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Combat Employee Turnover

September 13, 2018

With unemployment at historically low rates, retaining employees is harder than ever. Here are some tips to help your business maintain a thriving workforce:Invest in current employees.

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Education: Tax Changes You Need to Know

September 6, 2018

As students gear up to head back to school, there are some changes to education deductions that could save or cost you more in taxes and even raise college tuition costs.

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Is a Tax Surprise Waiting for You?

September 1, 2018

Often lost in the excitement of large-scale tax change is how they can negatively impact some individual situations. Check out the questions below to see if you might be in for a tax surprise this year.

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Manage Capital Gains Tax Tips

August 30, 2018

If not tracked and managed properly, capital gains tax can come as a large surprise at tax-filing time. In fact, many taxpayers don't realize they have a capital gain until they get their 1099 form in January and see a capital gain distribution.

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Setting up Your Business Accounting System

August 27, 2018

You've done the hard work. You have a new business idea or you've found an existing business to purchase. Want to help ensure your business success? Pay attention to correctly setting up your business' accounting system. Here's how:

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Are you Sharing Too Much Information Online?

August 23, 2018

In today's digital age, it is impossible to avoid the internet. Even if you don't have a computer and actively avoid social media, there is information about you in some corner of the web. Here are some tips to help you manage your digital footprint:

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Dramatic Sales Tax Change

August 17, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in the South Dakota vs Wayfair case that opens the door for states to impose sales tax on sellers outside their borders. The case highlights a new standard of business presence called "economic nexus" that may h

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Cloud Accounting with QuickBooks Online – What are the benefits for my business?

By Neil Hinkle, CPA   |  August 15, 2018

In our current world, most business owners are looking for flexible solutions to meet their accounting needs. They want mobile access to get the data that they need when they need it and automated processes to save them time. In response to this need

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Ideas to Improve Your Financial Health

August 9, 2018

No-one likes to be blindsided by financial hardship. Listed here are 10 ideas to help ensure your financial situation stays healthy.

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Student Loan Forgiveness Creates New Tax Trap

August 2, 2018

There's a new student loan repayment program that forgives some student loan debt if other payments are made. This new debt forgiveness is creating a tax surprise for the unsuspecting student. Here is what you need to know.

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Useful Online Productivity and Security Tools

July 31, 2018

Here are several popular free or inexpensive online tools that can help manage and protect your online activities. They range from password management tools to security protection services.

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Elements of a Good Business Partnership

July 25, 2018

Like a bundle of sticks, good business partners support each other and are less likely to crack under strain together than on their own. In fact, companies with multiple owners have a stronger chance of surviving their first five years than sole proprietorships, according to U.S. Small Business Administration data.

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Is It Worth It to Amend Your Return?

July 20, 2018

Whether it makes sense to amend your return depends on which of these situations you're in

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Become Debt-Free

July 16, 2018

The average household carries $137,063 in debt, while the median household income is less than $60,000, according to data from the Federal Reserve and U.S. Labor Department. While it's easy to get into debt, it can be hard to get out. Here are five t

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How Long Will It Last?

July 9, 2018

Part of financial planning is having a sense of how much it will cost to replace your possessions when they break down or wear out. Many of the big-ticket consumer products may cost more to replace and wear out sooner than you think.

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June Market Insight: Tariff Tantrums

July 2, 2018

2018 continues to be a bumpy ride as President Trump moves on with his “Make America Great Again” agenda. The president broadcasted his intentions throughout his presidential campaign...

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Five Tax Breaks for New Parents

July 2, 2018

New parents have their work cut out for them. Not only are they dealing with lost sleep, they also face the extra cost of raising a child. At least there are a lot of potential tax breaks available to them. Check out this list.

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Overview of Provisions of the TCJA Affecting Individuals

By Jim Hess, CEO, CPA   |  June 25, 2018

The recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) is the most significant tax package in 30 years. Here’s a look at some of the more important elements of the new law that may impact you.

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Overview of Provisions of the TCJA Affecting Businesses

By Jim Hess, CEO, CPA   |  June 18, 2018

The recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has overhauled of many parts of the Internal Revenue Code. Here are some of the most important provisions in the new law that affect businesses.

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What type of IRA is best for you?

June 8, 2018

So you're ready to open an individual retirement account, but you're not quite sure what's going to work for your situation. Don't worry. Here's a quick overview to help you decide.

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Planning on donating this year? Consider this.

June 6, 2018

Charitable giving is a whole new ballgame for taxpayers now that most itemized deductions have been reduced or eliminated and the standard deduction has nearly doubled.

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May 2018 Market Insight

June 1, 2018

While the kids are getting out of school, we thought we would take you back to the classroom and review some key terms that you may be hearing regarding what’s happening in the market.

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Tax Filing Reminders

May 22, 2018

Now is the ideal time to schedule a tax-planning session. Your tax return outcome is still fresh, and it's early enough in the year to make corrective action to take advantage of the numerous new tax law changes taking place in 2018. Here's a brief overview of some of the new tax issues that you need to plan for now.

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Consider These Top TCJA Changes Right Now

May 10, 2018

December may feel like a long way off, but it’ll show up quicker than you think. Luckily, you still have time to figure out just how much the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) affects your situation.

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3 Big Questions People Ask After Tax Day

May 10, 2018

Tax Day has passed, but that doesn’t mean all of your tax issues have been resolved. Here are answers to three popular questions taxpayers ask post-tax season.

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April 2018 Market Insight

May 1, 2018

With April now behind us, the S&P 500 is just about even from the beginning of the year, but what a ride it has been! January gave us the “Melt Up” of over 7%, February brought a correction, and March was a whipsaw of trade concerns and inflation fears. It seems April was more of the same.

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How to handle a gap in health care coverage

April 20, 2018

Health care coverage gaps happen. Whether because of job loss or an extended sabbatical between gigs, you may find yourself without health care for a period. Here are some tax consequences you should know about, as well as tips to fix a coverage gap.

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Update on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA)

April 20, 2018

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was passed by Congress in a hurry late last year, and the IRS and tax preparers have been working to digest some of the more thorny issues created by the tax overhaul. Here are the latest answers to some of the most common questions.

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The Constant Tension: Risk vs. Return


When I was studying to obtain the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification, one of the first definitions I had to memorize was the meaning of risk--the possibility of loss. Risk is everywhere in our world, and as your advisors it is our job to help you identify these risks and find the most effective means to reduce or eliminate them.

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Employee Spotlight: Tammy Higgins & Jerod Daniel

April 11, 2018

Support staff often play an unrecognized yet vital role in a business’s success. In many ways, they are the mortar that holds all the bricks together. At Whitcomb & Hess, we understand their value and would like to introduce to you to two of our Investment Team members who contribute greatly to our organization.

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