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These webinar/ teleconference presentations are mostly performed by guest speakers and normally last 30 minutes. Participants receive handouts before the actual webinar/telephone conference.

By clicking a title listed for 2013 and earlier, you will be directed to the handout. The 2015 series of webinars will have a Vimeo video presentation linked to the title. (Note: You can increase the size of the video by clicking on the enter full screen icon on the lower right-hand side of the video screen. To return to our website, simply close the video tab.)

The opinions expressed in the presentations are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect those of R.C. Thornton & Associates.

Note: We offer these presentations to friends and clients. If we missed you in our mailings and would like to be invited for future presentations, please email info@rcthornton.com


Architect Businesses Have Edge in the Tax Cut and Jobs Act By: Chuck Thornton (March 15, 2018) Architect Business Owners, you are members of one of the select groups in the new tax law! Learn how to max out the tax benefits of the new law! Want to save taxes? We can help! Register to watch this informative webinar and see how.

Donor Advised Funds - Tax Strategies Webinar for Charitable Giving By: Rick Durfee (February 28, 2018) Charitable contributions are one of the few individual tax deductions that survived the new tax law. Now donors need to be more creative in their gifting strategies to get the optimum deduction. Donor Advised Funds maybe the tool for you to consider.

How Service Businesses Are Impacted by Tax Changes - Tax Reform Series 4 of 4 By: Chuck Thornton (January 25, 2018) How are professional practices handled under the new 199A? What is the definition of a service business? Consider restructuring, and the limitation rules. For all businesses, what do wages and property basis have to do with deductions? REIT income, is there something new? Watch out for interest limitations. We'll also discuss the net investment income tax and some planning ideas.

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Commercial Real Estate Tax Changes - Tax Reform Series 3 of 4 By: Chuck Thornton (January 23, 2018) There is a HUGH opportunity for people who own real estate used for business. You'll discover that the 20% deduction applies to you. Watch out for new interest limitation rules. Learn how basis, passive and at risk rules now have excess deductions to contend with. Cost segregation is affected by this, some good and perhaps not so good-depends on how and when you use the studies. Anyone considering tax free exchanges? Got real estate in business? Then you need to hear this!

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General Business Tax Changes - Tax Reform Series 2 of 4 By: Chuck Thornton (January 18, 2018) If you are a business owner, this seminar is for you. If you are a C corporation, your tax rate might be lower. Are you a Sub S or Partnership, you'll be happy to know there is a 20% deduction, or is there after you go through the hoops? What happens to depreciation? Any changes on how to report income? There are many topics you must know about and start implementing soon.

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Individual Tax Changes - Tax Reform Series 1 of 4 By: Chuck Thornton (January 16, 2018) You've been hearing about this for some time. Some say you will save taxes, while others say to the contrary. Will there be a postcard size return? Learn about where the exemptions went, the new standard deductions, and what is left to itemize or not. We will not be discussing any business taxes, as that comes up in our future seminars.

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Arizona Paid Sick Day Requirements - Employers Must Implement By: Don Johnsen (June 29, 2017) Are you ready for Prop 206 taking effect in Arizona on July 1st? The mandatory paid sick time law applies to nearly every employer and all employees, including temporary employees. There is no "small business" exemption. Don Johnsen, our speaker, is an attorney and shareholder at Gallagher & Kennedy. His presentation will review all the requirements of the new law so you can be fully prepared. Chuck Thornton, CPA, of RC Thornton & Associates, is the host and moderator.

Gotta Building and Business - Get Cost Segregation Tax Savings By: Chuck Thornton (June 1, 2017)
Sponsored by: Colleen Manley of Goodson Manley Law & Legacies PLLC, Is a cost segregation study worth it? Is now the best time to have one done? What size properties are best served by these studies? These powerful studies need an expert to ensure you get optimal results. Not all situations warrant a cost segregation study, but when justified, these studies typically save hundred of thousands of dollars in year one alone.

Tax Savings - What You Should Know as a Scouting Volunteer By: Chuck Thornton (April 11, 2017)
Sponsored by: The Camelback District and Sam Kelsall, the current Vice Chairman Finance with the Grand Canyon Council for Boy Scouts of America. This web event covers what is deductible for your scouting activities. Have you attended high adventures for scouting as an adult advisor? Have you spent money out of pocket? You might be surprised what you can deduct. Learn all of this in the 30 minute presentation.

Cost Segregation—A Tax Deduction to Write Home About! By: Chuck Thornton (January 18, 2017)
Sponsored by: Advanced Auto Service & Tire Centers, this web event covers cost segregation inside and out with the help of Chuck Thornton. Over the years Chuck has applied cost segregation studies to many businesses to save them hundreds of thousands of dollars. He has analyzed this tax strategy in depth, and has found it to be a useful tax saving tool when you own a building which you use in your business.

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How to Create a Real Estate Money Machine By: Michael Douville (March 29, 2016)
We are extremely fortunate to have author and syndicated columnist for the Wall Street Greek....Mr. Michael Douville ... as our guest speaker. He will discuss the outlook of the Phoenix real estate market and how you may capitalize on it.

Clicking on the link above will take you a registration page. Fill it out and you will have access to the recorded presentation.

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So You Think Your Independent Contractors are Not Employees?by Chuck Thornton (September 7, 2015)
Do you have independent contractors?  Is simply filing a 1099 enough to avoid withholding and remittance requirements for payroll taxes? Think again--The forces are against you! The IRS, DOL, and even ex-workers now want more and more people to be employees.

To find out more information on how the IRS views these issues, please click the above link to listen to and view a YouTube video of the webinar.


American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012:  What it means for YOU! (Individual Part I) by Chuck Thornton (March 15, 2013)
You’ve heard about this, but now let’s look at this up close. Learn what this means to you and what solutions to consider. We’ll include some information on taxes from the Health Care Act too!
This is part I—Individuals. Part II, presented in the future will be for businesses.


Seller Beware: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Foreclosures and Short-Sales by Melissa Petro (October 31, 2012)
A focus on the statutory and case law protections afforded to property owners specifically concerning a lender’s ability to file a lawsuit when the property is “upside-down.”

An Introduction to Crowdfunding by Mark Svejda (July 11, 2012)
How to raise up to $1 million each year for your new or existing business.

Plan For The Sale of Your Business Now by David LaFountain (June 20, 2012)
Will you be ready? What to do now to maximize your business value. Why begin now?

An Alternative Business Strategy for Clients by Wade Messer (April 18, 2012)
Business owners and trusted advisors are charged with protecting and increasing the net worth of their companies and clients. Have you considered including franchises as a business strategy?

Pitfalls of Using “Independent Contractors”  by Don Johnsen (March 13, 2012)
Using 1099 contractors instead of W-2 employees may carry a significant risk. Find out what the courts and regulatory agencies are looking for.
You may reach Don Johnsen at Gallagher & Kennedy (602) 530-8437.

SBA Jobs Act – 504 Loan Program Debt Refinancing (revised) by Rick Berkheminer (February 22, 2012)
An update on help for small business with mortgages coming due before December 31, 2012. 

How to Use Public Relations for Good by Jenny Brooks (January 18, 2012)
Your business guide to public relation and the benefits of a solid public relations plan.

Electronic Filing Policy for 2011 Tax Return Year by Chuck Thornton & Greg Dutton (January 11, 2012)
The IRS is putting pressure on everyone to electronic file. But you don’t have to. Should you or shouldn’t you?



Electronic Filing Policy for 2011 Tax Return Year by Chuck Thornton & Greg Dutton
(November 22, 2011, December 13, 2011 & January 11, 2012)
The IRS is putting pressure on everyone to electronic file. But you don’t have to. Should you or shouldn’t you?

Cost Segregation by Trent Erickson (November 16, 2011)
The key to unlocking hidden cash in commercial real estate.

Grow Your Business & Professional Network with Social Media by Dean Isaacs (October 12, 2011)
We will be discussing how to get started using social media as part of your marketing effort and will provide some simple approaches you can use to get maximum results.

The Enforcement of Restrictive Covenants Against Former Employees by Don Johnsen (September 14, 2011)
Many businesses are properly concerned about preventing former employees from soliciting their customers on behalf of the competition. This session will discuss the enforceability of restrictive covenants, including non-competition and non-solicitation clauses. The session also will discuss best practices for the drafting of such contracts.

Getting the Most From Social Security by Rob Brainard (August 24, 2011)
How do you get the most from Social Security? By following three simple steps….Know your benefit…Understand your options….Determine a plan to maximize your benefit.

Why Estate Planning May Not Be Legacy Planning by Colleen Manley (July 27, 2011)
A family’s estate plan is not just a trust and a will, but, is a holistic, integrated, sustainable multigenerational legacy plan.   The estate plan has and should have many dimensions such as addressing human capital, asset protection and preventative law strategies.

The Importance of Proper Documentation in Employment Claims by Don Johnsen (June 15, 2011)
This session will discuss the critical nature of documentation in the litigation and trial of employment-related legal claims such as harassment, discrimination, and wrongful discharge as well as the best practices for the creation and retention of critical documentation. Click here for handouts

Are You Ready for the Recovery? by Wade Messer (May 11, 2011)
The recession is not over, but you’re still standing! Now is the time to capture a greater share of your market through new thinking, ideas and methods for reinventing your company. You may also reach Wade at Messer and Company 858-674-6604

The Small Business Administration 504 Loan Program Debt Refinancing by Rick Berkheimer (April 13, 2011)
Help for small business with mortgages coming due before December 31, 2012.

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