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Vegetarian Menu

by Kim A. Fuqua

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Why Now is a Good Time to Pass on the Family Business

by Samia S. Morgan

Why now is a good time to pass on the family business

The rules are set to change for gift and estate taxes, which could make the present a good time to transfer control of your business to your children. "Assuming a parent wants to turn over 100 percent of the business to his children, the best year to do it is in 2012," according to Ed Kohlhepp of Kohlhepp Investment Advisors. If you're ready to retire, it's a good idea to get a valuation for your business and to find a succession planner, Karen E. Klein writes. Bloomberg Businessweek (3/19)

5 ways to slay the procrastination dragon

If your tendency to procrastinate is hurting your business, evaluate your strengths and weaknesses. Then think about finding someone else to handle the tasks that you aren't good at, recommends Rachel Karu of RAE Development. Also, realize that completing tasks might take longer than you anticipate and add important items to your schedule. Intuit Small Business Blog (3/19)

 

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How to Protect Yourself From Tax Scams

by Samia S. Morgan

How to protect yourself from tax scams
  
With the tax deadline fast approaching, unscrupulous individuals are targeting the public with phishing e-mails and other underhanded tactics, according to BBB's John North. Be wary of unsolicited e-mails and phone calls, and avoid downloading files from companies that you don't trust, he advises. Also, get recommendations from others before settling on a tax preparer, he says. ClipSyndicate/WDTN-TV (Dayton, Ohio) (3/20)

New tax rules business owners should know about

A new rule, which requires that payment processors report their transactions with businesses on 1099-K forms, could allow the IRS to uncover unreported income. Businesses should also be aware of new questions on tax forms that ask whether they have filed all required 1099 forms. The Wall Street Journal (3/16)

 

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The Tax Benefit of Posting a Net Loss

by Samia S. Morgan

The tax benefit of posting a net loss

New and small-business owners often post a net operating loss, but a loss can "be one of your best friends" at tax time, says Mark Kohler, author and CPA. The key is to carefully track expenses to maximize the tax deduction. Entrepreneur online (3/14)

The business benefits of social media analysis

Social media analysis, which focuses on what others are saying about your company on social media, is a good way to stay on top of the public's feelings about your business, writes Steve Hamby of Orbis Technologies. Social media analysis can allow companies to refine their marketing efforts, learn about what problems customers are having with their products and gain a leg up on the competition. The Huffington Post (3/15)

 

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How to Foil Scammers Seeking to Cash in With Your ATM Card

by Samia S. Morgan

How to foil scammers seeking to cash in with your ATM card

To avoid getting ripped off when you use an ATM, try to use machines that are inside buildings and make sure the "enter," "cancel" and "clear" buttons are all working before you get started. If something goes wrong, don't leave your card unattended in the machine. Also, be wary of credit card skimming scams at ATMs and at gas stations. WCCB-TV (Charlotte, N.C.) (3/18), The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.) (free content) (3/18)

3 tax errors small businesses tend to make

Accountants said the three most common mistakes that small businesses make when it comes to tax time are combining personal and business expenses in deductions, forgetting to deduct home-office costs and not understanding their own financial information. The finding came from a survey of 500 accountants by online accounting-software company Xero. Inc. online/Start It Up (3/14)

 

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How to Foil Scammers Seeking to Cash in With Your ATM Card

by Samia S. Morgan

How to foil scammers seeking to cash in with your ATM card

To avoid getting ripped off when you use an ATM, try to use machines that are inside buildings and make sure the "enter," "cancel" and "clear" buttons are all working before you get started. If something goes wrong, don't leave your card unattended in the machine. Also, be wary of credit card skimming scams at ATMs and at gas stations. WCCB-TV (Charlotte, N.C.) (3/18), The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.) (free content) (3/18)

3 tax errors small businesses tend to make

Accountants said the three most common mistakes that small businesses make when it comes to tax time are combining personal and business expenses in deductions, forgetting to deduct home-office costs and not understanding their own financial information. The finding came from a survey of 500 accountants by online accounting-software company Xero. Inc. online/Start It Up (3/14)

 

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Red Flags that Could Get You Audited by the IRS

by Samia S. Morgan

Red flags that could get you audited by the IRS

The IRS may be more likely to audit you if your income seems abnormally high or low, if you have claimed many deductions or if there are disparities between your state and federal tax returns, writes J.D. Roth. You can help to protect yourself by being honest and using tax software or getting professional help. "But even if you have a pro prepare your return, review it for obvious errors, because nobody cares more about your money than you do," he writes. Entrepreneur online (3/15)

Protect yourself from March Madness scams

Scammers may treat the NCAA Tournament as an opportunity to fleece basketball fans through the sale of counterfeit memorabilia and fake tickets. Buying counterfeit goods online may put your credit card information at risk, BBB warns. BBB's website provides a list of reputable firms for people who are looking to buy tickets on the secondary market. The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.) (3/15)

 

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The Big Picture

by Jeanine Matlow

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Why a Large Bank Isn't Your Best Bet for Getting a Loan

by Samia S. Morgan

Why a large bank isn't your best bet for getting a loan

Research found large national banks might be more reluctant to give out small-business loans, so it's a good idea to try your luck at smaller banks as well, writes Karen Axelton. "Investigate all your options, and give local and community banks in your area a fair chance," she writes. NetworkSolutions.com/Grow Smart Biz (3/13)

How social media can help nurture B2B leads

The businesspeople who engage with you on social networks are identifying themselves as potential clients down the road, Nick Stamoulis writes. "Someone who connects with one of your social profiles has already taken one step closer to becoming a 'qualified' lead; why would you follow a company you weren't interested in learning more about/hearing from?" he asks. Search Engine Optimization Journal (3/13)

 

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Credit Unions Provide Another Option for Small-Business Borrowers

by Samia S. Morgan

Credit unions provide another option for small-business borrowers

You shouldn't overlook credit unions as you try to find funding for your business. "You'll often find interest rates and fees lower than at commercial banks, and because the small-business borrowers are members, the credit union leadership is often likely to have more flexibility in lending to them," said Mike Schenk of the Credit Union National Association. But credit unions might have limited business services, and they might be wary of taking on large amounts of risk, Gwen Moran writes. Entrepreneur online (3/13)

Innovation can make you a worse person, scientists say

Creative people are less likely to be honest, and dishonesty makes people more creative, researchers say. Creative types find it easier to come up with rationalizations for bad behavior, studies found, while having to make up excuses can make people more creative in other ways. "Creativity initially pushes you across the line and then dishonesty heightens creativity," explains Harvard Business School's Francesca Gino. "It's a downward spiral."Bloomberg Businessweek/Business Schools (3/12)

 

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