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Charting the Future Amidst a $31 Trillion (and Growing) Problem

It’s the number which needs no formal introduction, and it’s an elephant in the boardroom of every business in America whether acknowledged or not. No strategic plan, economic forecast, or growth projection is complete without cognizance of how a $31 trillion national debt service will muscle its way throughout the US economy. The goal of this article is to raise awareness of how incremental national debt impacts private businesses and explain why a pain-free past of borrowing is no indicator of future consequences from more borrowing. Finally, there are some pointers at the end of the article to help business owners consider how to handle asset valuation changes caused by a national debt crisis.

Placing Growth at the Center of Your Business

Owning and operating a restaurant can have significant perks, with a side of complexities. Mainly, understanding and forecasting taxes for restaurants, which can cause headaches among other responsibilities. Proactive tax planning is a must and should be completed prior to 12/31 of the calendar year to identify opportunities. Tax rules often change; best practice recommends business owners should understand the rules as stated currently, while being aware of potential future changes.

Year-End Tax Planning Tips for Restaurants

Owning and operating a restaurant can have significant perks, with a side of complexities. Mainly, understanding and forecasting taxes for restaurants, which can cause headaches among other responsibilities. Proactive tax planning is a must and should be completed prior to 12/31 of the calendar year to identify opportunities. Tax rules often change; best practice recommends business owners should understand the rules as stated currently, while being aware of potential future changes.

Understanding Tipped Overtime Calculations

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), most restaurant employees are classified as non-exempt and entitled to overtime pay of 1 and ½ times their regular rate of pay. Calculating overtime pay can be challenging, especially for tipped employees.

Charitable Donation of Closely Held Business Interests

By Jason Bogniard, MBA, ASA, CVA, EA | Robert Jackson, CPA, MT | Andrew Adolph There can be significant income tax advantages to donating privately held stock or units to your favorite qualified charity, rather than charitable gifts of cash. A business owner with an interest in a non-publicly traded C- or S-Corporation, Limited Liability …

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