Why Is Everybody Picking on Me? Exploring Sales Tax Laws

Posted on 20. Aug, 2014 by in Tax Updates, VirtualConnections Newsletter

Many revenue starved states are now using a new strategy of harassing small out-of-state businesses for tax collection. Here is what you need to know about sales tax laws: Sales/use tax obligation Whenever you purchase an item that has a sales/use tax obligation attached to it, the purchaser is required to pay the tax. To [...]

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Setting up Your Business Accounting System

Posted on 13. Aug, 2014 by in Small Business Tips, VirtualConnections Newsletter

By Linda Siniscal You’ve done the hard work. You have a new business idea or you’ve found an existing business to purchase. Want to help ensure your business success? Pay attention to correctly setting up your business’ accounting system. Why it matters Honoring cash flow. Often success or failure of your business is predicated on [...]

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Protecting Yourself Online

Posted on 06. Aug, 2014 by in Small Business Tips, VirtualConnections Newsletter

By Linda Siniscal As consumers in the digital age we have repeatedly had our confidence in the security of our identity and financial information tested. First it was the dramatic increase in identity theft at the IRS. Then the major data breach at companies like Target, Neiman Marcus, Yahoo and others. Then recently we heard [...]

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3 Ways to Create Disruptive Marketing Messages that Matter

Posted on 30. Jul, 2014 by in Marketing Tips, VirtualConnections Newsletter

By: Lisa Manyon “The Business Marketing Architect” There is a big difference between marketing and advertising. The official definition as approved by the American Marketing Association is as follows: Marketing is the activity, set of institutions, and processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners, and society at [...]

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Summer Slowdown? Good time to Clean Out your Business Files

Posted on 23. Jul, 2014 by in Small Business Tips, VirtualConnections Newsletter

How much time do you spend each day looking for information about orders, customers, vendors, or employees?  If it’s a lot, a little summer cleaning might pay off during the “summer slowdown.”  Here are five quick tips to assess and improve your information access. Your Librarian Large companies often have a librarian on staff that [...]

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Summertime Strategies for Your Business

Posted on 16. Jul, 2014 by in Small Business Tips, VirtualConnections Newsletter

Summer is a great time of year for most businesses to pause for just a little while to take stock, congratulate yourself on what you’ve accomplished so far this year, and make big plans for your future. Here are five summertime strategies to help you regroup, reassess, and rejuvenate your business. Mid-Year Review If your [...]

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The New Cramming

Posted on 14. Jul, 2014 by in Small Business Tips, VirtualConnections Newsletter

This sneaky fraud could be costing you The art of adding unapproved, deceptive or misleading services to your phone bill is commonly known as cramming. Historically these charges could be seen within your traditional telephone bill. With the shift from traditional land-lines to cell phones, a new form of cramming is making its presence felt. [...]

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The Chances of Being Audited

Posted on 10. Jul, 2014 by in Small Business Tips, Tax Updates, VirtualConnections Newsletter

2013 audit statistics show changes What are the chances? Every year the IRS publishes the statistics of tax returns they are examining. Provided here are the last three years of published information and a look back to 2008 to see any trends:   Note: These audit rates are stated as a percent of total tax [...]

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IRS Warns of Scams

Posted on 02. Jul, 2014 by in Misc. Articles, VirtualConnections Newsletter

By Linda Siniscal Each year the IRS announces “Dirty Dozen Tax Scams” they encounter most frequently regarding frivolous tax arguments and fraud. Here are five of the scams that impact most taxpayers.  Identity Theft. To no one’s surprise Identity Theft tops the IRS list of scams this year. It is a large problem at the [...]

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7 Steps to a Successful Marketing Audit

Posted on 18. Jun, 2014 by in Small Business Tips, VirtualConnections Newsletter

By Lisa Manyon, Write On Creative. Reposted with permission. Are YOU sure your online marketing is as streamlined as it needs to be? Let me take that question a step further … have you considered marketing audits for all of your offerings and revenue streams? Do you have a system in place to monitor communications [...]

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