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3 Things Business Owners Should Know About Asset Protection

There are many benefits of being a business owner. For some, it is the ability to maintain a healthy home life. For others, it is the ability to have independence, autonomy, and creative control of their own work. For nearly every business owner, there is a high level of personal satisfaction in the creation of a company. But being able to safeguard and protect that freedom is paramount to the success and longevity of a business. Creating an effective asset protection strategy entails three steps: Drafting the right entity structure. Creating clear separation between assets. Gaining insight into what risks the business may encounter. Legal Structures Creating a legal entity that not only allows for a good tax strategy, but also creates boundaries around business assets and reduces the liabilities that can occur in the normal course of business, is key when creating an asset protection plan. Limited Liability Companies...

All’s (Not) Fair With Passing Down the Family Business

In the HBO series “Succession,” an extremely wealthy and powerful family works through handing down a corporation to the next generation. Every awful emotion and motivation come into play as siblings wrestle their parents for money, power and influence. The shows’ creators were inspired by great media families and their dramas—the Murdochs (Fox) and the Redstones (Viacom), for example—and what is abundantly clear is that while business successions are often messy, family-business successions have the potential to be a real-life horror story. Let’s assume that you don’t aspire to emulate a cable-television drama as you plan the next steps for your family business. Even the most harmonious family will endure some stresses as you strive to pass on a business in an equitable manner. Interpersonal dynamics within the family become at least as important as the business dynamics. Take, for instance, a family business in which not all the next...

The Right Business Structure Could Save You Millions

When a family business achieves runaway success, there’s a lot to celebrate. But what the family may not anticipate is the tax burden, which makes Uncle Sam a not-so-silent partner in the family’s newfound wealth. That’s where good tax advice can make a huge difference. A client came to us because he wanted to sell his company. The firm hit it big with one highly profitable product and was worth millions. The time had come to consider transferring ownership to the next generation. They asked for a projection of his future wealth and an estate plan. Almost immediately we spotted an immense problem. Like most budding entrepreneurs, the client (and his attorneys) did not give much thought to future tax consequences and asset protection when choosing a corporate structure. Corporate structure has a huge impact on the taxes a business will pay. When a company is in its infancy, the...

Relocating Right: With Tax Advantages

Relocating a business can be an exercise in frustration. The search for new premises, unloading the current location, the logistics of moving and staffing—and then there are the taxes. All and all, it can be a headache. But there are ways to ease the pain, especially where taxes are concerned. In the case of a client we’ll call Bill, we were able to use a maneuver called a 1031 Tax Exchange to help. Bill owned a manufacturing firm in California. He wanted to relocate to Utah, and asked us to help him find an appropriate site for a factory. Complicating matters were the extreme valuations of California real estate—in the years that Bill had owned his factory there, the building’s value had skyrocketed, creating a capital-gains tax liability likely to be in the millions. During our conversation, we realized that Bill could defer taxes by creating a “swap” of one...

New Rules Affect Retirement Savings Advice

On April 6, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued new "conflict of interest" rules regarding financial advice as it relates to retirement plans and IRAs. The new DOL rules generally hold financial professionals to a fiduciary standard if they receive compensation for providing investment advice to retirement plan participants or IRA owners, which means they must act impartially and in their clients' best interests. Here are answers to some basic questions about the new rules. What is a "fiduciary" and why does it matter? "Fiduciary" is a term for an individual who has a legal or ethical duty to act for another's benefit. When a financial professional provides investment advice or recommendations to an IRA owner or an employer-sponsored retirement plan participant, and in doing so receives compensation, the new rules generally hold the financial professional to a fiduciary standard. In other words, the financial professional must put the...

2016 Year-End Tax Planning Basics

The window of opportunity for many tax-saving moves closes on December 31, so it's important to evaluate your tax situation now, while there's still time to affect your bottom line for the 2016 tax year. Timing is everything Consider any opportunities you have to defer income to 2017. For example, you may be able to defer a year-end bonus, or delay the collection of business debts, rents, and payments for services. Doing so may allow you to postpone paying tax on the income until next year. If there's a chance that you'll be in a lower income tax bracket next year, deferring income could mean paying less tax on the income as well. Similarly, consider ways to accelerate deductions into 2016. If you itemize deductions, you might accelerate some deductible expenses like medical expenses, qualifying interest, or state and local taxes by making payments before year-end. Or you might consider...

Four Things Women Need to Know about Social Security

Ever since a legal secretary named Ida May Fuller received the first retirement benefit check in 1940, women have been counting on Social Security to provide much-needed retirement income. Social Security provides other important benefits too, including disability and survivor's benefits, that can help women of all ages and their family members. 1. How does Social Security protect you and your family? When you work and pay Social Security taxes, you're paying for three types of benefits: retirement, disability, and survivor's benefits. Retirement benefits Retirement benefits are the cornerstone of the Social Security program. According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), because women are less often covered by retirement plans and live longer on average than men, they are typically more dependent on Social Security retirement benefits. Even if other sources of retirement income are exhausted, Social Security retirement benefits can't be outlived. Many women qualify for benefits based on...

Handling Market Volatility

Conventional wisdom says that what goes up must come down. But even if you view market volatility as a normal occurrence, it can be tough to handle when your money is at stake. Though there's no foolproof way to handle the ups and downs of the stock market, the following common-sense tips can help. Don't put your eggs all in one basket Diversifying your investment portfolio is one of the key tools for trying to manage market volatility. Because asset classes often perform differently under different market conditions, spreading your assets across a variety of investments such as stocks, bonds, and cash alternatives has the potential to help reduce your overall risk. Ideally, a decline in one type of asset will be balanced out by a gain in another, though diversification can't eliminate the possibility of market loss. One way to diversify your portfolio is through asset allocation. Asset allocation...

Deciding When to Retire: When Timing Becomes Critical

Deciding when to retire may not be one decision but a series of decisions and calculations. For example, you'll need to estimate not only your anticipated expenses, but also what sources of retirement income you'll have and how long you'll need your retirement savings to last. You'll need to take into account your life expectancy and health as well as when you want to start receiving Social Security or pension benefits, and when you'll start to tap your retirement savings. Each of these factors may affect the others as part of an overall retirement income plan. Thinking about early retirement? Retiring early means fewer earning years and less accumulated savings. Also, the earlier you retire, the more years you'll need your retirement savings to produce income. And your retirement could last quite a while. According to a National Vital Statistics Report, people today can expect to live more than 30...

The Game-Changing Fiduciary Rule: What it means to you.

On April 6th the US Department of Labor (DOL) expanded its 1975 definition of “fiduciary” for the first time in more than 40 years to include those who are not fiduciaries under the existing rule. Previously, brokers or agents could hide behind the Suitability Standard which allowed them to sell financial products to their customers which were classified as “suitable”.  Some of these products had very high commissions and hidden fees. The Fiduciary Standard calls for advisors to be held to a higher standard, and to be legally obligated to act in the clients’ best interest. Accounts affected by this new rule include: 401(k), 403(b), IRAs (Traditional, Roth, SEP, Simple), Archer medical savings accounts, Health savings accounts,  Coverdell education savings accounts. What this means is that every financial advisor who deals with retirement accounts must now become a fiduciary and may receive compensation only from retirement clients. Previously, they were...


by Stephanie S. Beecher CHOOSING A HOLISTIC APPROACH At Vantage Advisors, LLC in St. George, Utah, the company generally caters to clients who have a high level of complexity in their financial lives. Fiscally a person may have several streams of wealth, multiple business entities and partnerships, or capital obligations related to a spouse or children. One factor remains. Regardless of financial situation, Vantage Advisors cares about its clients.   50 East 100 South #101 St. George, UT 84770 Phone: 435-628-6336 www.vantageadvisorsllc.com In an industry swarming with com­panies who could all boast about their wealth management expertise, Vantage prides itself not only on its fine tuning of the portfolios, but rather on its profusion of empathy. Vantage has a strong team of professional CPAs on staff that helps diversify the firm’s holistic approach to financial advising. Howev­er, the single biggest thing making this company stand out from its competitors, is...

A Tale of Four Decades 1975-2015

Dear Friends, With another year closed, and a New Year at our doorstep, we would like to share with you some of our thought, and our feelings about the future. As we have met with you from time to time, we have shared our optimism and faith in the future.  We understand that it is natural to have anxiety about the financial markets, so we wanted to give you this letter as a reminder to all of us just where we have been, and what we have achieved in the short span of 40 years. For starters, I thought we might take a look at some Population numbers, Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and the S&P 500 at specific points during this period, namely the years ending in 5. Granted, we don't have all of the 2015 data yet, but I think we can get close enough without doing intellectual violence to...

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