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Local retailers want level playing field

Local retailers want level playing field

Local retailers say their online competitors have a competitive advantage because there is no city or state sales tax for many online purchases.

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Transaction Privilege Tax License Renewals are Coming

Transaction Privilege Tax License Renewals are Coming

Arizona Department of Revenue (ADOR) will be sending renewal letters to businesses next month to renew their 2019 Arizona Transaction Privilege Tax (TPT) license. Every business licensed with ADOR is required to renew their Arizona TPT license, which is due January 1, 2019.

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New, more secure credit cards about to debut

Starting Oct. 1, the way we use credit cards will begin changing.

Oct. 1 marks the day stores are supposed to have terminals that can read the new computer-chip credit cards. But many stores don't have the terminals yet, and many consumers don't have the new cards, either.

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Dispelling Myths About the Affordable Care Act

As a business owner, it’s important to understand how the Affordable Care Act can affect your business. However, with so many misconceptions about how the Affordable Care Act works, this can be difficult.  To clarify the myths versus facts, we’re launching a new blog series called “Myth vs. Fact: The Affordable Care Act and Small Business”.

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Eligible Home-Based Businesses May Deduct up to $1,500; Saves Taxpayers 1.6 Million Hours A Year

The Internal Revenue Service today announced a simplified option that many owners of home-based businesses and some home-based workers may use to figure their deductions for the business use of their homes.

In tax year 2010, the most recent year for which figures are available, nearly 3.4 million taxpayers claimed deductions for business use of a home (commonly referred to as the home office deduction).

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Five Tools Every Merchant Should Be Using

Watch a competent surgeon at work and you’ll immediately notice that he/she pays special attention to her tools. He/She uses the most state-of-the-art instruments available, organizes them carefully, and makes sure he/she takes advantage of every piece of technology at his/her disposal. As a business owner, your approach should be exactly the same. Here are five indispensable keys to your future success.

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Hiring Our Heroes

Ms. Mims and Mrs. Baeza

Join us November 7, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM for a job fair for veteran job seekers, active duty military members, guard and reserve members, and military spouses.

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How QuickBooks Credit Card Processing Can Help You Prep for Tax Season

When you were in the beginning stages of planning your small business, you may have had serious reservations about the financial end. With your math and accounting classes only a distant and hazy memory, you probably pictured yourself poring over ledgers and spreadsheets, agonizing in vain over your company checkbook. Fortunately, you can now put those fears to rest. Take some time to see for yourself what millions of other small business owners have already recognized: QuickBooks from Intuit can make your work life into a well-oiled and seamless machine. Here are some of the reasons. 

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How to Replace Your Cash Register with a POS Card Swiper

Someday, you will think back to the time when you used an inefficient, unsecured cash register for your business. You will wonder why you waited so long to obtain the full range of accounting, purchase tracking and productivity solutions that POS can provide. However, that day is still a long way off. At the moment, you’re all too aware of the advantages of POS, but you’re unsure how to proceed. Following the steps below will help you move toward the POS system that will catapult your business to the next level.

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Study to ensure women- and minority-owned businesses have equal access to highway projects

The Arizona Department of Transportation will conduct a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Availability and Disparity Study designed to determine whether minority- and women-owned business enterprises have had equal access to federally assisted transportation contracting opportunities within the state.

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The Costs Benefits of Accepting American Express in a POS Card Swiper Store

Take off your entrepreneur hat for a moment and replace it with consumer headgear. Now, imagine yourself attempting to make a purchase at a local store using your American Express card. “I’m sorry,” you are told, “We don’t accept AmEx.” This isn’t the first time your card has been refused, but it makes you wonder why. Now, switch to your merchant hat and let’s find some answers.

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Don't fall victim to sales scams re: EMV terminals

Unfortunately as in all sales industries, some sales people sell based on fear or misinformation, and the merchant processing industry is no different.

Ever since the credit card networks mandated an October 2015 transition to EMV credit cards, many small businesses are being contacted by creative sales people demanding that they switch their merchant accounts right away and spend upwards of $1000 to purchase a new credit card terminal in order to become "compatible".

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