What Is A Balance Sheet

What Is A Balance Sheet

A balance sheet is a document that businesses can use to summarize their company’s financials which investors can then use to determine the value of a company. The sheet details a company’s assets and liabilities, along with the value of its stock. A balance sheet is also used in conjunction with other financial documents, like an income statement or a cash flow statement. Combining the insights of all three of these documents can help you determine whether your company is growing financially or experiencing a deficit.

A company releases its balance sheet to show its assets, liabilities, shareholder equity, as its financial information on a monthly or annual basis reflecting past, present, and future operations. Potential investors rely on the accuracy of these documents to consider if your company is viable to divest their funds.  Balance sheets reflect at any given time how many assets the company owns, how much liability the company owes, and how much shareholder equity is available once liabilities are deducted from assets.

Assets include cash, investments, other tangible assets like intellectual property and are classified under current assets and tangible assets. Current assets include anything that can be converted into cash within one year, may involve cash, stocks, bonds, prepaid expenses, or physical inventory.  Long term or fixed assets are utilized long term by the entity and may include property, buildings, furniture, vehicles, equipment, and machinery.

Liabilities reflect money that the company owes including taxes, loans, salaries, utilities, rent, or supplies. Liabilities are itemized as current liabilities and long-term liabilities on a balance sheet.  Again, current liabilities include short term debts like accounts or notes payable.  Long -Term liabilities reflects outstanding debts that are stretched out for periods longer than one year and can include amortization of bonds payable employee pensions, and other deferred compensations.

Shareholder equity simply reflects a clear picture of the company’s net income, net worth, and overall valuation. Positive shareholder equity numbers mean your company is retaining its earnings and will have something to offer an investor or equity partner in the form of returns.

A balance sheet can also be used to measure working capital, debt to equity, and liquidity ratios determining that the company has enough in cash and cash equivalents to pay its obligations and cover its operations.

If you are looking to get your company’s balance sheets in order, I am available to discuss your needs.  Schedule an appointment at JeffreyLevine.Solutions today and follow me on Instagram @wealthbuilder_solutions.

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Business Recordkeeping Tips

Business Recordkeeping Tips

Good recordkeeping may be the most important task you can do to prevent you from incurring tax issues on your business. Records allow you to prove that you are eligible and entitled to listed deductions and expenses.  There is no way to avoid proper recordkeeping

Canceled checks, daily receipts, and petty cash transactions make up the contents of a well-organized accounting ledger that has chronological journal entries and reflects every business-related transaction. Each original document should be saved to a hard drive to prevent confusion allowing for complete transparency. All the financial statements issued by any online bank should be printed and filed as original reference documents, as well as all employee payroll expenses.

Financial records should be kept for no less than 4 years and employee records for no less than 7 years. If any property is involved, keep all records even after you sell the property as often times there can be post-sale occurrences that render a property owner to reference related documents.

If you have not already been keeping accurate records, start today.  The IRS and your state demand that any business pays their fair share of taxes, however business owners are entitled to certain deductions and refunds so correct and accurate records are essential to claim the benefits you are owed.

If you think you need assistance organizing your books I am happy to provide a 20-minute free consultation to discuss your recordkeeping financial planning, wealth management, and exit strategy requirements.

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4 Primary Elements Of an Estate Plan

4 Primary Elements Of an Estate Plan

Estate Planning is a very sensitive topic that most families avoid discussing until it is almost too late. This subject is critical if you have any intentions on leaving your assets to your loved ones. Having an established estate plan ensures a smooth distribution of your assets and eliminates confusion among benefactors

There are four primary elements of an estate plan include a will or living will, a healthcare power of attorney, a financial power of attorney, and a trust.

Last Will and Testament

If you do not have a will then your assets go to probate and the state in which you reside distribute your assets based on the state’s law.  A will identifies who receives your assets upon passing.  It is important to discuss the objectives of your will with your heirs to reduce confusion.  It is also imperative if you have significant life changes like a divorce, guardianship issues, or a change in assets to change the contents of the will in a timely matter.

Healthcare Power of Attorney and Living Will

An (HPOA) healthcare power of attorney is a signed legal document naming a trusted individual to make decisions on behalf of you if you can’t make decisions for yourself in a health-related emergency like incapacitation or terminal illness.  The living will or advanced medical directive outlines your choices regarding life support and medical interventions. These documents should accompany the last will and testament.

Financial Power of Attorney

A financial power of attorney defines who you prefer to make financial decisions on your behalf should you become incapacitated. This document allows the designee to handle your financial affairs like paying your bills or handling your investment matters. This document should also accompany your will.

Trust

A trust is a legal entity that can own your assets (while living or dead) controlled based on your stipulations and determinations.  There are several advantages to having a trust as you ultimately will still control the management of your assets well after your death ensuring the proper usage in consideration of applicable circumstances. Trusts can be set up at any time of your life and should be updated regularly to account for additional assets and beneficiary requirements.

Estate Planning Is Essential Business

There are many other elements that encompass an estate plan and these are just 4 basic but essential components. If your estate planning is not in order, now would be the time to start taking this subject seriously.  I am of service to help you with financial planning or wealth management decisions and look forward to speaking to you regarding your unique requirements. Set an appointment at JeffreyLevine.Solutions today for your free 20-minute consultation.

Great Ways To Reduce Your Business Tax Liability

Great Ways To Reduce Your Business Tax Liability

From business expenditures to careful reserves, there are a diversity of approaches that business owners can utilize to reduce the share of their business income that can be taxed.

Four major factors a business should consider are:

Are we making smart purchases and investments?

Do we know which deductions we can legally make?

How do we avoid an audit?

How can we reduce our tax exposure?

Do our charitable contributions count?

Are we eligible for Federal Tax Credits?

To ensure that you are calculating your business taxes correctly, work with a tax preparation specialist or certified accountant throughout the year. A qualified advisor can outline the laws and regulations relevant to your strategic decision-making that will reduce your tax liability and ensure that your business receives every deduction, credit, or tax exemption possible.

I am available at your convenience to discuss these matters, I can be reached at JeffreyLevine.Solutions today.

Basics Strategic Management in Business

Basics Strategic Management in Business

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to start a business, but it does require you have a basic knowledge of key skills. The key skills involve understanding how to effectively manage people, operations, sales, marketing, strategic planning, and financial accounting objectives.  If these skills are not your strong suit engage consultants, advisors, and employees to supplement what you lack.  Focusing on your strengths and delegating your weaknesses gives you an advantage at rapidly scaling your business.

Strategy is defined as knowledge of specific goals, the uncertainty of unexpected events and the need to take into regard the likely or realistic conduct of others. Strategy is the blueprint of choices in an organization that demonstrate its purposes and objectives and defines the type of company it will turn out to be.

Management strategies are a series of techniques for controlling and directing a business to achieve a set of predetermined goals. They include strategies for goal setting, leadership, business administration, and operational activities that provide a clear sense of direction for the company and its employees about its market, consumers, credibility, and competitors which ultimately induce systematic profitability.

There are many factors to consider when taking on this sort of venture and I suggest getting the right counsel from the beginning to support you in those endeavors. If you or your team would like a consultation to discuss your strategic business planning strategies, schedule an appointment at JeffreyLevine.Solutions today. I would be glad to be of service to your organization’s needs.