Ingram's Magazine: December 2023

The Art of Giving

Very little about Paul DeBruce’s background suggests that he was destined from birth to become one of Kansas City’s most active entrepreneurs.  At his boyhood home in the southwest Kansas hamlet of Ulysses, he recalls, “There weren’t those kinds of…more

2023 Local Heroes

The statistic jumps off the screen with enough force to startle anyone with the capacity to care: In 2022, the nation’s Supplemental Poverty Measure—a combination of household cash and government benefits like food stamps and housing subsidies—recorded the largest year-over…more

2023 Corporate Champions

The Great Recession of 2008. The global pandemic’s arrival in 2020. Soaring interest rates and inflation in the current climate. We’ve seen a lot of economic harm inflicted since the first Corporate Champions awards debuted in 2008. And once again,…more

2023 Philanthropy Industry Outlook Assembly

Aligned in the Fight for a Better Kansas City Region It was fitting on what Ingram’s likes to call the Warmest Day in December that the skies over Kansas City on the morning of Dec. 12 brimmed with sunshine ahead…more

2023 Year in Review

Flying High, and Not Just With a New Airport All in all, it was a pretty good year to call Kansas City home. Especially if you have to leave it for a while and return to the new single-terminal airport…more

Q&A . . . With Matt Mentzer

Q: Beyond the increases (about 5.5 percent each) on the Estate Tax Basic Exclusion and Annual Exclusion for Gifts, are there other significant changes in tax matters of note for estate-planning purposes? A: Nothing that I would call incredibly significant;…more

Year-End Tax Planning: The Current Landscape

It’s been relatively quiet on the tax front. While there appears to be bipartisan support for several tax-related provisions, both for individuals and for businesses, no major changes have been enacted. The IRS is directing its attention on refining audits…more

Business Challenges Call for Assessment

With the exception of the pandemic dip in 2020, many business owners have enjoyed a “bull” economy for nearly 15 years since the onset of the financial crisis of 2008-2009, but are challenged by a combining number of headwinds as…more

A Bullish Case for the U.S. Economy

November employment was stronger than expected, with employment growth exceeding expectations and the unemployment rate unexpectedly dropping two-tenths to 3.7 percent. Add an increase in hours worked and a bigger-than-expected increase in average hourly earnings, and we have upside surprises…more