Exploding growth in crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people, typically via the internet. Crowdfunding has grown dramatically over the last few years. As shown in the chart below, crowdfunding websites helped companies and individuals worldwide raise $89 million from members of the public in …

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Protecting Your Inventory and Customers from Employees

During the last year, I have received more phone calls than usual from business owners who believe employees are stealing inventory from them. Many of the concerns I hear from small business owners fall into two categories. The first scenario is the extremely popular and growing internet business, in which entrepreneurs keep inventory in warehouses, …

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Why CPA testifying experts can’t accept contingent fee engagements

Attorneys are often asked to take on a litigation assignment where there is a potential for a large monetary amount to be awarded to their clients by the court. They may take on the work solely based on a contingent fee arrangement with their client. What this usually means is that if the attorney wins …

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Home Sales Across Metro Phoenix on Track to Jump More than 30%

“Home sales across metro Phoenix are on track to jump more than 30 percent during the next few months, potentially signaling the restart of the area’s stalled housing recovery.” Cathy Reagor, Arizona Republic Although Valley home sales fell 14% in 2014, many economists and real estate experts are looking forward to a substantial increase in …

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Henry+Horne gives back at the Phoenix Zoo

Last year I was fortunate to participate in Henry & Horne ’s first firm-wide community service event. It was at the Florence Crittenton campus in Phoenix, Arizona. Florence Crittenton provides shelter, education, counseling and social support to nearly 2,000 girls, ages ten to twenty-one. Our three offices in Scottsdale, Tempe, and Casa Grande joined together …

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Estate & Gift Tax Valuations: Can the IRS Disregard an Agreed Upon Value for Shares in a Buy-Sell Agreement?

Section 2703 of the Internal Revenue Code enacted in 1990 states that buy-sell agreements are disregarded for valuation purposes, unless the agreement satisfies the following tests. Test One: The Agreement Must Constitute a Bona Fide Business Arrangement The buy-sell agreement (Agreement) cannot be a ploy to transfer shares to members of the family at a …

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Using current and quick ratios to help determine a company’s liquidity

There are many ratios that a company’s lenders use to gauge the strength of the company’s ability to pay its current bills as well as its long-term debts; and still have enough cash left in the bank to use for expanding the company’s operations. One concern of lenders, for example, is: How quickly can a …

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Camaraderie or collusion: encourage one, but not both

Management teams across the nation are encouraging team building among staff to encourage and promote employee friendships and to boost morale. I commend these organizations for promoting a healthy work environment which provides a social support network at both a personal and a professional level. Positive employee morale can lead to reduced employee turnover, reduced …

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Sale of Business – Personal Goodwill Considerations

Let’s say you have built a successful business and are now considering selling it. You have been approached by a company that wants to acquire the assets of the business as opposed to a stock acquisition. If the business is formed as a partnership, an LLC treated as a partnership, or an S corporation, no …

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