“Risky business” – Riskier than you think

Does your shoe company use a fluoroscopic shoe-fitting machine? Are you in the business of selling artificially-colored ducklings or rabbits? Believe it or not, you may be committing a crime under Wisconsin law. Didn’t know you were committing a crime? In the words of Aristotle, “nemo censetur ignorare legem,” nobody is thought to be ignorant.

Estate planning after the Tax Relief Act

On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 and the country avoided falling off the fiscal cliff. The Act contains important transfer tax provisions. Whereas the estate tax, gift tax and generation skipping tax exclusions were scheduled to revert to $1 million on January 1st, they are now set.

Practice corner – Trademarks

Shakespeare once famously wrote “What’s in a name?” As business owners know, a lot. And competitors’ products or services that try to capitalize on that name are not nearly as sweet as your own. Recognizing the importance of protecting a business’s brand, identity and reputation, in today’s business climate, FOS is growing its trademark practice.

2013 tax planning – Already?

As you begin to contemplate preparing your 2012 tax returns, it is never too early to begin planning for your 2013 tax returns. There are significant changes on the horizon for 2013, not only as a result of the taxes found in the Affordable Care Act, but also as a result of the recently passed.

Separation agreements and older workers

Your sales team is underperforming, so you’ve decided to cut the 5 employees with the worst records. Or, your employer is undergoing reorganization, and you’ve heard that your department is going to be downsized by 10%. Even though employment may be “at will,” employers often offer separation agreements to departing employees. Those employees get some.

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