Giving Tuesday

  • November 28, 2016

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

Giving Tuesday

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Learn more at Giving Tuesday.

One of the best ways to get involved is in your own community. In this spirit, Incline Law Group is sharing the organizations that we support with you.

Editor’s note: we might have a thing for snow sports around this office. 

Project MANA – Cassell von Baeyer, Partner

Mission: To reduce the incidence of hunger and its detrimental effects upon individuals, families, the community and the region.  In addition to providing hunger relief, we have developed programs designed to alleviate the causes of hunger and promote nutrition through education and awareness. Learn more at Project MANA.

Diamond Peak Ski Education Foundation – Andy Wolf, Partner

Mission: To offer season-long, affordable, challenging and fun training while fostering a life-long love for the sport of skiing. Training includes the mastery of ski techniques as well as focus in the areas of discipline, responsibility, goal setting, motivation and sportsmanship. Learn more at Diamond Peak Ski Education Foundation.

Far West Nordic Ski Education Association – Stacey Herhusky, Partner

Mission: We believe competitive cross-country skiing offers great benefits to the community and to individuals of all ages and abilities. As a division of the United States Ski Association (USSA), our mission is to promote, develop, and expand cross-country skiing within the USSA Far West Region (California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii). We accomplish this by working with ski clubs, ski areas, and directly with our membership of individuals and families. Learn more at Far West Nordic Ski Education Association.

High Fives Foundation – Jeremy Krenek, Associate Attorney

Mission: To support the dreams of mountain action sports athletes by raising injury prevention awareness while providing resources and inspiration to those who suffer life-altering injuries. Learn more at High Fives Foundation.

Tahoe Cross Country Ski Education Association – Heidi Shaughnessy

Mission: To promote the sport of cross country skiing through educational activities for children and adults. Learn more at Tahoe Cross Country Ski Education Association.

Tahoe Safe Alliance – Willow Cornelius, Senior Legal Assistant

Mission: To end the incidence and trauma of intimate partner/domestic violence, sexual violence, and child abuse in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee.  Learn more at Tahoe Safe Alliance.

Kids in Need Foundation – Crystal Lyle, Legal Assistant

Mission: To ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need. Learn more at Kids in Need Foundation.

Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care – Julie Malkin-Manning, Director of Marketing

Mission: To give Mother Nature a helping hand by raising and rehabilitating orphaned and injured wildlife so they may be released back to the wild. Learn more at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care.

 

7 Tips to Ready Your Business for 2017

  • November 23, 2016

Hard to believe that another new year is just around the corner.  Whether you are thinking about end of year organization or New
7 tips to ready your business for 2017Year’s business resolutions, here are  seven tips for readying your business for 2017:

  • Charitable Giving: Business or personal, charitable giving is not only a tax deductible event it is always better to give than to receive. There are many local non-profits that could especially use your help this time of year. Consider funding a Thanksgiving meal for a family, donating a warm coat or even volunteering some hours.
  • Estate Planning: When is the last time you updated your estate plan? Do you need to accomplish any year end gifting? It is advisable to review you estate plan at least every 5 years and depending on your circumstances more often.
  • Tax Planning: This is the time to call your CPA and discuss any over or under payments for 2016, year-end purchases and retirement account contributions.
  • Business Registrations: Have you renewed all required registrations, licenses and filed all required tax returns?  Business registration renewals of all types should be calendared. If Incline Law Group, LLP serves as your registered agent, we will track your annual business registration and state business license renewal for you.
  • Insurance: As long as the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) remains in place, there is an open enrollment period which runs November 1, 2016 through February 1, 2017. Your employee health insurance plan is now likely to have a year-end renewal date regardless of when you used to renew. Now is the time to renew or shop for new policies.
  • Leases: Commercial leases often run for longer periods of time and new leases or renewals can often take some time to complete. If your lease is expiring in 2017, now is the time to start planning for that.
  • Employment Policies: January 1 is a great time to put new policies in place for employees in place, especially ones that address newer issues like medical marijuana in the work place and privacy issues. You do want to be sure that your employment practices and policies are compliant with state and federal employment law.  Please be sure to consult with your attorney before putting new employment policies in place.
This article was originally published in the Sierra Sun/Tahoe Bonanza in Incline Law Group’s monthly opinion column, Legal Clarity.