Articles for November, 2019
Tax and Financial News
Tax Changes 2019
November, 2019
With the start of the fourth quarter of 2019 underway, it's time to see what the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will expect of filers for their 2019 taxes. The following are a list of major changes that filers need to be aware of...
How to Get the IRS to Pre-Approve Your Taxes
October, 2019
It might seem odd, but it is possible to get the IRS to give you a straight-forward and binding answer to ambiguous tax positions in advance. How does this happen, you ask? The answer is through an IRS...
General Business News
LIFO Versus FIFO and How Each Method Values Inventory
November, 2019
As the name implies, First-In, First-Out (FIFO) is a way for companies to value their inventory. The first items put into inventory or produced by the company are accordingly the first taken out of inventory or...
When Full Costing Accounting Makes Sense
October, 2019
With more than 1.4 million accounting jobs in 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are many different uses for accountants and their skills. With the need for accuracy and transparency...
Stock Market News
How Will Ongoing China Trade Tensions Tensions Impact Consumer Spending?
November, 2019
According to the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Census Bureau, retail sales came in at a negative 0.3 percent for September, even though it's still 4.1 percent more than September 2018's report. The...
Will China's Recent Soybean Purchase Begin Thawing the Trade War?
October, 2019
With the United States Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agriculture Service announcing a purchase of 204,000 metric tons of U.S. soybeans by private Chinese importers, there are hopes that the trade war...
Financial Planning
What to Expect and How to Prepare for a Recession
November, 2019
Economists generally determine that the country has fallen into a recession after two consecutive quarters of negative gross domestic product (GDP) growth. Since 1967, the United States has experienced seven recessions...
How to Inflation-Proof a Retirement Portfolio
October, 2019
Statistics indicate that the average life expectancy is longer than it used to be, but empirically we see this every day among elderly people who have lived much longer than they probably expected. This phenomenon...
What's New in Technology
How to Stay Safe with Business Email Compromise on the Rise
November, 2019
According to a report by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) released in July, financial institutions have incurred more than $9 billion in losses due to Business Email Compromise (BEC) schemes...
What is VPN and Why Do You Need It?
October, 2019
The rise in the number of data breaches reported every other day has become a major concern – even to the ordinary internet user. As a result, we have all become aware of the need to maintain privacy...
Tip of the Month
5 Ways to Save on Holiday Gifting
November, 2019
Believe it or not, the holidays are right around the corner. And try as you might, overspending is real – whether you plan ahead or wait until the last minute. With this in mind, here are a few ways to get a handle...
How Parents Can Save Money for College-Bound Kids
October, 2019
No matter how old your children are, it’s always a good idea to start saving for college as soon as possible. (Yes, even when they’re still in diapers.) This might sound overwhelming, especially...
Congress at Work
Fighting Foreign Terrorism on Homeland Soil, Increased Protections for Clean Water and Low-Income Veterans, and New Appropriations for FY2020
November, 2019
This bill promotes the identification and determent of terrorist activity from reaching the homeland, and enhances the United States government’s ability to respond to terrorism, including emerging...
Debt Relief for Military Service Members, Veterans, Family Farmers and Small Business Owners
October, 2019
Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (HR 3311) – Scheduled to take effect starting in February 2020, this new law offers small businesses more agreeable terms when filing for Chapter 11...