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Business owners continue to struggle with new tax law

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) led to major tax reform. One specific area of confusion for small business owners: the qualified business income deduction. This deduction will go into effect on business’ 2018 tax returns. As such, it is important to have a basic understanding of how the deduction could impact your business’ tax returns.

Starting a business in 2019? The importance of incorporation.

Small businesses are the lifeblood of the American marketplace. The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) reports there are 30.2 million small businesses in the United States. This translates to 99.9 percent of all businesses in the country. Small businesses provided new jobs for over 1.9 million workers in 2018 alone.

Entrepreneurs: Two ways to reduce your business tax burden

A strong tax planning strategy can save your business money. Amazon received press earlier this year after its tax bill became public. The retail giant paid only $1.4 billion in income taxes between 2008 and 2017. This is significantly lower than another giant in the retail market, Walmart. Walmart reportedly paid over $64 billion in income taxes during the same time period.

Three steps for businesses facing a lawsuit

At some point in time, a business owner may face a lawsuit. This suit could be the result of any number of things such as an employee who alleges employment law violations like discrimination or harassment, a client who has issues with the business' products or services, or a slip and fall accident involving a member of the public.

Non-competes & clickwrap: Will they survive a legal challenge?

Clickwrap agreements result when a user clicks a button or checks a box to confirm that he or she accepts the agreed upon terms. Businesses often use these contracts for those who are setting up an email account, using an online banking system or purchasing a product through the Internet.

Braden Burgess joins corporate transaction section

We are pleased to announce the addition of Braden Burgess to the corporate transactions section at Stephenson Fournier. Mr. Burgess works with a wide range of businesses, from sole proprietors to multinational companies. He guides clients in  corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions, equity financings, and tax strategy and planning, as well as a wide range of contracts such as employment agreements, buy-sell agreements and master service agreements.

Two lessons every business can learn from the Sears bankruptcy

Sears is a retail icon. The department store giant was one of the first in the industry and has been in business for over a century. It began as a store that operated solely on sales from catalogs and morphed to be a founder of the brick and mortar style of retail sales.

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