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My Big Fat Greek Tax Problem

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Last week’s blog contained this amazing stop-the-presses Newsflash: Americans don’t like paying taxes! I know that comes as a shock, but go lie down and put a cold compress on your head, and in a few days, or maybe a week, you’ll get over it. Besides, there is apparently a country that dislikes paying taxes…
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Tax 101: Q&A with a Tax Attorney (Part 2)

Last week we quizzed our readers on how well they can explain the tax codes related to their personal return. This week we have a similar question: How well do you understand the tax codes related to your business? More than half (54%, to be exact) of all U.S. sales are from small businesses. Just…
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employee-appreciation

Simple Workplace Solutions to Make Your Employees Happy

Communication is key to any relationship, even ones at work. One of the simplest ways to bridge the gap in communication between employee and employer is through your very own human resources (HR) department. A 2013 survey titled Human Capital Management’s Employee Disconnect: A Global Snapshot, conducted by ADP Research Institute, revealed an extreme disparity…
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Court Rules Corporations Have No Mind or Soul

It’s like those science-fiction movies where some huge monolithic entity has humanity under its collective alien “thumb.” Then one day, some individual makes a small defiant gesture that stirs a welling in the soul; and humanity arises and reasserts itself once again. Only in this case, the setting is the courtroom; it’s humans versus corporations;…
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The Legal Side of… Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is imminent, and once again, in matters of the heart, it’s litigation, not love, that’s in the air. Hoo boy, are there a whole lotta love, “love lite,” and marriage-related cases in the courts. It’s been almost a half-century since Jimmy Ruffin asked “What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted?” and in 2015 we have…
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Infographic: The 2015 State of Small & Medium Businesses

On January 20th, President Barack Obama delivered the annual State of the Union address to a joint session in Congress as well as to millions of Americans gathered around the television—all in anticipation to hear our country’s top concerns, national priorities, and future plans. Taking note from the White House itself, twice a year, we…
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Unhealthy Business Practices Impact Health Supplements

For 51 weeks of the year, Americans hate advertising. They DVR programs to avoid it, employ software to block it, and otherwise gripe about how advertising is ubiquitous, boring, insulting to their intelligence, manipulative, cynically targeted to children, duplicitous, and disruptive. Then comes the Super Bowl, and we eagerly preview ads. We tune into the…
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4 Legal Changes Every Small Business Owner Needs to Know

It’s that time of year again! You’ve reviewed last year’s performance and now, it’s time to use all that you’ve learned, move forward, and implement all those big plans you have lined up for 2015. But as important as tweeting your daily deals can be, there are other necessary steps to take before you go…
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Generation-Gap

4 Ways Your Business Can Bridge the Generation Gap

Take a look around your office. There’s a high probability that you’re working with people of every age range. With advanced technology and medical breakthroughs, people are living longer, which means retirement is being delayed more and more every year. Consequently, people are working until a later age to save up for a longer and…
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New Year, New Employees: Three Steps to Hiring Non-Traditional Workers

As we reported last week, the majority (61 percent) of small businesses reported growth throughout 2014. The best part? An impressive 80 percent are optimistic that their business will fare even better in the New Year. With this optimistic outlook and strong fiscal 2014, small business owners will be reinvesting in their businesses by hiring…
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