Archive for May, 2010

Can Efficiency Help You Make Better Hiring Decisions in an Uncertain Economy?

Friday, May 28th, 2010

The recent economic downturn forced many companies to reduce their workforce to a level more commensurate to revenue. And now that a few “green shoots” of recovery are beginning to sprout, some of them are considering hiring more workers. However, they’re cautious, and not sure the current uptick will last beyond a few months. Is there another way to address your increasing work load? (more…)

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Should I worry about Red Flag Rules?

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

On June 1, the Federal Trade Commission begins enforcing “Red Flag” rules, which require businesses to implement anti-identity theft policies. Created through Fair and Accurate Credit Act of 2003, the regulations require businesses that extend credit to consumers to develop a written policy that identifies warning signs and suspicious activities (i.e., red flags) of possible identity theft, and tactics to address and prevent it. If your business defers payment for goods or services, you must follow the Red Flag rules. (more…)

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If something happens to me, what will happen with my financial matters?

Monday, May 24th, 2010

This past New Year’s Eve, I received a call from a client whose husband had been hospitalized for a couple of weeks.  He had mentioned to her that he thought a tax payment was due that day.  She did not know how to make that payment, or if it needed to be paid that day.  We worked things through, but a valuable lesson was learned that day that we are now following up on.  She realized she doesn’t know much about the family finances. (more…)

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What Does “Good Governance” Mean for Nonprofits?

Friday, May 21st, 2010

IRS auditors know what good governance practices are, and they’re not afraid to test them on your not-for-profit organization.

Tax-exempt organizations represent a significant and growing industry. There are more than 1.9 million exempt organizations, not including those with religious exempts, and more than 200 new applications are approved each day. With such large numbers, it’s not surprising the agency is placing increased focus on this area. (more…)

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Is There A Rural Loan Program for Businesses?

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Actually, yes, there is. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering guaranteed loans of up to 90 percent to businesses in communities with populations of less than 50,000 people. The loan program was created as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, but has not attracted as many takers as officials had hoped. (more…)

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