October 16, 2013
Halloween is just around the corner and in a few short weeks the calendar will flip to November 1—the unofficial beginning to the winter holiday season that can seriously reduce employee productivity. After all, who has time to put in a solid eight hours a day at the office when there is seasonal shopping, schmoozing, and socializing to be done?
Many business owners have a love-hate relationship with this time of year, due to the fact that employees are less focused on their work. However, there are some easy ways to help stave off the holiday slump and keep your employees as energized about their jobs as they are about maximizing their holiday festivities. Here are a few ideas:
With a little bit of thought and advance preparation, you can help to keep your employees engaged and productive through the holiday season—and beyond. You may even establish a new company tradition and a spirit of teamwork that will last well into the new year.
The combination of running a business and your life and preparing for tax time can drive some people into a slight panic. But no need to get stressed if you are prepared. Now is the time to start organizing all documents required to file your tax return.
Like the old paraphrased saying goes: In this world, two things are certain—death and taxes. The recent federal tax overhaul changed a lot of rules, so it’s as important as ever to understand your tax obligations, including those on Social Security benefits.
Unfortunately, cyber scammers never take a vacation. In fact, the IRS has issued a warning of a surge in fraudulent emails that bait potential phishing victims with fake tax transcripts. Links within these emails lead recipients to documents containing the well-known malware, Emotet.