Asset Protection: Shielding your individual wealth today

Like many affluent individuals, you’ve probably worked hard for years to accumulate assets and create wealth. But have you taken steps to protect your hard-earned assets?  Asset preservation is as important as asset accumulation in today’s increasingly litigious society.

New Landscape for Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act was signed into law in late 2015, so most investors have had time to review how it will affect their portfolios. Here’s a summary of several provisions that provide tax benefits for REITs.

The ABC's of P3s: An introduction to public-private partnerships

The United States is facing consequences from decades of deferred maintenance and under investment in infrastructure. At the same time, available public fund levels for such projects are low and resistance to increased taxation is high.

Construction Success Story: Reviewing cost-plus vs. fixed-price contracts

After 10 years in the field, a remodeling contractor had worked on quite a few jobs. Some had been set up as fixed-price contracts and others had been performed on a cost-plus basis.

Environmental due diligence can preempt costly liability

If you buy property with environmental issues, you may be liable — even if you weren’t responsible for the presence of contaminants. To best protect yourself, be sure to include environmental review as part of your due diligence.

The benefits of donating appreciated stock

Making charitable donations is a high priority for many individuals and families. Doing so enables them to financially support charitable organizations and causes they believe in and may lower their income taxes.

Energize your tax planning with the Section 179D deduction

In 2005, Congress passed the Energy Policy Act. The law created a tax incentive tied to the design or installation of energy-efficient interior lighting, HVAC, hot water or building envelope systems in commercial buildings.

Gross-up provisions: Good news for both landlords and tenants

In an uncertain economy, commercial landlords understandably look for ways to protect themselves from financial exposure. One approach is the inclusion of gross-up provisions in leases.

Net operating losses: Losing money might have a silver lining

It’s probably safe to say that your goal as a business owner is to make, not lose, money. But there are situations in which your company might be able to minimize the impact from business losses.

Construction Success Story: Contractor considers ways to raise his company’s profile

A small custom homebuilder in a growing suburban area was maintaining a modest stream of business. He had enough jobs to keep his crew busy, but not enough to expand. Nearly all of his projects came through referrals from former customers, who recommended his company to their friends and neighbors.
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