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Business owners frequently clash with the IRS over whether workers should be considered employees or independent contractors. You face a higher tax burden when workers are considered employees. To help you determine a worker’s classification,use this 20-question test, which has evolved from various court cases and IRS rulings over the years. Most questions relate to the degree of control that you exert over the worker.
Sadly, the bonus depreciation rules have expired. That means you’re stuck with regular depreciation deductions under the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS), which requires you to write off business equipment over several years. Don’t despair. You still have the Section 179 deduction privilege on your side. And, when used correctly, this not-so-secret tax weapon can help you rescue big current-year write-offs … at least for now.
Brazilian equipment supplier Semco has grown an average 27.5 percent a year for 14 years, despite wild fluctuations in Brazil’s economy. The reason: Semco’s radical use of participative management. Of the employees’ 3,000 votes, CEO Ricardo Semler gets only one.
Randy Nelson, dean of Pixar University, doesn’t like outsourcing, but
not for the reasons you might think. He’s not worried about job
security; his reasons are all about creativity.
Issue: Employers often set new hires' wages, in part, based on salaries at previous jobs.
Risk: A new court ruling says you could run afoul of the Equal Pay Act ...
When it comes to an applicant's background, what you don't know can hurt your company. That's why instead of making excuses for your lack of background checking efforts, make the time to run background checks. These employers certainly wish they had.
A great deal of confusion still swirls around one question: Which payments are covered by the new deferred-compensation rules described above.
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.
Ask the World Health Organization (WHO) about avian flu, and it will tell you an outbreak is inevitable. Ask employers if they've taken steps to prepare for an outbreak, and they'll likely say they haven't and will want a good reason why they should.