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Getting Hitched Without Strings
Health Insurance & Taxes for
Same Sex Couples

Post-DOMA Edition! Wow! I am still celebrating the demise of the federal “Defense of Marriage Act”. This wonderful news puts married same-sex couples on the same playing field as heterosexual couples when it comes to federal benefits, at least if you are ”in the right state”*. For most situations, this is great – you can
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So you want to start a non-profit

I Want to Form a Non-Profit
Part I: Are You Sure?

You have a charitable idea you and want to start a non-profit. Great! Aaronson Lavoie Streitfeld Diaz & Co., P.C. specializes in 501 (c) (3) applications, the most common form of tax-exemption. Before you plunge in, I have some questions for you. Can You Share Control?  501 (c) (3) organizations require a board of directors
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Incorporating Your Business

Incorporating Your Business: Part I

(originally written for The Water Trough, Ed Drozda’s fabulous website): Have you just started a business and been wondering whether or not to incorporate?  Or freelancing for a while and wondering if now is the time to do it? What are the pros, cons, choices? LLC, S Corp, L3C, R2D2 – my head, she is
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Estimated Taxes
The Least You Need To Know – Part I

Did you just open a business, start freelancing or receive a “1099 Form” for the first time? Congratulations on joining the ranks of the self-employed. You have earned the privilege of paying estimated taxes directly to the IRS, and perhaps your state as well. The skinny: When you are an employee you have taxes withheld
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Business With Friends

"I want to open a business
with my friends"

GREAT! And — How you structure it is of vital importance — both to the business and to your friendships. If you want both to prosper it’s critical to think forward— how could things go wrong even if they go right? A critical component of any partnership or LLC is an operating agreement. Forego this
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Tax Tips for Divorcing Couples

Tax Tips for Divorcing Couples

Impoverishing One Impoverishes All If at all possible try to think as an economic unit, at least until the divorce is final. You are right – he/she is a louse –and you do need to have your financial needs met in a fair and equitable fashion. However when one party tries to grab all the
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