Believe it or not – it’s still tax season! Originally taxes were supposed to be due April 15, 2020. However, due to COVID-19, we have been given extra time to file federal income tax returns and make federal income tax payments. The new tax deadline has been extended to July 15, 2020. Before the new deadline arrives, it is important that your taxes are filed correctly and on time. In this blog, we will explain the basics you will need to know in order to help make filing your estate and trust tax returns in Riverside easier. What Documents Do…
Plan ahead, stay in control and avoid a crisis is our motto at About Senior Solutions. We’ve worked with so many families in emergent situations before now, and have sought to educate our friends, families and colleagues on the importance of planning and preparedness to meet unexpected challenges. A CPA friend asked me for something from our toolbox to better support his clients’ plans for aging over the long haul. So, over the past year – and in my spare time (I can hear your faint chuckles) – I pulled materials from my lectures and handouts and put this together…
Cultural Diversity – A Governance and Strategic Imperative In this video, Carol Marzouk, CEO of Leadership & Soul and Jim Gitney, CEO of Group50 Consulting discuss how cultural diversity improves business performance in the following areas: EPS, Valuation, Productivity, Innovation, Engagement, Cash Flow and Employee Health. Data suggests that companies with diverse cultures perform better than their peers in all categories by 20% or more. Carol and Jim share their views on how cultural diversity is a governance and strategic imperative that we all must be accountable to.…
Daniel Shulman, an IP Lawyer at Vedder Price in Chicago discusses how to make space for a robust culture of innovation – even during a pandemic. They discuss remote work and how to set your employees up for success in that environment. We hear about creating a pipeline of ideas and allowing people to view work a little differently during this unprecedented time. This interview was recorded in March 2020 at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. https://cityinnovationlabs.com/how-to-keep-innovating-with-ip-lawyer-daniel-shulman/
The California Real Estate Industry is extremely competitive, and your reputation is constantly on the line. As a realtor or broker, you play an integral part in the home buying and renting process. What you do inside and outside of work can affect your real estate license. If your professional license is under investigation, here’s what you should do. Common Reasons For Investigation The California Real Estate Board has a long list of violations that lead to disciplinary actions. Below are the most common reasons your professional license could be investigated. Unlicensed Activity Trust Fund Mishandling Misrepresentation Criminal Convictions…
As stay at home orders are lifted around the U.S., businesses have an obligation to adhere to safety measures and adjust them based on changing guidelines and COVID-19 transmission in their communities. If you are an employee returning to work during this time, your employer must abide by protocols published by the CDC to keep you and your fellow employees safe. The following questions will help you evaluate your workplace for overall safety as well as its compliance with government guidelines.   Are Safety Protocols in Place? To be in compliance with CDC protocols, your employer should implement the following…
Where are my keys? I don’t have time! Why am I always late? Is that due now?! Does this sound like you? In the land of perfect order (wherever that land may be), keys are always nearby, our to do lists are completed daily, and we are always ahead of our busy schedules. Now, if this sounds like you, then you have probably “Marie-Kondoed” your home or office to great effect (and admiration). Here is a quick list of what we need to keep things tidy: time; emotional, financial and management skills; the ability to plan, execute, and complete projects;…
We all have implicit bias, and it’s keeping us all from creating a truly inclusive workplace.  Implicit, or unconscious, bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. We all make assessments involuntarily, or outside of our intentional control, and those assessments affect our behavior.  For example, this Harvard study found “whitened” resumes fare much better in the application process than those that include ethnic information, even when qualifications are identical. In other words, we assess resumes in ways we don’t even realize, and those assessments play a big role in…
Creating and maintaining a multi-generational team is a complex challenge. However, starting is easier than you might expect. The first practice point is personal. Specifically, you need to look beyond your own generation’s viewpoint. The second is organizational. Your group culture will need to address, and sometimes override, different generational tendencies. Personal Development You can only be part of one generation. As the creator of a diverse team, your generational identity represents what may seem like a natural ability to attract certain age groups more effectively than others. If you think about it, this is due to practice. Your persuasive…
You want to run your own business. While that comes with a certain amount of freedom to make decisions like a boss, it also means you have to decide on whether to start from scratch or buy into an existing business. As an entrepreneur, you’re responsible for every detail—from choosing a niche market to building a brand. On the franchise side, you’re buying into an existing brand, so you already have some momentum behind you.  Read on to have a closer look at the benefits of buying a franchise vs. starting your own enterprise.  Financing Either option will require…