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SIMPLE IRA Deadline For 2010 is Oct 1

If you are an employer, you have until October 1st to set up a SIMPLE IRA for you and your employees.  Unlike most other retirement plans where an employer has until December 31st to set up the plan, SIMPLE IRA’s must be set up much sooner. A SIMPLE IRA is...

Getting America Back to Work

Here is a little primer for all the politicians and economists who are having a tough time figuring out how to get Americans working again. The one word that best sums up the difference between being an employee and an owner of a small business is “risk.” If you own...

Businesses Should Cut Costs, Not Retirement

Business owners might find it tempting to cut retirement plan contributions when reviewing their 2011 budget, but it’s probably a good idea to look at all the options before making that hasty move. In his interview with Karin Price Mueller...

Keeping Your Business Healthy Under Health Care Reform

We don’t know all the consequences the health care bill may have for business owners, but it isn’t too early for employers to start now to consider the possibilities. The health care bill includes no meaningful malpractice reform, no reduction in drug patent...

A Timeline for the Health Care Bill

One of the challenges of trying to plan for the consequences of the health care bill (or, to call it by its formal name, the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010) is simply sorting out when its various provisions will kick in. Here is an...

Protecting Students Against Learning Opportunities

A student, I’ll call Sally is finishing her master’s degree in financial planning. Two years ago, Sally completed a paid internship at my office and did a fine job. This year, she applied with us to complete the practicum that is one of her graduation...