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Control your tax burden: avoid these blunders

We all know the IRS is not the most forgiving group. Errors with your taxes can have costly repercussions. Learning from the mistakes of others can help you avoid the following five major blunders: Read More >

Being fair with family wages

Determining appropriate compensation for employees is tough enough, and even more so when some or all of your employees are family members. How can you most effectively determine a "fair" salary for all your employees in a family-owned business? Read More >

Could you capture a California Competes Tax Credit?

Every California business plays a role in the success of the state's economy. But if yours is a "high-value" business, you could qualify for a California Competes Tax Credit. The Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) has awarded $223 million to 330 companies since the program began in fiscal year 2013-2014. Read More >

Protect your business from email compromise

It used to be that you could spot an email scam through poor spelling and a Nigerian prince back-story. Not anymore. Scammers are getting more sophisticated in how they get your money into their pockets. In 2015, the FBI saw an increase in business email compromise (BEC), a type of financial fraud that has resulted in actual and attempted losses of more than a billion dollars to businesses across the globe. Businesses of all sizes are being targeted for BEC, so it pays to know how you can avoid becoming the next victim. Read More >

Create effective rules for your family business meetings

Running a business with your family can be incredibly rewarding, but when working with family members, ordinary conflict can take on a new dimension. The interconnected nature of a family business means that workplace issues, family drama and business conflicts can come together to create serious problems and communication breakdown. Set your family business up for success by creating formal processes and strategies that help to mediate disputes and create better communication during family business meetings. Read More >

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