Monthly Archives: October 2016

Fight scammers the old-school way

    Scam artists are relentless in finding ways to take your money. But some old-school methods are still effective for protecting yourself. Here are suggestions. Fortify your computer and your phone. Install anti-virus and anti-spyware programs and update your … Continue reading

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Customizing QuickBooks Online Forms

Make a good impression on your customers by sending them well-designed sales forms. QuickBooks Online helps you create them. Your company’s “brand” can be composed of many things (and has many definitions), but it’s really about what pops into your … Continue reading

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Are you working overtime preparing for the new labor rules?

The U.S. Department of Labor updated the rules for paying overtime, and the changes take effect December 1, 2016. Under the new rules, salaried employees who earn less than $913 per week ($47,476 per year) will be eligible for overtime … Continue reading

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Don’t get stuck with an underpayment penalty

Don’t let penalties for underpaid taxes increase your tax bill next April. Check the total you’ve paid in for 2016 through withholding and/or estimated taxes. If you’ve underpaid, consider adjusting your withholding for the final months of the year or … Continue reading

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Beware of this fake tax bill scam

The IRS has again issued a scam warning. The newest scam involves receiving via email a fake version of an IRS bill related to the Affordable Care Act. The bill requests payment by check or by clicking a link in … Continue reading

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Your business, your salary

  As the owner of your business, you are the decider of salaries for your staff. That’s true for your own salary too. While there is no one-size-fits-all formula for determining how much to pay yourself, here are two factors … Continue reading

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What’s your financial capability?

According to the National Financial Capability Study, key components of financial capability include making ends meet, planning ahead, managing financial products, and financial knowledge and decision making. The study found that 48% of the 27,000 U.S. adults surveyed during 2015 … Continue reading

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