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The 4 Golden Rules of Networking

The 4 Golden Rules of Networking

As reported in Times magazine: “How did you get that opportunity?” My answer: One amazing person. “How did you get that job?” My answer: One amazing person? “How did you get to write that article?” My answer: One amazing person. One of the most important things I tell people starting out in their careers is […]

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Business Tax Breaks in the “Protecting Americans From Tax Hikes” Act

Business Tax Breaks in the “Protecting Americans From Tax Hikes” Act

On December 18, Congress passed and the President signed into law a bipartisan, bicameral agreement on tax extenders—i.e., the 50 or so temporary tax provisions that are routinely extended by Congress on a one- or two-year basis—and numerous other tax provisions in the “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015” (the Act). The […]

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Business Tax Breaks Retroactively Extended by the Protecting Americans From Tax Hikes Act

Business Tax Breaks Retroactively Extended by the Protecting Americans From Tax Hikes Act

Late on December 15, a bipartisan, bicameral agreement was reached on tax extenders—i.e., the 50 or so temporary tax provisions that are routinely extended by Congress on a one- or two-year basis—and numerous other tax provisions in the “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015” (the Act). As explained below, the Act retroactively […]

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Entry-Level Job? It Gets Better – What Experts Say About Making the Most of a First Job

Entry-Level Job? It Gets Better – What Experts Say About Making the Most of a First Job

Entry-Level Job? It Gets Better – What Experts Say About Making the Most of a First Job, as reported in the WS Journal. Long hours, little pay, having to wait for benefits to kick in, being the lowest person on the totem pole. Your first job out of college is likely to be anything but […]

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California woos business with tax credits with California Competes Program

California woos business with tax credits with California Competes Program

As reported in the OC Register, California woos business with tax credits. Want to grow your business locally? Want to move an out-of-state company to California? You can be paid to do it. Gov. Jerry Brown’s California Competes program has allocated some $200 million in tax credits in fiscal 2016 for companies to expand in […]

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Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit affirms; no business deductions for legal medical marijuana dispensary

Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit affirms; no business deductions for legal medical marijuana dispensary

Olive v. Comm., (CA 9  7/09/2015) 116 AFTR 2d ¶2015-5031 The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, fielding many of the same taxpayer arguments as the Tax Court and some new ones, has affirmed the Tax Court’s holding that a taxpayer was precluded under Code Sec. 280E from deducting any expenses related to his […]

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U.S. CEOs resist country-by-country tax reporting – survey

U.S. CEOs resist country-by-country tax reporting – survey

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Unlike a majority of their foreign peers, most U.S. corporate CEOs do not support the idea that businesses should have to disclose tax and financial information on a country-by-country basis, said a survey released on Thursday. Country-by-country financial reporting – as opposed to standard reporting in which multinationals lump together financial figures […]

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Before Launching a Venture, Sample the Waters

Before Launching a Venture, Sample the Waters

Before Launching a Venture, Sample the Waters – You Can Test an Idea Without Spending Tons of Money, as reported in the WS Journal. While in Thailand four years ago, Joe Demin rested on a locally made hammock that was so comfortable he immediately sensed a business opportunity. Though he’d never started a company, he […]

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Custom computer company goes back to the ’90s

Custom computer company goes back to the ’90s

Custom computer company goes back to the ’90s, Irvine-based Nixsys meets niche demand for computers with antiquated software, as reported in the news of the OC Register. Nicolas Szczedrin was unemployed and in debt. His wife was expecting their first child. And he had just lost all his money investing in a technology company – […]

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14 O.C. firms make Deloitte tech list

14 O.C. firms make Deloitte tech list

14 O.C. firms make Deloitte tech list, as reported in the OC Register.  Fourteen Orange County-based businesses have made Deloitte LLP’s annual ranking of the 500 most rapidly growing technology companies. The 2013 Technology Fast 500 winners were selected based on percentage of revenue growth from fiscal years 2008 to 2012. They included businesses in […]

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Game changers: O.C. leaders improve lives beyond borders

Game changers: O.C. leaders improve lives beyond borders

Game changers: O.C. leaders improve lives beyond borders, as reported in the news of the OC Register. How we work, how we buy a home and even the way we receive health insurance is changing so quickly that it’s left some people scrambling to keep up. In the last of a three-part series, the Register […]

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O.C. man gives bicycles a new glow-in-the-dark look

O.C. man gives bicycles a new glow-in-the-dark look

O.C. man gives bicycles a new glow-in-the-dark look – A family’s idea for a bike that lights up with customizable LEDs started with a broken taillight, as reported in the news of the OC Register. Phantom Frames creator Forrest Smith, center, and his sons Jack, 9, left, and Ben, 8, show off the light-up bike […]

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The Ritz Restaurant’s final food bash

The Ritz Restaurant’s final food bash

The Ritz Restaurant’s final food bash, as reported in the news of the OC Register. Final menu dedicated to staff. Last meal set for Feb. 15. A classy restaurant deserves a stylish send-off. That’s the thinking behind The Ritz Restaurant’s farewell bash slated for Feb. 15. The next day, the Newport Beach institution plans to […]

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Game changers: O.C. led way out of recession

Game changers: O.C. led way out of recession

Game changers: O.C. led way out of recession, as reported in the news of the OC Register. Recovering from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression means Southern California is full of new homes, new shopping experiences and new approaches to bring back one of Orange County’s biggest industries. The Register presents the second […]

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Juan Valdez Plans a New Challenge to Starbucks -Colombian Growers Group to Open Cafés Around the World

Juan Valdez Plans a New Challenge to Starbucks -Colombian Growers Group to Open Cafés Around the World, as reported in the news of the WS Journal. BOGOTA—After stumbling the first time around, Juan Valdez and his mule are again forging into international markets with a chain of Colombian coffee shops. Procafecol is advancing its Juan […]

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Big ideas of 2013: Future is born in O.C.

Big ideas of 2013: Future is born in O.C.

Big ideas of 2013: Future is born in O.C., as reported in the news of the OC Register. From growing food on any surface to processing radioactive water from a damaged nuclear reactor in Japan, Orange County business leaders put their ideas to work this year changing industries and forging new ones. This is the […]

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The Right Way to Go After Big Clients – Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basket

The Right Way to Go After Big Clients – Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basket

The Right Way to Go After Big Clients – Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basket, as reported in the news of the WS Journal. A year after starting a restaurant-technology firm, Rajat Suri got an introduction to what would become by far his biggest client—the casual-dining chain Applebee’s International. Mr. Suri’s startup, E […]

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Latest JOBS Act Proposal Offers Small Companies an Easier Path to Investor Funds

Latest JOBS Act Proposal Offers Small Companies an Easier Path to Investor Funds

The SEC issued Release No. 33-9497 after approving the proposal to raise the limit for small company securities offerings to $50 million. The proposed rule, which was mandated by the JOBS Act, will let small companies raise investor funds without having to register their securities with the SEC. The SEC on December 18, 2013, issued […]

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Billionaire joins Fisker fray with $55 million bid

Billionaire joins Fisker fray with $55 million bid

As reported in the OC Register, Billionaire joins Fisker fray with $55 million bid – Hong Kong investor leads group that plans to restart production of hybrid-electric car. Bidding for Fisker Automotive is heating up even before an auction begins. Hybrid Technology, a group led by Hong Kong billionaire Richard Li, said Monday it would […]

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Fisker bankruptcy judge orders auction

Fisker bankruptcy judge orders auction

As reported in the news of the OC Register, Fisker bankruptcy judge orders auction. WILMINGTON, Del – A federal bankruptcy court judge ruled Friday that the assets of Orange County-based automaker Fisker Automotive will go to a public auction in coming weeks. The auction, whose terms will be hashed out starting Monday, allows a new […]

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Meet Paul Raymond

Meet Paul Raymond

Mr. Raymond is a sought after speaker in tax controversy law by many attorney, accountant, and business groups and at the request of the Internal Revenue Service, has presented programs at the IRS Nationwide Tax Forum, attended by tax professionals throughout the United States.

Additionally, he continues to be an active member in the Section of Taxation, American Bar Association, where he was the Past Chair of the Employment Taxes Committee.

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