Alan L. Olsen

Alan L. Olsen

A specialist in income tax planning, he frequently lectures and writes articles on tax issues for professional organizations and community groups. He received a BS in Accounting from Brigham Young University and an MBA in Taxation from California State University at Hayward.

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10 Ways to Increase Your Profitability

Profitability is as dependent on cutting costs at it is on increasing sales. As financial advisors, we are often called upon to assist management in reducing costs and finding alternatives to their unique situations. We have outlined below ten areas that all business owners should examine when attempting to implement cost-cutting strategies.

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Venture Capital Financing: Structure and Pricing

"A venture financing can be structured using one or more of several types of securities ranging from straight debt to common stock."

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Preparing Your Business Plan

"Other things being equal, a well prepared business plan will increase your chances of obtaining the venture capitalist's financial commitment."

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8 Rules of Building Wealth

There are eight essential rules to building wealth.

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5 Steps to Becoming a Millionaire

In the year 2002, there were 17.1 million Millionaires in the U.S. By 2013, the number of millionaires will triple due to inheritance. For the rest of you, becoming a millionaire is within reach if you apply a 5 step plan involving the following areas: Health Spending Savings Investing Career

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Ten Ideas to Enhance Cash Flow

Managing cash flow is what separates good companies from the truly successful ones. Indeed, your ability to monitor the cash flow of your business can be the vital difference between profit and loss.

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Four Types of Income Exclusions

We are all interested in saving taxes. Through effective tax planning you can preserve more of your wealth (or wealth that passes to your heirs) through eliminating income taxes on the gain. There are four types of income that may be excluded permanently.

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Educational Expenses: Can you deduct the cost of your MBA degree?

Attention engineers!! You may be able to deduct the cost of your tuition spent for your MBA degree. In order to do so you must connect your MBA degree with a business purpose and it cannot qualify you for a new line of work.

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Making Your Medical Deductions Count

April 15th is almost here and if you are owing tax it may pay to take a second look at that return to see if you claimed all medical deductions you are entitled to. Your diligence in keeping track of expenses will pay off. IRS Publication 502 has a complete listing of all medical costs deductible. Following are some of the commonly overlooked medical deductions.

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Avoiding the AMT Trap

More and more taxpayers are finding a hidden tax on their individual tax returns. This tax was originally designed to not allow taxpayer in the higher income brackets take advantage of tax driven policy like deducting:

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