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Darlene DavisDarlene M. Davis is the firm's managing partner and principal owner. She is a graduate of Saint Louis University and is licensed as a certified public accountant by the state of Missouri.

Does your business provide good online customer service?

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Does your business provide good online customer service?

Providing excellent customer service is crucial for any business, whether that service is provided across the counter in a local brick-and-mortar store or over the Internet. Online customers can be impatient, and dealing with customer complaints over the Internet can be especially challenging. In most cases, your tone of voice and body language can't be used to communicate online, so it's even more important to choose your words carefully.

Two new tax rules may benefit you

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Two new tax rules may benefit you

You've probably heard about the tax benefits that were renewed last December and that you can claim on your 2014 federal income tax return. But do you know about other new beneficial tax rules that are effective for 2015? Here are two.

Use caution when swapping vacation homes

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Use caution when swapping vacation homes

If you're a vacationer considering alternatives to high-priced hotels — say you just want a place to hang your hat, prepare an inexpensive meal, and mingle with the locals — home swapping may be the ticket. For a few weeks you relinquish your house keys to another family and, in exchange, take up residence in their home — maybe in a different country, maybe elsewhere in the U.S.

Check the filing requirements for 2014 tax returns

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Check the filing requirements for 2014 tax returns

Taxes are a frequent topic of conversation at this time of year, and a common question is, who has to file a tax return? The rules for filing 2014 tax returns are straightforward for most people.

Know which dependents will cut your tax bill

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Know which dependents will cut your tax bill

For any number of reasons, you could find yourself opening your home to relatives in need. In some cases, the guests could become fairly permanent occupants. Who can be claimed as a dependent at tax filing time?

December tax moves to consider for your business

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December tax moves to consider for your business

2014 is winding down, but you still have time to wrap up business tax strategies before December 31. Here are five to put on your list.

Time's running out to claim a refund of prior-year tax payments

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Time's running out to claim a refund of prior-year tax payments

Have you fallen behind on filing prior year federal income tax returns? Here's a reason to catch up by April 15: You could lose the benefit of payments made in those earlier years.

Current rates for depreciating your business vehicle

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Current rates for depreciating your business vehicle

Did you buy a new vehicle for your business in 2014? There's good news on the depreciation front: The Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 reinstated the bonus depreciation available as a first-year deduction.

New Business: Review your reimbursement of employees' health insurance premiums

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New Business: Review your reimbursement of employees' health insurance premiums

Employers who reimburse employees for their individual health insurance policies may find themselves in violation of the "market reform" restrictions in the ACA. The penalty for noncompliance with these restrictions is $100 per day, per employee. It's important to note that these reimbursement rules apply to all employers, regardless of size, and for health care plans effective beginning on or after January 1, 2014.

Get ready for 2014 Form 1099 filing

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Get ready for 2014 Form 1099 filing

While you're wrapping up 2014, give yourself the gift of reduced stress in the new year by getting a head start on January's information reporting responsibilities. Here are some preliminary steps to take.

Don't donate to phony charities

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Don't donate to phony charities

This is the season to feel benevolent. About $335 billion (that is billion with a "b") was given to charities in 2013. The IRS has over 600,000 registered charities, with thousands of new ones added to its list every year.

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