business, and the business is me.” Though conceptually this may be true, it is critical to keep the financial fruits of your business separate from your personal endeavors – especially from a legal and accounting standpoint.  Taking the time and effort to maintain autonomy between [...]

December 2nd, 2016|FEBRUARY 2017, INDIVIDUAL PLANNING, START-UP BUSINESS PLANNING|