Employee or Independent Contractor? UIA Adopts 20-Factor Test

Hiring workers can involve liability for homeowners and businesses alike, even if the workers hired are only part-time or temporary.  An employer should be careful when deciding to classify a worker as an employee versus an independent contractor.  The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) imposes severe penalties upon businesses and homeowners if a worker is misclassified as an independent contractor, rather than an employee. Effective January 1, 2013, Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) […]

Read More

Michigan Court of Appeals Upholds Non-Recourse Mortgage Loan Act

In what has been called a big victory for borrowers of commercial loans, the Michigan Court of Appeals has upheld the Michigan legislature’s recent passage of the Non-Recourse Mortgage Loan Act (NMLA). In the case of Wells Fargo Bank v Cherryland Mall Ltd Ptnsp, the Court addressed the issue of whether developer David Schostak is personally liable for a guarantee on an original $8.7 million non-recourse loan obtained for the purpose of renovations […]

Read More

Healthcare’s Small Business Tax Credit: Is your Small Business Eligible?

Healthcare’s Small Business Tax Credit: Is your Small Business Eligible? The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act includes a tax credit for small businesses that choose to offer healthcare to their employees. The tax credit has been available since 2010 and helps to offset the cost for companies providing the benefit.  Small business owners that provide healthcare should take advantage of the credit, if possible, while those that are considering […]

Read More

Deciphering the Healthcare Law

Healthcare in the United States is changing rapidly, but the details, thus far, have been murky at best.  The passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as well as the subsequent United States Supreme Court ruling in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius have created more than their fair share of confusion.  The Act itself is 2,409 pages, not including the additional 55 pages of the Healthcare […]

Read More

Know Your Business: Three Key Areas that Need Your Attention

Owning a small business and living in the land of “entrepreneurial bliss” can prove rewarding, yet challenging. I have counseled many small business owners and advise them of three areas of their business that need constant attention: insurance, accounting and marketing. These areas should not be delegated to an employee or independent professional without the owner’s consistent oversight. Being educated, informed and pro-active in these areas can protect the owner, […]

Read More

Don’t Let the IRS Take 35% of Your 401(k)

Pension plans are quickly disappearing in both the public and private sectors.   As a result, traditional Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and defined contribution plans under Section 401(k) of the Internal Revenue Code (401ks) will most likely become the most significant assets in many estate plans. These assets are typically “qualified,” meaning that the money is deposited into these retirement accounts on a pre-tax basis, with the income taxes being collected upon […]

Read More

    CONTACT US

    I have read theDisclaimer

      CONTACT US

      I have read theDisclaimer