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Personal Goodwill

The Value of a Business is Not Always What it Seems (Part I of II) Personal goodwill is taxed at the individual capital gains tax rate, not the higher corporate income tax rate. Therefore, a credible personal goodwill calculation can amount to significant tax savings. One that is not adequately defensible invites risk of an audit. Every personal goodwill calculation is unique to each business, and the manag ...

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Valuation of Compensation for Physician Services

Physician On-Call Services This article focuses on physician on-call services and issues that valuation professionals must anticipate and consider in such an engagement. The article is a distillation of an in-depth article published in The Value Examiner July/August 2017 issue. In that issue, the authors also discuss classification and valuation of compensation for physician services and valuation of medica ...

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Webinar: How to Value an Early-Stage FinTech Company

In valuing a FinTech company, attention need be given to external factors such as unique industry dynamics and the regulatory environment as well as internal company factors such as risk exposure and shareholder preferences.  Hosted by Jay D. Wilson Jr., CFA, ASA, CBA, this webinar identifies the key value drivers for an early-stage FinTech company for investors, entrepreneurs, and potential partners. To re ...

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Assisting Individuals with Charitable Legacies

Advising Clients on Charitable Legacies Many individuals desire to make charitable bequests but are not certain how to do so or how they work.  This is an area where a CPA can offer valuable assistance.  There are many issues—some tax-related, some not—but the overriding concern is the client’s desire to do some good with what they have accumulated.  Sid Kess, CPA, and Edward Mendlowitz, CPA, PFS, share way ...

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Three Tax Technologies you Should Not Ignore

Running a successful tax practice is about more than acknowledging the technology du jour.  It is about knowing which technologies make the most sense for you and using them to their fullest potential.  Learn about three technologies you cannot afford to ignore in your practice. To read the full article in AICPA Insights, click: Three Tax Technologies you Should Not Ignore. ...

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One Explanation for the Variance in the Price/EBITDA Multiple

Given a Fixed Amount of EBITDA After reading Steve Egna’s article in the April 12, 2017 issue of QuickRead Buzz, in which he suggests that a larger multiple of EBITDA is realized as the number of employees of the selling business increases, the author considered testing whether that same approach could help explain why a certain amount of EBITDA would generate multiple amounts of MVIC. In this article, the ...

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The Economic Balance Sheet

and its Application to Enterprise Valuation The value of a firm must equal the value of the claims on its assets. In practice, this is generally expressed as the value FIRM = value DEBT + value EQUITY. Similarly, in a balance sheet prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), assets = liabilities and equity. By comparison, an economic balance sheet is constructed using market ...

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Association, CPA.com Launch “Shark Tank” for Startups

The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants and CPA.com are launching an early-stage company accelerator to promote innovation and give the profession early insight into disruptive technologies.  The Association and CPA.com Startup Accelerator will provide funding and other support to as many as five early-stage companies that emerge from a competition. To read the full article in th ...

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U.S. Has Until at Least September to Lift Debt Cap, Analysts Say

U.S. has Leeway on Debt Limit, Economists Say Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has called on Congress to raise the national debt limit before its August recess, but the federal government will not face a crisis if that does not happen, experts say.  The U.S. has enough borrowing power to carry it through "sometime in early September," economists at Wells Fargo said. To read the full article in Bloomberg Ma ...

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Furious Rush of Digital Disruption Creates Opportunities for CPAs to Help Clients

With rapid advances in technology transforming companies of all types, the demand is increasing for CPA firms to understand how new technologies are affecting clients and what clients must do to adjust their processes and practices to make the most of technological innovation while also mitigating risk. To read the full article in the Journal of Accountancy, click: Furious Rush of Digital Disruption Creates ...

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Preventing Case Over Valuation

Why Attorneys Tend to Overvalue Their Cases and What to Do! Research indicates that most lawyers over value their cases, and what is even more fascinating, it does not matter how long the attorney has been in practice! There are a number of reasons over valuation occurs; sometimes the answer is just that the attorney did not spend enough time reviewing the case, or failed to consider getting a second opinio ...

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Business Valuation and Reporting in Matrimonial Disputes

Adherence to Development and Reporting Standards in Family Law Litigation Family law practitioners deal with a host of complexities when resolving matrimonial disputes.  In high net worth cases, financial considerations soon become paramount.  Often the largest financial asset on the marital balance sheet is an interest in a closely held business controlled and operated by the family or single spouse.  In t ...

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Accountability, Rights, and Discipline in Early-Stage Companies

This week, Travis Harms, Mercer Capital’s Financial Reporting Valuation Group lead, features two stories and one study, each of which highlights the need to analyze venture transactions in their entirety, rather than focusing solely on price. To read the full article in Mercer Capital's Financial Reporting Blog, click: Accountability, Rights, and Discipline in Early-Stage Companies. This article is republis ...

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Accounting Period Planning may Provide Preferred Year

Although some types of entities have required tax years, not all do.  Karen Messner helps you find out how to adopt a tax year other than a calendar year by planning ahead. To read the full article in the The Tax Adviser, click: Accounting Period Planning may Provide Preferred Year. ...

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How to Comply with the New AICPA Ethics Standards for M&A

The rise in firm discontinuances and sales brings with it a host of practitioner concerns regarding independence, confidentiality, and the transfer of client files.  To address these concerns and provide specific guidance, the Professional Ethics Executive Committee issued two new interpretations of the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct (the Code) and revised an existing interpretation.  April Sherman, man ...

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Exelon Corp. v. Commissioner

A Decision that Illustrates the Importance of Appraiser Independence To successfully work in the field of business valuation, appraisers must perform assignments with impartiality, objectivity, and independence, and without consideration of personal interests or the interests of those who hired them. Should such bias be found, the appraisal could be considered worthless and the expert’s reputation damaged, ...

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Should Business Appraisers “Normalize” Long-Term Treasury Rates When Building Equity Discount Rates?

Some valuation practitioners use a normalized risk-free rate in determining the cost of capital.  This can inflate the cost of equity by up to a couple of percentage points, which in turn depresses valuation multiples.  Is normalizing the risk-free rate a rational, reasonable practice?  In today’s guest post, Chris Mercer suggests the answer is an emphatic no. To read the full article in Mercer Capital's Fi ...

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How Implementing Value Pricing Can Help Your Staff Get More Done

As many firms are struggling to recruit and retain qualified people, some practitioners have found that value pricing has made their working environment more efficient and more attractive to staff members.  Value pricing can keep your team happier and make your firm more profitable. To read the full article in the Journal of Accountancy, click: How Implementing Value Pricing Can Help Your Staff Get More Don ...

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How to Maximize Social Security Benefits Under New Rules

Navigating the New Social Security Rules Changes to Social Security rules have eliminated the file-and-suspend strategy for younger couples.  However, couples should still coordinate their claiming strategies, and there are various rules about disability benefits and divorced spouses to keep in mind.  PFP/PFS section members can listen to this podcast on the latest Social Security developments by Ted Sarens ...

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