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This New Tool Will Show Your Customers the Undeniable Impact of the 179D Tax Rebate – Episode 45

This New Tool Will Show Your Customers the Undeniable Impact of the 179D Tax Rebate

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In the latest episode of the R-Value podcast, IDI’s own Ken Allison welcomes Apollo Energies CEO and President Mark Stout to show off a tool that will help your customers understand how much they could save by taking advantage of the 179D tax incentive.

Mark and Ken dissect the financial wisdom of insulating and air sealing commercial buildings of any size, revealing what may seem like an expense can actually become a profitable venture for your customers with the 179D tax program. Apollo Energies’ new tool is designed to transform how upgrades are accounted for and valued. The episode guides us through the nuts and bolts of qualifying for tax deductions through energy savings that beat standard requirements, and how to appreciate the nuances of bonus depreciation in the current tax code. Don’t miss out on this chance to enhance your business’s profitability with the 179D tax rebate – a winning formula for your pocket and the planet.

Get the 179D Incentive Evaluator at https://www.apolloenergiesinc.com/evaluator/index.php

In this episode…

0:00 – Exploring the 179D tax rebate

2:43 – Signing up and logging in to the 179D Evaluator

3:36 – Example of adding upgrades like insulation and LED lighting to a commercial building to improve energy efficiency. Shows how this can lead to tax deductions through the 179D that reduce net project cost.

9:05 – Discussion of how Apollo Energies can do an audit, certify deductions, and manage the upgrades to ensure the project qualifies for the maximum incentives. This provides assurance if audited by the IRS.

The Economic Outlook for Housing & Construction with Economist Brian Beaulieu of ITR Economics – Episode 44

The Economic Outlook for Housing & Construction with Economist Brian Beaulieu of ITR Economics

Are you a business owner looking to grow your company’s value and profitability in the years ahead? Tune in to this insightful episode of the R-Value podcast, hosted by IDI’s Ken Allison with guest economist Brian Beaulieu to get an expert forecast on the housing and construction markets. They dive into projections for housing permits, sales, interest rates, and remodeling through 2026.

Brian Beaulieu has been an economist with the Institute for Trend Research since 1982, serving as its Chief Executive Officer since 1987. At the Institute, he has been engaged in applied research regarding business cycle trend analysis. Brian was also an economist for the US Department of Labor where he worked on the health care component of the Consumer Price Index. Brian is co-author with Alan Beaulieu of the books, Prosperity in the Age of Decline, Make Your Move, and children’s book But I Want It.

Brian provides his candid take on the Federal Reserve’s impact, regional trends to watch, and factors like the labor shortage, material costs, and consumer savings rates. You’ll come away with an honest outlook on risks ahead and wise counsel on investments, real estate, hiring, and steps to increase your personal net worth. If you want to position your business to not just survive, but thrive, in fluctuating economic times, don’t miss this practical, forward-looking discussion.

In this episode…

2:26 – Forecasting the 2024 housing market and future rate hikes

6:11 – Is the Fed’s target of retrofitting 110 million homes by 2050 realistic?

10:20 – Regional trends in home building. Where will the housing hot spots be?

14:39 – When will materials pricing come down?

18:00 – Building a business that can weather turbulent economic conditions


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A Conversation on Compliance: W2 Employees vs. Independent Contractors – Episode 43

A Conversation on Compliance: W2 Employees vs. Independent Contractors

In this episode of the R-Value podcast, IDI’s Marketing Manager Blake Moreau, IDI’s HR Operations Manager Brenda Mattson and special guest Maddie Hollis dive into the essential aspects of running a compliant and profitable business. They explore the intricacies of employee state laws, overtime requirements, hiring practices, and the importance of transparent communication within the workplace.

Whether you’re a small business owner or part of an HR team, the insights shared on wage and hour violations, proper documentation, and the potential fines for non-compliance will be invaluable to you.

Join the conversation as Maddie Hollis, author of the HR blog “HR Department Of One,” shares her expertise on providing advice to small business owners, while Brenda offers her perspective on employment records and company culture. From the complexities of exempt positions to the significance of workers’ compensation insurance, this episode is packed with practical advice and tools to help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of employment law. Tune in to find your true value with R-Value and become an industry leader in your market!

1:39 – Why should you care about being compliant?

4:04 – Why Maddie calls her blog HR Department of One

5:24 – Top 5 things a business owner should do when hiring employees.

7:49 – The importance of transparent, factual communication

12:51 – When do you need to start withholding taxes for employees?

14:54 – Adhering to minimum wage and overtime laws.

19:39 – The difference between salary exempt and non exempt.

21:39 – Comp time vs. Overtime.

26:20 – Transparency and expectations for new hires

28:40 – When will you follow up with the employee?

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