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All in (or out of) the Family:  Who will inherit the family business?

Posted by DeAnna Alger, CPA on Dec 14, 2017 7:42:00 PM

As a business owner, one often invests much time and energy into the day-to-day operations.  As a result, many owners are likely to sidestep or forget to take the time to establish a long-term plan for the business and simply presume their child will hold the same passion for the business and knowledge in the industry as they have. But, what happens if the child or children have no desire to inherit the business? 

First, having a succession plan in place for the business is just as important as having a will for ones personal assets.  Without a succession plan, the company’s future, assets, and legacy are potentially at risk, regardless of who handles the business when an owner retires. 

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Topics: business succession, deanna alger

Take This Job and … Retire? 5 things you must consider before clocking out

Posted by Gary Sigman, CPA, M.Tax, PFS, AEP on Dec 13, 2017 10:39:13 AM

While many entrepreneurs find satisfaction in owning their business and others simply love their jobs, most do not necessarily want to work for the rest of their lives. 

If you are such an entrepreneur, you are not alone. Many look forward to the idea of never having to work again, yet, the concern about whether there will be enough income to survive can’t be overlooked. This leads to the all-important question:  How much does one need to save for retirement?

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Topics: Gary Sigman, Taxes - Individual, Retirement Planning & IRAs

Ohio Manufacturer? Sales tax savings that help your business grow

Posted by Brett W. Neate, CPA, MTax on Dec 12, 2017 9:39:17 AM

Like everything in life, the manufacturing process has a beginning and an end. Understanding that process is important for making business decisions regarding raw materials, staffing, inventory, fixed assets, and innovation. 

This knowledge is also used by well-advised businesses to reduce tax expense in Ohio and many other states that have designed their sales tax structure to promote manufacturing.

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Ohio does not require sales or use tax to be paid on the purchase or consumption of items used primarily in the manufacturing operation to produce personal property for sale. One of the challenges in maximizing the benefit of this exemption is understanding, for sales tax purposes, when the production process begins and ends.

Production begins when raw materials are committed to the process and ends when the product is in its final state or form. While these definitions seem straightforward, they tend to incredibly nuanced depending on the product being created and the specific process being utilized by the manufacturer.

An additional challenge in properly applying the exemption is when assets or materials are used in both manufacturing and non-manufacturing processes. For example, forklifts are often used to move raw materials, production items, and finished goods. The cost to purchase, maintain, and power the forklifts may or may not be subject to sales tax depending on whether or not they are used primarily in the production process.

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Topics: Ohio business owners, Brett W. Neate, manufacturing

Electronic Delivery of Invoices to Begin January, 2018

Posted by Zinner & Co. on Nov 25, 2017 8:46:00 AM

Fall 2017 | Winter 2018

Zinner & Co. is ready to ring in the New Year with a commitment to sustainability, focus on our environment, and assurance that our clients receive year-round service.  As part of this initiative, beginning in January 2018, business client invoices will be delivered via electronic mail. To ensure timely and effective receipt of your invoice, please take a moment to update your company information by downloading the form here and adding your billing department information if it is different than your primary company contact. (Please let us know if you prefer to continue to receive your invoice via USPS). You can return the form to us at ClientUpdate@zinnerco.com or via US mail:

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Topics: Ohio business owners, Business - Management, Issues & Concerns, Zinner News

Split Ends: Why we're reading about 'gray divorce'

Posted by Gary Sigman, CPA, M.Tax, PFS, AEP on Nov 24, 2017 7:32:00 AM

The Journal of Accountancy recently published an interesting article addressing the issue of 'gray divorce.'  Gray divorce refers to couples divorcing later in life and while a 30-something divorcing couple may be squabbling over custody, visitation, and credit card bills, those couples divorcing over age 50 are facing battles over retirement funds, the long-term residence, and a diverse portfolio of assets.

Oftentimes, divorcing couples believe that because the court suggests a particular division of assets, that it is what they must do. Couples may not realize that the court will decide in the absence of either party striking an agreement. When the court makes a decision for the couple, this may not be in the best interest for either.

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Meeting with your CPA, whether as a couple or individually, will allow you to take a closer look at the reality of the tax and financial implications depending on how the assets are ultimately divided.  Also, your CPA will run scenarios, especially if one spouse was the higher earner or if one spouse did not work, which will greatly affect the financial future of both.

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Topics: divorce, Gary Sigman, Retirement Planning & IRAs

Ohio to Offer Tax Amnesty Jan. 1-Feb. 15, 2018

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Department on Nov 21, 2017 4:16:27 PM
Ohio taxpayers with outstanding bills will have a window to pay up without penalty.

The Ohio Department of Taxation is offering amnesty from Jan. 1 to Feb. 15, 2018 to individual and business taxpayers.

ODT has launched a statewide campaign to raise awareness of the amnesty. Ohio Tax Commissioner Joe Testa kicked off the effort Nov. 10 by discussing the issue with attendees at OSCPA’s Columbus Accounting Show.

The Department of Taxation will offer amnesty on the following:

    • Individual taxes
    • School district income taxes
    • Employer withholding taxes
    • Employer withholding for school district income taxes
    • Pass-through entity taxes sales tax
    • Use taxes
    • Commercial activity
    • Financial institutions
    • Cigarette and other tobacco products
    • Alcoholic beverage

Amnesty is available only for taxes that were due and payable as of May 1, 2017, and still remain underreported or unreported. Those who fully pay qualifying tax delinquencies will owe no penalties and only half the interest normally charged. The program does not apply to any tax for which a notice of assessment or audit has been issued, for which a bill has been issued, that relates to a still-open tax period, or for which an audit has been conducted or is pending.

Taxpayers can learn more and determine eligibility at www.OhioTaxAmnesty.gov; or by calling 800-304-3211.

This article appears courtesy of the Ohio Society of CPAs Community News published Nov. 16, 2017. 

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Topics: income tax, Zinner News

Tis the Season of Saving: 5 things you can do now to help reduce your taxes

Posted by Matt Szydlowski, CPA on Nov 21, 2017 9:55:47 AM

In the quest for gifts and seasonal savings together with the promise of continued prosperity, many taxpayers overlook some of the simple year-end moves they can do that will help to reduce their taxes and improve the bottom line.   There are many action steps you can perform today in order to save taxes for the next tax period.  Below, find a shining display of our top five tips to save future tax dollars. 

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Topics: Taxes - Corporate & Business, Taxes - Individual, income tax, Matt Szydlowski

Millennial Matters: Why Good Debt Isn’t Bad

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Department on Nov 2, 2017 12:38:56 PM

Debt, for many, is synonymous with life. By the time an individual turns eighteen, they will have likely been introduced to the world of debt through credit card and personal loan offers in which the lure of ‘access to excess’ overrides personal responsibility.

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Topics: debt, financial planning, Millennial Concepts

Trick? How to Know if the Knock on Your Door is Actually Someone from the IRS

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Department on Oct 31, 2017 8:00:53 AM

Every Halloween, children knock on doors pretending they are everything from superheroes to movie stars. Scammers, on the other hand, don’t leave their impersonations to one day. They can happen any time of the year.

People can avoid taking the bait and falling victim to a scam by knowing how and when the IRS does contact a taxpayer in person. 

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Topics: Howard Kass, Gary Sigman, Brett W. Neate, IRS

Taxpayers Who are Victims of Domestic Abuse Should Know Their Rights

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Department on Oct 19, 2017 11:26:44 AM
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Topics: Taxes - Planning, Rules and Returns, Taxes - Individual, IRS


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