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How to File and Provide W-2s, W-3s, & 1099 Forms – Plus Important Updates for the 2013 Reporting Season

Mon, 2013-01-14 07:43

It’s that time of year again—W-2, W-3 and 1099 reporting season.
The Affordable Care Act has changed things a little this year in terms of the information you must provide your employees on their W2s. Read on for an update and a refresher of other reporting obligations and how to file the right forms.
Reporting Employee Wages and Taxes – What’s New on Form W-2

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Flu Season Hits US: Seven Steps You Can Take to Prepare Your Business and Employees

Thu, 2013-01-10 18:26

The 2012-2013 flu season arrived earlier than usual. As the nation braces for increased flu activity, now is the time to prepare yourself, your business, and your employees. Not only is prevention important for physical health, it may impact your bottom line if your staff are out sick. Here are some tips to help you avoid illness and maintain business continuity.

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Why Your Business Needs to Get a DUNs Number

Thu, 2013-01-10 11:55

Did you know that a DUNS number is the most widely used number for identifying companies in the United States?
Did you also know that suppliers and creditors alike pull a Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) credit check on your business when you apply for credit?
Part of establishing a creditworthy company includes establishing positive credit ratings with major business credit reporting agencies such as D&B. If you are serious about establishing credit for your business, then the first thing to do is get listed in D&B’s database and set up your company’s credit file.

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4 Ways to Safeguard and Protect Your Small Business Data

Thu, 2013-01-10 07:44

Are you doing enough to safeguard and protect your small business data?
Small businesses are widely adopting data back-up practices to ensure data is retrievable should a disaster occur, but gaps remain. According to a July 2012 study by accounting software company Sage, the bulk of small businesses are backing up key data such as financial information, but most businesses back up that data on-site only. Furthermore, the study found that only 38 percent of surveyed small businesses have a formal emergency or disaster preparedness plan.

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Setting 10% Goals for Success

Tue, 2013-01-08 18:28

Funny, isn’t it, how the grass tends to look greener from the other side. It’s the same in business as well as in personal affairs.
If I look around, I can spot five companies in five minutes that “seem” to be doing better than mine. They appear to have accomplished more, in less time, and seem to be doing better than my company.
The fact is, that may or may not be true. Often things just LOOK greener.
But there is one good thing that tends to come out of “grass-is-greener” musing: it inspires me to set goals to improve my business.

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By a Wide Margin, 2012 was the United States’ Warmest Year on Record

Tue, 2013-01-08 16:00

According to the latest statistics from NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center, the average temperature for the contiguous United States for 2012 was 55.3° Fahrenheit, which was 3.2° Fahrenheit above the twentieth-century average and 1.0° Fahrenheit above the previous record from 1998. The year consisted of the fourth-warmest winter, a record-warm spring, the second-warmest summer, and a warmer-than-average autumn.The map shows where the 2012 temperatures were different from the 1981–2010 average.

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Calendar or Fiscal? Which Tax Year is Right for your Small Business?

Mon, 2013-01-07 07:51

Did you start a business last year? No? Are you planning to start one this year? Did you know you can choose the tax year you intend to operate under?  Choose well, because there are pros and cons for either method. 
A tax year is an accounting period for which you must report your taxable income and business expenses, and the law requires you to operate according to a consistent tax year. The most common is the most obvious: the calendar year. However, businesses can also report based on a fiscal tax year and a short tax year.

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Small Business Tax Incentives in the Fiscal Cliff Deal

Sat, 2013-01-05 13:20

America’s 28 million small businesses are the backbone of our economy. This past week, the Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 delivered them some really good news.

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Don’t Be a Social Media Marketing Skeptic – Learn Where and How to Start

Thu, 2013-01-03 07:53

There’s no doubt that social media marketing is a proven and established platform for connecting with customers, building a community and generating business. Yet, despite the evidence of its effectiveness as a marketing tool, surveys and studies say few small businesses are making active use of social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn to promote products and services.

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What Will 2013 Look Like For Franchising?

Thu, 2013-01-03 07:29

Will great things finally start to happen in franchising in 2013?
Should you become the owner of a franchise business in 2013?
What are some of the trends in franchising?
Let’s dig in...                                         
Jobs aren’t what they used to be. The days of working for the same company for 30 years are over. A lot of today’s corporate employees move from job to job. And it’s usually not their fault. Divisions close down. Companies restructure. As Guy Kawasaki* says, “Shitake happens.”

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