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How can you save for retirement while you’re operating your own business? At one time, small business owners were often left out in the cold. But saving for retirement isn’t just for the “big boys,” anymore.
Some employees can quietly listen to music at their workstation with no disruption to co-workers and no damage to their productivity. But with the explosion of new media outlets—such as iPods, Internet music and satellite radio like Sirius and XM—people can now listen to what they want, when they want and where they want.
How can you save for retirement while operating your business? At one time, small business owners were often left out in the cold. But retirement savings isn’t just for the “big boys,” anymore.
Monitoring employees with video cameras probably doesn't violate employee privacy rights, but employers should make sure they don't step over the line of reasonable privacy concerns, such as monitoring dressing rooms ...
It’s been going on for years: Business owners frequently clash with the IRS over worker classifications.
Here's a true story that should put a good scare in managers who think they're doing every­thing right and underestimate their chances of legal exposure:
The IRS can hit you with dozens of different penalties if you fail to follow the letter of the tax law. They’re often arcane and difficult to understand. And although many of the penalties are relatively small on their own, they can add up quickly. So, a single mistake could snowball into hundreds or thousands of dollars.
“I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.” It may be the punch line to an old joke, but it can also be a valuable message that small business owners overlook.
The IRS tinkers with Form 1040 every year, and this year is no exception. In fact, your 2005 tax return reflects new tax-law definitions and rules, annual inflation adjustments to tax thresholds and various tax breaks for hurricane relief, just to name a few changes. Here’s the skinny on the biggest changes this year on a line-for-line basis.
Executive misconduct costs organizations an average of $900,000 a year: more than six times the cost of manager misbehavior. Harassment and other gender-related misconduct lead the list. So, what do you do?