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Surprising Texas Sales Taxes for Residential Building Contractors

  • 27 October 2015
  • Author: Cari Holbrook
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Surprising Texas Sales Taxes for Residential Building Contractors

More people are building again these days, which is great for building contractors. But, as it is for other business owners who perform contract work, figuring out which goods and services are taxable can be a confusing endeavor.

Did the IRS Freeze Your Refund?

  • 13 October 2015
  • Author: Cari Holbrook
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Did the IRS Freeze Your Refund?

During the latest 2014 tax filing season, the IRS froze the returns of 1.6 million possible tax ID theft victims. While it’s certainly better to be safe than sorry, what has happened after the returns are frozen may be considered a crime itself. Taxpayers who received letters from the IRS stating their returns were frozen were directed to a Taxpayer Protection Program (TPP) line to confirm their identities. However, the IRS answered as few as 10 percent of the phone calls made to the call line during their busiest times.

Have a Question for the IRS? Hang on!

  • 22 September 2015
  • Author: Cari Holbrook
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Have a Question for the IRS?  Hang on!

During the latest tax season, the average wait time for taxpayers calling the IRS was nearly 25 minutes, which is double the amount of time of the previous year. Some days, fewer than 40 percent of calls actually reached a live person. In fact, the IRS hung up on about 8.8 million taxpayers during this year’s tax filing season, labeling the act “courtesy disconnects.”

Why Business Owners Are Celebrating Medicare's Big 5-0

  • 8 September 2015
  • Author: Cari Holbrook
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Why Business Owners Are Celebrating Medicare's Big 5-0

This year marks Medicare’s 50th birthday. If you’re a business owner and think that milestone is irrelevant to you, think again. Participating in Medicare can be cost effective. If you’ve paid payroll taxes over the years, you may not need to pay premiums for Medicare Part A at all. But, in order to take full advantage, follow these three steps:

Tax Incentives for Military Veterans in Business

  • 25 August 2015
  • Author: Cari Holbrook
  • Number of views: 1936
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Tax Incentives for Military Veterans in Business

San Antonio has always been a proud military community. Employing military veterans during and after active duty helps maintain the strong, dedicated workforce that makes our community great. Plus, many employers find the work ethic, communication skills and other strengths common among military veterans make them strong team members.

Create a SIMPLE IRA Before October 1

  • 11 August 2015
  • Author: Cari Holbrook
  • Number of views: 2836
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Create a SIMPLE IRA Before October 1

SIMPLE IRA plans provide great advantages for self-employed individuals and small business employers, since they don’t require the start-up and operating costs associated with conventional retirement plans.

Energy-Saving Incentives for Small Businesses

  • 28 July 2015
  • Author: Cari Holbrook
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Energy-Saving Incentives for Small Businesses

Many small businesses are becoming more energy efficient because it’s the right thing to do for our environment.  But did you know it can also benefit you as a business owner? The average commercial building wastes 30 percent of the energy it consumes, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. That’s a lot of money down the drain.

Are Gold Coins and Hedge Funds Good Retirement Plans?

  • 7 July 2015
  • Author: Cari Holbrook
  • Number of views: 2225
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Are Gold Coins and Hedge Funds Good Retirement Plans?

News broke last month that Renaissance Technologies, owned by hedge fund leader James Simons, abolished its 401(k) plan and won the government’s permission to put pieces of Simons’ own Medallion fund inside Roth IRAs for employees instead. As Bloomberg News reports, “That means no taxes—ever—on the future earnings.”

Charity Scams: What You Need to Know

  • 23 June 2015
  • Author: Cari Holbrook
  • Number of views: 2654
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Charity Scams:  What You Need to Know

Some charities sound like great causes but turn out to be scams. While it’s important to help others (and it can even be helpful to you, come tax season) charity scams can turn a moment of giving into a moment you wish you could get back.

When Employees Are Called for Jury Duty

  • 9 June 2015
  • Author: Cari Holbrook
  • Number of views: 2482
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When Employees Are Called for Jury Duty
Participating in the judicial process is an important role. And most calls for jury duty result in little more than a day away from work, so it doesn’t necessarily disrupt business as usual when an employee gets called to serve. But what if jury duty ends up taking longer than a day or two?
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