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1. 2014 Mileage Rate Decreased: Reminder: The IRS has decreased the allowable business mileage expense by ½¢ a mile effective January 1, 2014. The new rate is 56¢ per mile.
2. 2014 Pay Increases: Buck Consultants, according to SHRM, predicts a 3% increase in the average base pay in 2014. See SH&Q’s Client Update No. 264, dated November 25, 2013, reporting a 2.9% increase for non-union and a 2.6% increase for unionized employees, predicted by Aon Hewitt.
3. 2014 401(k) Limits: The IRS published dollar limits for 401(k) Plans for tax year 2014. Deferrals into 401(k) Plans remain at $17,500, with the catch-up contribution remaining at $5,500. The highly compensated employee 401(k) definition remains at $115,000.
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The American Red Cross Blood Donation Center, 3500 Main St., Springfield, will be hosting ‘Mornings with the Mayor’ on Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 8-9am. Read more
The Springfield Falcons, AHL affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets, have announced today that Eric Lapointe has been named Executive Vice President and Alternate Governor. The Falcons have also removed the interim tag and appointed Sarah Pompea, Team President and Governor. Read more
Ron Proulx, Chairman of the Board
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English cleric Charles Caleb Colton wrote: “Commerce flourishes by circumstances, precarious, transitory, contingent, almost as the winds and waves that bring it to our shores.” Colton died in 1832, but his words are as true today as when he wrote them.
Economic uncertainty will always be a reality because no matter how strong the economy, there will always be a downshift and no matter how weak the economy, it will always find a way to bounce back.
Is the Massachusetts Tax Fairness Commission an oxymoron?
It’s difficult to conclude otherwise about a commission that appears to view fairness exclusively through the lens of redistributing revenue from the productive sectors of the economy to the government. When the primary conversation about tax fairness starts with “How progressive is the tax?” you know the analysis is fraught with bias and ready to veer from math towards politic
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Published Friday, November 30, 2012
A national survey of 2,000 adults reveals that being active in a local chamber of commerce is an effective business strategy because two-thirds of consumers believe that such companies use good business practices, are reputable, care about their customers, and are involved in the community.
The study, conducted by The Schapiro Group, an Atlanta-based strategic consulting firm, found consumer perceptions of chamber members to be positive in many ways:
When consumers know that a small business is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 49% more likely to think favorably of it and 80% more likely to purchase goods or services from the company in the future.
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