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Finance: 2009 Tax Tips
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Now’s the Time for Year-End Tax Planning

Thanks to the Wall Street Journal’s online site wsj.com, Entrepreneur.com and Kiplinger.com for bringing such current and valuable tax information to the Web. Find six favorite resources below:

1.Tax Center: New to Small Business
Get a start here. Learn about taxes.

2. WSJ Tax Blog
Great tips and info. Check it out.

3. Smart Year-End Tax Moves
Own a business? This link will help you make those December tax decisions and act now.

4. Tax Filing for Freelancers
Are you a freelancer? If so, plan ahead for taxes and prepare to pay what you owe on Schedule C.

5. Most Overlooked Tax Deductions
Tax deductions you don’t want to miss. Tax deductions for 2009.

6. Deducting Charitable Gifts
Charitable giving is a wonderful way to support the community and causes you believe in. Plus, there is a tax deduction benefit. By the way, SCORE is a charitable organization. If you would like you can donate to SCORE. Learn about documenting a charitable donation deduction.

Christine Banning, SCORE
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Franchising: What is it?
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Franchising Demystified

Franchising is nothing more or less than a way to distribute products or services. The big trick is to find the business that fits you and your lifestyle. There are always at least two parties involved in any franchise agreement: the franchisee (someone who buys a franchise) and the franchisor (franchise your existing business). The most important factor the in the equation is that it fits your strengths and talents. If you are new to the world of business, being a franchisee can be a good option. If you are successful and want a way to duplicate your business, consider becoming a franchisor.

If you’re considering buying or selling a franchise, find out more. Come back next week for more. Don’t forget to check out the great resources at www.score.org. Here are a few articles below.

Betty Otte, SCORE Orange County
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