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Why Vacations are Important
Why Vacations are Important
August 2017
The unrelenting pace of life is a reality for many people. Mobile technology keeps us connected 24/7, and the workday seems to have no end. Sometimes we tell ourselves we can’t justify taking time off to...
Be a Leader, Not a Boss
Be a Leader, Not a Boss
July 2017
At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be a great difference between the definitions of a boss and that of a leader. However, if you’ve ever worked for a boss who lacked leadership skills, you...
The GOP's Healthcare Reform and Small Businesses
The GOP's Healthcare Reform and Small Businesses
June 2017
After a serious setback in March, the GOP finally passed a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (often dubbed Obamacare). The bill passed after last minute changes were made to convince ultra...
Employee Retention is a Big Issue for Small Businesses
Employee Retention is a Big Issue for Small Businesses
May 2017
“Our employees are our biggest asset.” It’s a well-worn phrase, and perhaps to some it’s just lip service. However, more employers and human resource professionals are recognizing...
What the Fed's Rate Hike Means for Small Businesses
What the Fed's Rate Hike Means for Small Businesses
April 2017
The Federal Reserve’s mid-March hike to interest rates – its second increase to base interest rates in three months – was a strong confirmation that the economy is doing well. The Fed...
Looking Ahead to Tax Code Changes
Looking Ahead to Tax Code Changes
March 2017
During his campaign, President Trump took aim at the Tax Code, saying he intended to simplify income tax laws. There is little doubt that a tax code overhaul is on the horizon, but what is less clear is exactly what the...
Tip: Use Podcasting as a Marketing Tool
Tip: Use Podcasting as a Marketing Tool
February 2017
Podcasts are becoming increasingly popular to help market products or services. Simply stated, a podcast consists of digital audio files posted on the Internet - files that can be downloaded by individual...
Tip: New Provision Restores Health Plan Options to Small Business Owners
Tip: New Provision Restores Health Plan Options to Small Business Owners
January 2017
Small business owners struggling to find health plans for their staff and facing limited affordable options will welcome new provisions that again allow them access to health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs)...
Tip: Core Issues for Success in 2017
Tip: Core Issues for Success in 2017
December 2016
The ability to embrace and to adapt to change quickly and effectively is perhaps the most important issue for business owners today. Technology, politics, demographic changes and global issues continue to create...
Tip: Hiring the Best Salespeople
Tip: Hiring the Best Salespeople
November 2016
Finding the right people to represent your business and to do the best job of selling its products or services is crucial to the financial health and well-being of your firm. Sales people have a huge...
Tip: Inventory Tracking; Is Yours in the Dark Ages?
Tip: Inventory Tracking; Is Yours in the Dark Ages?
October 2016
In the ever challenging field of maximizing profits and providing top class customer service, inventory management is an often overlooked area. Perhaps it’s time to take a short assessment of your...
Tip: Marketing Audit Is a Key Element to Business Success
Tip: Marketing Audit Is a Key Element to Business Success
September 2016
The word audit has a bad reputation. The mere mention of an audit often makes employers and business owners quake. There are lots of types of audits performed in the workplace, and...
Tip: Revised U.S./European Transfer Pact to Support $250 Billion in Digital Services
Tip: Revised U.S./European Transfer Pact to Support $250 Billion in Digital Services
August 2016
After months of debate, European and U.S. negotiators agreed on a data transfer pact to stop European regulators from imposing restrictions on the transatlantic transfer of data. The...
Tip: IRS Aims to Boost Small Business Tax Compliance
Tip: IRS Aims to Boost Small Business Tax Compliance
July 2016
The Internal Revenue Service believes the small business sector is a major source of under-reported income.For the past four years, the agency has run a special independent...
Tip: How to Encourage Clients to Pay on Time
Tip: How to Encourage Clients to Pay on Time
June 2016
Clients who are slow to pay cause real problems for firms that provide them with products or services. They create more work for your staff and jeopardize mutual goodwill. If you are...
Tip: Warning Signs of Identity Theft and What To Do
Tip: Warning Signs of Identity Theft and What To Do
May 2016
Identity theft remains one of the most pervasive crimes in the United States. As technology gets smarter, so do the scammers. Here are the most common warning signs...
Tip: Productivity Hacks for Procrastinators
Tip: Productivity Hacks for Procrastinators
April 2016
For procrastinators looking for ways to avoid the important tasks in front of them, we live in dangerous times. If avoidance and procrastination is a problem for you - and for most people it is to...
Tip: New Legislation Helps Tax Planning for Small Businesses
Tip: New Legislation Helps Tax Planning for Small Businesses
March 2016
Perhaps one of the biggest headaches for owners of small businesses involves dealing with the yearly changes to the tax code and trying to leverage tax breaks that have an expiration...
Tip: Finding Small Business Loans in 2016
Tip: Finding Small Business Loans in 2016
February 2016
Following the Federal Reserve's decision to approve a modest interest rate increase, banking insiders anticipate that larger banks will increase their lending to small...
Tip: How Gamification Plays With Employees
Tip: How Gamification Plays With Employees
January 2016
The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans conducted a study that revealed when health and wellness programs are executed as part of a comprehensive healthcare strategy, the...
Tip: Energize Your Workplace
Tip: Energize Your Workplace
December 2015
Business challenges and setbacks - or even long winter days and gloomy weather - can conspire to sap employee motivation and productivity. Frequently, there are many factors...
Tip: Year-End Technology Purchases May Lower Your Tax Bill
November 2015
Before year's end, make sure you take advantage of tax deductions that are intended specifically to help reduce technology costs for small- and mid-sized businesses. Section 179 of...
Tip: Best Practices in the Workplace
October 2015
Ask business owners what's most important for their success and the majority will tell you it's all about to providing the best...
Tip: Help for Small Businesses with Employee Retirement Plans
September 2015
Many small business owners are unable to offer their employees retirement savings plans because they are overwhelmed with concerns regarding current regulatory issues and...
Tip: Winning Ways from Top-Performing Sales Teams
August 2015
Perhaps the toughest aspect of any job is finding ways to work smarter, not just harder. The wealth of information at our fingertips and the flood of communications - from email,...
TIP: Financial Dashboards to Better Manage Data
July 2015
Regardless of your profession or vocation, there are probably times when you feel overwhelmed by the amount of information available to you. Living in an age when data is as accessible...
Tip: Keep Employees Content Despite Longer Working Hours
June 2015
Most small business owners know that staying competitive means working longer hours. If you own or have an equity stake in the business, longer work days may not be such a burden because...
Tip: Intellectual Property - Protecting What is Yours
May 2015
According to the World Intellectual Property Organization, intellectual property rights allow the creators or owners of works that are patented, copyrighted or trademarked to benefit...
TIP: Mastering the Big Task of Small Talk
April 2015
If you've ever hoped for an excuse to dodge a business reception or a trade show cocktail party, you know that mastering small talk is a big ordeal for many people. It's estimated that...
TIP: Tax Refund Fraud Schemes Proliferate Online
March 2015
Tax refund fraud is on the increase. Taxpayers caught in these scams often spend months trying to resolve the problem and get the refund they deserve. Authorities...
TIP: It's 2015 - Get Ready for Big Changes Ahead
February 2015
Every new year brings its own challenges, and 2015 is no different. Many businesses and business owners will face important changes in the year ahead that they must master...
Tip: Start Now for Tax Savings Later
January 2015
Procrastinators rarely seize the opportunity to leverage tax breaks to the max. In order to fully benefit from the range of deductions available, small business owners must...
Tip: Year-End Business Assessment
December 2014
As the year-end fast approaches, it's a good idea to invest some time and effort to conduct a review to see where your business stands and what impact the changes you encountered in 2014 had...
Year-End Tax Planning for Small Businesses
November 2014
It's not too early to start thinking ahead and begin planning to ensure you don't miss a possible business tax deduction on next year's filing. Smart...
Do You Need Insurance for Your Employees
October 2014
Recently, discussion about employee insurance has centered almost exclusively on health care and medical insurance and the government's efforts to promote...
TIP: Productivity for Entrepreneurs
September 2014
Rather than increase our leisure time, business technology - especially smart phones and tablets - seems to have extended our work hours...
Tip: Finding Solutions to Small Business Credit Issues
August 2014
The New York Federal Bank recently hosted a summit on small business credit innovations, bringing together experts to discuss solutions to the credit gap that small businesses...
Intellectual Property - Protecting Your Most Valuable Assets
July 2014
In today's competitive business environment fueled by the Internet and e-business, understanding what intellectual property means and finding ways to stop competitors from stealing your ideas is...
Tip: Hiring a Summer Intern
June 2014
Hiring an intern for the summer can be a useful way to add temporary help during the vacation season, and a good way to find potential employees for the future. If you haven't looked for an intern before, here are a few thoughts to get you...
Small Business Administration's Loan Programs Attract More Criticism
May 2014
Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama pulled no punches in his recent criticism of the multibillion-dollar loan program administered by the Small Business Administration. He is concerned...
TIP: Stay Current on Debit Card "Swipe Fees" Appeals
April 2014
A federal appeals court ruling at the end of March will keep debit card fees charged by banks – which many small businesses consider too high – at its current level of 21...
Tip: Avoid Scrutiny as IRS Shifts Focus to Small Businesses
March 2014
Small business owners frequently prefer to set up as small business partnerships to avoid the expenses and bureaucracy involved in forming a corporation. A surge in these types...
Tip: Higher Income Earners See Changes on their Tax Returns
February 2014
There aren't too many across-the-board changes affecting taxpayers filing their 2013 returns. However, that doesn't mean there aren't any major changes - or that higher income brackets won't...
Pitching New Business the Smart Way
January 2014
If working smarter is one of your New Year's resolutions, pitching new business is where your resolution can begin. Whether you...
Tip: 'Tis the Season
December 2013
Spreading seasonal cheer without breaking the bank doesn't have to be difficult. In most instances, personal recognition, simple gifts and sincere thanks for a year of hard work are always in...
What the New SEC Regulations Really Mean to Entrepreneurs
November 2013
In the aftermath of all the crowdfunding hoopla, enthused entrepreneurs assumed that the Securities and Exchange Commission, the governing body that regulates the sale of equities, was about to...
Qualities that Make a Great Leader
October 2013
Opinions abound, but when you boil things down, the qualities that make a leader great are the character attributes that the most successful...
Surefire Ways to Market Your Business When You're Strapped for Cash
September 2013
Traditional advertising and social media offer great ways to reach customers, but running an effective ad campaign requires a major budget commitment that...
For Many Small Business Owners, the Time is Right to Get a Loan
August 2013
According to data released in July by the Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy, small-business lending activity is on the increase. The number of loans is on an upswing...
Tip: Watching Washington - U. S. Government Owes Small Businesses $3 Million in Back Fees
July 2013
If you've been thinking about pursuing government contracts by getting in the 'vendor catalog' for Government departments - otherwise known...
Tip: Creating a Disaster Plan for Your Business
June 2013
The recent tornados in Texas and Oklahoma remind us how vulnerable we are when disaster hits. Whether you live in tornado alley, a coastal area or inland, unexpected...
Tip: Get Ready for Possible Internet Sales Tax Law
May 2013
It's been a long time since the topic was first aired, but the issue is far from dead. The much-debated Internet sales tax law continues to advance...
Tip: Make the Most of Capital-Gains Tax Rates
April 2013
As a stock investor, or as someone who has had money in a mutual fund, you already know that investments you’ve held for longer than a year and sold for a profit are subject to lower tax...
TIP: Navigating the New Capital Gains Taxes - Don't Go It Alone
March 2013
It's hard to make a definitive statement about how the new capital gains tax laws will affect investors. The new system is extremely daunting. Without...
Tip: Don't Overlook the Small Business Incentives
February 2013
Most of the press coverage of the fiscal cliff tax debates that concluded 2012 centered on income tax revisions, higher taxation rates for the wealthy...
Tip: Make at Least One New Year's Resolution for 2013
January 2013
Many of us shy away from New Year's resolutions. We avoid vowing to make January 1 the start of a set of healthy life choices in favor of trying to set personal goals throughout the year....
Year-End Tax Tips
December 2012
With so many tax laws up in the air, year-end tax planning is more challenging than ever this year. Changes to the tax code are on the horizon, and almost all taxpayers will be affected if...
Tip: Strategies to Offset New Health Care Taxes
November 2012
Trying to make business or investment decisions based on whether the Bush tax cuts will expire on Dec. 31 is like rolling the dice. But there is little or no speculation required when it comes to...
Tip: Stretch Your Marketing Budget
October 2012
Most small business owners have to make every dollar in their marketing budget count. Easier said than done in a world that offers such a variety of high-tech and traditional marketing tools. Maximizing...
Tip: Making the Leap from Entrepreneur to Successful Leader
September 2012
The very assets that make entrepreneurs successful can turn into handicaps when their business ventures take off and they assume the role of boss. Going from being responsible for everything...
TIP: Tax-Savvy Ways to Help Pay for Grandkids' College Expenses
August 2012
There’s more than one way to help pay a grandchild’s college expenses, and all of them come with tax benefits. Here’s a run through of some options. As always, consult...
Tip: How to Give a Good Speech
July 2012
The recent commencement speech by David McCullough demonstrates how powerful the spoken word can be. The Wellesley High School English teacher gave the commencement address that rapidly gained...
TIP: Taxes, Healthcare, Federal Regulations Key Issues for Small Business Owners
June 2012
The end of May marked National Small Business Week, and the National Federation of Independent Business marked the event by identifying key issues facing small business owners...
Tip: What Does the JOBS Act Mean For Your Small Business?
May 2012
The JOBS Act – short for Jumpstart Our Business Start-Ups – became law in early April. The bipartisan effort combines six smaller bills that changed the Securities and Exchange...
Tip: Filing Tips for Procrastinators
April 2012
If you enjoy the adrenaline rush of the eleventh-hour dash but have cut it too close to get your 2011 tax return completed by April 17, relax. File an extension...
Tip: More Key Changes to Tax Form 1040
March 2012
There are some important things to understand about tax Form 1040 before preparing your 2011 return. As always, there are many changes and variables that will affect your return....
Tip: Some Tax Form 1040 Changes to Consider
February 2012
It’s time to start thinking about your 2011 tax return. Changes to the tax code are never simple, and figuring out how to take advantage of tax breaks can be tricky. This year, new additions...
Tip: New Year – New Resolutions
January 2012
It might be cliché, but beginning the year with renewed enthusiasm and new goals can be a major boost to business success and an excellent way to get back to business basics. Instead of making unrealistic...
Tip: Don’t Overlook Expiring Tax Breaks
December 2011
As the year-end approaches, it’s time to ensure that you take advantage of all the tax breaks that apply to your business – especially those...
Tip: Taking Your Business Global
November 2011
According to a recent survey taken by the Hong Kong Shanghai Banking Corp., 40 percent of small businesses worldwide want to be trading internationally by 2013. Firms both large and small are daunted...
Tip:  Thriving in Today’s Economy
October 2011
Studying the headlines every day for clues to the economy can be a frustrating process, and trying to figure out what works best in today’s economy can be exhausting. Relax. Surviving...
Tip: Tax Breaks for Hiring Disabled; Crackdown on Hiring of Illegal Workers
September 2011
In response to National Disability Employment Month, which is observed in October, private sector nonprofit organizations are encouraging small business owners...
LIFO Accounting Method Targeted: Small Businesses Fight Repeal
August 2011
A proposal to eliminate the Last In, First Out (LIFO) accounting system has generated alarm and protests from several major industry associations, including the National Federation of Independent Business. The...
Tip: Update on IRS Revised Guidelines for Overseas Accounts
July, 2011
The IRS has extended its deadline for U.S. taxpayers to enter a voluntary disclosure program regarding their offshore foreign bank accounts. The IRS decided to extend its initial Aug. 31 deadline by as many...
Tip: Thriving and Prospering in a Tough Economy
June, 2011
It’s been two years since the economy hit a rough patch, and – although we are in recovery mode now – progress is slow, and many small business owners are still feeling the...
Tip: Planning – The Key To Success
May, 2011
Whether recording prior periods’ transactions or preparing clients’ tax returns, accountants’ lives consist mainly of looking back at historical transactions, though simply recording those is not going to make a business...
Tip: Being the Boss – Managing People Well
April, 2011
Many entrepreneurs had their share of bad bosses before setting up their own business operations. Trying not to fall into the bad habits of others – or avoiding your own versions – can be a challenge, especially...
Tip: Leverage All Your Tax Deductions and Credits
March, 2011
This is the time of year when you gather your business records, personal receipts and notes before discussing what you might owe Uncle Sam with your professional tax consultant. It seems as...
Tip: What’s New on Form 1040
February, 2011
After months of uncertainty regarding possible tax cut extensions, we now know which breaks have been extended and which ones have hit the deck. Here’s how the major changes stack up...
Charitable Giving Guidelines
January, 2011
Even though it’s now 2011, completing and filing taxes for 2010 is just beginning. While we all know that charitable donations are an ideal way to reduce your tax...
Deficit Reduction: An Update on Capitol Hill Happenings
December, 2010
Deficit reduction is the hot topic in Washington with reports already released by the President’s bipartisan deficit commission and the bipartisan Rivlin-Domenici Debt Reduction Task Force. Co-chaired...
Tip: Take Full Advantage of Tax Breaks in Small Business Jobs Act
November, 2010
The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 is intended to provide some welcome tax relief to businesses, with the hope of spurring growth and job creation. Many of these provisions are set to expire after 2011....
Tip: The R&D Tax Credit Might Benefit Your Business
October, 2010
In mid-September, President Obama proposed expanding the research and development of a tax credit that was first enacted in 1981 – and making the benefit permanent. The provision,...
Tips: New Business on a Budget
September, 2010
One of life's many ironies is that you need a solid marketing budget when economic times require you (and everyone else) to tighten the purse strings. To be effective, marketing requires the right mix of reach and frequency - or to put...
$30 Billion Fund to Boost Lending, Provide Tax Breaks to Small Businesses
August, 2010
Obtaining bank credit - one of the toughest problems facing many small business owners - could get easier soon thanks to a $30 billion credit funding program designed to address the decline in lending to small businesses. This is...
Update: New Rules Create Grandfathering Conundrum in Healthcare Reform
July, 2010
No one expected the healthcare overhaul to be simple. The new regulatory standards governing employer-sponsored plans that were announced in June could mean that as many as 39 percent to 69 percent of employer-sponsored plans...
Confidence Increases in Small Business Sector
June, 2010
Recent surveys undertaken by the National Federation of Independent Businesses and Wells Fargo reveal an uptick in business owners' optimism. The gains in confidence reported in both surveys were...
Tip: Business plans work
May, 2010
Sometimes in these days of twittering and instant messaging, it is tempting to question whether business plans are obsolete. The answer is a resounding no. Without a business plan, your ideas, financial...
Tip: What Health care Reform Means to You - An Overview
April, 2010
Given the historic nature of the health care reform legislation, we should not be surprised that all the details will not be worked out for awhile. As part of what became a two-part process, the president...
IRS Launches Crackdown on Use of Contractor Workers
March, 2010
President Obama's budget for 2011 will bring yet more scrutiny of businesses that use independent contractors to minimize labor costs. This year the IRS will audit 2,000 companies for...
Tip: Tax Updates and Pending Issues
February, 2010
Tax filing deadlines will be here before we know it. Here's an update on new deductions and some unresolved issues that might affect your tax bill. As always,...
Tips: A Better Bottom Line in 2010
January, 2010
As the New Year dawns, it might be time to take an honest appraisal of your business and set some goals for improved cash flow and profitability. Here are a few thoughts for you to...
Tip: New tax break option for business losses
December, 2009
The Worker, Homeownership and Business Assistance Act, signed into law in early November 2009, gives a valuable tax break to businesses that have incurred net operating losses in 2009. Under the general rule, a business owner is permitted...
Tip: Do Not Overlook Tax Perks
November 2009
ItÂ’s not too soon to be thinking about your taxes for 2009. First, it might be time to sit down with your tax professional to see if there are some tax perks out there that would benefit your small business. Second,...
Tip: Successful Branding of Your Products or Services
October, 2009
You don't need the financial resources of a large company to brand your products or services successfully. Branding is nothing more than a consistent, simple marketing message that tells prospective buyers what makes...
Tip: Revised SBA 504 Loan Program Designed To Get Credit Moving
September, 2009
Recognizing that small business is the bedrock of the economic recovery, the Small Business Administration has made changes to its lending programs recently. The latest initiative is a permanent change...
Tip: New Vehicle Tax Breaks
August, 2009
Money is tight these days, but if you are in the market for a new vehicle, now is the time to buy. Apart from the great discounts available at dealerships with General Motors and Chrysler vehicles in the lot...
Tip: Monitoring Health Care Reform Debate
July, 2009
Most small-business organizations in the U.S. agree that the health-care system needs a major overhaul. But when it comes to the remedy, opinions vary. Some leading small-business groups recently announced...
TIP: Keeping It In The Family—Lending Money
June, 2009
Retirees, or people on the verge of retirement, have seen their retirement savings dwindle during the recent economic downturn. Many people are no longer in a position to bolster the incomes of adult children with cash gifts, or to...
TIP: Price-Cutting Strategies
May 2009
Consumers and businesses alike are looking for ways to cut their budgets and, as a result, businesses in every sector have seen sales diminish. Cutting prices might seem like the fastest way to boost sales, but is it the smartest...
TIP: Last Minute Tax Tips
April 2009
There is still time to do a review with your tax professional to make sure you are maximizing all your options for cutting your 2008 tax bill. There’s absolutely no time to waste—so here are some 11th hour tips and...
TIP: Don’t Overlook Stimulus Act’s Tax Breaks FOR BUSINESSES & Taxpayers
March 2009
Taxpayers and small business owners got some good news with the passage of the economic stimulus bill, which Congress passed in mid-February. Now is a good time to consult...
TIP: Thriving in a Weak Economy
February 2009
Economists believe that we should expect slow growth for the first quarter of 2009 and some believe that this pattern might extend into the second quarter, too. Spending cut-backs, tough economic times, and consumer caution are challenges...
TIP: Get To Know The New IRA Rules
January 2009
Recognizing that many seniors saw their IRA balances hurt by the stock market plunge, Congress has provided some relief by suspending the minimum required distribution (MRD) rules for 2009. This move is...
TIP: A New Spin on Year-End Tax Strategies
December, 2008
A new president in the White House in January will mean changes are coming and that it’s time to sit down now with your professional tax advisor to talk about your 2008 returns. There are several...
TIP: Don’t Overlook Bailout’s Personal Tax Break Provisions
November 2008
Regardless of who’ll be in the White House next year, our new president, facing spiraling federal deficits, will find it tough to meet personal tax-cut pledges. It’s even more important...
TIP: Dealing With The Financial Crisis
October 2008
Has the credit crunch affected small business more than large corporations? It’s safe to say that small businesses won’t be seeing the same bail-outs that the big financial institutions...
TIP: The New Housing Act –An Early Trick or Treat from Congress?
September 2008
The federal tax changes in The Housing Act (or to give it its proper title: The American Housing Rescue and Foreclosure Act of 2008), are intended to staunch the flow of housing foreclosures, but some changes could sting certain homeowners. You may...
TIP: Money-Saving Tips for Entrepreneurs
August 2008
It’s the little things that add up…and that is doubly true when it comes to running a small business and cutting back on spending. It’s true that there may be some areas...
TIP: Tax Payer Friendly Amendments Give Vacation Home Owners A Break
July 2008
If you have been considering selling a vacation home that you rent out and use for yourself too, and you’re (justifiably) leery of incurring a big tax hit, a recent move—IRS Revenue Procedure 2008-16 that extends...
TIP: Borrowing in A Credit Crunch
June 2008
Things are tough all over. As a direct result of the crisis precipitated by bad housing loans, even people with good credit ratings are finding it tough to borrow money to fund their business ventures. Experts...
TIP: Use Your 1040 To Help Cut Next Year’s Tax Bill
May 2008
Whether or not you are breathing a sigh of relief now that tax time is over, it might be worthwhile taking another look at your 1040 before consigning it to your filing cabinet. Why? Well for starters, your...
TIP: Weathering An Economic Downturn
April 2008
It’s been about 7 years since we experienced an economic downturn. Economists believe that the boom is over and that we’re in one right now. Small businesses tend to feel...
TIP: Protect Your Business From Employee fraud
March 2008
Scarcely a month goes by without the media revealing yet another security breach that has hobbled a company or compromised its customers’ financial security. Whether it is Société Générale’s recent...
TIP: Find Out Which Tax Changes Are Important For You
February 2008
Each tax season brings new legislation and updates that affect individual and small business tax filers. This year brings more changes than usual. The...
TIP: Boost Productivity With These Five Simple Tips
January 2008
As every business owner knows, being busy and working long hours doesn’t always translate into progress and productivity. Perhaps more than any other business executives, small business owners fall victim to a...
TIP: Year End Tax Tips For Small Businesses
December 2007
’Tis the season to get busy …but not too busy to think about saving money on next year’s tax bill, and doing a few year-end tasks that might just save you plenty. Here are a few things to consider, but remember that these year-end tax...
TIP: Retirement Plans For Small Businesses
November 2007
A retirement plan can do wonders when it comes to recruiting, and retaining, good employees. If you don’t have anything in place, or if your current plan is not very...
Tip: Successful Selling For Service-Oriented Firms
October 2007
Techniques that help sell products just don’t work when it comes to professional services. Services are usually tailored to meet the needs of specific clients, and...
Tip: Networking with Ease
September 2007
We’ve all heard it— networking is the way to build your business. For many people, even experienced entrepreneurs, this is much easier said than done. Few of us really...
TIP: Safeguarding Your Business “Pitch” Ideas
August 2007
Any business owner who has to “pitch” ideas— whether it’s for an advertising campaign to a prospective client, or a new product to a possible business partner...
TIP: Watch Out For The “Kiddie Tax” Trap
July 2007
Congress has voted to raise the age limit for collecting what has become known as the “kiddie tax” to widen its reach and boost tax...
TIP: Stay Informed as Health Care Reform Looms Large…Again
June 2007
It’s been more than a decade since politicians geared up to debate health care reform, but now with health care costs soaring and more than 45 million...
TIP: How to Keep Good Employees
May 2007
How do you keep good employees when you can’t match the salary or benefits of the larger corporate competitors down the street? For a start, you can take...
TIP: How Good Is Your Customer Service Really?
April 2007
You might have the most wonderful product, or service, on the planet, but, unless you provide customers with good service, real success probably...
TIP: Avoid Audit Angst
March 2007
As tax filing deadlines draw closer, the specter of an audit notice from the Internal Revenue Service looms larger. Small business owners suffer from...
TIP: Setting up a Firewall
February 2007
Online security is everyone's business. Whether your company is large or small, you're at risk of security breaches orchestrated by hackers, or from data theft from former...
TIPS: Managing Your Personal Finances
January 2007
Many of us - regardless of how much we earn - struggle to make our money go further or to boost retirement savings, fund a new business venture, or buy that dream house. Here...
TIP: Reap Tax Savings Whilst There's Still Time
December 2006
Time is running out, but there is still time to pare down your tax liabilities for 2006. Many of the ideas listed below require you to take action before...
TIP: Avoiding A Tax Audit
November 2006
With year-end approaching, it’s not too soon to be thinking about tax time. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has given taxpayers notice that it intends to continue to enforce...
TIP: Picking The Right Instant Messaging Service
October 2006
Instant messaging has been around for about 10 years. To most teenagers, instant messaging is essential for communicating with friends and family. It may surprise you to know...
TIP: Minimize Airport Hassles
September 2006
In response to the foiled terrorist effort that targeted commercial transatlantic jetliners, airports increased security measures and airlines cancelled and consolidated...
TIP: Improve Your Cash Flow
August 2006
Tough as it is to sell and market your services or products, no matter how good a sales person you are, you won’t get rich - or even stay solvent - unless you know how to...
TIP: Leverage Tax Breaks to Offset The High Cost of Healthcare
July 2006
For many people, claiming an itemized deduction on Schedule A of their 1040 for out-of -pocket medical expenses is the sum total of their efforts to...
TIP: Minimize Estate And Gift Taxes For Your Heirs
June 2006
When it comes to tax-saving strategies to keep more of your family business’ assets out of Uncle Sam’s hands, it pays to start the planning process as early as you can. It’s tough when...
TIP: Looking For Press Coverage? Try Thinking Like An Editor
May 2006
As any successful sales person will tell you: "selling someone" on a product fails more often than not. On the other hand - if you provide your prospective client with a...
TIP: Under-Pricing May Sabotage Business Growth
April 2006
Under-pricing is a common problem among small business owners, and giving customers a deal that is just too sweet may torpedo your firm - no matter how...
TIP: Tackling the Self-Employment Tax Burden on Husband-and-Wife Business Owners
March 2006
A married couple, whose partnership also involves running an unincorporated business together, face some special tax challenges. The way the federal self-employment...
TIP: Don’t Miss Out on Tax Breaks
February 2006
It’s time to start thinking about your personal income taxes...and your deductions for 2005. Without a little planning and forethought, it is easy to overlook...
TIP: Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance May Boost Your Business
January 2006
Private companies - and most small businesses - are not required to comply with the governance changes resulting from the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 - legislation...
TIP: Stay Current on Deferred Compensation Tax Rules;
IRS Clarifies Changes But Pitfalls Remain
December 2005
Despite clarifications issued in September 2005, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has yet to resolve all the issues resulting from recent reform of tax regulations...
TIP: Buying Inexpensive Portable DVD Players
November 2005
Portable DVD players have become much more affordable as the technology behind them improves. Heavily discounted portable DVDs can be found on...
TIP: Living Debt-Free
October 2005
If it’s time to get serious about saving for retirement and curbing spending, here are a few tips to help you lessen your...
TIP: WiMAX Launch Expected To Spur Innovation And New Products
September 2005
If you have been waiting with bated breath for the long-anticipated launch of broadband access for users in remote locations or urban "dead" spots, there is light...
TIP: Summer Fun Tax Breaks
August 2005
Tax breaks for summer fun... sounds too good to be true? Maybe not, if your plans for kids and family this summer meet the key criteria below. As always, consult your...
TIP: Stay Tuned For… Truly Flexible Health Care Benefits
July 2005
If you’ve been irked by the "use-it-or-lose-it" restrictions that deter employees from making use of flexible health care spending accounts, stay tuned. Moves...
TIP - Webwatch Alerts Consumers to Online Scams
June 2005
If on-line scams and schemes have made you understandably wary of surfing the Internet, take heart and check out the latest offering from Consumers Union. A not-for-profit venture...
TIP: Be Prepared-For The Inevitable...And For Life's Surprises
May 2005
The Schiavo story demonstrates how important it is to have a medical directive - signed documents that state your wishes in the event of catastrophic illness or an accident that prevent you from communicating...
TIP - Improve Your Finances
April 2005
If your New Year's resolutions didn't make it past the first quarter of 2005, don't despair. Launch a spring makeover of your finances, based on practical ideas with sound...
TIP: Don't Miss Out On Tax Write-Offs - Hints For Entrepreneurs
March 2005
There's been plenty of good news recently for small business owners and for sole proprietors who file a Schedule C with their tax returns. However, many of the...
TIP: The Alternative Minimum Tax - Forewarned is Forearmed
February 2005
The alternative minimum tax (AMT) was originally intended to make sure that the wealthy did not wriggle out of paying income taxes. It targeted a fairly small...
TIP - Getting The Very Best From Your Employees
January 2005
Looking for ways to better motivate your employees and help boost productivity? Review our checklist...
TIP - Year-End Business Tax Checklist
December 2004
Your to-do list for the Holiday Season may seem endless, but our quick business tax checklist is worth your time. These moves can help minimize your tax liability...
TIP: Play It Safe - Avoiding An Income Tax Audit
November 2004
There’s nothing you can do to avoid random selection for a tax audit, but there’s plenty you can do to minimize the likelihood that the taxman will select your income...
Tip- Understanding Your Real Estate Tax Assessment
October 2004
If you own property in the U.S., you pay taxes on it. Tax rates vary from state to state, and from neighborhood to neighborhood, but real estate taxes are an inescapable reality for...
Cash Management Basics For Small Business Operators
September 2004
If you are in business to make a profit, successful cash management is perhaps the most important aspect of your enterprise. Sound like a no-brainer? Perhaps...
TIP - Loans To Family Members - Avoiding Pitfalls
August 2004
It is very likely -if it hasn’t happened already- that someone in your family will need a helping hand. Maybe it is a child who is buying a first home, a grandkid that needs help with education expenses, or a...
TIP-GETTING THROUGH TO CUSTOMERS
July 2004
Getting through to potential customers has never been an easy business. In the "old" days, the obstacles were human, in the form of receptionists, personal secretaries and assistants. Now in...
TIP--THE ROAD TO WEALTH STARTS WITH GOOD HABITS
June 2004
The road to financial hell is paved with good intentions. And, conversely, for most of us the path to financial independence or wealth is all about action - simple, consistent action. However, simple doesn’t...
TIP--- HOW TO MAXIMIZE RESULTS FROM EMPLOYEE TRAINING PROGRAMS
May 2004
Human resource professionals frequently cite lack of training as a major factor in employee turnover and suggest that continuing education programs and...
TIP--BANISH BURNOUT AND DE-STRESS
April 2004
If your New Year’s resolution to attain "balance" in your life has died on the vine, or your plans to tackle tension with regular exercise have evaporated, it may be time...
TIP FOR MARCH - AVOID DISASTROUS E-MAIL GAFFES
March 2004
It has been said that smart business people learn from their mistakes-even smarter ones learn from the errors of others. Last year’s spate of high profile lawsuits and embarrassing public disclosures...
TIP--GETTING THE BEST DEAL ON AUTO LEASING
February 2004
Auto manufacturers are anxious to help dealers move inventory, and auto leases -- a major trend in the late ’90s-- are back in vogue. If you think leasing might work for you, here are a few pointers to make...
FIVE STEPS TO NEW BUSINESS SUCCESS
January 2004
If you want to make 2004 your most successful year in terms of new business, read on. Here are five tips to make your sales pitch efforts more focused and...
TIP: LEARN FROM THE PROS--SEVEN EFFECTIVE HABITS OF TOP SALES PEOPLE
December 2003
If your year-end resolutions include brushing up on sales techniques, read on. High achievers in any sales force share certain key characteristics. The best sales...
CHECK OUT NEW INPUT FROM THE IRS ON “QUALIFIED” DIVIDENDS
November 2003
The tax cuts announced in May lowered the top tax rate on dividends to 15 percent from 38.6 percent. It sounds pretty straightforward doesn’t it? However, when...
TIP: FINDING BUSINESS SOLUTIONS—FOR FREE.
October 2003
As anyone with an Internet connection knows, there is no shortage of individuals and enterprises offering small business owners the keys to success. The problem is most of these “mines of information” are...
TIP—BATTLING SPAM
September 2003
The bad news is—it’s not your imagination. You, along with some 50 million other Americans with email service, are receiving more junk email—or spam-- as it is commonly known. According to technology experts,...
TAX BITE ALERT - MORE STATES TARGET 529 PLANS
August 2003
If you are enjoying the advantages of the federal tax benefits that accrue when you use 529 savings plan to fund your children’s college plans, take note. You may end up paying more in state taxes...
Act Quickly to Take Advantage of Greater Tax Write-Offs
July 2003
The $350 billion tax cut signed into law in May offers a significant boost in federal write-offs for companies that buy equipment ranging from computers to...
Use tax
June 2003
Are you one of millions of shoppers regularly cheating your state treasury out of tax revenue? Probably. And it's even more likely that you don't even realize you're breaking...
What are the tax implications of getting cash out when refinancing?
May 2003
Cashing out of your main home is a great tax strategy if you're using the proceeds to pay off other debt on which the interest...
Uncle Sam’s Gift to Parents
April 2003
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Medical and dental deductions got you confused?
February 2003
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Be Prepared This Year
January 2003
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Too Good To Be True? Yup!
December 2002
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Remember the end is near... of the year that is!
November 2002
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Beware of these Tax Scams... They are Tricks not Treats
October 2002
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Sources of Tax-Free Income
September 2002
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So you want to win the lottery...
August 2002
An Oregon couple hit the big one and decided to take the 20-year payout. Then they decided to sell their future earnings at a discount, winding up...
Tax Tune-Up
July 2002
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Potpourri: Tax Tips
June 2002
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Tax Tips Grab Bag
May 2002
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Tips From History On Taxes
April 2002
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We Can Work It Out
March 2002
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Relief Is Only A Phone Call Away
February 2002
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A Checklist for the IRS?
January 2002
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Too Good To Be True? Yup!
December 2001
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Tax Tip Grab Bag
November 2001
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Tax Tips for Changing Times
October 2001
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Tax Breaks for The Scholastically Inclined
September 2001
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Giving and Receiving
August 2001
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Good Medicine From The IRS
July 2001
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Love and Taxes
June 2001
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Tax-Wise Tips
May 2001
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Tips For Tidy Taxpayers
April, 2001
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Tip Toe Through Your Taxes
February 2001
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Tax Tip of the Month
January 2001
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Tax Saving Ideas
September 2000
For next year’s return – if you have money coming back to you - consider direct deposit. This may save you considerable time in getting your refund back. It also eliminates...
Tax Tips: Deductions
August 2000
Dependants: Did you know you can deduct dependents, even if they are not a relative? If the person lives with you and you provide more than half of her or his support, you can list them as a dependant. However...
Mid YearTax Tips
June 2000
Is it ever too soon for good planning?...
Contributions To Your Children's IRA
June 2000
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Get a Personal Financial Check-up.
May 2000
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Interesting IRS News
April 2000
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Self-employed? Deduct Health Insurance Premiums.
March 2000
Self-employed can deduct helth insurance premiums...
All Dependents MUST Have SS# or Lose the Deduction
February 2000
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IRS Will Be Sending Out E-Filing Postcards
January 2000
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IRS Announces Credit Card Payment Options
December 1999
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New Social Security Benefit Ruling
November 1999
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IRS To Offer Relief For Y2K-Related Problems
October 1999
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