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Last month, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut filed a suit against the IRS and Treasury Department challenging rules that restrict certain workarounds to the cap on state and local tax deductions.

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There are times when putting a business up for sale is the best — or only — next step. All owners need to recognize the signs that they’ve reached this expiration date so they can properly prepare for a sale and start building the case for a reasonable sale price.

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Under-performing companies present special valuation challenges. Financial distress adds an element of risk, which lowers value. So, compared with healthy companies, distressed businesses tend to have higher discount rates (under the income approach) and receive downward adjustments to pricing multiples (under the market approach), and sometimes don’t have past or projected earnings that contribute to the company’s value (under the cost approach). Or valuators might select guideline companies with similar financial performance or a proximate transaction date to avoid using deals that occurred during better economic times.

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Both sellers and buyers must handle a torrent of details during an M&A deal closing, such as getting permissions from a host of parties and transferring various operating permits. If you’re in a transaction’s early stages, you might not realize how much paperwork and communication will be necessary to achieve an ownership transfer. The earlier that the parties prepare for this time-consuming task, the better.

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Becoming wealthy may not be your primary goal, but if it is, there is a reasonably predictable way to get rich in America.

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If you’ve ever obtained a business valuation for a client, you know that the final value usually includes several components — including tangible and intangible assets. The term “intangible assets” often triggers thoughts.

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If you have considered selling your business of late, you may have been disappointed to see the offers a business like yours would garner from would-be acquirers.

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Whether you want to sell your business next year or a decade from now, you will have two basic options for an external sale: the financial or the strategic buyer.

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The change in administrations in Washington has generated a new focus on tax reform. The White House and lawmakers from both parties have discussed tax cuts, infrastructure spending, and more to encourage economic growth. However, the details of their plans have yet to be revealed. Tax reform legislation may be unveiled in February.

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Have you set a goal for your company this year? If you’re like most business owners, you’re striving for an increase in your annual sales. It’s natural to want your company to be bigger because that’s what everyone around us seems to celebrate.

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