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Having a small business can, for some people, actually be beneficial in terms of taxes. The amounts and types of deductions you can qualify for can, especially for a business in its early days that isn’t making much money yet, put you in a position where you owe very little in taxes. And, while you []

A timeshare is not only a great opportunity to get away for a while, it can be a wonderful investment. Not only does your timeshare qualify for some of the same types of deductions that other property would get you, there are some specific types of deductions you may be able to claim depending on []

Just because you’re hiring someone to do your taxes doesn’t mean you want to pay them more than what’s necessary. If you show up at your tax professional’s office with shoeboxes full of receipts, she can absolutely turn that into a tax return; however, it’s going to take much longer than it would if you []

As a hard-working honest business owner, you do your best to pay your taxes, but no more than you have to. You’re more than willing to pay your fair share, but you also know that you won’t be paying anything if your business isn’t profitable. So, you work with a tax professional to identify areas []

An integral part of your success in a startup business is making sure you’re in a good place from the tax perspective. You need to be able to get through those first couple of years without a heavy tax burden, and reaping the benefits of having a business loss. Once your company is turning a []

The most expensive tax mistake is failing to plan. Planning is the key to beating the IRS, legally.I don’t care how good your accountant is with a stack of receipts on April 15. If you didn’t know you could set up a Section 105 plan and write off your kid’s braces as a business expense, []

I was talking with Tony about his benefits consulting company when he shared his biggest struggle. (Disclosure: Tony was a former business coaching client for three years.) “David, how do I get my sales people to spend more time in the field actually selling?” I understood Tony’s frustration. He knew that the success of his []

You’ve likely had this experience. You just closed the deal. You and your team are sharing hi-fives around the office. You’re mentally counting your profit on the deal and the thrill of the new customer you’ve brought on… then you get that email canceling the deal. What happened? You likely missed a key step in []

I was giving a keynote address to a group of medical practice business owners when one of the people in the room came up to me after and shared about his cash flow challenges. His practice was generating just shy of $3 million dollars a year in revenue, but he felt anxious because he never []

“David,” my client asked, “How do we increase of volume? We’ve been struggling ever since we lost that one big account.”   This is such a common situation for a professional services firm to deal with – a painful need to quickly grow revenues. Considering that for most professional services firm, whether they be a []

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