Seven more tips and tricks for SEO

Posted by Victoria Hernandez, Communications on May 30, 2018

The more people come to your site, the more likely they are to become clients or customers. Continuing to drive people to your site is beneficial for your overall business. In this last installment of the search engine optimization (“SEO”) series, we’ll be covering a few more tips that will help bring traffic to your site again and again.

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Topics: Auto, Manufacturing & Distribution, Real Estate, Not-for-Profit, Healthcare, Construction

Documentation matters in real estate professional exception

You would normally be right if you thought a dentist could not qualify as a “real estate professional”, allowed to deduct rental real estate losses — after all, the IRS thought the same thing. In this case you would be wrong, though. The U.S. Tax Court found that a dentist who also operated a real estate business qualified for the real estate professional exception, based largely on his extensive documentation of the hours he’d spent.

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Topics: Real Estate, Tax

A look inside the 2018 manufacturing survey

Posted by lgtcpa on May 30, 2018

For the second year, the Leading Edge Alliance (“LEA”), has conducted a Manufacturing Outlook and Insights survey with participants across the country. This year there was a 75% increase in participation. Overall, the survey resulted in a positive outlook for individual businesses, the industry as a whole, and the economy. There were several factors that contributed to the positivity: some of the factors were intrinsic, while others were from outside sources, such as the growing U.S. economy. Let’s take a look inside some of the survey results and dig deeper into the future of the manufacturing industry.

 

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Topics: Manufacturing & Distribution, Reporting, consulting

Dig deep to determine the TCJA’s total impact

Posted by Cristina Tirado, Tax Services on Apr 25, 2018

The passage of a new tax law in December was intriguing, if not downright exciting, news for most construction company owners. Now that the dust has settled, this article takes a look at some highlights, including reduced tax rates and boosted depreciation deductions. A sidebar points out that some valuable tax breaks have been eliminated or limited.

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Topics: Tax, Construction, IRS

User experience and your website

Posted by Victoria Hernandez, Communications on Apr 25, 2018

Welcome to the next blog post in a series of best practices for search engine optimization (“SEO”) and your organization’s website. We’ll discuss user experience (“UX”): what it is, what it means, and what you can do to help potential clients gain a better understanding while visiting your website. We’ll also go over user interface design (“UI”) and how it relates to UX.

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Topics: Auto, Manufacturing & Distribution, Real Estate, Not-for-Profit, Healthcare, Construction

New Texas Tax Amnesty Program

On May 1, 2018, Texas will begin a two-month tax amnesty program. If you have any potential exposure for any Texas back taxes, LGT would welcome the opportunity to discuss the program with you to determine whether it would be worth pursuing. Additional information about the program is below.

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Topics: Tax

Four basic SEO practices

Posted by Victoria Hernandez, Communications on Mar 26, 2018

In a series of SEO, we’ll discuss different tasks you can do in order to help maximize traffic on your site.

Let’s start from the beginning. What is SEO? SEO stands for search engine optimization. What does that mean? Search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo all use algorithms that decide how to rank sites on their pages, and SEO is the process that helps your site rank closer to the top of the page.

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Topics: Auto, Manufacturing & Distribution, Real Estate, Not-for-Profit, Healthcare, Construction, consulting

2018 Promotions at LGT

Posted by lgtcpa on Feb 27, 2018

On February 2, 2018 we held our annual State of the Firm. The staff has been moving and shaking throughout the last year. Numerous employees have shown their potential and talent, and they were rewarded for it.

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Topics: Firm News, Tax, Audit

Four tips for filing this tax season

Posted by lgtcpa on Feb 27, 2018

Are you ready to file your tax return(s)?

Avoid the rush! The sooner you can file, the easier your life will be, and the more your CPA will appreciate you. The easiest way to do that is to make sure you’re ready for them. Don’t wait until the last minute if you can gather your paperwork early. The less rushed your CPA is, the better off you’ll be.

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Topics: Tax, Financial, IRS

Tax update: Latest tax scam

Posted by Briana Frost, Staff I, Tax Services on Feb 27, 2018

With tax season upon us, it is important to be up to date on new tax scams that affect taxpayers. Many current scams involve new twists on the same old scam. The most prevalent one to be aware of for 2018 is a pervasive new telephone scam. Individuals are using taxpayer information to file false returns, sending the refund directly to the taxpayer. The taxpayer then receives a telephone call from an individual pretending to be with the IRS or in another position of authority and demands that the taxpayer returns the refund to a specified address due to an error.

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Topics: Tax, IRS, information technology, cybersecurity