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Keeping Tax-Smart Corporate Minutes

If you operate your medical practice as a C corporation, you may be required to conduct an annual corporate meeting and keep minutes of the proceedings. The requirement to keep minutes is sometimes viewed as a burdensome task, but there's some good news: Minutes can also be used to document the practice's intentions for transactions that have major tax significance. Such matters include (but are not limited to) the following:

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Partner Retirement Payments With Better Tax Results

Payments made by a medical practice to buy out a retiring partner's entire ownership interest are generally subject to self-employment tax. Careful planning can change that.

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Tax-Favored Retirement Plans For Partnerships

When it comes to setting up a tax-favored retirement plan — such as a 401(k) plan, a pension or profit sharing plan, or a simplified employee pension (SEP) plan — medical practice partnerships must follow essentially the same federal income tax rules as other employers. A partnership retirement plan can potentially cover both partners of the practice and eligible firm employees.

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Tax Allocations When a Partner Exits

Let's say a partner in your medical practice exits partway through the firm's tax year. How are partnership tax items for that year allocated between the departing partner and the remaining partners? There is more than one way to handle this situation. In general, three methods are allowed for making such allocations. (Source: Treasury Regulation 1.706-1(c)(2))

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Selling Your Practice in the Future? Eight Steps to Prepare

It takes years to build up a successful medical practice that is respected and valued by the community. It can also take time to find a qualified buyer at a satisfactory price. However, you can take several steps now to help provide a smooth transition when you finally put out a "for sale" sign.

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Websites That Rate Physicians Are Slow to Catch On

Studies show that only a handful of adults are visiting and using information from websites that rate physicians. For example, more than 80 percent of California-based adults say they use the Internet for health-related information, such as medical symptoms and diagnoses, according to a Harris Interactive poll commissioned by the California HealthCare Foundation. But less than 25 percent of those surveyed say they have visited physician ratings sites, and only 2 percent of those actually made a physician change based on the information they found. Even fewer, less than 1 percent, say they made a hospital or health plan switch based on online ratings.

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