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Buying vs. Leasing: Understanding Your Options

Should you own or lease business assets? Before making your decision, consider the cost, your cash flow, tax issues, your future need for credit, your expected use of the asset, and its expected long-term value.

Growing Pains: Structural Considerations for Growing Your Business

There is a lot more to growing a business than just increasing sales. This article looks as some of the structural and procedural considerations smaller businesses face when transforming to a larger organization.

Small Businesses: Surviving an IRS Audit

This article introduces small-business owners to the process of an IRS audit, explaining in simple terms what auditors look for. It offers tips to help business owners prepare for an audit and organize their tax records.

Choosing the Right Retirement Plan for a Small Business

Are you a small-business owner interested in attracting and retaining the best employees, managing taxes, and preparing for a comfortable future? If so, one of the retirement plans highlighted in this article may be an appropriate tool for pursuing your entire range of goals.

SIMPLE Retirement Plan Basics for Small Businesses

SIMPLE plans offer small businesses a chance to provide a retirement plan for employees that includes flexible matching and less reporting. A look at who qualifies for SIMPLE plans and the types of plans that can be set up.

All in the Family: Estate Planning and the Small-Business Owner

An effective estate plan can allow a small-business owner to preserve wealth, protect the business, transfer assets, and safeguard the financial security of heirs. This tutorial examines the different elements of estate plans for small-business owners, including trusts, family limited partnerships, annuities, and insurance.

Weighing the Advantages of Buying vs. Leasing

For business owners, the decision to buy or lease equipment is one that can have significant short- and long-term financial consequences. For example, purchasing a van may involve more upfront expenses than leasing one, but you may eventually be able to recoup some of those costs by reselling the vehicle in the future. This dynamic chart will help you understand the cash flow implications of both strategies.

Business Loan Repayment

This calculator can help give you an idea of just how long it will take to pay down your loan.

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