Disaster Recovery Statistics

Data loss has serious financial implications. Downtime can occur at any time. Even something as small as an employee opening an infected email, or as significant as a natural disaster.

Despite that, 75% of small businesses have no business continuity plan in place.

We have compiled an interesting mix of disaster recovery statistics from a variety of sources. A disaster recovery plan is a lifeboat for your business.

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Benefits of Being SOC Audit Certified

Due to the increase in user entities outsourcing various processes and segments of their business, the demand for assurance of confidentiality and privacy of those service organizations has become a standard part of conducting business. In 2011, SAS 70 was changed into SOC audit (Service Organization Controls reports), to prevent the continued misuse of the old standard for assessing internal controls. The two most common types of audits, SOC 1 and SOC 2, can be broken down into two types of reports (Type I and type II), based on the impact of those internal controls on financial reporting and the time period being audited.

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How Alimony is Treated for Tax Purposes

Alimony is the term used for payments to a separated spouse or ex-spouse as part of a divorce or separation agreement. Since 1985, to be alimony for tax purposes, the payments:

  • Must be in cash, paid to the spouse, ex-spouse, or a third party on behalf of a spouse or ex-spouse;
  • Must be required by a decree or instrument incident to a divorce, a written separation agreement, or a support decree;
  • Cannot be designated as child support;
  • Will be valid alimony only if the taxpayers live apart after the decree is issued or the agreement is signed. Spouses who share the same household don’t qualify for alimony deductions. This is true even if the spouses live separately within the dwelling unit.
  • Must end on the death of the payee; and
  • Cannot be contingent on the status of a child (that is, any amount that is discontinued when a child reaches 18, moves away, etc., is not alimony).

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New Business Tax Law Highlights

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act offers favorable tax breaks for businesses

Signed into law on December 22, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) contains a treasure trove of tax breaks for businesses. Overall, most companies and business owners will come out ahead under the new tax law; however, there are a number of tax breaks that were eliminated or reduced to make room for other beneficial revisions. Here are the most important changes in the new law that will affect businesses and their owners.

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Enhance Your Cash Flow, Enhance Your Business

We’ve discussed at length in the past about how cash flow is ultimately one of the most important factors of a business that far too many people just aren’t paying enough attention to. Cash flow maintenance is about more than just knowing how much money is coming in versus how much money is going out. Even if your business is very close to true profitability, this ultimately won’t mean a thing if you’re dealing with clients who are slow to pay. This can seriously impact your momentum, and worse — your chances at long-term success.

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Startups: Research Credit Can Offset Payroll Taxes

A little-known tax benefit for new, qualified small businesses is the ability to apply a portion of their research credit – no more than $250,000 – to pay the employer’s share of their employees’ FICA withholding requirement (the 6.2% payroll tax). This can be quite a benefit, as in their early years, start-up companies generally do not have any taxable profits for the research credit to offset; quite often, it is in these early years when companies make expenditures that qualify for the research credit. This can substantially help these young companies’ cash flow.

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Who Controls the Funds in a Section 529 Plan?

This question frequently arises: Who controls the funds in a Section 529 plan? These accounts can become quite large, as they are limited only by the projected cost of a college education, and those costs will vary between state plans. Some states base their maximums on the cost of an in-state, four-year education, but others use the cost of the most expensive schools in the U.S.—including graduate studies. Most have limits in excess of $200,000, and some can reach $475,000 or more. Thus, it is only natural that those who fund an account would be concerned about who controls the account’s distributions. This is especially true when grandparents or others are making contributions to an account that is limited only by gift-tax considerations.

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