Small businesses comprise a significant portion of our economy. Unfortunately, most small businesses do not survive into the next generation of owners. The hard work and legacy of the current and prior generations can be wasted without proper planning.
Small business owners often feel they have sufficient time to begin making the transition and will delay the necessary steps until some fateful event forces them into acting. This leaves little or no time to prepare the business and the family for the burdens, both financial and managerial, that can be caused by a sudden and unplanned transfer. Continue reading “Family Business Succession Planning”
Commercial contracts being properly prepared by an attorney give you assurance it can be enforced in court and can help you avoid court altogether. Another benefit for small businesses is that it is necessary to improve the professional appearance of your business. For various motivations, some people attempt to create their own contracts or recycle agreements they somehow came across. A company not relying upon an attorney to draft or review their contracts will be rolling dice both on their contracts’ appropriateness and enforceability. Continue reading “Business Contract Drafting and Review”
Despite common belief, taxes can be discharged sometimes through either a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. In fact, bankruptcy is often the best option for many with tax debts. A tax attorney will typically be familiar with both the tax law and non-tax law options available to you and should be able to point you toward the best solution. Continue reading “Taxes and Bankruptcy in Maryland”
In our modern economy, companies should attempt to cut costs wherever possible. But at some point companies hit a wall where additional cost reductions do not seem possible. Often, these cost walls develop because of overly complex corporate structures. Entities that were formerly useful can become burdens when their purpose disappears. Sometimes these entities remain from a merger or acquisition or may have been formed to facilitate a now defunct tax strategy or to hold a formerly important line of business. To get to the next level of cost savings, it is often necessary to look at the company’s legal structure, the company’s backbone. Continue reading “Streamline Your Company’s Legal Structure for Savings”
Persons holding equity interests in a business can use a buy-sell agreement to ensure the continuity of the business and to solidify their expectations regarding the taxes, rights, and obligations of each party. The buy-sell agreement can dictate the method by which a person’s equity interest will be purchased. Buy-sell agreements can be used by nearly any type of entity, regardless of whether the entity is a corporation, LLC, or partnership.
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A divorce comes with many difficult challenges, but those involved also need to consider the tax consequences of the divorce. Tax issues can result from a number of areas. Of course, the parties will no longer be able to use their married status for their tax returns, but the divorce property settlement itself can cause problems if the tax consequences of the settlement are ignored. Continue reading “Maryland Divorce & Tax Issues”
Many people desire to give gifts and bequests to friends or relatives with special needs. But to accomplish this wish the person must consider whether the gift or bequest will cause the beneficiary to lose their government benefits. Ensuring the beneficiary will continue to receive their government benefits, such as Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), may require that the person give the gift or bequest through a special needs trust, also known as a supplemental needs trust.
Obviously, when providing such a gift or bequest your intention is to improve the comfort of the person with special needs, not relieve the government of its burden. However, certain government benefit programs require Continue reading “Maryland Special Needs Trusts”
Unlike most business debts, employees and owners of a Maryland business can have personal liability for the company’s tax debts. Similar to how the IRS pursues responsible persons and owners for payroll taxes, states, including Maryland, also pursue responsible persons and owners for certain state taxes. A person that normally would be protected from business liabilities by a personal liability shield, such as the corporate or LLC entity, will not be able to similarly avoid these tax liabilities.
The state of Maryland will pursue employees, managers, officers, and owners for unpaid taxes. The person does not need to Continue reading “Personal Liability for Maryland Business Taxes”
Squeezed into the Democrat’s health care reform bill was a little noticed provision for a 10% “excise” tax on tanning services. Under the bill’s Section 5000B, the tanning tax “shall be paid by the individual” receiving the services. The tanning business must “collect” the tax and “remit” the amounts paid, otherwise the company is responsible for the amounts it failed to collect and remit. Does this concept sound familiar? Welcome to what could be the beachhead for a national sales tax.
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