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State Tax Revenues Continue to Grow

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Another strong showing for state tax revenue in the third quarter of 2018 meant that all but five states saw a rise in those revenues, according to figures from the Pew Charitable Trusts. Furthermore, the strong quarter implies that 41 states have now seen their tax collections recover to their pre-recession inflation-adjusted peaks. That figure Read more…

Let’s Be Honest About Debt Collection

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One of the most complained about industries in the United States is debt collections according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). No one wants to be called by a debt collector, even if there’s a legitimate reason for the call. The nature of the situation is bound to Read more…

Are You Ready for a 501(r) Checkup?

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Nonprofit hospitals with tax exemption status have struggled to ensure compliance with 501(r) regulations ever since the final rules were released at the end of 2014 by the Internal Revenue Service. A recent inquiry into whether these hospitals meet the requirement of the 501(r) raises questions about what goes into 501(r) compliance, and how a Read more…

Effects of Wayfair Starting to Show

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Last year, we discussed the possible effects that a United States Supreme Court ruling in the case of South Dakota v. Wayfair would have on state coffers. The ruling last June means that states are now able to collect sales tax on purchases their citizens make from online retailers, even if those retailers don’t have Read more…

Go after bad debts without ruining the good vibes

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Reminding your customers to pay their bills is the right thing to do, but it can be an awkward task. Bungle the message, and it’s sure to damage the relationship. Still, in any relationship, setting expectations of the other person is always the healthy thing to do. For you, that means setting the expectation that the Read more…

Loose Change Adds Up for Charity

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There’s untold value in loose change. You could have a small treasure hiding between your couch cushions or in your junk drawer. Although many of us no longer carry cash or coin, there always seems to be some coinage lying around that goes unnoticed. Now imagine if everyone in your office pooled together their loose Read more…

5 financial mistakes new dentists should avoid

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Dentistry offers a rewarding career, one that comes with the satisfaction of helping others, along with the financial benefits. Even so, these five financial mistakes can derail your practice and your profits. Coasting on student loan payments: The median dental school debt for graduates in the class of 2018 was $280,410. But according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Read more…

Collection agencies, the FDCPA, and you: Safeguarding customer info

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One thing business owners think about is protecting consumer information. When it’s time to turn late accounts over to a third-party debt collector, you may be wondering what happens to that information and what they do to keep it safe. The short answer: Go in with high expectations. Because a reputable, quality collection agency may Read more…

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