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Top 5 Ways to Optimize Board Relations

Halt, Buzas & Powell is proud to celebrate its 50th birthday in 2019! We’ve been honored to partner with dozens of wonderful nonprofits over our five decades in business, learning from them even as we help them grow and thrive. As part of our Focus on 50 anniversary celebration, we’re sharing a few of the insights we’ve gathered over the years, beginning with strategies to help nonprofits optimize relations with their boards of directors.

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A Primer on Federal Estimated Quarterly Taxes for Individual Taxpayers

Americans often refer to April 15 as Tax Day, but for a large number of taxpayers “Tax Day” actually comes more than once a year. Some individuals must file and pay estimated quarterly taxes four times over the course of a year in order to comply with their tax responsibilities.

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Updates to Our Citrix Hosting Environment

On Sunday, 2/24/2019, the Halt, Buzas & Powell, LTD Managed IT Services department will be rolling out our new Hosted Citrix Environment to our staff and clients. This process should be fairly seamless, but much like any big change, there are some hiccups to be expected. The goal of this blog post is to provide a F.A.Q. for some of the common questions. The most important point I want to make here though – if at any point of time you have an issue with accessing the new Citrix – please reach out to us at support@cpas4you.com.

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Can You Take That Sweet 20 Percent Business Tax Deduction?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed in late 2017 brought a host of changes to the US tax code. The change that inspired the biggest buzz and perhaps the most confusion is the new 20 percent deduction of Qualified Business Income (QBI) for specified passthrough companies. Government contractors – along with their tax advisors – have been poring over the updated tax code ever since in an attempt to determine whether they can take advantage of this significant tax break.

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Thinking Strategically When There’s a Lot to Do

It’s human nature to grow overwhelmed and stressed during a busy period at work. While diving blindly into a project with little preparation may seem like the most feasible way to check items off your to-do list, this often fails to pay off in the long run. Instead, try thinking strategically about your goals and how you will achieve them practically. This approach may take more time in the immediate sense, but tackling your goals this way can save you hours down the road.

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Here’s What It Takes to Become a Federal Government Contractor

Do you dream of landing contracts with the federal government? Becoming a qualified federal government contractor requires your business to complete a number of steps and meet specific standards that don’t apply to other types of work. For many small businesses, this additional effort pays off with new contracts and added revenue. If you’re ready to open the govcon door, here’s what you need to know.

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Deter Hackers by Learning to Recognize Phishing Attempts

Cybercrime is a growing threat to businesses and individuals today. From ransomware like the WannaCry cryptoworm that spread rapidly in 2017 to more localized attacks that expose private data, these crimes cost American businesses billions of dollars each year and can pose an existential threat to smaller companies.

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Is a Family Office Right for You?

While the idea of a family office has been around for quite some time, you might assume it’s a service more appropriate for the Bezos and Buffet families than yours. That was true in earlier years, but more and more families are discovering that a family office can prove useful for households that are merely well-off rather than truly wealthy.

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