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Category Archives: Small Business Planning

Non-Qualified Patronage Allocations

While this year brought success for some, most of you missed an opportunity to utilize non-qualified patronage allocations. I use the term “missed” because making a non-qualified allocation with a cooperative that hasn’t utilized or discussed such allocation in advance, is difficult to do at the audit board meeting.

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Deferred Payment Contracts

Recently, an issue has been raised with the IRS concerning the deductibility of grain payables recorded in a cooperative’s financial statements, and therefore in its tax return, for deferred payment contracts. The question was posed as to why the cooperative taxpayer should be allowed to deduct in its tax return a payable for grain purchased under a deferred payment arrangement, allowing the farmer/seller the opportunity to defer the reporting of his income to a subsequent tax year.

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Do Your Policy and Procedure Manuals Need a Tune-Up?

The fortunes of any company have, historically, been closely tied to how well they managed risk. Written policies, approved by the board of directors and adhered to in practice, are of critical importance to ensure that the company operates within prescribed risk tolerances. In today’s fiercely competitive and challenging environment, an up-to-date policy manual, appropriate to a company’s functions and business plan, may be more important than ever. There are numerous benefits to having a relevant and effective policy manual, and severe consequences to having one that is stale and out of date.

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Helping Employees Build Wealth

The Department of Labor is helping companies remind their employees about the importance of saving for retirement. A series of four posters is available for companies to display. You can print them from the web site address below and display them in your workplace, or e-mail the messages to each of your employees. The posters come in text and graphic format and are available in English and Spanish.

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