Small Business


NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — As you already know, Republicans had a great night Tuesday, taking control of the Senate and easily retaining their House majority. U.S. stocks appear headed for big gains Wednesday, but then history shows midterm elections have typically proved to be a vote for the market. Regardless of which party comes out on top after the ballots are cast halfway through a president’s four-year term, the market...

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Lots of New Year’s resolutions are being made — and no doubt ignored — at this time of year. But there’s one that’s probably not even on many lists and should be: Act more ethically. Most people, if pressed, would acknowledge that they could use an ethical tuneup. Maybe last year they fudged some numbers at work. Dented a car and failed to leave a note. Remained silent when a friend made a racist joke. The problem, research shows, is...

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It’s the 1% no one wants to be a part of: the share of Americans who get audited. The Internal Revenue Service is tracking down people who may be shorting the tax man by understating their income, exaggerating tax breaks and skipping out on other tax liabilities. And it isn’t just the rich and famous that agents are going after. Six percent of the IRS audits conducted on individuals in 2012 were for people who made between $200,000...

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If you’re running your own business, then finding time to keep up on money-saving tax strategies can be a challenge — one that’s complicated by the fact that tax laws are constantly changing. Here are three simple tax strategies to keep in mind as Dec. 31 approaches. 1. Run the numbers The best thing you can do before year-end is get your accounting up-to-date and figure out whether you have a profit or loss, said Eva Rosenberg, an...

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Soon after Sabina Gault got her public relations firm up and running in 2008, she asked for a show of hands from employees interested in having a company 401(k) plan. The consensus? “Nobody wanted it,” said Ms. Gault, whose firm, Konnect Public Relations, based in Los Angeles, had just a few employees at the time. Two years later, with eight people on her payroll, she raised the question a second time. Again, the response was...

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