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Washington Small Business Payroll Setup Tips

You know your business needs to hire employees, and you’re already on board with using a full-service payroll provider such as Gusto, Intuit Full-Service Payroll, ADP, or Paychex. Your accountant said it would be “easy” and that the payroll service would “take care of everything for you.” But now you’re looking at the software setup […]

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Washington Estate Tax Worries? 3 Tips Save Thousands

Editor’s note: This week, attorney Raemi L. Gilkerson discusses the Washington estate tax and then the steps individuals can take to minimize this tax. Washington estate tax rates rank the highest of any state in the nation.  The tax rates range from 10 percent to 20 percent and are graduated based on the value of the estate. Washington […]

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The Wisdom of Elders: Bogleheads Three Fund Portfolio

Last Thursday, Taylor Larimore sent me a copy of his new book, “The Bogleheads Guide to the Three-fund Portfolio.” Saturday morning, I read Larimore’s book. And that read prompts this short blog post. I want to provide a quick book review and then make a couple of comments about Larimore’s body of work. The Problem […]

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Right Way to Handle Inherited IRA Accounts

There’s a right way and a wrong way to deal with inherited IRA accounts. And in this blog post, I want to talk in general terms about the right way to handle inherited IRA accounts. I will also point out some other resources you can tap for more detailed information. TIP #1: Take RMDs from […]

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The Sec. 199A Sec. 1031 Conundrum

A reader of our “Maximizing Sec. 199A Deductions” monograph recently e-mailed to ask about the Sec. 199A Sec. 1031 connection. His question? How do you handle the Sec. 199A deduction for income generated by property acquired through a Sec. 1031 “like kind exchange.” The question is a really good one. And it points out—as the […]

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Reading Steven Pinker: A Guide for Entrepreneurs

This blog covers practical, how-to subjects relevant to small business owners. We talk here about how to handle accounting problems, deal with technical issues like taxes, and make smart managerial and financial choices when you’re a small business owner or entrepreneur. Further, we avoid subjects like politics and religion. Those topics are important. But other […]

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Sec. 199A Changes Investment Portfolio Construction

The new Sec. 199A “pass-thru” deduction mostly matters to sole proprietors, partnerships, S corporations and real estate investors. In a nutshell, and subject to some very complicated rules, the deduction allows these folks to just “not pay” federal income taxes on the last 20% of business income they make. Nevertheless , the new deduction does […]

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Small Business Monte Carlo Simulation

Somebody asked me about building a small business Monte Carlo simulation worksheet. They’d seen the earlier blog post we’d done about stock market Monte Carlo simulations and that had led to the question. I don’t want to fall down into the same rabbit hole that Alice in Wonderland did. But you doing a Monte Carlo […]

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Sec. 199A Changes Retirement Planning

Okay, a weird thing about the pass-thru “Sec. 199A deduction” created by the new tax law. Sec. 199A changes retirement planning for some small business owners. Some entrepreneurs should consider abandoning, temporarily, traditional retirement accounts like 401(k)s and IRAs. Confusingly, other business owners may want to do just the opposite and boost their use of […]

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Why You Want an Accurate Balance Sheet for Your Small Business

If you’re a small business owner, you want an accurate balance sheet for your small business. You really do. An accurate balance sheet delivers several valuable benefits. Accurate Balance Sheet Benefit #1: Obtaining a Loan If your business needs or wants a loan in the future, the bank is likely going to want copies of […]

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