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Legal Clarity: End-of-year business, personal planning (opinion)

Cassell von Baeyer
Legal Clarity

Hard to believe that another new year is just around the corner. Whether you are thinking about end of year organization or New Year’s business resolutions, here are a few thoughts for readying your business for 2017:

Charitable Giving: Business or personal, charitable giving is not only a tax deductible event it is always better to give than to receive. There are many local non-profits that could especially use your help this time of year. Consider funding a holiday meal for a family, donating a warm coat or even volunteering some hours.

Estate Planning: When is the last time you updated your estate plan? Do you need to accomplish any year end gifting? It is advisable to review you estate plan at least every 5 years and depending on your circumstances more often.

Tax Planning: This is the time to call your CPA and discuss any over or under payments for 2016, year-end purchases and retirement account contributions.

Business Registrations: Have you renewed all required registrations, licenses and filed all required tax returns? Business registration renewals of all types should be calendared. If Incline Law Group, LLP serves as your registered agent, we will track your annual business registration and state business license renewal for you.

Insurance: As long as the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) remains in place, there is an open enrollment period which runs November 1, 2016, through February 1, 2017. Your employee health insurance plan is now likely to have a year-end renewal date regardless of when you used to renew. Now is the time to renew or shop for new policies.

Leases: Commercial leases often run for longer periods of time and new leases or renewals can often take some time to complete. If your lease is expiring in 2017, now is the time to start planning for that.

Employment Policies: January 1 is a great time to put new policies in place for employees in place, especially ones that address newer issues like medical marijuana in the work place and privacy issues. You do want to be sure that your employment practices and policies are compliant with state and federal employment law. Please be sure to consult with your attorney before putting new employment policies in place.

Cassell von Baeyer is a real estate and business attorney/partner with Incline Law Group LLP in Incline Village. Please send legal topics you would like addressed to info@inclinelaw.com and visit us at inclinelaw.com.