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A Guide to the Disposition of Your Digital Assets Final

On April 11, Google introduced its Inactive Account Manager, which allows users to make a choice to either delete their data after a pre-determined length of account inactivity or to name heirs for the data from some of its most popular services, including +1s; Blogger; Contacts and Circles; Drive; Gmail; Google+ Profiles, Pages and Streams; […]

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Is That a Real Employee or a Common-Law Employee?

The IRS and the Department of Labor are cracking down on businesses that use contractors but treat them like real employees – or, as the IRS calls them, “common-law employees.”  Before you misclassify that contractor, ask yourself these 5 questions: Do you control the work? If you direct how and where and at what time […]

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Obamacare Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Hits Logistical Speed Bump

A logistical speed bump is going to delay the number of insurance plan options for small businesses under Obamacare for at least a year, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is now proposing that small businesses have only one insurance plan option to offer employees […]

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A Legal Checklist for Starting Your Own Business

Whether you are already a small business owner or the entrepreneurial spirit has grabbed you by the collar and you plan to get your startup off the ground this year, there are certain legal aspects to operating a small business that you just can’t ignore (and we know you want to). Ignoring the legalities of […]

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5 Tax Tips for Small Business

According to SBA data, more than 79 percent of small businesses have no employees – meaning that a majority of small business owners are doing it all.  And when tax season rolls around, it can mean plenty of stress for owners of small businesses. A recent Washington Post column provided these five tax season tips […]

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Small Business Tax Reform Proposal Contains Drastic Changes

Representative Dave Camp (R-MI), the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and one of Congress’ top tax lawmakers, has released his proposal for small business tax reform and it contains a number of drastic changes to the current code. A Forbes article takes an in-depth look at the proposal: Section 179 Expenses.  Permanently […]

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10 Legal Tips for Starting Your Own Business

Whether the result of the recent recession or the desire by baby boomers to embark on a new professional path, new business startups are growing fast.  Here are 10 legal tips for entrepreneurs who are striking out on their own for the first time: Choose the right entity.  Decide if you will be operating your […]

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Top 3 Things Small Business Owners Need to Know About the Affordable Care Act

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has launched a new blog series to educate small business owners about what they need to now about the Affordable Care Act before it goes into full effect in January of 2014.  The new series tackles common misperceptions about the ACA; one post details the top three things small business […]

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Proposed Legislation Offers Big Tax Break to Entrepreneurs

A new bipartisan bill introduced in Congress – the Startup Innovation Act of 2013 – promises a big benefit to entrepreneurs via a new research and development tax credit. The bill, which was originally introduced last summer, was reintroduced in the Senate in late January.  A House bill that would mirror the Senate bill is […]

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How Small Business Owners Can Avoid Lawsuits

A recent Inc. article authored by entrepreneur Kevin Daum brought to light one of the most prevalent questions asked by business owners: “How can I avoid being sued?” Although it may seen counterintuitive at first glance, the job of a Creative Business Lawyer™ is to help clients avoid litigation, so one of the best (and […]

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What the Fiscal Cliff Tax Deal Means for Small Business

Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act – aka, the fiscal cliff tax deal – in the wee hours of January 1, 2013, and President Obama is expected to sign the new legislation as soon as possible.   After the dust from the deal-making settled, the bill contains a mixed bag of both good and bad […]

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