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Trendsetter Barometer Q2 2015 — Private companies stay upbeat about US economy and committed to foreign markets Trendsetter Barometer® Q2 2015 — Private companies stay upbeat about US economy and committed to foreign markets
Revenue projections and optimism about the US economy remain high at private companies. So does profitability. And the number of Trendsetter businesses planning to hire new workers continues to inch up. But when these companies look at the world economy, they're less upbeat. Those selling abroad nonetheless plan to stay the course in China and elsewhere, keeping their eye on long-term growth.
Family business CEO succession planning Family business CEO succession planning
Succession planning’s goal is to provide the least amount of disruption to your business and to give you the widest possible choice of qualified candidates before you make that decision.
18th Annual Global CEO Survey: A Private Company View 18th Annual Global CEO Survey: A Private Company View
A riskier but potentially more rewarding business environment means privately-owned companies must be more innovative and resilient to survive in this era of disruptive change.
2014-2015 US Family Business Survey
Learn how family businesses leaders are tackling critical business and family issues such as competition, growth, the skills gap, technology, professionalizing their business and family models and succession planning in the 2014-2015 US Family Business Survey.
2015 Guide to tax and wealth management 2015 Guide to tax and wealth management
PwC's 2015 edition of Managing Your Wealth offers guidance on strategic tax planning, managing your portfolio, charitable giving, estate and gift planning, business succession planning and other wealth management topics.
Cyber attacks on the rise Cyber attacks on the rise: Are private companies doing enough to protect themselves?
Cybercriminals are increasingly targeting midmarket companies and startups in hopes of easy access. The cost to a business can be high, ranging from financial loss to reputational damage. With heightened awareness, private companies can fight back.
Building or renewing your family business board Building or renewing your family business board
More and more family businesses are interested in corporate governance today. Many want to understand the value a board brings, and how to evolve their board to provide that value. This publication is the second in a series about family business corporate governance.
Realizing shareholder value: Private company exit strategies Realizing shareholder value: Private company exit strategies
We have created this series, Realizing shareholder value: Private company exit strategies, to guide privately-held business owners in the development and execution of an effective exit strategy. This, the first installment, explores the framework for developing an effective exit strategy—setting the appropriate objectives and understanding the importance of effective and early planning.
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Each quarter, PwC's Private Company Trendsetter Barometer tracks the business issues and best practices of America’s leading privately held businesses.

Trendsetter Barometer Q2 2015 — Private companies stay upbeat about US economy and committed to foreign markets Trendsetter Barometer® Q2 2015 — Private companies stay upbeat about US economy and committed to foreign markets
Revenue projections and optimism about the US economy remain high at private companies. So does profitability. And the number of Trendsetter businesses planning to hire new workers continues to inch up. But when these companies look at the world economy, they're less upbeat. Those selling abroad nonetheless plan to stay the course in China and elsewhere, keeping their eye on long-term growth.
 
Trendsetter Barometer — Private companies are off to a running start in 2015 Trendsetter Barometer® Q1 2015 — Private companies are off to a running start in 2015
Optimism in the economy is up among private companies, as is projected revenue and hiring. And the number of such businesses reporting increased profitability is the highest in a decade. But ongoing talent shortages could be a drag on growth, and the global economy doesn’t inspire tremendous confidence, except for key emerging markets. Read our survey report to hear what else is on private companies' minds.
 
Video - Trendsetter Barometer: Private Company CEOs' views on key economic issues Video - Trendsetter Barometer: Private Company CEOs' views on key economic issues
PwC Partner Ken Esch discusses private company CEOs views on key economic drivers.
 
Trendsetter Barometer — Private company optimism the highest in nearly a decade despite hiring challenges Trendsetter Barometer® Q4 2014 — Private company optimism the highest in nearly a decade despite hiring challenges
Heading into the new year, private-company executives are in good spirits. Revenue forecasts are up, along with optimism about the US economy. So is profitability, which remains at a high-water mark for private companies. But chronic difficulty in finding skilled workers threatens growth at these businesses, and the global economy continues to be watched carefully by them. Read our survey report to hear what else is on private companies' minds.
 

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Growing Your Business™ discusses the opportunities and challenges that leaders of privately owned businesses face, suggesting ways they can make the most of both.

Cyber attacks on the rise: Are private companies doing enough to protect themselves? Cyber attacks on the rise: Are private companies doing enough to protect themselves?
Cybercriminals are increasingly targeting midmarket companies and startups in hopes of easy access. The cost to a business can be high, ranging from financial loss to reputational damage. With heightened awareness, private companies can fight back.
Growing Your Business™ - Profitability 2.0 Growing Your Business™—Profitability 2.0
Is your company as profitable as it could be? If not, it might be time to abandon conventional wisdom and do things differently. Read how.
Customer engagement: Reaping the rewards of digital outreach Customer engagement: Reaping the rewards of digital outreach
Private companies are leading the charge in making entrepreneurial use of social media, mobile devices, and other digital avenues to get closer to their customers. While these companies are still in the minority, more are likely to follow suit as competition for customers continues to heat up.

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Private wealth

2015 Guide to tax and wealth management 2015 Guide to tax and wealth management
PwC's 2015 edition of Managing Your Wealth offers guidance on strategic tax planning, managing your portfolio, charitable giving, estate and gift planning, business succession planning and other wealth management topics.

Family business

2014-2015 US Family Business Survey
Learn how family businesses leaders are tackling critical business and family issues such as competition, growth, the skills gap, technology, professionalizing their business and family models and succession planning in the 2014-2015 US Family Business Survey.
Family business CEO succession planning Family business CEO succession planning
Succession planning’s goal is to provide the least amount of disruption to your business and to give you the widest possible choice of qualified candidates before you make that decision.
Building or renewing your family business board Building or renewing your family business board
More and more family businesses are interested in corporate governance today. Many want to understand the value a board brings, and how to evolve their board to provide that value. This publication is the second in a series about family business corporate governance.

What is a board's role in family business? What is a board's role in family business?
More and more family businesses are interested in corporate governance today. Many want to understand the value a board brings, and how to evolve their board to provide that value. This publication is the first in a series about family business corporate governance.

Provides timely insight on emerging tax issues for private companies and individuals. PCS tax insight primarily focuses on significant tax developments for mid-size nonpublic companies, partnerships, S-corporations, LLCs and high-net worth individuals.

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Payments made by corporation to sole executive and shareholder did not constitute reasonable compensation

09 July 2015 | Insights
Payments made by corporation to sole executive and shareholder did not constitute reasonable compensation

Three-month window creates opportunity to file accounting method changes

29 June 2015 | Accounting Methods Spotlight
The IRS on January 16 issued Rev. Proc. 2015-13, modifying the previous rules for requesting accounting method changes.

Employee benefits after the Supreme Court decision upholding same-sex marriage

29 June 2015 | Insights
Obergefell will require same-sex married couples and opposite-sex couples to be treated the same for state tax purposes.

June 2015 - Recent tax, compliance and financial developments affecting high net worth individuals

26 June 2015
Exploring developments affecting high net worth individuals such as cyber security and non US purchase of real property.

New foreign investment reporting requirement (Form BE-10)

16 June 2015 | Insights

Notable tax implications of partnership terminations and structural changes

09 June 2015 | Insights

Recent LB&I Directive identifies Section 199 non-MPGE activities

27 March 2015 | Insights
The IRS LB&I division has issued guidance on whether certain activities qualify as Sec. 199 MPGE

New tangible property guidance provides further relief to taxpayers

05 March 2015 | Insights
New tangible property guidance provides further relief to taxpayers

Employees are crossing borders more frequently: Is your company ready to address the tax risks and obligations?

27 February 2015 | Insights
Employees are crossing borders more frequently: Is your company ready to address the tax risks and obligations?

IRS finalizes regulations allowing taxpayers to elect simplified research credit on amended returns

27 February 2015 | Insights
Final regs allow some taxpayers to elect the alternative simplified research credit on amended returns.

IRS concludes that S corporation AAA balance expires after post-termination transition period

20 February 2015 | Insights
IRS concludes that S corporation AAA balance expires after post-termination transition period.

Employee benefits and compensation proposals in the President’s budget

12 February 2015 | Insights
The President’s budget includes both new and recurring proposals affecting employee retirement and health benefits.

House Ways and Means Committee takes first action to renew expired business tax provisions

05 February 2015 | Insights
House Ways and Means Committee today voted to permanently extend expired tax provisions.

President Obama’s FY 2016 budget calls for business tax reform; proposes new international and individual tax increases

03 February 2015 | Insights
President Obama on February 2 submitted an FY 2016 budget that reaffirms his support for ‘business tax reform'.

Partner compensation included in San Francisco payroll tax base; will impact returns due March 2, 2015

02 February 2015 | Insights
Distributions to owners of pass-through entities ruled to be included in San Francisco's payroll expense tax base.