Category Archives: Start-Up Businesses


WORKING with TAX EXEMPTS By Howard LipsetOver the years, I have been a volunteer with many charitable organizations – sometimes as a board member, other times as an executive officer and once as the President. And after being away from this kind of involvement, imagine my surprise that I find myself back into it. The cause is Women’s Running, and I am surprised as I am neither a woman nor a runner. At the gym, I prefer the recumbent bike to the treadmill.

Kathrine Switzer has been a friend and a client for nearly 35 years. If you do not recognize her name, search the internet. If you do recognize her name, you know her long history with women’s running: Starting with the 1967 Boston Marathon Kathrine was physically attacked mid-stride in the event by the race director because she was a woman who registered and was running in what was then a men’s only event; extending to her innovative Avon Women’s Sports programs; getting the Olympics to make a women’s marathon an official event; and today, as the founder of a new tax-exempt, 261 Fearless Inc. ( Continue reading



FAILURE IS FEEDBACK Part 5 By Howard LipsetFailure is a stepping stone towards success.  But the information that you gather only has power when it is applied to real life situations. Failure is Feedback when you can learn different lessons from the failure, and that puts you on your way to success.

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Failure is Feedback: Part 3

Failure is Feedback: Part 3 by Howard Lipset, CPAFailure is a stepping stone towards success. But the information that you gather only has power when it is applied to real life situations. Failure is Feedback when you can learn different lessons from the failure, which puts you on your way to success.  Continue reading


BUSINESS PLANNING with PROGRESSIVE MANAGEMENT INC by Howard Lipset, CPAAn interview with Howard Lipset

I was recently interviewed for Richard Noll’s Legal Newsletter. My interview is part of a four-page newsletter that he mails out, and I was very honored to be interviewed. I would like to share it with you.

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How Can You Prove a Sidewalk Trip and Fall Claim?

How Can You Prove a Sidewalk Trip and Fall Claim? by Howard Lipset, CPAWhat seems to be a relatively basic legal claim – being compensated for a personal injury sustained when you trip and fall on a dangerous sidewalk condition – is actually a complex endeavor  for  the plaintiff.  You must prove the existence of a dangerous condition; that the responsible party had notice of; and that it caused the personal injury. Common injuries in these cases include a broken wrist, a fractured  humerus (upper arm); torn rotator cuff; broken ankle; herniated disc or torn knee cartilage.

On September 15, 2003, the New York City Administrative Code shifted the primary responsibility for sidewalk trip and fall accidents from the City of New York to the adjoining property owner. Under the new law property owners have the duty to maintain the abutting sidewalk in a reasonable safe condition and shall be liable for personal injuries resulting from any failure to do so. The new law does not apply to one, two or three family residential properties that are, in whole or in part, owner occupied and used exclusively for residential purposes. In those cases, the City of New York remains primarily responsible for the maintenance and care of the sidewalk. Continue reading

Martial Arts vs. Business Development

 MARTIAL ARTS vs. BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT by Howard Lipset, CPADuring May 2014, I was asked to give a presentation about Business Development to networking group, IBO.

In order to keep everyone’s attention I decided to go off-beat. The first thing I produced was a piece of wood, 9 inches by 12 inches and asked them to guess as to what its primary use was. And inside of one minute, someone called out that it looked like a board one breaks with their fist. The right answer.

I then asked what the correlation could be between this board and business development. That answer is quite abstract, as well as practical.

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Tax Tips if You’re Starting a Business

Howard Lipset of and shares tax tips from the IRS for start-up businesses.Seldom would I think of quoting the IRS but these tips for start-ups highlight what needs to be done. Unfortunately, there are decisions to be made and who would trust the IRS to help with those? I love to work with start-up businesses. It can be one of the most rewarding projects that I am involved with.

This is from an email I received from the IRS on July 3, 2013…

IRS Summertime Tax Tips – Tax Tips if You’re Starting a Business

If you plan to start a new business, or you’ve just opened your doors, it is important for you to know your federal tax responsibilities. Here are five basic tips from the IRS that can help you get started.
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