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Reporting Business Income and Expenses – Which Accounting Method is Right for You?

Reporting Business Income and Expenses – Which Accounting Method is Right for You?

In two previous posts, I addressed some key tax consolidations that small business owners and employers need to be aware of as we head into tax season, including the specific tax requirements that impact employers continue reading »

PERSONAL FINANCE: “Tax Day” Deadline Extended to April 18th for 2011

PERSONAL FINANCE: “Tax Day” Deadline Extended to April 18th for 2011

The Internal Revenue Service today opened the 2011 tax filing season by announcing that taxpayers have until April 18 to file their tax returns. The IRS reminded taxpayers impacted by recent tax law changes that using e-file is the best way to ensure accurate tax returns and get faster refunds. continue reading »

SMALL BUSINESS FINANCE: New Law Helps Business Obtain over $10.3 Billion in Loan Guarantees

SMALL BUSINESS FINANCE: New Law Helps Business Obtain over $10.3 Billion in Loan Guarantees

SBA Administrator Karen Mills announced that as of Dec. 31 the agency had approved more than $10.3 billion in loan guarantees which supported more than $12 billion in lending to small businesses since President Obama continue reading »

SMALL BUSINESS FINANCE: New Tech Guide Helps Entrepreneurs Grow Small Businesses, Create Jobs

SMALL BUSINESS FINANCE: New Tech Guide Helps Entrepreneurs Grow Small Businesses, Create Jobs

A new technology tool for small businesses is now available to help them grow and create jobs. The new education resource, Business Technology Simplified, helps small business owners connect the dots between entrepreneurship and technology to give them a competitive edge. continue reading »

SMALL BUSINESS FINANCE: IRS Announces 2011 Standard Mileage Rates

SMALL BUSINESS FINANCE: IRS Announces 2011 Standard Mileage Rates

The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2011 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. continue reading »

SMALL BUSINESS FINANCE: IRS Help Small Business Claim Healthcare Tax Credit

SMALL BUSINESS FINANCE: IRS Help Small Business Claim Healthcare Tax Credit

The Internal Revenue Service today released final guidance for small employers eligible to claim the new small business health care tax credit for the 2010 tax year. Today’s release includes a one-page form and instructions small employers will use to claim the credit for the 2010 tax year. continue reading »

SMALL BUSINESS FINANCE: SBA Experts Offer Advice on Business Expansion

SMALL BUSINESS FINANCE: SBA Experts Offer Advice on Business Expansion

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s November web chat will offer advice to entrepreneurs looking to grow or expand their businesses. If you are considering expansion of your company’s product or service, the free web chat will help you learn how to make your next move. continue reading »

SMALL BUSINESS FINANCE: Six Steps to Exporting Success

SMALL BUSINESS FINANCE: Six Steps to Exporting Success

Small businesses interested in exporting now have a new online tool to help them tap into the global marketplace to grow their business. Developed by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Small Business Administration continue reading »

PERSONAL FINANCE: Planning Your Future and Staying Bankruptcy Free

PERSONAL FINANCE: Planning Your Future and Staying Bankruptcy Free

What exactly is bankruptcy? Bankruptcy is when your assets are tied up and you cannot pay your debts. There are a number of different bankruptcies that are open to individuals. These different bankruptcy options were created to help individuals and their special needs. continue reading »

Tax Credits Help Homeowners Winterize their Homes, Save Energy

Tax Credits Help Homeowners Winterize their Homes, Save Energy

People can now weatherize their homes and be rewarded for their efforts. According to the Internal Revenue Service, homeowners making energy-saving improvements this fall can cut their winter heating bills and lower their 2010 tax bill as well. continue reading »

PERSONAL FINANCE: Teaching Children About Money : Your Kids vs. Your Wallet

PERSONAL FINANCE: Teaching Children About Money : Your Kids vs. Your Wallet

How many times have you wondered whether your children think money does indeed grow on trees? It probably seems like every time you turn around your wallet is being attacked by the "gimme's". continue reading »

PERSONAL FINANCE: How to Choose Your Personal Finance Software

PERSONAL FINANCE: How to Choose Your Personal Finance Software

Using a computer to track spending and investments used to mean just choosing software and getting started. It's not that simple anymore. People are now wondering if it’s possible to bypass using personal software altogether and instead use continue reading »

Hang Onto Your Money with CRL’s Guide to Better Banking

Hang Onto Your Money with CRL’s Guide to Better Banking

When you open an account at a bank or credit union you should be able to trust that— aside from a fair administration fee—your money will be there when you need it. continue reading »

PERSONAL FINANCE: Saving Money On Transportation Costs

PERSONAL FINANCE: Saving Money On Transportation Costs

It seems like we're always on the go these days. Whether traveling across the country (or the world) or across town, there are ways that you can get more travel out of your transportation dollars. continue reading »

SMALL BUSINESS FINANCE: Go Green and Save Green

SMALL BUSINESS FINANCE: Go Green and Save Green

It's all the rage to talk about green cities, green businesses, and green policies. It makes sense in the big picture to take care of the planet we're on. But what does "going green" really mean to the average small business owner? continue reading »