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Webinars for Small Businesses

September 1, 2014 - 11:36pm
The IRS broadcasts webinars on a variety of subjects aimed at educating tax professionals on issues affecting them and their clients. The webinars are free.

NATIONAL WEBINARS
Title: Business Use of Your HomeDate: September 10, 2014
Time: 2:00 p.m. (ET); 1:00 p.m. (CT); 12:00 p.m. (MT); 11:00 a.m. (PT)
Location: Your office or home
Contact: SB/SE Webinars; Email: sbse.webinars@irs.gov
Event Information: This FREE one-hour broadcast is for:
  • All Tax Professionals
  • Bookkeepers
  • Small Business Owners
  • Small Business and Industry Organizations
Topics include:
  • Simplified and regular option for claiming the home office deduction
  • Requirements for qualifying to deduct expenses
  • Types of expenses you can deduct and how to figure the deduction
  • ... and more
  • Plus a live Q&A session with a Subject Matter Expert
Certificates of completion are being offered. Earn 1 CE credit – Category: Federal Tax.

To register for the event, visit the Internal Revenue Service Webinar Registration website.

This event will be archived on the IRS Video Portal for later viewing approximately three weeks after the date of the event.
Sponsored By: IRS Small Business/Self-Employed Division***Title: 2014 Affordable Care Act Provisions for Individuals, Families and Small Businesses
Date: September 17, 2014
Time: 2:00 p.m. (ET); 1:00 p.m. (CT); 12:00 p.m. (MT); 11:00 a.m. (PT)
Location: Your Office or Home
Contact: SB/SE Webinars; Email: sbse.webinars@irs.gov
Event Information: This FREE one-hour broadcast is for:
  • All Tax Professionals
  • Individual and Small Business Taxpayers
  • Small Business and Industry Organizations
  • Government agencies
Topics include:The Affordable Care Act 2014 Marketplace tax provisions:
  • Individual Shared Responsibility Provision (IRC 5000A)
  • Premium Tax Credit (IRC 36B)
  • Small Business Health Care Tax Credit (IRC 45R)
Plus a live Q&A session with Subject Matter ExpertCertificates of completion are being offered for this broadcast. Earn 1 CE credit – Category: Federal Tax.To register for the event, visit the Internal Revenue Service Webinar Registration website.This event will be archived on the IRS Video Portal for later viewing approximately three weeks after the date of the event.
Sponsored By: IRS Small Business/Self-Employed DivisionOther Video Outreach Products
  • The IRS Video portal contains video and audio presentations on topics of interest to small businesses, individuals and tax professionals. You will find video clips of tax topics, archived versions of live panel discussions and webinars.
  • IRS Live is a panel discussion among IRS experts and industry professionals aimed at educating tax professionals on the most current and complex tax issues affecting them and their clients.
Continuing Education CreditTo receive a certificate of completion, you must:
  • View the live presentation for at least 50 minutes from the start of the program.
  • View the presentation while signed in using the same email address that you used to register (you will not receive credit by watching on someone else’s computer). This will confirm your attendance and generate your certificate of completion.
  • Register individually. Groups can not register with one e-mail address and then receive separate certificates. If certificates are needed, each person must register separately.
Certificates of Completion are emailed approximately three weeks after the broadcast.If you are an enrolled agent, you must register for the webinar with your PTIN. Your PTIN begins with the letter P followed by eight digits. If you don't supply a PTIN, you will receive a certificate; however, your credit will not be reported to the IRS. Other participants will be sent a certificate and may receive credit if the broadcast meets their organization's or state's CE requirements.Rate the Small Business and Self-Employed Website
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How to Accept SNAP Benefits at Your Store

August 29, 2014 - 11:25pm
SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly Food Stamps) offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net. The Food and Nutrition Service works with State agencies, nutrition educators, and neighborhood and faith-based organizations to ensure that those eligible for nutrition assistance can make informed decisions about applying for the program and can access benefits. FNS also works with State partners and the retail community to improve program administration and ensure program integrity.

Apply online to accept SNAP benefits at your store or Farmers’ Market. It’s fast and secure. You can complete the online application in as little as 15 minutes. It’s so easy. By applying online, you can also check the real-time status of your application online using your USDA account. Applying to accept SNAP benefits at your store or Farmers’ Market is a three step process: get a USDA account, fill out an application online, and mail your supporting documentation to complete your file.



To be eligible as a store in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), your store(s) must sell food for home preparation and consumption and meet one of the criteria below:

(A) Offer for sale, on a continuous basis, at least three varieties of qualifying foods in each of the following four staple food groups, with perishable foods in at least two of the categories:

meat, poultry or fish
bread or cereal
vegetables or fruits
dairy products
OR

(B) More than one-half (50%) of the total dollar amount of all retail sales (food, nonfood, gas and services) sold in the store must be from the sale of eligible staple foods.

Households CANNOT use SNAP benefits to buy:

Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes or tobacco
Any nonfood items, such as:
pet foods
soaps, paper products
household supplies
Vitamins and medicines
Food that will be eaten in the store
Hot foods
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FTC Warns Against Government Imposter Scams

August 28, 2014 - 12:01pm
Can you spot a government imposter?
Even if your phone’s caller ID says “FTC” or “IRS,” or shows Washington, DC’s “202” area code, it could still be a scam. Scammers know how to show fake information on caller ID.
The Federal Trade Commission is warning consumers about scammers who pretend they’re with the government to scare you into sending money. They say you owe taxes or some other debt, and tell you to put money on a prepaid debit card and tell them the number — something no government agency would ask you to do.

Others say you’ve won big money in a sweepstakes the FTC or some other agency is supervising, and that the money will be yours when you pay for shipping, taxes, or some other expense. But it’s just phony baloney. Federal government agencies will never ask you to send money for prizes.
To learn more about how these scams work and how to avoid them, read the FTC’s consumer blog post Can you spot a government imposter? and Government Imposter Scams.
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Top 25 Companies for Culture & Values

August 27, 2014 - 12:38pm
Want to work for a company that cares about its culture and values? Check out Glassdoor's report of the