THE ELECTRONIC PAYMENTS SERIES: NO. 1 – A CHALLENGE FOR BANKS

Much like the dramatic changes impacting the taxi industry driven by ride sharing “brokers” such as Uber, Lyft, Sidecar and others; financial institutions (e.g., commercial banks, credit card companies, savings…

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INTERNATIONAL M&A: WHY TAXES MATTER EVEN FOR SMALL COMPANIES

In the past year I’ve seen an increasing amount of M&A activity especially with my international clients. Every transaction I’ve worked on has had substantial tax content to it. I…

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BUSINESS VISAS: COMING TO THE U.S. IS CHEAPER

Virtually every economically developed country has unique immigration programs for skilled workers and business entrepreneurs. These programs are offered for obvious reasons; increasing the skill level of the country’s workforce,…

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WORKING FROM 62 TO 74 – CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY OR IS IT JUST ECONOMICALLY SENSIBLE?

In 2010, the world had 16 people aged 65 and over for every 100 adults between the ages 25 and 64, almost the same ratio as in 1980 (http://www.economist.com/node/21601248/print). By…

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IS CHINA’S SLOWING ECONOMY CAUSE FOR GLOBAL INVESTMENT ALARM?

“China’s slowing economy is the biggest risk to the global economy” according to a survey of global fund managers by Bank of America-Merrill Lynch  reported in the Wall Street Journal Blog. …

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YEAR-END REFLECTIONS AND OBSERVATIONS FOR NEW YEAR

As I reflect upon 2013 and look forward to 2014, I think of the watershed events that occurred this past year and what impact they will have on the future…

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THE RPO: A FOREIGN COMPANY’S BEST ASSET WHEN EXPANDING RAPIDLY INTO THE US

Newly established US offices of foreign-based companies operate with minimal oversight and sometimes even less support. While modern communications – such as video conferencing, instant messaging and constant connectivity through…

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WHAT FOREIGN COMPANIES SHOULD KNOW ABOUT HIRING PRACTICES IN THE U.S. (PART 1 OF 2)

In a previous post I talked about how an Employee Handbook enables a foreign company to focus itself on those U.S. employment laws and regulations that are most relevant to its activities…

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IS IT TIME TO HIRE A CFO?

If you’re a start-up or a small company CEO (especially for the first time), at some point you’ve asked yourself “Do I need to hire a CFO?” I’ve seen variations…

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WHAT FOREIGN COMPANIES SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SALES & USE TAXES WHEN SETTING UP U.S. OPERATIONS

Many of my clients from Europe have knowledge of and experience working with VAT.  As a result they often mistakenly assume, at their peril, that U.S. sales and use taxes…

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