What Is Net Worth

What Is Net Worth

To calculate your net worth, add up all of the assets you own and subtract all of the liabilities or debts you owe. Net worth includes tangible assets such as your home and cars, investments, and money you have in savings, as well as certain other items of value.

Are assets net worth?

Assets are possessions that could be sold or converted into cash easily. The valuation of assets should be realistic in order to reach precise net worth estimates.

How much should my net worth be?

There is no way to answer that, but the bottom line is that your net worth should increase over time.  As your assets increases and your decrease debts, net worth should increase consistently.

Are income and net worth the same?

Income is all the taxable income and wages earned from working and is most often the primary source of wealth creation but not equal to income. Generating income does not always lead to wealth creation so it is not the main determinant of net worth. Wealth is the net worth of a household versus income which is what is reported on a tax return.

Building net worth is not about how money income you make, or about how much money you spend, but how much you can keep.

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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.

What Are the Advantages to a Holding Company for Tax Purposes?

What Are the Advantages to a Holding Company for Tax Purposes?

If you own shares in a company understand that if you collect any dividend payments from that company, you will be responsible for the tax consequences. However, if the holding company you own also owns your shares in the corporation, dividends paid to your entity will largely be tax-free.

United States tax law allows a holding company to receive a deduction for dividends received from its corporation and to defer a percentage of the taxable income.

What Is a Holding Company?
The traditional holding company has no operations, activities, or direct business; however, its specific purposes are to owns shares in another company. The assets can consist of shares of stocks that can be backed by anything that has value. If you are planning on investing in companies through stocks, securities, or bonds, you will encounter the term “holding company.” Many of the most successful companies in the world are holding companies.

Ways To Use A Holding Company
 Assets in a retirement fund can be utilized as a type of pension if required if they are in a holding company
 Company profits can be converted to the holding company as dividends
 Tax-free dividends can be distributed to the holding company as the beneficiary
 Holding company shares can be placed in a trust
 The holding company can be held by single or multiple people creating the leverage to divide dividend payments and taxes.

Subsidiary vs. Holding Company
A company can set up a subsidiary, and if the subsidiary doesn’t succeed, the parent company is not liable for the debt as the two companies are separate entities who pay their own taxes on their income. A subsidiary company can make its own choices and manage itself, without approval from the parent company which can still maintain its control by just being the sole shareholder.

To learn more about how you can benefit from revolving your tax plan around your holding company and subsidiary company, schedule your free consultation today at JeffreyLevine.Solutions today.

Three Important Business Forecasting Tips

Three Important Business Forecasting Tips

Proper financial forecasts will help you develop operational and staffing plans, hone down the most effective business model and make your company look more attractive to investors.

Here are 3 primary points you should ponder when forecasting your business for ultimate growth that should be revisited monthly, quarterly, and yearly for maximum sufficiency in conjunction with your business plan.

  1. Itemize fixed and variable costs plus overhead expenses first. Start with expenses, not revenues while leaving ‘padding’ for the costs of labor, licensing fees, insurance, legal expenses, marketing and advertising
  2. Create two sets of forecasts: conservative (think smart) and ambitious (think big).
  3. Understand the ratios that reconcile revenue and expense projections:

Gross margin = Total Direct Costs compared to Total Revenues

Operating profit margin = Total Operating Costs compared to Total Revenue (-financial costs)

Total accounts in comparison to each employee

For more details on growth forecasting for your startup or existing business, I am facilitating consultations to discuss your specific needs.

Schedule your free consultation for you and your team at JeffreyLevine.Solutions today.