4 Signs Your Business Is Ready for the Cloud

  |  May 22, 2019

Why are so many businesses moving their accounting operations to the cloud? Should you make the switch too?

For many, “the cloud” and “cloud computing” are mysterious and confusing concepts, which can lead to a severe misunderstanding of all the efficiencies and opportunities cloud-based financial management platforms can offer you and your business.

Here are four signs you and your business are ready to take the leap from your own server to the cloud - Read more. Read More

Sell-Side Tax Considerations for Mergers and Acquisitions – Part1: Performing Sell-Side Tax Due Diligence

  |  May 20, 2019

Now more than ever, sellers and their advisors are beginning to appreciate the value of having a thorough understanding of a company’s tax profile, areas of potential tax risk, tax attributes, and desired structure of a transaction before undertaking a deal process. Amid these changes in the dynamics of how sellers approach taxes in sale transactions, employing best practices can have a dramatic impact on outcomes.

In this article and two more to follow, we outline three best practices that are some of the most critical for sellers to consider in order to maximize deal value and ensure a smooth process when disposing of a business or business line. Read more. Read More

Capital Conversations (Spring 2019): Seniors, Exploitation and Red Flags

  |  May 6, 2019

Estimates are that older Americans lose approximately $2.9 billion a year to a growing assortment of financial exploitation schemes and frauds, according to the 2019 Fraud Book recently released by the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging. Criminals, foreign and domestic, are targeting seniors with the goal of depriving them of their savings, including retirement savings. Over the years, a number of our clients have asked that question and been surprised at the answer. Read more. Read More

The Value of Due Diligence to a Business Transaction

  |  May 3, 2019

You’ve decided to sell your company. How do you make sure you will receive fair value for the true worth of the business? After all, you have spent years building a brand, a reputation, and success of your business. Now that you’re finally considering your exit strategy, it is vital that you can meet your objectives when the exit is imminent. Read more. Read More

Market View (April 2019) – Rules vs. Principles: A Talk by Andrew Fastow

  |  April 17, 2019

The CFA Society of New Mexico recently hosted a fireside chat by Andrew Fastow, the former CFO of Enron. Mr. Fastow began the time by acknowledging that what he did was wrong, unethical, and illegal. He also took full responsibility for his actions and apologized.

For the rest of his talk, however, Mr. Fastow did not focus on Enron, but rather the way we work to rationalize questionable behavior. Mr. Fastow led us through a few thought exercises that might appear to be unethical, but upon further examination and with a little more information were actually examples of routine business practices. Read more. Read More

NM Legislature Enacts Multiple Changes to Tax Law

  |  April 5, 2019

On April 4, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed House Bill 6 into law, initiating complex changes to New Mexico tax laws over a two-year period, some of which are effective immediately and others that will be phased in thru July 2026.

The new laws include changes to the personal income tax, corporate income tax, gross receipts tax (GRT), and several excise taxes. Here are some key provisions of the bill that affect New Mexico’s taxpayers. Read more. Read More

Planning Matters (March 2019) – Time Is Running Out for Certain Social Security Claiming Strategies

  |  March 31, 2019

he universe of potential Social Security retirement benefit claimants is divided into two groups that are separated by one date: January 2, 1954. All individuals who were born on or after that date are limited to one Social Security benefit claim when it comes time to file for benefits. Married (or formerly married) workers born prior to that date have the potential ability to claim one Social Security benefit while allowing the second, the larger benefit, to grow by up to 32% before claiming it. The first benefit in question is called the spousal benefit and it has a special application for households with claimants born prior to January 2, 1954. Read more. Read More