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A Victory Forgotten

A Victory Forgotten

by Dan Isard

The profession has failed to continue to embrace the purpose of the basic non-declinable services fee.   Dear Dan, In the 30 years of being in my family business, I have seen the inside of my competitor’s funeral home three times. They have a bronze plaque inscribed with a quote about the quality of a […]

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THE “LOST” ARTS

THE “LOST” ARTS

by Steve Zittle

One of the characteristics that drew me to funeral service more than 28 years ago was the fact that funeral service professionals had to be proficient in such a wide variety of subjects. Truly, in our business, no two days are alike. Everyone who has taken the National Board Exam, for instance, has studied the […]

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Don’t Let Direct Cremation Pricing Wreck Your GPL

Don’t Let Direct Cremation Pricing Wreck Your GPL

by Kevin Kruger

Some of you may be familiar with The Foresight Companies as a provider of a range of financial consulting and accounting services. As director of business analysis for Foresight, one service that my department provides our clients is an annual review of their pricing and General Price List. Our process involves producing a realistic budget […]

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Buying a Funeral Home

Buying a Funeral Home

by Dan Isard

By Daniel M. Isard Dear Dan, Aloha from the 50th state! Dan, I have the chance to buy a business. It’s a great business with a wonderful reputation. The only negative is that I’m buying the business and not the real estate. The real estate cost is far beyond what I can afford, so I […]

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Cemetery Impossible: How the tax act will affect funeral homes and cemeteries

Cemetery Impossible: How the tax act will affect funeral homes and cemeteries

by Dan Isard

Dear Dan, OK, how is this new tax law going to affect my funeral home or cemetery? Wondering about TC & JA in TN Dear Wondering, The “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (TC&JA) was signed into law just before Christmas of 2017. The new tax law affects business owners in three broad ways: Deductions for […]

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