Stay Alert for Investment Scams Involving Cryptocurrency

By Charles Schwab



Stay alert for investment scams involving cryptocurrency
At Schwab, we’re committed to helping you protect your assets. One way we do that is by raising awareness of the increase in fraudulent investment schemes (“scams”) involving cryptocurrencies and digital assets. While investing involves taking some risks, being scammed shouldn’t be one of them.
What do scams look like? Investment scams target investors by promising quick, guaranteed returns. Although “investment pitches” vary, using fraudulent cryptocurrency investment opportunities to entice targets is a common approach.

Once targeted investors indicate interest, they are often instructed to wire funds abroad or to a third party’s personal account, or to transfer cryptocurrency. Fake websites and/or applications often create the illusion of a legitimate trading or investment platform and gain trust. However, once funds have been transferred, they are difficult to trace and retrieve.
5 Investment Scam Red Flags 
Guaranteed” high investment returns, supposedly with little or no risk, and sounding too good to be true.
Unlicensed or unregistered sellers. Use to check out the background of anyone offering you an investment in securities.
Skyrocketing account values. Investments that appear to rapidly increase in value are often fake.
Fake testimonials. Scammers often pay people to provide fake reviews, so never rely solely on testimonials in making an investment decision.
Fake contacts. Take caution if someone approaches you through social media with an investment opportunity. Pretending to be a friend or to have a mutual acquaintance is a common tactic used to gain trust.



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UPDATE: The New IRA & IRS with “Pass-Thru” Business Entities

By Staff Reporters



  • The US Senate passed their climate, health and tax package, including nearly $80 billion in funding for the IRS.
  • The Inflation Reduction Act allocates $79.6 billion to the agency over the next 10 years, with more than half of the money going to enforcement, with the IRS aiming to collect more from corporate and high-net-worth tax dodgers.
  • The remainder of the funding is earmarked for operations, taxpayer services, technology, development of a direct free e-file system and more. Collectively, those improvements are projected to bring in $203.7 billion in revenue from 2022 to 2031, according to recent estimates from the Congressional Budget Office.

The biggest revenue-raiser of the IRA is a 15% minimum tax on corporations with profits of $1 billion or more, which is expected to generate $258 billion over 10 years. This addresses the problem of the rampant tax dodging among large companies that has mostly benefited wealthy shareholders and executives. The bill includes a 1% excise tax on companies’ stock buybacks, raising an estimated additional $74 billion. This will discourage corporations from siphoning resources into share repurchases that largely benefit shareholders and executives with stock-based pay. Those resources could instead go toward worker wages or other productive investments. And the bill would boost IRS enforcement to ensure the ultra-rich pay.

Finally, the Inflation Reduction Act would also extend a tax limitation on pass-through businesses for two more years. The limitation on how businesses can use losses to reduce taxes is supposed to expire at the start of 2027. A pass-through or flow-through business is one that reports its income on the tax returns of its owners. That income is taxed at their individual income tax rates. Examples of pass-throughs include sole proprietorships, some limited liability companies, partnerships and S-corporations.





Crafting a Medical Practice Business Plan for Entrepreneurial Physicians

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By Dr. David Edward Marcinko MBA

An Essential Document for Start-Up Practices

The analog to a personal financial plan is the medical practice business plan. While mature practitioners may casually be familiar with some elements of the former by default, most new physicians are totally unfamiliar with requirements of the later.  

The Need 

Unfortunately, without an initial business plan, the need for a personal financial plan may become moot. This is because absent financial backing from family, friends or a cushy nest egg, the business plan is a key tool for raising start-up capital for a new medical practice. It may also be demanded by a commercial bank, or the Small Business Administration (SBA), for a loan to finance growth of an existing practice; despite the use of new asset based lending and accounts receivable factoring techniques.  

On the other hand, a comprehensive business plan may be required by investment bankers for funding purposes; in exchange for a healthy percentage of your future large group practice. 

Standard Plan Format 

The following format for medical business plan writing can be used for every new practice, established practice or simply an existing practice that wishes to expand or establish a new service or product line to its existing offers.  

The format for any written business plan is somewhat standard. It usually contains at least the following topics and sub-topics, and perhaps many more depending on your specialty with a varying emphasis on some sections or a de-emphasis of others; also depending on the practice and covering no more than 25-40 numbered pages:

· Cover Sheet

· Table of Contents

· Physician Executive Summary (Statement of Purpose)

· Physician Credentials

· Mission Statement

· Goals and Objectives (Risks and Rewards)

· Business Office Form

· Operational and Facilities Management

· Marketing Plan

· Business Competition

· Patient Targeting

· Advertising Methodology

· SWOT Analysis

· Practice Philosophy

· Human Resources and Personnel

· Financial Management

· Financial and Operating Budget

· Proforma Financial Statements

· Exit Strategy


In the past, perhaps the two most important components of a medical business plan were [1] physician credentials and [2] the business model. Today; it is the exit strategy! 

Have you ever written a medical office business plan and what was the outcome? 

Link: MBA Capstone Business Planning


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