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    News from McGowen, Hurst, Clark & Smith, P.C.
 
Best Practices for Uploading Tax Documents to the Portal Through File Exchange
 
  We appreciate the effort of our clients to electronically upload tax documents to our portals. We have some best practices to follow that will make this process more efficient. Click full article to view the details.
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Tips to Help Spot Scams
 
  It seems like I get an alert daily telling me about another scam that is trying to trick us into giving out our personal information or into downloading a virus or malware onto our computers. This past week I heard of two more scams that are targeted at small businesses. I am passing a few of these current scams on to you and am hopeful that you will pass them on to others to keep anyone else from becoming a victim of one of them.
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Remember RMDs this Tax Season
 
  If you're 70½ or older, you're required to take required minimum distributions (RMDs) from your traditional IRA (or IRAs) every year. Here are the requirements — including an extended April 1 deadline for taking RMDs for the year you turn 70½ — as well as details about a tax-free alternative that can satisfy the RMD rules for charitably inclined seniors.
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    Operations
 
Get Up and Running After a Disaster
 
  Income loss following a disaster can be severe. one of the keys to ensuring that your company remains viable is to file an accurate and timely claim against a business interruption insurance policy. This article provides a rundown on what to do and to see why you need to involve your professional advisors.
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    Business Finance
 
Employ Joint Tax Liability for Leased Employees
 
   Outsourcing certain tasks to employee leasing or professional employer organizations can help your business, but what if the leasing company fails to meet its financial obligations by not turning payroll taxes over to the IRS? One case provides some guidance. Click "Full Article" for details on that case and to learn the basics of employee leasing,
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    Health Care
 
Don't Take Rising Malpractice Costs Lying Down
 
  The average cost of medical malpractice claims continues to increase -- especially large claims of $2 million or higher -- according to an insurance industry study. Mounting claims, in turn, raise professional liability insurance costs, which you may not be able to pass along to public or private payers. This article reveals the highest risk markets for large claims -- and provides tips for managing malpractice risks.
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