Preparation

Book Review – Traction: Get A Grip On Your Business

By |2019-09-06T12:40:59-05:00September 6th, 2019|Advisory, Change, Goals, Preparation|

Do you feel like you get caught up in the day-to-day details of your business and never have the opportunity to work on the business itself? This is exactly how our firm’s leadership group felt here at TDT. Fortunately, we found Traction: Get A Grip On Your Business, by Gino Wickman, and it changed the [...]

Data Security: Is Your Organization Doing Enough?

By |2019-09-03T09:50:55-05:00August 14th, 2019|Assurance, Board, Fraud, Internal Control, IT, Nonprofit, Preparation, Tips|

The term data security broadly refers to defensive measures put into effect to prevent unauthorized admission into computers, databases, websites, and any other places data may be stored. Data security is typically applied to systems which protect personally identifiable information (PII). Examples of more sensitive PII include social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, full names, [...]

4 Takes on Succession Planning: Part 2

By |2019-09-03T09:50:04-05:00August 14th, 2019|Advisory, Change, Internal Control, Morale, Preparation, Succession Planning|

You’ve worked hard to build your business, and it’s a big part of who you are. No matter how great the selling price, how capable your successor, or how excited you are for the next phase of your life, change is hard. Our friends, Bob Hodges and Colin Hendricks, and their estate planning group from [...]

4 Takes On Succession Planning-Part 1

By |2019-06-18T12:48:06-05:00March 27th, 2019|Advisory, Change, Internal Control, Morale, Preparation, Succession Planning|

You’ve worked hard to build your business, and it’s a big part of who you are. No matter how great the selling price, how capable your successor, or how excited you are for the next phase of your life, change is hard. Our friend, Rena Striegel, owner of Transition Point Business Advisors, is focused on [...]

How to Prepare Your Employees for Change

By |2019-03-29T13:10:28-05:00February 20th, 2019|Advisory, Change, Leader, Morale, Preparation, Tips|

There is a famous quote stating that only two things are certain in this world: death and taxes. However, it’s obvious there are actually three certain things; the third one is ‘change.’ Everyone has experienced a change in their personal or professional life at some point. Sometimes change is by choice and other times it [...]

Highly Appreciated Assets: Should You Keep it, Sell it, or Die with it?

By |2019-01-16T09:51:09-05:00January 9th, 2019|Accounting, Agriculture, Estate Planning, Executor, IRS, Preparation, Tax, Tax Reform, Value|

Keep it, sell it, or die with it may seem like strange choices, but with highly appreciated assets, those may be the very choices that need to be considered.  Examples of highly appreciated assets include real estate and stock investments which have gone up significantly in value.   Let’s look at an example.  To Sell Or [...]

Filing Date Options for Farm Returns

By |2019-01-25T11:28:34-05:00December 23rd, 2018|Accounting, Agriculture, Change, Compliance, IRS, Preparation, Tax, Tax Reform|

It’s a  mystery to many farmers why their tax return filing deadline is March 1, while the filing date for most taxpayers is in April. There are multiple date options when filing your farm returns. Susan K. Voss, CPA will explain the options, the benefits of each and will  explain why filing by March 1, [...]

Are Rules of Thumb an Adequate Way to Value a Business?

By |2019-04-17T15:37:06-05:00December 21st, 2018|Advisory, Business Valuation, Change, Preparation, Sell, Tips|

Let me begin by answering that question. No! Now it is my responsibility to explain why. While “Rules of Thumb” typically derive from industry trends and comparable company research, they miss out on vital factors that must be considered when determining a reasonable value for a business or ownership share. First, let’s start with an [...]

Here They Are…More Changes to Financial Statements!

By |2019-05-22T10:02:36-05:00December 11th, 2018|Accounting, Board, Budget, Cash Flow, Change, Compliance, Investment, Nonprofit, Preparation|

Previously in “Changes to Financial Statements for Not-for-Profit Entities, Are You Ready?” we provided information on the changes to net asset presentation and underwater endowments under the new financial statement presentation standard. Now we will address the new presentation and disclosure items related to liquidity and availability disclosures, functional expenses, investment expenses, and the statement [...]

Goal Setting – The First Step in Succession Planning

By |2019-09-17T09:39:50-05:00December 6th, 2018|Advisory, Change, Internal Control, Leader, Preparation, Shareholder, Succession Planning|

Many of us can relate to trying a new diet or exercise program at some point in our lives. What was the key component to success or failure in the program? For me, the answer is easy—my success depended on a few things: Did I fully “buy-in” to the program? Did I completely let go [...]