Small business owners and individuals who are self-employed have lots of questions and concerns about taxes. The IRS Tax Calendar has a wealth of tax tips, contact information and handy schedules. The IRS Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center has links for everything from publications and forms to helpful newsletters.
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This month's seminar includes inspirational success stories from Michigan business owners. The Strategies of Success series will resume in the fall.
There are many expenses in owning a small business. Although not every expense can be used as a business deduction, certain portions of car, travel, business use of your home, entertainment and gift expenses can be claimed. Knowing which expense is deductible and keeping good records is vital. For a specific lists of deductions, see Publication 463, Travel, Entertainment, Gift and Car Expenses and Publication 535, Business Expenses.
Today's tip is to keep good records for success. By keeping good records, small business owners can:
- Monitor the progress of their business
- Prepare their financial statements
- Identify source of receipts
- Keep track of deductible expenses
- Prepare their tax returns
- Support items reported on tax returns
Confessions of a compact camera shooter : get professional quality photos with your compact camera by Rick Sammon
Looking to improve your snapshots? This book has a wealth of tips and tricks for the amateur digital photographer using a compact digital camera. Wondering if you need to use flash outside on a sunny day? The answer is probably yes, depending on where the sun is in relation to your subject. Ever wonder if all those modes your camera provides are actually useful? They can be very handy if you know how to make the most of them. These tips and many more are included in this easy to use guide.
Present: K. Schulz, M. Siegrist, C. Van Auken, J. Fausone, G. Snow, D. Turner
Also Present: E. Davis, K. Gladden, G. Bell, A. Davis, M. Swartz
Call to AudienceNo comments (R. Havenstein-Coughlin, A. Heidemann, L. Papa, S. Rzetelny)
Approval of AgendaThe agenda was approved as amended
Approval of MinutesMinutes of the March 18 meeting were approved as presented
E. Davis shared with the Board an invitation from the new Belleville District Library to attend a reception and swearing-in ceremony of the new District Board on April 24th.
Included in the April PR packet were materials relating to the 2009 Annual Report that were mailed to donors and a placard that was sent to community partners.
Small plot, high yield gardening : grow like a pro, save money, and eat well from your front (or back or side) yard 100% organic produce garden by Sal Gilbertie and Larry Sheehan
Organic gardening has become quite popular in recent years, and this book is a great guide to creating and maintaining your own organic garden in whatever space you may have available. It includes a wealth of information, big picture planning and organic philosophy stuff as well as little hints that can be extremely helpful (such as: grow onions or some variant around the edges of your garden to deter pests). Even the book itself has an earthy feel, with rich soil-colored text on creamy white pages. A treat for organic gardeners of all levels.