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Small Business: The Top Most Overlooked Tax Deductions 2015

Many business tax deductions go overlooked by small business owners that can help them bring home more money at the end of the year. Some tax code provisions can be used to yield personal benefits such as combination business trips and vacations.


Auto Expense Deductions

If you have a business that owns its own vehicle or set of vehicles, you will be able to deduct at least some of the costs that you accumulate to keep those vehicles on the road and running. Small business owners are able to deduct the standard mileage rate for each mile driven in company vehicles, in addition to business-related tolls and parking fees. For the year 2013, the standard mileage rate stands at 56.5 cents per mile driven for business vehicles. In order to qualify for the standard mileage rate deduction, you must use the deduction in the first year the car for the business is used. Additionally, you cannot use the standard mileage rate deduction if you have claimed another type of auto expense deduction, known as the claimed accelerated depreciation deduction, in past years, or if you have taken the Section 179 deduction for the vehicle. By using the accelerated depreciation deduction, you are able to deduct the depreciation value of the vehicle after it was used as a new car for the business.

Small Business: Should Your Small Business Consider Franchising?

If your business is doing well and attracting the attention of potential franchisors, there are few factors you should consider before going into business. For small businesses especially, franchising can be a great way to expand your customer base and business model. 

But franchising can also bring more responsibility and differing reputations of your company. Before you begin the process, look through a few of these questions and suggestions to better determine if your small business should look into the franchising market.

Mr. Miller Doesn't Go To Washington

A great article about what it takes, and what it doesn't, to actually run for a national political office.

Kidnapped - Charles Dickens Audio Books Free

KidnappedDavid Balfour, a lad of seventeen and newly orphaned, is directed to go and live with his rich uncle, the master of the estate of Shaws in the lowlands of Scotland near Edinburgh. His uncle, Ebenezer (as close a miser as Dickens' Ebenezer Scrooge), is shocked to suddenly have his young relative descend on him and tries to rid himself of David with an arranged accident.

An Unsolved Killing

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What does the firing of a U.S. Attorney have to do with a murder case? Tom Wales was not supposed to be home on the night of October 11, 2001. Wales, an Assistant United States Attorney in Seattle, had planned to have dinner and spend the evening with his girlfriend, Marlis DeJongh, a court reporter who lived downtown. 

The Crooked Prosecutor - Inside the Curtis Lovelace Murder Defense

Murder charges against a former Illinois prosecutor and Big Ten football standout in his wife’s death eight years ago are rooted in pathologists’ new findings that her body’s condition at the scene showed she died of foul play and not flu-like symptoms.

List of Best Longform Stories & Articles (Business & Technology) - October 2014

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The Truth About Marissa Mayer

Can you imagine going to work thinking you will be named the new CEO of Yahoo! that day, only to be shown the door?  This is a tough love type story.

The Story Behind Why AOL CEO Tim Armstrong Fired An Employee In Front Of 1,000 Coworkers

Wow, business can be harsh.  Tim Armstrong of AOL can apparently be a little bit harsher.
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The Senator has fought to go mainstream with the ideology that he shares with his father. How far can that strategy take him? Like Barack Obama, he vowed to free many people imprisoned for crack cocaine, and he announced a new proposal to end the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine.
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In today's Texas, which is falling into the hands of gun nuts, border-sealers and talk-radio charlatans, George W. Bush would practically be considered a communist. The Gathering of the American Patriot, as the event was called, took place on Memorial Day weekend – though you quickly got the sense that the patriotism being displayed was tethered primarily, perhaps exclusively, to the Republic of Texas.



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