Inflation continues to increase in ‘stickier’ areas

Inflation dipped again in September, but it has broadened out across shelter, food, and other retail items even as energy costs have declined recently. The decline is a good start, but we are still at very high levels which we believe will keep the Fed aggressive in its battle to get inflation back closer to […]

The Fed needs to get past peak inflation to be successful

Changing interest rate expectations have driven volatility in the stock and bond markets. From the Fed’s December to March meetings, expectations changed from three to possibly 10 rate hikes in 2022, and expectations have continued to increase following May’s 8.6% inflation report. This led investors to reprice stock investments based to reflect expectations for more aggressive Fed actions. The Fed needs to get past peak inflation to be successful.

Planning for a Lifetime Legacy

Antares Group, Inc., Kanner Baker, LLC, Antares Wealth Management powered by Homrich Berg, and the Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities hosted an estate planning seminar in July for clients interested in learning effective estate planning strategies. The discussion and insights centered on the why’s and how’s of estate planning, charitable gift planning, updates on estate […]

Navigating to a new day: Antares Group hosts virtual financial symposium

It’s a new day in this post-COVID world. Much has changed in the past several months, and we want to shed light on some topics that are most relevant to you and your business. To help you navigate through this ever-evolving environment, Antares Group is hosting a virtual financial symposium specifically for McDonald’s owner/operators. This symposium […]

Antares Group named a Top 300 Accounting Firm and Top 300 Fastest-Growing Firm

Antares Group, Inc., has been named as a Top 300 Accounting Firm for 2020 by INSIDE Public Accounting. This national ranking by the award-winning newsletter for the public accounting profession recognizes the country’s top accounting firms in terms of revenue and growth. Antares Group has also been named a 2020 IPA 300 Fastest-Growing Firm. “We […]

Take advantage of a “stepped-up basis” when you inherit property

If you’re planning your estate, or you’ve recently inherited assets, you may be unsure of the “cost” (or “basis”) for tax purposes. Fair market value rules Under the fair market value basis rules (also known as the “step-up and step-down” rules), an heir receives a basis in inherited property equal to its date-of-death value. So, […]

Taking care during coronavirus

Businesses are slowly beginning to reopen and different areas are relaxing some of the requirements to shelter in place as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis. As we move into this next phase, it is important to remember that seniors and individuals with underlying health conditions remain vulnerable to coronavirus, but also to remember […]

Give your 401(k) plan a checkup at least once a year

In many industries, offering a 401(k) plan is a competitive necessity. If you don’t offer one and a competitor does, it could mean the difference in a job candidate’s decision to accept their offer over yours. It could even send employees heading for the door. If you do not currently have a retirement plan for […]

Can you deduct charitable gifts on your tax return?

Many taxpayers make charitable gifts — because they’re generous and they want to save money on their federal tax bills. But with the tax law changes that went into effect a couple years ago and the many rules that apply to charitable deductions, you may no longer get a tax break for your generosity. Are […]

Numerous tax limits affecting businesses have increased for 2020

An array of tax-related limits that affect businesses are annually indexed for inflation, and many have increased for 2020. Here are some that may be important to you and your business. Social Security tax The amount of employees’ earnings that are subject to Social Security tax is capped for 2020 at $137,700 (up from $132,900 […]