17 Jul 2019

Companies usually take steps to prevent outsiders from infiltrating their organizations and stealing trade secrets. Yet in most cases, the greater danger is internal. Employees may take sensitive information when they leave, or sell it to rivals while still employed. Stop this theft by identifying sensitive information to be protected and where it’s vulnerable. Then […]

16 Jul 2019

When planning your estate, you’re likely to focus on major assets, such as real estate, investments and retirement plans. But it’s also important to “sweat the small stuff” (your tangible personal property). Examples include jewelry, antiques and photographs. Your heirs may squabble over these items, which can lead to emotionally charged disputes and even litigation. […]

11 Jul 2019

The “dark web” has long provided refuge to criminals. Now it’s home to educational fraud guides that provide would-be hackers with detailed instructions on how to breach network security systems with technical and social engineering tools. The guides cover everything from account takeovers to phishing to counterfeit documents to stolen credit cards. An analysis of […]

10 Jul 2019

Small businesses may find it beneficial to barter for goods and services instead of paying cash for them. If your business engages in bartering, be aware that the fair market value of goods that you receive in bartering is taxable income. And if you exchange services with another business, the transaction results in taxable income […]

09 Jul 2019

The IRS’s staffing shortages have been well publicized. But it’s a mistake to assume that the agency has stopped scrutinizing not-for-profits. Don’t panic if you receive an audit letter. The letter will inform about whether the IRS is conducting an in-person, field audit or a correspondence audit. This second type simply requires you to send […]

05 Jul 2019

If payroll taxes withheld from employees’ paychecks aren’t remitted to the IRS, a severe tax penalty can be personally imposed on “responsible” individuals. The IRS can assess a penalty of 100% of the unpaid tax amount on shareholders, owners, directors, officers, employees and others. The Trust Fund Recovery Penalty (or “100% Penalty”) is assessed when […]

27 Jun 2019

Kickbacks return a portion of the money exchanged in a business transaction as compensation for favorable treatment. They’re illegal, but you may have trouble identifying kickbacks because they’re often disguised as gifts, travel or entertainment. The main difference is the gift-giver’s intent. Your employees shouldn’t accept gifts offered to improperly influence business decisions or that […]