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UPDATE TO STANDARD MILEAGE RATES FOR 2012

Aug 17, 2012
The IRS announced updates to the standard mileage rates for 2012 on Friday, December 9, 2011.  IR-2011-116 keeps the business mileage rates at 55.5¢ per mile for business travel after 2011.  Charitable…

MANAGING CONFLICT IN THE WORKPLACE

Aug 17, 2012
Chronic conflict can hurt productivity. cause customers to leave and introduce talented employees to look for a more agreeable place to work.

SAVING MONEY DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON

Aug 17, 2012
With the first snowfall of the year, many people begin thinking about the upcoming holiday season, from sending out holiday cards to baking cookies.

VERMONT "EMBEZZLEMENT EPIDEMIC"

Aug 17, 2012
Several Vermont state, city and private company employees have been charged with embezzlement from their workplace in recent months.  In nearly all of these incidents, the employee was responsible for…

VERMONT MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE

Aug 17, 2012
The Department of Labor announced Friday, November 4, 2011 that the state minimum wage will be increasing to $8.46 per hour from $8.15 per hour on January 1, 2012.  Accordingly, the basic wage rate for…

2012 CHANGES TO MEDICARE PREMIUMS

Aug 17, 2012
Monthly Medicare premiums for most beneficiaries will rise next year by $3.50, to $99.90, a much smaller increase than had been expected, the Obama administration said Thursday. Most Medicare beneficiaries…

WHEN DISASTER STRIKES: PART V

Aug 17, 2012
Tip 5: Practice and Update Your Disaster Recovery Plan If you have a disaster recovery plan in place, make sure you update it and keep everyone informed.

WHEN DISASTER STRIKES: PART IV

Aug 17, 2012
Putting a plan in place to get you back up and running after a disaster is very important, especially for businesses...

REBUILDING TOGETHER *GREATER BURLINGTON PROJECT DAY

Aug 17, 2012
On Saturday, October 15, 2011, Rebuilding Together*Greater Burlington had their 2nd Project Day of the year...

SENIOR CITIZENS GET COLA INCREASE

Aug 17, 2012
The government announced Wednesday that Senior citizens will soon get their first raise in three years. Social Security recipients will receive a cost of living adjustment of 3.6% starting in January.

WHEN DISASTER STRIKES: PART III

Aug 17, 2012
Tip 3: Document Your Valuables and Business Equipment Keeping a documented record of your valuables and business equipment will help with insurance and casualty loss claims in the event of a disaster.

WOMEN'S BUSINESS OWNERS NETWORK FALL CONFERENCE 2011

Aug 17, 2012
The Women's Business Owners Network (WBON) will be hosting their 2011 Fall Conference on Thursday, November 10, 2011..

TRADITIONAL IRA TO ROTH CONVERSION DEADLINE APPROACHES

Aug 17, 2012
October 15, 2011 This deadline is actually October 17th for 2011 since the 15th is on a Saturday this year. It is:

WHEN DISASTER STRIKES: PART II

Aug 17, 2012
If you lose your data, you lose everything, and it can be very difficult to recreate.  You can back up the hard drive of your personal computer (or just your financial data) to a CD, flash drive or an…

WHEN DISASTER STRIKES: PART I

Aug 17, 2012
We are pleased to introduce the first post in a new five-part series titled 'When Disaster Strikes'.

IRS ANNOUNCES NEW VOLUNTARY CLASSIFICATION SETTLEMENT PROGRAM (VCSP)

Aug 17, 2012
The VCSP program is available to businesses that currently erroneously treat their workers as non-employees or independent contractors, and now want to correctly treat these workers as employees.

FEDERAL TAX RELIEF FOR VICTIMS OF TROPICAL STORM IRENE IN VERMONT

Aug 17, 2012
The IRS has announced that taxpayers in many Vermont counties will be entitled to extensions from August 29 to October 31, and an election for treatment of uninsured casualty losses.

IVE THINGS SMALL TO MID-SIZED BUSINESSES NEED TO DO TO SUCCEED: PART V

Aug 17, 2012
#5) Create an annual budget! Annual budgets serve many purposes, not the least of which is the knowledge a business owner or manager will gain in the process of creating one. More commonly...

VERMONT FLOOD RECOVERY RESOURCE GUIDE

Aug 17, 2012
The Office of Senator Patrick Leahy released the Vermont Flood Recovery Resource Guide as a resource for all those affected by Hurricane Irene.

SEPTEMBER 1ST DUE DATES EXTENDED DUE TO HURRICANE IRENE

Aug 17, 2012
"An extension of time to file returns with a September 1 due date has been approved by Commissioner Peterson. Due to the statewide damage and disruption caused by Hurricane Irene, it will be impossible for many individuals to meet the September 1 filing deadlines for four programs administered by the Department.