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Help Consumers Choose Your Firm

Help Consumers Choose Your Firm

by Dan Isard

Financial and operational plans aren’t the only aspects of strategic business planning. Astute owners will also consider marketing. My fear in composing an article on strategic planning is repeating myself. Funny that I don’t have that same fear when telling jokes to an audience, but to an audience of readers, I am concerned about this. […]

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Casket pricing: Do you have the guts to do the math?

Casket pricing: Do you have the guts to do the math?

by Jeff Harbeson

Almost every article published today has an underlying call for “change” within the funeral profession. In my opinion, the notion of change may not suffice—scorch the earth and start all over again is likely a better solution. The funeral operating model is broken, and it is ludicrous for practitioners to attempt to hold on to […]

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Buying a Funeral Home

Buying a Funeral Home

by Dan 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 will continue to be […]

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How The Tax Act Will Affect Funeral Homes And Cemeteries

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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The New Tax Law, Part 2

The New Tax Law, Part 2

by Dan Isard

Significant tax code changes that apply to business owners when they file personal returns for 2018 income. In last month’s column, I responded to a letter inquiring about the effects of the new tax law on funeral home businesses. Since the present tax code is some 74,600 pages in length, my thoughts on the changes […]

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