Preparation

Should Gifting Be Part Of Your Succession/Transition Plan?

By |2019-12-11T14:16:51-06:00November 21st, 2019|Accounting, Advisory, Agriculture, Gifts, Preparation, Succession Planning, Tax, Tax Reform, Tax Services, Value|

There has been a lot of commotion in the gifting arena recently. Gifting is something to consider when moving farm assets from one generation to another. Particularly land if the intention is to keep it in the farming operation indefinitely. Timing may be of the essence when it comes to gifting decisions and getting [...]

Increasing The Value of Your Business

By |2019-12-09T13:08:02-06:00November 21st, 2019|Advisory, Business Valuation, Change, Goals, Internal Control, Investment, Preparation, Sell, Value|

Have you ever wondered, “What is my business worth?” You’ve worked hard and are committed to the success of your business, but you might be considering retirement or pursuing a different career path. You may want to sell to an outsider or your children that are actively involved in the business. Regardless of the [...]

Book Review – Traction: Get A Grip On Your Business

By |2019-12-09T13:11:05-06:00September 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 [...]

Data Security: Is Your Organization Doing Enough?

By |2019-12-09T13:12:32-06:00August 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 [...]

4 Takes on Succession Planning: Part 2

By |2019-12-09T13:14:04-06:00August 14th, 2019|Advisory, Change, Internal Control, Morale, Preparation, Succession Planning|

Our friends, Bob Hodges and Colin Hendricks, and their estate planning group from BrownWinick – Attorneys at Law, are focused on assisting individuals and business owners in structuring their operation so that assets (business and personal) transition from one generation to the next in a smooth and tax-efficient manner. BrownWinick is a full-service law [...]

4 Takes On Succession Planning-Part 1

By |2019-12-09T13:21:44-06:00March 27th, 2019|Advisory, Change, Internal Control, Morale, Preparation, Succession Planning|

Our friend, Rena Striegel, owner of Transition Point Business Advisors, is focused on the human and emotional aspects that often cause hurdles and setbacks if not dealt with. Here’s a little bit about Rena and what she shared with us about her role in succession planning. Rena Striegel is an internationally recognized business coach [...]

How to Prepare Your Employees for Change

By |2019-12-09T13:24:36-06:00February 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 [...]

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

By |2019-12-09T13:21:19-06:00January 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 [...]

Filing Date Options for Farm Returns

By |2019-01-25T11:28:34-06:00December 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 [...]