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The IRS "Dirty Dozen"

Posted By Lisa Novack, IRS, Thursday, March 15, 2018

Compiled annually, the “Dirty Dozen” lists a variety of common scams that taxpayers may encounter anytime but many of these schemes peak during filing season as people prepare their returns or hire someone to help with their taxes. Don’t fall prey.

For a detailed description of each scam, please refer to the list below:

  • Falsely padding deductions highlighted in IRS 2018 ‘Dirty Dozen’ tax scams - See IR-2018-54
  • IRS ‘Dirty Dozen’ list of tax scams for 2018 contains warning to avoid improper claims for business credits - See IR-2018-49
  • Taxpayers alerted against falsely inflated refunds in ‘Dirty Dozen’ list; Seniors, many others at risk - See IR-2018-48
  • Fake charities make 2018 ‘Dirty Dozen’ list; taxpayers should be alert to scams involving disasters, worthwhile causes - See IR-2018-47.
  • Tax Return Preparer Fraud Ranks on 2018 ‘Dirty Dozen’: Taxpayers Urged to Choose Reputable Tax Preparers - See IR-2018-45.
  • Despite Major Progress, Identity Theft Still on IRS ‘Dirty Dozen’ Tax Scams List - See IR-2018-42
  • Phone Scams Pose Serious Threat; Remain on IRS ‘Dirty Dozen’ List of Tax Scams - See IR-2018-40.
  • Phishing Schemes Make IRS ‘Dirty Dozen’ List of Tax Scams for 2018; Individuals, Businesses, Tax Pros Urged to Remain Vigilant - See IR-2018-39.

 

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Tags:  IRS  small business  tax filing  taxes 

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Ignorance Is Not Bliss: It’s Time To Enact A Meaningful Sexual Harassment Policy

Posted By Kristi Feist, Payday HCM, Thursday, March 8, 2018

 

Each day more and more women come forward to share their stories of abuse within the workplace. People are listening.

As women become more emboldened to speak up and as the public becomes more receptive to listening, employers have more to worry about than just the legal repercussions. In the year 2018, merely an accusation could end a career, or even bring down a business. Thus, it is more important now than ever for employers to implement workplace procedures for preventing harassment and properly handling accusations.

Addressing sexual harassment requires first understanding what it looks like. It might surprise you to know that harassment is likely much broader than you think. In general there are two types of sexual harassment—quid pro quo and hostile work environment.

Sexual harassment falls under the category of sex discrimination, which is impermissible under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. To be actionable under Title VII, the conduct must be “sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter the conditions of the victim’s employment and create an abusive working environment.” Meritor Sav. Bank v. Vinson, 477 U.S. 57, 67 (1986). A worker need not suffer an adverse economic effect to meet this standard. Rather, the focus is on the unwelcome nature of the behavior.

Thus, even conduct that appears to be tolerated by a subordinate or coworker may constitute sexual harassment if the advances are unwelcome. Considering that the courts struggle with the concept of unwelcome versus welcome conduct, employers and their supervisors should hesitate to assume that seemingly innocent behavior is ok with a female (or even a male) colleague.

When employers receive a complaint of sexual harassment, they must act. In the current climate, the public will not accept a company’s claim of ignorance. Sticking your head in the sand is no longer a viable option when a woman comes to you to say “me too.”

 

 

Payday HCM offers comprehensive on-site HR Consulting Services to help you navigate sexual harassment claims, and proactively create policy to manage your work environments. Our experts can provide you with a complete suite of services, including:

  • Handbook and policy formulation
  • EEOC Manager Training
  • Harassment and discrimination investigations
  • Risk mitigation
  • Interactive trainings on the responsibilities and requirements or managers
  • Interactive trainings on the responsibilities and rights of employees

 

Payday HCM is available on-call and at your location to advise management and employees on subjects such as disciplinary actions, terminations, unemployment claims, performance improvement, federal and state audits, FLSA, FMLA, ADA, ADEA, EEO, Workers’ Compensation, and other applicable regulations and laws. We work with our clients to resolve any employee related issues and maintain compliance with employee related documents: 

http://paydayhcm.com/human-resources-hr-consulting.

Contact our HR Consulting Team today at hr@paydayhcm.com.

 

Tags:  Business  HR  Human Resources  Policy  Small Business 

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What Sales People Can Learn From 1st Responders.

Posted By Mike Leeds, Pro Sales Coaching, LLC, Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Sales Tip of the Week from Mike Leeds – Pro Sales Coaching

 

What Sales People Can Learn From 1st Responders.

 

1st Responders (Police, Fire, and EMT) spend countless hours training and preparing, so they can calmly and professionally handle situations as they arise. Sales professionals can utilize a similar approach to improve sales situations. Consider the steps below to assist your efforts:

 

1. Be prepared at all timesHave your “sales tools” accessible with you in the field. Consider using a check-list to make sure you have extra business cards, sales collateral pads of paper & pens, and any product samples with you (or in your car).

 

2. Always assess the situation before you reactGather information and avoid knee-jerk reactions. Understand the emotional climate of the customer and realize that timing is everything.

 

3. Rely on your training, react accordingly and follow protocolMost situations have some common denominator that you have either seen, or prepared for in the past. Always listen first and then follow your plan or process. This will help eliminate operating on emotion or adrenaline.

 

4. Stabilize the situation and escalate or call for back-up as appropriate - Escalate to a Subject Matter Expert or member of your management team for additional support (don’t wing it). An alternative would be to let the customer know you will find the answer for them and will contact them within a specific timeframe.

 

Have a great sales week!

Tags:  Increasing Sales  Sales  Sales Coaching  Sales Commission  Sales Goals  Sales Management  Sales People  Sales Preparation  Sales Professionals  Sales Quotas  Sales Results  Sales Skills  Sales Training 

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The Sun Corridor EDGE Program - Applications DUE SOON

Posted By Ashley Vizzerra, ASBA, Friday, February 23, 2018

 

The Arizona Small Business Association has become one of the partners for the 2018 Sun Corridor EDGE Program! Apply NOW - Applications are due February 28th!

Businesses want more profits, customers, and financial stability. Communities want prosperity and high paying, stable jobs. Exporting products and services can help achieve all these goals. The Sun Corridor EDGE (Economic Development for the Global Economy) Program was created to increase exporting in Maricopa, Pima and Pinal Counties.

 

For more details and to complete the application, please visit http://www.jpacaz.org 

 

Tags:  export  exporting  small business 

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Announcing our EMCEE for Live Dinner Show September 22, 2018

Posted By Tracelyn Sutton, American Cancer Society, Sunday, February 11, 2018

MEET OUR EMCEE for our upcoming Live Dinner Show

https://acstucson.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/2018TheKitandCaboodleLiveDinnerShow/tabid/935264/Default.aspx

 

Eric Schumacher

Actor/Director/Producer

 

Eric Schumacher is a multiple award winning and critically acclaimed Actor/Director/Producer with a rapidly growing fan base and a steadily growing list of successful film, local and national television, and multimedia projects under his belt.

Eric is best known for his work as an actor. Notable projects include his roles as: Wyatt Earp in Fox TV’s Legends and Lies: the Real West, Doc Holliday in the feature film Tombstone Rashomon directed by the legendary Alex Cox (Repo Man. Sid and Nancy, Walker), Agent David Killjoy in the widely critically acclaimed Web series Zhon: The Alien Interviews (which he also co-produced) pompous newscaster Frank Mann in the comedy series Crewing Up and as nerdy comic book store owner John Burns in the geek culture feature film trilogy Writing Fren-Zee, (for which film 2 Revenge of Zoe is now in post production) among many others.

As a director and producer, Eric has put most of his attention towards multimedia and series projects with a few feature films thrown in for good measure such as the upcoming sci fi series My Stolen Time Machine, the afore mentioned feature film, Revenge of Zoe and on music videos, such as the award winning post-apocalyptic film/music video They Pretend.

Eric serves as the Creative Director for the award winning multimedia production company Seelie Studios, LLC (www.seeliestudios.com) which, among many other acclaimed projects, produced the 13 season branded web series, The Bob and Angus Show for Mayfair Games and the long running Glover Movies under the leadership of fellow producer/director Don Dehm. Eric has also produced or directed a number of promotional projects for clients of various budgetary levels which have been screened all over the world.

Eric has been a featured guest on various local and national talk shows, has been quoted in many prestigious publications regarding the film and multimedia industry, lectures frequently at sci-fi conventions, comi-cons and film festivals and consults in entertainment marketing and entertainment business srategy.

More information about Eric can be found here:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2888644/

Tags:  american cancer society  eric schumacher  fundraising  hilton  live dinner show 

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Watch What You Say and Where You Say It

Posted By Mike Leeds, Pro Sales Coaching, LLC, Friday, December 15, 2017

Sales Tip of the Week from Mike Leeds – Pro Sales Coaching

Watch What You Say and Where You Say It

Note: I had another topic planned for this blog post, but had to delay it since I wanted to share this afternoon's observance with you in a timely fashion.

Today, I was at the Doctor's office waiting for my appointment. A medical supply sales representative and her manager came into the office a few minutes later and loudly made their presence known. The sales rep hovered around the desk while a patient was signing in (not cool), and then made her pitch to see her prospect.

While waiting for the Practice Administrator (Office Manager) in the waiting area, the rep and her manager openly discussed their strategy for the sales call. During this conversation, there were periods of laughter, updates on company gossip, as well as re-caps and opinions from the other Doctors they had visited.

None of the patients in the waiting area were amused by this humor and we weren’t interested in the inappropriate stories, gossip, and opinions of other Doctors. One thing was for sure – everyone in the room knew who they worked for, and probably had formed an opinion of their company. (If any of us knew the people they were discussing, it could've created additional issues.)

I've also witnessed and overheard very specific conversations in restaurants/coffee shops. For situations like these, I recommend you keep your voices down, keep your conversations general, and be careful with company names or contact last names. Better yet, some of these conversations should probably occur in private – or in some cases - not at all. As with life in general – be aware of your surroundings. We’ve all probably heard of people being burned in (or by) careless situations like these.

Prepare to be accountable for your actions – at a company as well as personal level. Always take the high road!

I hope you have a successful day!

Tags:  Increasing Sales  Sales  Sales Coaching  Sales Management  Sales People  Sales Professionals  Sales Results  Sales Skills 

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Call Me After the Holidays

Posted By Mike Leeds, Pro Sales Coaching, LLC, Thursday, November 30, 2017

Sales Tip of the Week from Mike Leeds – Pro Sales Coaching

Call Me After the Holidays

If you haven’t heard this comment from a prospect or customer yet, you soon will.

They may not want to see you until January; however, you certainly can try to set an appointment now for a future time in January.

Next time you hear this comment, instead of just calling back in January, consider a response like… “I certainly understand. Can we schedule a time now for a meeting after the holidays?”

Having appointments set up for the first couple of weeks in January will help you start the year strong. Otherwise, you may not be able to see these people until late January or even February – losing valuable time. If you sell a product or service with a recurring, repetitive, or a trailing revenue stream, getting a fast start to your year is critical. Mathematically, the first quarter of the year can be worth as much as 42% of your annual revenue opportunity or potential.

Lay the foundation now for a great 2018!

Have a great sales week & enjoy the holiday season!

Tags:  Customer Service  Data Gathering  Increasing Sales  Networking  Relationships  Sales  Sales Coaching  Sales Commission  Sales Goals  Sales Management  Sales People  Sales Professionals  Sales Prospecting  Sales Questions  Sales Quotas  Sales Results  Sales Skills  Sales Teams 

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Retirement Savings Options

Posted By Stephanie Schwartz, Nationwide Mutual Insurance, Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Updated: Thursday, July 27, 2017

If you’re thinking about extending retirement benefits to your employees, you should know what’s available. An effective retirement account provides flexibility – that’s why it’s important to offer a variety of options that work for both “hands on” and “hands off” investors.

Consider these solutions for small business employees and individuals like you:

For employees 

  • Defined contribution – These kinds of accounts are the most common today.  Examples include the 401(a), 401(k), 403(b), 457, SIMPLE or SEP. They’re called “defined contribution plans” because employees are limited to the amount they can contribute to the plan in a given year. As the sponsoring company, you may decide to match employee contributions, though certain circumstances apply.
  • Defined benefit – Otherwise known as pension plans, these accounts provide employees with a lifetime monthly income stream when they retire.  Contributions to the plan are typically made by the sponsoring company and are not taxed.  Taxes are due on the income received in retirement.
  • Guaranteed Retirement Income from Nationwide® – This is a type of annuity that lets employees lock in monthly retirement income for the rest of their lives with a minimum contribution of just $10 a month. There’s no cost or risk to the employer, and there’s nothing for the employer to manage– Nationwide does all the work.

 

For individuals 

  • IRA/Roth IRA – Depending on household income and eligibility for employer sponsored plans, individuals can make contributions to these accounts on either a pre-tax or post-tax basis.

 

  • Direct investments – Many of the investment vehicles offered inside of retirement plans are available for purchase outside of those plans as well. Stocks, bonds, mutual funds and annuities can all be purchased directly from the companies that offer them without the tax advantages retirement plans provide.  Typically, these options have a large minimum investment amount.

 

  • Guaranteed Retirement Income from Nationwide - Individuals, not companies, contribute to this new way to pay for retirement.  It’s a type of annuity that provides monthly guaranteed income for life, with a minimum contribution of just $10 a month. There’s no risk, because it’s not tied to the stock market, and there are no fees to sign up or for ongoing administration.

 

Now that you know about all the investment vehicles available to you and your employees, are you ready to take the next step? Get started by checking out Nationwide’s Find an Investment Professional tool, or talk to friends for their recommendations. To learn more about Guaranteed Retirement Income from Nationwide and to set up an account today, visit Nationwide or call 1-888-891-0272.

Guarantees are subject to the claims paying ability of Nationwide Life Insurance Company.

Fixed annuities are contracts purchased from a life insurance company. They are designed for long-term retirement goals. Withdrawals are subject to income tax and withdrawals before age 59 ½ may be subject to a 10% tax penalty. Annuities are issued by Nationwide Life Insurance Company, Columbus OH.

Nationwide, the Nationwide N and Eagle, Nationwide is on your side, Guaranteed Retirement Income from Nationwide, and other marks displayed in this message are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and/or its affiliates, unless otherwise disclosed. © 2017 Nationwide.

AAM-0460AO (06/17)

Tags:  Employee Benefits  Retirement 

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Ten Things That Require Zero Talent

Posted By Mike Leeds, Pro Sales Coaching, LLC, Thursday, October 26, 2017

Sales Tip of the Week from Mike Leeds – Pro Sales Coaching (www.prosalescoaching.com)

Saw this at a client’s office, and had to share…

Ten Things That Require Zero Talent

1.       Being on Time

2.       Work Ethic

3.       Effort

4.       Body Language

5.       Energy

6.       Attitude

7.       Passion

8.       Being Coachable

9.       Doing Extra

10.     Being Prepared

I agree with this list. Some of the items may be redundant, but it stresses how important the things are that we all can easily control when at work. It's also why I'm a proponent of the saying "Hire for attitude and train for skill."

Happy Selling!

Tags:  attitude  hiring  improve sales 

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How to Hire the Right People

Posted By Stephanie Schwartz, Nationwide Mutual Insurance, Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Updated: Thursday, July 27, 2017

Finding, interviewing, engaging and training a new employee can be a major expense so it’s important to get your hiring decisions right. Here are a few quick tips to help you make sure your next hire will be a great fit for your company.

Check job qualifications

This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s easy to focus too much on personality and not enough on basic abilities: Can they handle the day-to-day responsibilities of the job? Ideally they’ll also exhibit a willingness to go above and beyond when the situation calls for it. You want someone who is eager to do the job you’re offering today and enthusiastic about what the job could become in the future.

Assess for culture fit

How will your candidate mesh with your company’s unique “personality”? Will he or she work well with you, future coworkers, and existing and potential clients and partners? Ask for others’ opinions of the candidate before you hire to avoid a one-sided view.

 

Don’t forget to evaluate character

It’s important to hire employees with values that align with yours. Try to determine if your candidate is honest and trustworthy. Do they keep their promises and follow through? Check references, of course, but remember that, while nice to have, the references a job candidate provides will nearly always be biased. Instead, ask the candidate for the names of former bosses, peers and subordinates.

 

Consider the total compensation package

As an employer, watching your budget is important, but hiring at an uncompetitive or unfair rate can cost you more in the long run because an employee may feel unappreciated and underperform. So do your research to make sure you’re offering a competitive compensation package that not only meets your budget but will also keep your employee satisfied. Can’t afford a long list of benefits? Consider offering resources that will show employees that you care about their well-being. For example, if you’re unable to offer a 401K, you can recommend other ways to help employees save for retirement such as Guaranteed Retirement Income from Nationwide®. It’s a type of annuity that lets your employees lock in retirement income for the rest of their lives with a minimum contribution of just $10 a month. There’s no cost to you. There’s nothing to manage, and absolutely no risk.  

 

Hiring the right people is both a skill and an art, and getting it right can help you avoid costly and time-consuming repercussions while bolstering the morale of your entire existing team. Put these tips into practice and chances are you’ll get better results from your next new hire.

 

Guarantees are subject to the claims paying ability of Nationwide Life Insurance Company.

Fixed annuities are contracts purchased from a life insurance company. They are designed for long-term retirement goals. Withdrawals are subject to income tax and withdrawals before age 59 ½ may be subject to a 10% tax penalty. Annuities are issued by Nationwide Life Insurance Company, Columbus OH.

Nationwide, the Nationwide N and Eagle, Nationwide is on your side, Guaranteed Retirement Income from Nationwide, and other marks displayed in this message are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and/or its affiliates, unless otherwise disclosed. © 2017 Nationwide.

AAM-0458AO (06/17)


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