The CBD Blog

Find peer advice, partner insights, and industry updates – all here in the CBD blog, ‘At The Helm’! With contributions from our entire team, we blog about the things that interest you.

Building the Workforce of Tomorrow Starts Today

Every year, thousands of jobs go unfilled in the United States. Why? It’s often because there’s a shortage of applicants with the skills that employers need. Here are ways your business can rethink the traditional hiring and training processes, as well as details on some opportunities to partner with government agencies, local schools and not-for-profit groups.

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How to Create an Effective Small Business Website

An effective website is an essential tool for small businesses today, enabling them to broaden their geographic reach and inexpensively market their products and services. In celebration of National Small Business Week, we’ve outlined current best practices for small business websites, as well as highlighted other technology-based tools to spice up your marketing mix.

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How to Create an Effective Small Business Website

An effective website is an essential tool for small businesses today, enabling them to broaden their geographic reach and inexpensively market their products and services. In celebration of National Small Business Week, we’ve outlined current best practices for small business websites, as well as highlighted other technology-based tools to spice up your marketing mix.

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Are You Using Chip Cards Yet?

Last October, the major U.S. card companies imposed a shift of liability for certain transactions. A recent study shows that almost half of retailers haven’t updated their equipment or processing systems to accept chip or “Europay, MasterCard and Visa” (EMV) cards. It also finds that many consumers are indifferent or uncertain about the benefits that chip cards offer. Here’s more about the pros and cons of EMV compliance.

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Are You Using Chip Cards Yet?

Last October, the major U.S. card companies imposed a shift of liability for certain transactions. A recent study shows that almost half of retailers haven’t updated their equipment or processing systems to accept chip or “Europay, MasterCard and Visa” (EMV) cards. It also finds that many consumers are indifferent or uncertain about the benefits that chip cards offer. Here’s more about the pros and cons of EMV compliance.

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Protect Your Accounts from Identity Theft and Fraud

Technology helps people share information and conduct business. But it also provides opportunities for dishonest individuals to commit fraud. Criminals continually find new ways to exploit the Internet, smart devices and social media for their personal gain. Here are simple ways for individuals to fortify their personal defenses, plus some insight into the latest technology-based frauds.

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Hiring Summer Help

It’s harder than ever for young people to find summer jobs. The government’s Summer Opportunity Project encourages employers to hire young adults for part-time or seasonal work. Doing so will help them earn money and learn valuable life lessons. Here are some ways you can partner with your local community to recruit, train and mentor young people this summer, plus details about a possible federal tax break and potential legal pitfalls to consider.

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Hiring Summer Help

It’s harder than ever for young people to find summer jobs. The government’s Summer Opportunity Project encourages employers to hire young adults for part-time or seasonal work. Doing so will help them earn money and learn valuable life lessons. Here are some ways you can partner with your local community to recruit, train and mentor young people this summer, plus details about a possible federal tax break and potential legal pitfalls to consider.

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Is the IRS Targeting Partnerships?

Audits of partnerships rose in 2015 as the IRS shifted agents away from C corporations and toward pass-through entities, according to a recent enforcement report. In addition, Congress has enacted legislation that will revise the audit rules for partnerships. The new rules may be complex, but one thing is certain: Partnerships and other types of pass-through entities will likely face higher audit risks in the coming years.

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Is the IRS Targeting Partnerships?

Audits of partnerships rose in 2015 as the IRS shifted agents away from C corporations and toward pass-through entities, according to a recent enforcement report. In addition, Congress has enacted legislation that will revise the audit rules for partnerships. The new rules may be complex, but one thing is certain: Partnerships and other types of pass-through entities will likely face higher audit risks in the coming years.

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How to Claim Lesser-Known Breaks for Business Charitable Donations

Recent legislation has made permanent some lesser-known tax breaks for charitable donations made by businesses, such as food inventory donations and qualified conservation contributions of real property interests. The resurrection of these tax breaks was also retroactive, so your company’s 2015 tax return may be affected. Here are the details about these tax-saving opportunities.

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Green Tax Breaks for Individuals

Recent legislation extends the personal income tax credits for certain energy-efficient home improvements and equipment purchases, as well as purchases of qualifying electric vehicles. So, these eco-friendly expenditures can save both energy and taxes. Here are the ins and outs about which costs qualify and how to claim these federal tax credits.

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Five Last-Minute Moves to Lower Your 2015 Tax Bill

Tax Day is right around the corner. Many people delay filing their taxes until the last minute, especially if they expect to write checks to the U.S. Treasury Department. Fortunately, there are a few simple strategies that qualifying individuals and small business owners can still use to lower their 2015 tax liability.

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Five Last-Minute Moves to Lower Your 2015 Tax Bill

Tax Day is right around the corner. Many people delay filing their taxes until the last minute, especially if they expect to write checks to the U.S. Treasury Department. Fortunately, there are a few simple strategies that qualifying individuals and small business owners can still use to lower their 2015 tax liability.

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Educate Yourself about the Tax Benefits for Higher Education

Spring is the time for rising college freshmen and graduate students to pick their favorite schools. For many, cost is a key deciding factor, because higher education can be a huge investment. Fortunately, several tax breaks are available to help offset some of the costs. Here’s an overview of how much you can expect to spend each year and the tax benefits that are currently available.

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Educate Yourself about the Tax Benefits for Higher Education

Spring is the time for rising college freshmen and graduate students to pick their favorite schools. For many, cost is a key deciding factor, because higher education can be a huge investment. Fortunately, several tax breaks are available to help offset some of the costs. Here’s an overview of how much you can expect to spend each year and the tax benefits that are currently available.

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10 Facts You Should Know about the Do Not Call Registry

The government recently released its biennial report about the Do Not Call (DNC) Registry, which reveals that more than 222 million people have signed up for this free service over the last 13 years. Here are the DNC rules and exemptions, including how to register and file a complaint against illegal telemarketers. We also debunk common myths about telemarketing calls to your cell phone.

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10 Facts You Should Know about the Do Not Call Registry

The government recently released its biennial report about the Do Not Call (DNC) Registry, which reveals that more than 222 million people have signed up for this free service over the last 13 years. Here are the DNC rules and exemptions, including how to register and file a complaint against illegal telemarketers. We also debunk common myths about telemarketing calls to your cell phone.

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