They say the best camera is the one you have with you. That old saying is usually used as a reason not to buy a huge digital SLR camera with a bunch of lenses, because you’ll end up leaving it in a closet and taking a smaller camera that fits in your pocket instead. For many people, the camera they have with them is their smartphone.
Most people think they have until April 15 to make their tax moves. But as business owners, we know better. Whether your returns are due on March 15 or April 15 or whenever you’ve extended them, you know already that the time to save on your taxes is past. This checklist can help you avoid losing money to Uncle Sam.
Meet with your CPA. As a certified public accountant, I’ve learned that there are good times and terrible times to deal with client questions. Anytime between February 15 and April 15 is generally a terrible time. It doesn’t get much better until the fall. So now is the best time to meet with your CPA. Review your prior year’s returns together. Take a look at your year to date numbers. Let them know if there’s any new or unusual transactions this year. Bring him or her up to date on your estimated payments made. Extrapolate out to the end of the year your expected income so that your tax liability can not only be forecasted, but steps can be taken to reduce that liability while there’s still time. No one likes surprises and good business owners know that to avoid surprises you must plan.
Keep an eye on Washington. At the very end of 2014 certain tax incentives for businesses were extended for a year. This included the rules for accelerated depreciation and research and development. Every year these incentives seem to get kicked ahead another year. In 2015, most businesses can only deduct $25,000 for capital expenditures immediately and there is no research and development credit available. However, there continues to be discussions in Washington about these and other “tax extenders” and there’s a good chance that they may be extended yet again before the end of the year. So if you’re planning on buying capital equipment or conducting research keep an eye on this because you may be able to maximize your benefits if these rules are pushed forward another year.
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Keeping track of time can be difficult when you’re running back and forth between your greenhouse and office. But there are tools out in cyberspace designed to make your to-do list actually doable. Here are five apps that will enable you to work smarter.
GREENSBORO, N.C. –Syngenta is launching two unique fungicides for the ornamental market, each containing a new active ingredient. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted federal registration to the fungicide active ingredients Solatenol and oxathiapiprolin, with first product sales expected in early 2016. State registrations are pending.
With Solatenol, Syngenta is introducing an advanced generation SDHI (succinate dehydrogenase inhibitor) that offers broad-spectrum control of damaging foliar diseases and soil-borne pathogens.
Oxathiapiprolin, the second new active ingredient, provides superior control of diseases caused by downy mildew and Phytophthora spp. It is an excellent rotation partner for growers who battle these problematic diseases and face resistance concerns.
“Adding Solatenol and oxathiapiprolin to the Syngenta Plant Protection portfolio gives greenhouse and nursery growers more innovative, effective and economical solutions for the disease challenges they face,” said Howard Jaekle, fungicide brand manager for Syngenta.
Solatenol will be available to growers as Mural fungicide, which will be a combination with azoxystrobin. Oxathiapiprolin will launch as Segovis fungicide. Both products will be available for sale in early 2016.
For more information about Syngenta, please visit www.SyngentaPlantProtectionUS.com.
Greenhouse Management: Can you first explain what “mobile friendliness” is and why is it so important for a commercial website to be mobile friendly?
Katie Rotella: At its core, a mobile-friendly website acknowledges that your customers don’t spend their day behind their desk and they’re active. It’s a simple way for you to tell them, “Hey, I get it. I know that you’re on the go, and I’m going to help you with giving you the information that you need.”