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"Safety First" should be your corporate mantra. Focusing on the safety of your products as you make them can help avoid complaints and litigation, give you a marketing edge and raise the bar for other manufacturers, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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Job costs are the lifeblood of your construction business and accurately estimating them will determine if a project will make money. Managing job costs across the life of the project will ensure that your firm makes money on every job. Moreover, those job-by-job profits make the office and your executive salary possible.

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Have you been contacted by a charity that pulls on your heartstrings and persuades you to open your wallet? There are a multitude of reputable charities doing good deeds and supporting worthy causes.

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Inflation has been surging this year. The June 2022 consumer price index (CPI) was up 9.1% year over year, according to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is the largest increase in 40 years — and the rate of inflation is expected to stay high for at least the rest of the year. Many taxpayers are understandably concerned about how elevated inflation rates will impact their 2023 tax situation.
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When a divorce happens, there are often major financial consequences and some important tax issues too. Here are the tax rules that generally apply when a couple's assets are split up in a divorce property settlement. State Law Is Important How assets are split up in a divorce depends largely on where the divorcing couple lives. The following nine states are community property states: California, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Idaho. In these states, the general rule is that community property assets (that is, assets accumulated by the couple during their marriage) are considered to be owned 50/50. Assets that were owned by one spouse before the marriage, or that were received by one spouse as a gift or bequest during the marriage, are generally considered to belong solely to that person.
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Throughout the year, businesses like yours need to be able to provide verified financial results to others. This may be your tax preparer, a lender or investor, a potential purchaser of your business — should you decide to sell — or another interested party. Not to mention that you, as the company owner should know your books are being done with accuracy and completeness. For all of these reasons, you should consider having your accountant prepare certified financial statements for your business, rather than always relying on internally generated reports.
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Audits have become more important due to increased public and government scrutiny of not-for-profit organizations, their management and their boards. Audits not only provide you with a fair assessment of your organization's financial health, but also can reveal vulnerabilities such as weak internal controls, insufficient cash reserves and poor investment policies. Perhaps most important, regular audits reassure your donors, members and other stakeholders that you run a fit organization.
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Patients come to your practice for quality medical care and the government wants to ensure that everyone has equal access to your offices. The federal Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that patients, their family members, and vendors with disabilities have the same access rights as able-bodied people. And access issues include both physical and communication barriers.
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The term "lean manufacturing" means different things to different people. However, it can generally be agreed upon that lean manufacturing represents a management philosophy that emphasizes the elimination or reduction of waste in order to increase company profitability. In other words, doing more with less.
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If you own a successful small business with no employees, you might be ready to set up a retirement plan. Or you might want to upgrade from a more-basic SIMPLE IRA or Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) plan. Here are two options — solo 401(k)s and defined benefit pension plans — to consider if you have healthy self-employment income and want to contribute substantial amounts to your retirement nest egg.

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