The best way to weather a storm is often by being prepared before the storm hits. In the case of small businesses, this means building a fortress balance sheet. Like a frontier outpost or an ancient walled city, businesses that prepare for a siege—in the form of a recession, natural disaster, pandemic, or adverse regulatory change—can often hold out until the crisis passes or the cavalry arrives.
Do you know what your kids are doing online? That question may seem like it has a simple yes or no answer, but that’s hardly the case. With so many streaming platforms, social media outlets and new gaming options popping up every day, it’
Your firm survived 2020. Now you may be asking yourself, when will the economy return to pre-pandemic levels? Will it be this fall? A year from now? Longer?
Paying bills is an inevitable part of everyday life, but that doesn’t mean it has to be stressful. Here are some ways to get control of your budget and perfect the art of stress-free bill paying.
Understanding how our tax system works can be tricky for anyone. Whether you're an adult who never paid much attention to the taxes being withheld from your paycheck or a kid who just got his or her first job, understanding the basics can help refine
With the IRS moving tax day back for all U.S. filers for the second time in as many years, it’s time once again for a fun diversion by looking back at tax history! Test your tax knowledge using these questions to stump your friends and family.
Here is a recap of market performance for the month of April and year-to-date: Stocks appreciated in April, with US large cap up over 5%, international stocks following close behind, and US small cap behind both. During this timeframe, bonds have rebounded and posted positive returns. Year to date, all stock categories are positive, and small cap stocks leading the way. Bonds are still negative on the year.
Do you rent an apartment or condo? If so, do you have renters insurance to protect your belongings and to cover you against liability claims? A surprising number of renters don’t bother with insurance.
Have you considered cross-training your employees to ensure more than one person knows all key functions? Cross-training can be a win-win situation for you and your employees. Large companies often use it to prepare managers for future promotions. Bu
Legislation provides other business relief provisions -- Here's what you need to know about the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and other business relief provisions of the recently-passed American Rescue Plan Act.
Yesterday marked the typical annual observance of tax day. Even though this year the tax deadline has been extended to May, we are still celebrating.
After living under the weight of the pandemic for more than a year and listening every day to the bad news around us, why not look for ways to change the conversation by doing something nice and unexpected for someone else.
The recently-passed American Rescue Plan Act contains several tax breaks for you and your family. Here are the major provisions of the bill that could mean more money in your pocket during the 2021 tax year.
W&H is excited to welcome a new team member! Our Investment Advisory Services Intern, Matthew Lefelhoc, has decided to stay on with us after he graduates from The Ohio State University - Fisher College of Business in May. Originally hired as a 20
Last year we embraced many changes, including a new retirement planning software. RightCapital is an intuitive program that allows us to pull together all of your investment accounts, including those outside of Charles Schwab.
While we’ve all been focused on the lingering pandemic, or balancing real life with work-from-home life, cybercriminals are taking advantage our distractions with attacks via email and text messages.
As young professionals get married, have children, buy a house, and perhaps grow a business, not many people in their 30s and 40s have “estate planning” near the top of the to-do list. Unfortunately, tragedies happen. Preparing for the wo
After a dramatic and emotional year for financial markets in 2020, stocks and bonds have taken divergent paths to begin 2021. Stocks have continued to climb higher, while the price of bonds has declined. This is a result of higher economic growth exp
Do you feel like you’ve missed the boat when it comes to educating your kids about finances? It’s not too late to teach them these four basic principles.
Congress' recent move to retroactively make a portion of 2020 unemployment income tax-free is creating havoc during this year's tax filing season. Here is what you need to know.
Here is a recap of market performance for the month of March and year-to-date. Stocks increased during the month of March, with US large cap and international stocks leading the way. US small stocks were positive, but lagged for the month. Year to date, small cap is the clear leader, while large cap and international have also posted impressive returns. Bonds continued to struggle for both the month and the year, having negative returns over both timeframes.
The same factors that we've been dealing with for the past 12 months during the pandemic can also create an opportunity if you are considering starting a small business.
Tax challenges can be VERY expensive. As a small business owner, you may face the issue of whether to classify workers as employees or as independent contractors. Classifying your workers as independent contractors generally saves you money. That’s because you avoid paying employment taxes and benefits on their behalf.
Here’s a look at the new world of bank reconciliations and some ideas to use to ensure your bank account is accurate.
With the April 15 tax filing deadline right around the corner, here are answers to some common tax questions.
We hope you are doing well. Here is a recap of market performance for the month of February and year-to-date: Stocks increased during the month of February. US small stocks performed best, followed by US large cap and international stocks. Bonds, however, have lost money both for the month and the year, as interest rates continued to rise.
Many business owners hire their children, their spouse, or other family members to work in their business. Sometimes this works out well. Other times it causes problems. Let’s look at the pros and cons of putting family members on your payroll.
The Problem - You hang up the phone with a huge smile on your face. You just learned that you’re getting a pretty sizeable tax refund this year. Now all you need to do is kick back and wait a week or two for the IRS
How companies use your identity and what you can do to protect it.