Matters Column

A weekly column on matters concerning legal, money, small business, family business and people issues.


History suggests tax legislation is coming

December 9, 2016
The dust has started to settle following the elections Nov. 8. Read More

Find the sweet spot to maximize profit

December 2, 2016
The first thought that comes to mind when you say CPA in December to a small business owner is tax planning — absolutely necessary and needs to be done. Read More

Proposed business discount eliminations will not be finalized in 2016

November 25, 2016
Sprinkled among the political thunder and lightning we’ve tried to escape this year is a proposal to change tax rules affecting transfers of ownership of family businesses. Read More

Courtroom results — as certain as presidential elections

November 18, 2016
Long ago, after we had lost a $1.9 million verdict, the lawyer who hired me at the firm where I still work sat next to me in a bar and said, “Well, Bill, if you try a lot of lawsuits, you're going to lose from time to time.” Read More

Coping with new Fair Labor Standards Act regulations

November 11, 2016
Anyone involved with trying to operate a successful business or nonprofit organization knows it isn’t easy to juggle all of the responsibilities. Read More

Retirees will see miniscule increase in Social Security benefits

November 4, 2016
Recently, the Social Security Administration announced the cost of living adjustments for 2017 benefits will be a mere 0.3 percent for retirees in 2017 over the benefits received in 2016. Read More

Know your tax pro limits; be wary of advertisements

October 28, 2016
It is time to start thinking about year-end tax planning and preparing for the 2016 filing season. Read More

Estate valuation discounts soon could be at risk

October 21, 2016
If asked to name tax-related discussions in the news over the past few months, you would have a lot to cover. Read More

Price check on aisle three: Litigation over two cents?

October 14, 2016
Back in the 1970s, I was a “pre-law” political science major at Grand Valley State University. Read More

Don’t limit yourself to outdated and easy business practices

October 7, 2016
In this age of technology, people believe most questions can be answered. Read More