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Happy Thanksgiving!
Wishing you and yours a happy holiday! No matter your relationship with MHC&S, we are thankful to know you and to be a trusted resource for you. We hope you have a wonderful time celebrating with the people who bring joy to your life. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Make Good Plans... But Stay Flexible


Last Sunday was round-up day for the calves that have been roaming the pasture on the acreage surrounding our home.  We had been preparing and planning for this day for several weeks.

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What's New at the Firm
A couple of our team members have been doing great things, and we have a little holiday surprise up our sleeve... View the full article for details!

    Timely Opportunities
Year-End Reminder: Don't Forget FSAs
  November is benefits enrollment time for most companies. Do you know how health care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), child care FSAs and Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) differ? Here, we explain the differences and provide year-end spending and budgeting strategies. Beware: Employees who don't spend the remaining funds in their FSAs before year end could forfeit what's left over, unless a special provision applies.

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New Version of Form I-9 Issued
  Federal law requires every employer that hires an individual for employment in the United States to complete Form I-9, "Employment Eligibility Verification." The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently issued a new version of Form I-9 that employers must start using soon. Here are the details of the new form.

    Business Tax
Must Joint Activities Be Treated as Partnerships?
  A partnership can exist for federal income tax purposes even though no partnership exists for state-law purposes. However, taxpayers can elect out of partnership status in some circumstances. This can be a confusing and complex area of tax law. Here are the rules concerning when joint activities must be treated as partnerships for federal income tax purposes and when partnership tax status is not required.

Write Email Messages With Selling Power
  Writing an email message that results in sales is an art and a science. You don't have to be an advertising pro to put together an effective sales message but you do have to follow some fundamental guidelines. Click "Full Article" for seven tips that will make your email pitch a winner and boost your bottom line.

    Family Business
Taking Advantage of Family Funds
  Family cash can be a source of capital infusion for the business, but be careful. Borrowing from relatives brings a special set of circumstances that can threaten good rapport. Click "Full Article" for advice on how to minimize family stress when taking out a loan from a family member.