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Year-End Tax Planning Moves for Individuals

Dec 05, 2012
One of the most import new issues impacting year-end tax planning is the 3.8% Medicare surtax on unearned income for higher income individuals.

Does Attendance at a Trade Show Create Nexus?

Nov 29, 2012
One of the most common questions from business in regards to nexus is: "Does attendance at a trade show create nexus?"

How the 2013 Potential Tax Changes Could Affect You

Nov 28, 2012
How the 2013 Potential Tax Changes Could Affect You: A Basic Example Many of the 2013 potential tax changes have not been set in stone. This doesn’t mean that you should ignore them and hope for the best.…

Vehicles and Section 179 Deduction for 2013

Nov 20, 2012
One of the more popular Section 179 tax deductions is for vehicles. In fact, Section 179 can be advantageous in buying vehicles for your business!

Preparing for your annual audit: What you need to know

Nov 14, 2012
Some things in life are meant to be savored as long as possible, but your annual audit is not one of those things!  The annual audit should be completed as efficiently and quickly as possible. Proper…

Nonprofits and Social Media

Nov 13, 2012
While the majority of nonprofit organizations are knowledgeable about using Facebook, Twitter and other social media, only one in eight believes they have an effective social media strategy, according to a survey of 275 nonprofit organizations by Campbell & Co. consulting firm.

Understanding Use Tax: Part I

Nov 13, 2012
Use tax is a tax owed to your state of residency based on purchases in which you did not pay required sales-tax. Only five states do not have sales tax: Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New-Hampshire, and Oregon. Use tax can arise in a number of manners, typically buying goods in a state without sales-tax or tax-free online purchases. However, you also owe use tax by making purchases in a state with a lower sales-tax, catalogs, and even in some private transactions.

Hurricane Sandy Update - 10.27.12

Oct 31, 2012
WATERBURY, VT – Vermont Emergency Management continues to prepare for any possible adverse effects from Tropical Storm Sandy. The storm is forecast to move up the east coast throughout the weekend and…

Storm Preparedness Steps For Your Business

Oct 31, 2012
With the possibility that Hurricane Sandy might affect our region, please consider taking the following steps to prepare your business. These have been developed as a result of lessons learned from the…

QuickBooks Add-Ons: XpandedReports

Oct 31, 2012
As part of our ongoing series about QuickBooks Add-Ons, this week we will be focusing on XpandedReports.  Provided by XpandedReports, Inc., this application allows you to customize your company reports. To…

ROTH IRA Contributions and Limits

Oct 31, 2012
Using an IRA account is one of the easiest ways to save for retirement.  However, before you contribute, make sure that you are following the IRS rules to avoid penalties.  For 2012, the limit is $5,000…

Lowering Your Total Tax

Oct 31, 2012
If you expect to have a higher tax rate in the future, it helps to maximize taxes now. Two strategies that you may benefit from are converting your IRA and paying taxes on capital gains. Convert from…

Timing Social Security to Your Benefit

Oct 31, 2012
A common strategy that is being used to increase the size of monthly Social Security payments later in life is referred to as “file and suspend”.  The strategy works in the following way:  When you reach…

QuickBooks Add-Ons: Transaction Pro Importer

Oct 31, 2012
As part of our ongoing series about QuickBooks Add-Ons, this week we will be focusing on Transaction Pro Importer.  Provided by Baystate Consulting, this application can help you to easily import lists…

Productivity in the Construction and Manufacturing Industries: Part IV

Oct 31, 2012
Review daily reports submitted by staff. To provide the most results, focus on the assessment of job problems, efforts made by employees to resolve bottlenecks, and any changes to the scope of assigned…

QuickBooks Add-Ons: Pinnacle Cart eCommerce

Oct 31, 2012
As part of our ongoing series about QuickBooks Add-Ons, this week we will be focusing on Pinnacle Cart eCommerce.  Provided by Desert Dog Marketing LLC, Pinnacle Cart eCommerce is a shopping cart and website…

Three Reasons To Call Your Tax Accountant Today

Oct 31, 2012
1. The Tax Code is constantly changing. Credits expire, deductions shrink and rates can fluctuate from year to year. For planning purposes, it’s best to know what to expect ahead of time. If you’re trying…

It's National Women's Business Month!

Oct 31, 2012
To honor National Women's Business Month, SBA officials will host a series of weekly web chats, aimed at helping aspiring and established women business owners learn more about starting or expanding small…

QuickBooks Add-Ons: OneWay Commerce

Oct 31, 2012
As part of our ongoing series about QuickBooks Add-Ons, this week we will be focusing on OneWay Commerce.  Provided by Propelware, this application allows you to set up an e-commerce storefront directly…

QuickBooks Add-Ons: Full Slate

Oct 31, 2012
As part of our ongoing series about QuickBooks Add-Ons, this week we will be focusing on OneWay Commerce.  Provided by Propelware, this application allows you to set up an e-commerce storefront directly…