5 Tips for Surviving Working in a Business with Friends or Family

Ed note: When you’re getting started in business, your friends and family members are some of your earliest supporters, maybe emotionally but often materially in helping you run the business. Whether you have a formal partnership or are just feeling out new boundaries by being in business for yourself, contributor Ryan Guina has some useful […]

The Savvy Shopper’s Survival Guide for Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Ed note: Ready, set, SHOP! OK. Maybe let’s not get quite that carried away. Instead of rushing out to buy ALL THE THINGS this Black Friday or Cyber Monday like a maniac, Kristl Story is here to advocate for some advance planning. The idea is to avoid blowing your budget, but it may be a […]

5 Small Business Tax Myths

Ed note: There are a few pervasive myths around taxes if you work for yourself or have a side business. Namely, supposed deductions that can’t actually be deducted. Don’t get caught making one of these mistakes next year! Leer en español. 1. Personal Care and Clothing Expenses as Deductions No matter how polished and well […]

Adoption in the U.S., At A Glance [INFOGRAPHIC]

November is National Adoption Month in the United States. In light of that, we wanted to focus on some of the most important issues for (potential) new parents. Namely, what kind of adoptions exist, how long it can take to adopt and what an adoption costs. Also, there is a tax credit that some new […]

Five Important Tax Implications of Starting Your Own Business

Ed note: There’s a perception that owning your own business means you get all kinds of tax write-offs. To be sure, there are some tax benefits that are available to you. However, there are also a number of new tax complexities that you must account for. We detail a few of the most important changes […]

Tax Rules for Sole-Proprietors with Employees

Ed note: FICA, FUTA, FIT. No, that isn’t the start of some wacky Dr. Seuss book. It’s just a few of the alphabet soup of taxes that you will need to know once you bring on employees. Lucky for you, our Tax Institute small business expert Mike Slack is here to help out. Hiring employees […]

Simple Tips for Keeping Your Thanksgiving Budget in Check

Ed note: Thanksgiving is deceiving. You think it’s all about the togetherness! Not about gifts or material things! But it’s about the food. And the food can get expensive. Don’t sacrifice the fun. Instead, use these hacks to prepare an awesome meal on a budget. Leer en español. Everyone loves Thanksgiving – it’s full of […]

Marketplace Open Enrollment Starts Now

Ed note: We’re going to be talking about the Affordable Care Act a lot over the coming months, because it can have a dramatic effect on your tax return this year. But right now, we just want to help make sure you are prepared when it comes to insurance coverage in 2015. Leer en español. […]

How Are Direct Sellers Taxed

Ed note: Do you work at home as an independent distributor for a multilevel marketing company? If you do, you probably understood that sentence. If you’re thinking of being a direct seller of some of your favorite products – maybe it’s Origami Owl, Usborne books or It Works! – then we have some information about […]

Celebrate America Recycles Day: Conserve Resources, Reduce Waste and Save Cash

Ed note: Did you know, that you can recycle your wine corks? And in some states wine bottles have a deposit fee that you can get back. Before you take these as an excuse to get started on a little day drinking, read on to learn a bit more about how and what to recycle […]