Small Business Tax Strategies

The most successful business Web sites are those created around the customers’ needs, not the company’s products and services. Here are 10 tips for creating a successful, customer- focused Web site, from Tiffany Shlain, founder of the Webby Awards, which annually honors the top Web sites.

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Maybe you can chalk that up to the old “fivefinger” employee discount. Two-thirds of respondents to a Vault.com survey said they’ve taken office supplies from their workplace.

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Traditionally, call centers have been too pricey for small businesses that need only a few employees (or temps) to handle sales and customer-service calls. But now, more call centers are hiring home-based phone agents, making the service more affordable for small and midsize businesses.

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Paying estimated tax in regular installments can be a tricky proposition, especially for corporations. But now that the dust has settled for the 2005 tax year, you may have run the numbers and found that your company overpaid its estimated taxes.

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Here’s the ultimate question for retirement-savers: Which type of plan is better— the traditional 401(k) plan or the new Roth 401(k) version?

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Employees who are more physically fit are often more productive and less of a burden on your health-insurance plan. You can do your part by providing incentives to employees (including the top echelon) to exercise or pursue recreational activities.

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Should we pay taxes on equipment purchased for a failed business?

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Suppose one of your relatives—perhaps a favorite nephew or niece—needs money to help finance a new business. Naturally, you’d like to help out if you can. However, at the same time, you don’t want to “give away the farm” without any assurances.

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Does your small company sell products or services over the Internet? If so, make sure you enter the vast world of cybersales with your eyes wide open. Specifically, be aware that you could be responsible for collecting sales tax from online sales.

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Can I deduct parking tickets as a business expense?

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