General Business, Management & HR Issues
Trust in online advertising growing, but lowest of all media
Trust in online advertising is increasing, but online advertisements in video form, on social networks and in online banners and display ads have the lowest trust levels of all advertising among consumers, according to a new study. Ads sent via mobile phone texts are the least trusted of all.
Tired of rude cell phone behavior?
Technology seems to have grown faster than etiquette when it comes to cell phone use. One observer called cell phones "the cigarettes of this decade," comparing cell phone impoliteness to blowing second-hand smoke in your face. Rude cell phone manners also impact the workplace and can have implications for career advancement.
Protect your business with a buy-sell agreement
What would become of your business if something happened to you, your business partner or a fellow shareholder? Your business could be thrown into turmoil. Not only would employees be affected, but the value of the business could fall. If you don't have a buy-sell agreement, now is the time to create one.
Wealth Advice, Retirement & Estate Planning
Home prices spike upward in last 12 months
Home prices are showing the fastest growth in nearly eight years, with one third of the housing markets nationwide showing double-digit increases. The median price nationwide of a single-family home rose to $207,300 in the third quarter of 2013, up 12.5 percent from a year ago.
Where are most millionaires educated?
More of the world’s millionaires were educated at universities in the United States than any other country, according to a new study. What universities hail the most millionaires as alumni ... and what was the No. 1 college major of most millionaires?
What is your net worth ... and why do you need to know?
If you've never sat down and figured out your net worth, give it a try. You may be surprised to find out how much you are actually worth. Determining one number that represents all of your assets and liabilities will help you to track your financial status over time.
Washington Tax Update
You have until April 15, 2014, to make your 2013 IRA contributions, but there are five important points to consider prior to year-end.
The IRS is working to better train its small business auditors and do a better job of selecting small business returns for audit, according to Faris Fink, who represents the Small Business/Self-Employed Division of the IRS.
The Tax Court determined in a recent case that a mortgage broker was not in the trade or business of trading securities because she didn't execute enough trades.
If you've been making energy improvements around your house, be sure to consider the available residential energy tax credits. To claim a credit for 2013, the improvements must be installed by the end of this year. Some residential energy tax credits are scheduled to expire at the end of 2013, while others will remain in effect for a few more years.
Local tax protestors are threatening a Lady Godiva-style protest outside the capitol in Albany to make their point, reports the Oneida Daily Dispatch in upstate New York.
The technical information here is necessarily brief. No final conclusion on these topics should be drawn without further review and consultation. Please be advised that, based on current IRS rules and standards, the information contained herein is not intended to be used, nor can it be used, for the avoidance of any tax penalty assessed by the IRS.
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