New Senate Bill Extends Guarantees on Small Business Bank Accounts

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A proposed Senate bill designed to extend protection on small business bank accounts. December 12, 2012 Senator Harry Reid introduced Senate Bill S. 3637 to extend the Transaction Account Guarantee (TAG) program through 2014. TAG is administered by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and provides protection for non-interest bearing accounts held by small businesses or municipalities at participating banks. TAG launched in October 2008 at the height of the financial crisis and has … [Read more...]

Banks Losing Dominance in Providing Financial Services

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Finance expert Mike Periu discusses the decrease in popularity of traditional bank accounts as payment alternatives have evolved as Financial Services. Technological advances and changes in consumer behavior have effectively taken away the banking sectors dominance in the provision of many financial services. There are millions of households in the U.S. who don’t have traditional bank accounts. This has generally been seen as a problem with efforts focused on making them “banked". But now … [Read more...]

There must be tax rate increases to avert the fiscal cliff

A recent statement made by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner that there must be tax rate increases to avert the fiscal cliff. U.S. Treasury Secretary Indicates Tax Hikes Must be Part of Fiscal Cliff Deal Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner indicated that tax rate increases on the top 2 percent of households in the country must be part of any final agreement to avert the fiscal cliff. This has been a point of contention in the negotiations and it now appears that both sides are still far … [Read more...]

Rebuilding Your Business Credit After a Disaster Like Hurricane Sandy

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Finance expert Mike Periu on how businesses can minimize damage to their credit score after a disaster like Hurricane Sandy. Even though Hurricane Sandy doesn't dominate the headlines anymore, small businesses in the affected regions are only just beginning the long road to recovery. Among the casualties are small business credit scores as invoices go unpaid and bills pile up creating a short-term cash crunch. To minimize the damage to your score, it's important to first notify all of your … [Read more...]

Big changes in estate tax laws take effect next month

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The best way to leave assets, like your business, to heirs before big changes in estate tax laws take effect next month. Take Advantage of Expiring Tax Rules to Benefit Your Heirs Current estate tax laws exempt the first $5.12 million per person (double per couple) in assets from estate taxes. This limit drops to $1 million in 2013. and the tax rate on all assets above that threshold will be taxed at a rate of 55 percent. If you plan to leave your business to your children or other heirs, … [Read more...]