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Updated Articles and Resources

By Jean Murray

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • How Do I Prepare My Business for a Sales Tax Holiday? Created: Monday, August 06, 2012 Updated: Thursday, July 24, 2014
      Describes a sales tax holiday and how you can prepare your business for a sales tax holiday in your state.
    • Hiring Family Members in Your Business Created: Tuesday, May 01, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      Having family help in your business can be great, but there are some tax issues you need to know about before hiring a spouse, child, or other family member.
    • The S Corporation - Your Questions Answered Created: Monday, April 19, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
      All about s corporations: How they are different from corporations and from limited liability companies, advantages and disadvantages of s corporations, how to form an s corporation and make the el...
    • How to File Form 941 - With and Without Payment Created: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014
      Form 941 - Employers Quarterly Tax Return - must be filed quarterly. Where to file Form 941 depends on whether or not you are making a payment.
    • 8 Ways to Save Money on Attorney Fees Created: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014
      How to save on legal bills. Information on hiring an attorney, understanding attorney fees, and doing things yourself to save attorney time - and money.
    • 6 Times To Call a Business Attorney Created: Thursday, September 30, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
      When to call an attorney for help with business issues, including employment issues, contract issues, business startup, tax and audit issues.
    • Should I Elect to Have My LLC Taxed as an S Corporation? Created: Sunday, July 03, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
      A limited liability is taxed as either a partnership (if it has multiple members) or a sole proprietorship (if it has one member). But an LLC can elect to be taxed as an s corporation. Read this discussion about LLC's being taxed as s corporation, including how to make the s corp election.
    • How Do I File an Entity Election for an LLC? Created: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
      How to file an entity election for an LLC on Form 8832.
    • Advance Earned Income Credit (AEIC) Ends December 31, 2010 Created: Tuesday, December 02, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
      Advance Earned Income Credit
    • Accelerated Depreciation for Business Tax Savings Created: Wednesday, June 11, 2008 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
      Accelerated Depreciation. US Business Law / Taxes.
    • Depreciation Created: Thursday, July 17, 2008 Updated: Saturday, July 12, 2014
      What is depreciation, how is depreciation calculated, and how depreciation affects business taxes. Includes bonus depreciation and Section 179 deductions.
    • How to Form an LLC Created: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014
      This article gives details about this business form and the process of forming an LLC, including registering with a state and other filings.
    • Form 941 - Employer's Quarterly Federal Tax Form Created: Thursday, January 15, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014
      Form 941 is the quarterly tax return for payroll taxes. Due dates, how to complete, and current changes.
    • Guide to Business Types Created: Monday, July 04, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014
      Guide to types of business, including factors in selecting business types, taxes, liability, and special circumstances for selecting business types.
    • Guide to Types of Businesses - An Introduction Created: Monday, July 11, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014
      This guide explains factors in selecting a business type, and gives resources to help you decide on which type of business is best for your situation.
    • Business Startup Timeline Created: Friday, June 04, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014
      Ready to start a business? General business startup steps described and time estimates included. It depends on your specific business, esp. location.
    • What are my Options for Collecting on a Small Claims Judgment? Created: Tuesday, February 02, 2010 Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014
      Options for collecting money owed you from the small claims process. Be persistent and be realistic.
    • What is My Principal Place of Business? Created: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014
      This article explains the "principal place of business" concept and how you qualify your home business for tax deductions.
    • Paying Employees for Holidays Created: Monday, November 28, 2011 Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014
      Federal employment laws do not require employers to pay employees for holidays. Other related state and federal regulations related to this question.
    • What is My Legal Obligation to Pay Employees? What Happens If I Don't Pay Them? Created: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014
      Attorney Michael Helfand discusses the legal obligation of employers to pay employees, and what happens if employees are not paid.
    • 5 Ways Depreciation Benefits Your Business Created: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014
      Depreciation is one of the most powerful business accounting and tax saving tools, but many business owners don't appreciate it.  CPA Gail Rosen discusses ways depreciation benefits your business and saves you money at tax time.
    • Which Business Mileage Deduction Method Should I Use? Created: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014
    • Your Choices for Managing Your LLC - Member or Manager Created: Wednesday, June 02, 2010 Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014
      Considering forming an LLC for your start-up business?  If so, one of the first decisions you must make is how the LLC should be managed - by a member (owner)
    • How Do I Pay an Independent Contractor? Created: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014
      Options for paying an independent contractor, Form W-9 for withholding, and withholding requirements, including backup withholding.
    • Miscellaneous Business Expenses Created: Thursday, March 06, 2014 Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014
      Miscellaneous expenses can include any allowable business expenses, like bank fees, credit card fees, damages, small purchases or petty cash expenses.
    • Best Business Practices Created: Friday, July 04, 2014 Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014
      Good business practices keep a business profitable, avoid audits and legal costs, and been seen as legitimate for taxes and regulations.
    • Are Verbal Contracts Legal? Created: Saturday, August 20, 2011 Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014
      Contracts usually do not have to be in writing to stand up in court. But some types of contracts do have to be in writing. The differences are explained in this article.
    • Why Business Agreements Should Be In Writing Created: Friday, July 04, 2014 Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014
      Business contracts and agreements should be put in writing. Putting contracts and agreements in writing is smart business practice.
    • Can I Use "March Madness" to Sell My Products or Services? Created: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014
      March Madness is a registered trademark and can't be used to promote your products or services. Here are the details.
    • What Information is Needed for a Trademark Application? Created: Tuesday, August 04, 2009 Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014
      Information needed for a trademark application.
    • How Do I Register a Trademark or Service Mark Internationally? Created: Monday, August 16, 2010 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      How to register a trademark internationally using the Madrid Protocol.
    • 4 Reasons to Incorporate Your Business Created: Wednesday, May 18, 2011 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      Reasons to incorporate a business including (1) when applying for financing, (2) tax reasons, (3) when business is growing, and (4) for liability protection

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