1. Articles in category: Small Business

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    1. Severe Weather Threatens Businesses. It’s Time to Measure and Disclose the Risks

      Severe Weather Threatens Businesses. It’s Time to Measure and Disclose the Risks

      The weather affects consumers’ behavior in terms of what products they buy, where they buy them, and in what quantity. Even if a business knows how normal weather affects its earnings, unexpected abnormal weather present their own risks. Today, weather risk management is still in its early days. The majority of businesses do not hedge against weather risks, nor do they have an accurate view on how much is at risk.

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    2. Why States Are Struggling to Tax Services | CPA Practice Advisor

      Why States Are Struggling to Tax Services | CPA Practice Advisor

      As states struggle to align their tax codes with the modern service economy, expanding sales taxes to include activities like personal care, home repair, funeral services, computer maintenance and similar enterprises would seem to be a logical move. But states are finding it's not so easy. Twenty-three state legislatures considered proposals this year to impose taxes on at least some services. But so far, none has made it into law intact -- and most died outright.

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    3. 72% of Small Businesses Don't Have Succession Plan

      72% of Small Businesses Don't Have Succession Plan

      There may be nothing more certain than death and taxes, but Americans like to push thoughts of that first topic away. Perhaps that's why almost three-fourths of U.S. small businesses don't have a succession plan and most small business owners don't have a will. That's according to the 2017 Make-A-Will-Month survey by Rocket Lawyer, an online provider of legal services.

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    4. Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) You Should Track for Your Small Business | FreshBooks Blog

      Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) You Should Track for Your Small Business | FreshBooks Blog

      Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) can keep you on track and let you know whether your efforts are paying off. KPIs will also help you determine if you’re spending too much time on something that’s not worth it and prioritize your tasks accordingly. A 2016 survey by Geckoboard found that nearly half of small and medium-sized business owners have failed to identify any Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

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    5. IRS may be missing billions in taxes from employer underreporting | Accounting Today

      The Internal Revenue Service could be foregoing billions of dollars in potential taxes because tens of thousands of employers are underreporting the amount of their workers’ wages and withholding taxes, according to a new report. The report, from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, examined the IRS’s Combined Annual Wage Reporting Program, which compares the employee wage and withholding information reported to the IRS on employment tax forms with the withholding documents filed by employers with the Social Security Administration. The CAWR Program aims to make sure employers report the correct amount of employment taxes and federal income ...

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    6. How Small Businesses Can Increase Their Digital Capabilities

      How Small Businesses Can Increase Their Digital Capabilities

      Paying for a cup of coffee on an iPad is mainstream in big cities, but the majority of small businesses — the backbone of our local economies — have not yet fully come online. And as e-commerce outfits increasingly follow Amazon’s lead in adopting a purely data-driven model to provide greater value in the face of squeezed margins, retailers and service providers that don’t embrace technology will be at a major disadvantage.

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    7. Taxpayer Advocate recommends IRS dedicate more employees to taxpayer service | Accounting Today

      National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson said in a report Wednesday the Internal Revenue Service ran a generally successful filing season this year, but it needs to assign more employees to taxpayer service instead of enforcement. In her midyear report to Congress, Olson, who heads the IRS’s Taxpayer Advocate Service, praised the IRS for reducing the prevalence of identity theft this past tax season.

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    8. Federal Remote Seller Legislation-Here we go Again!

      It was just a matter of time before the U.S. Congress would take up the initiative of giving states the ability to compel remote sellers, with the force of state law, to collect sales tax on all sales that originate in one state but are delivered to another state unless such sales are exempt from tax in the destination state. The current House Bill is H.R. 2193 and is named ‘Remote Transactions Parity Act of 2017.

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    9. How to Improve Your Finance Skills (Even If You Hate Numbers)

      How to Improve Your Finance Skills (Even If You Hate Numbers)

      If you’re not a numbers person, finance is a daunting subject. But understanding concepts like EBITDA and net present value are important no matter where you sit on the org chart. Here are some strategies for boosting your financial acumen. Get acquainted with your company’s income statement. Reproduce the numbers in a spreadsheet then group them into categories of profit and loss. Your goal is to understand how much your company spends and where it makes money. Play with the numbers.

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    10. More Self-Employed are Incorporating… Should You?

      More Self-Employed are Incorporating… Should You?

      The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is a remarkable trove of data. The BLS tracks everything from wages by occupation to the national unemployment rate to the consumer price index. The information is publicly available and credible which is a surprisingly rare combination. The reports are useful to business owners of all sizes and professions.

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    11. Virtual Accounting Solutions Help Decrease Financial Administration by 40 Percent

      Virtual Accounting Solutions Help Decrease Financial Administration by 40 Percent

      Small- to medium-sized business (SMB) owners often wear many hats. They’re customer service reps, HR directors, marketing managers, IT specialists…even accountants. Month in and month out, they juggle resources, tight budgets, overhead and cash flow. It’s hard to find the time to manage it all and stay productive―and keep the business profitable.

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    12. Tennessee Leads U.S. for Small Business Job Growth

      Tennessee and Georgia are leading the country in job growth among small businesses, according to employment data compiled by one of the nation's biggest payroll processors. Tennessee was the No. 1 state for small business employment growth in January, rising nearly 4.2 percent last month, according to the monthly Paychex -- IHS Small Business Jobs Index released Tuesday. Paychex, which processes about one of every 11 employee pay checks in the United States, ranked Georgia No.

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    13. FBI Tips on Network Security for Small Business | CPA Practice Advisor

      FBI Tips on Network Security for Small Business | CPA Practice Advisor

      In addition to securing your data, there are everyday network security concerns that we all face. Here’s what we learned by talking with a James M.T. Morrison, a Senior Computer Scientist at the FBI who is working to educate and empower companies to be more secure. [From the dataquest blog.] 40% of all cyber threats to your company are from an internal source. And your network security is only as good as your weakest link.

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    14. Obama Administration Appeals Overtime Pay Injunction

      Making good on a promise to pursue all possible legal avenues, the Department of Labor is appealing a temporary injunction placed by a federal judge last week on its new overtime pay rules.

      The notice of appeal, filed by Secretary of Labor Thomas Peretz and representatives of the U.S. Department of Labor, aims to lift a temporary injunction against overtime changes that were scheduled to take effect December 1.

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    15. Domestic Manufacturers Probably Over-claimed Tax Deductions

      Domestic Manufacturers Probably Over-claimed Tax Deductions

      The IRS does not have enough controls in place to make sure U.S. manufacturers are properly claiming the Domestic Production Activities Deduction on their tax returns, according to a new report. The report, from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, identified 2,829 companies that filed returns for 2013 potentially overclaiming the DPAD by more than $27 million. The tax deduction dates back to a 2004 law known as the American Jobs Creation Act.

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    16. IRS Hopes to Collect Billions in Taxes from Nonfilers

      IRS Hopes to Collect Billions in Taxes from Nonfilers

      The Internal Revenue Service plans to make changes in how it deals with people who don’t file tax returns to collect billions of dollars in lost tax revenue, according to a new report. The report, from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, said the IRS has a strategy in place as part of its Case Creation Nonfiler Identification Process to identify taxpayers who have not filed a tax return and are required to do so if their income is above a certain threshold.

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    17. Paychex Sees Slight Decline in Small Business Job Growth in September

      Paychex Sees Slight Decline in Small Business Job Growth in September

      Small business job growth slowed slightly in September but is still up from a year ago, according to a new report from Paychex. The Paychex | IHS Small Business Jobs Index, which the payroll giant produces in partnership with the research firm IHS, found that small business job growth slowed 0.18 percent in September, from 100.70 in August to 100.52 in September. Though the index is currently at its lowest level this year, it’s still 0.08 percent higher than a year ago.

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    18. The Top 25 Small Business Apps for 2016 | CPA Practice Advisor

      The Top 25 Small Business Apps for 2016 | CPA Practice Advisor

      Problem solver. Communicator. Financial whiz. Running a small business involves wearing a lot of hats. If you’re looking to increase productivity and organization — or just make your life as an entrepreneur a little easier — a good app might be just what you need. To help you navigate the seemingly endless sea of business apps, NerdWallet compiled a list of our favorites. These 25 can help you stay organized and in charge, no matter which hat you’re wearing.

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