Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Starting a New Business? Stop Here First! You Need This Workshop!

A "How to Start A Small Business" workshop sponsored by the Winthrop Small Business Development Center, will be held at Winthrop University’s College of Business (Thurmond Building), in Room 208 (2nd floor), Tuesday, June 3rd from 6-8 pm.

The Thurmond Building is located on the Winthrop University campus at the intersection of Park Avenue and Memorial Circle. The workshop touches on business basics including the development of a business plan, anticipated expense and projected income, and allows for questions. There is a $25 charge. Materials will be provided. Please go to the SBDC workshop calendar below to register securely. For additional information, call the Winthrop Region SBDC at 803 323-2283.


Monday, May 19, 2014

Small Business Taxes: The Virtual Workshop

Starting a new business is scary, but attempting to understand small business taxes can be completely overwhelming. The IRS has put together a powerful tool for small business owners that are trying to understand their small business taxes- The Virtual Workshop.

As stated by the IRS " We designed this workshop to help you, a new business owner, understand and meet your federal tax obligations. This workshop is constructed so that the first three lessons... What You Need to Know about Federal Taxes and Your New Business, What You Need to Know about Schedule C and Other Small Business Taxes and Tax Forms; And How to File and Pay Your Taxes Electronically are for everyone, no matter what kind of business you have or whether you have employees.

Then, in What You Need to Know When You Run Your Business Out of Your Home and How to Set Up a Retirement Plan for You and Your Employees, we'll discuss some information that may be relevant to you now-- or that may become relevant once your business has become established. The final four lessons... What You Need to Know about Federal Taxes when Hiring Employees or Independent Contractors, How to Manage Payroll so You Withhold the Correct Amount from Employees, How to Make Tax Deposits and File a Return to Report Your Payroll Taxes. And Hiring People Who Live in the U.S. but Who Aren't U.S. Citizens, ....are for those employers who already have, or who are thinking about hiring, employees. Because this is a virtual workshop, you can choose the lessons that apply to you.

Using the navigation buttons on the screen, you can go directly to the information you need. You also can pause and bookmark lessons so you can review information at a later time. Best of all, you can return to lessons you didn't need when you started your business but might need now; for example, if you decide to start a retirement plan or your business has grown enough that you want to hire employees-- all the information will be here when you need it. Throughout these lessons, you'll hear from small business owners like yourself, and we hope that by watching these owners learn how to meet their federal tax obligations, you'll learn how to meet yours as well. Best wishes on your new business.

The Virtual Workshop can be viewed online at:  http://www.irsvideos.gov/SmallBusinessTaxpayer/virtualworkshop

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Tips for Taxpayers Who Missed the Tax Deadline

If you missed the April 15 Tax Deadline, don't panic. Here's some advice from the IRS.

  • File as soon as you can.  If you owe taxes, you should file and pay as soon as you can. This will help minimize the interest and penalty charges. There is no penalty for filing a late return if you are due a refund.
  • IRS Free File is your best option.  Everyone can use IRS Free File to e-file their federal taxes for free. If your income was $58,000 or less, you can use free brand-name software. If you made more than $58,000 and are comfortable preparing your own tax return, use Free File Fillable Forms to e-file. This program uses the electronic versions of paper IRS forms. IRS Free File is available through Oct. 15 only through IRS.gov.
  • IRS E-file is still available.  IRS e-file is available through Oct. 15. E-file is the easiest, safest and most accurate way to file your taxes. With e-file you receive confirmation that the IRS received your tax return. If you e-file and choose direct deposit of your refund, you’ll normally get it within 21 days.
  • Pay as much as you can.  If you owe tax but can’t pay it all at once, try to pay as much as you can when you file your tax return. Pay the remaining balance as soon as possible to stop further penalties and interest.
  • Make a payment agreement online.  If you need more time to pay your taxes, you can apply for a payment plan with the IRS. The easiest way to apply is to use the IRS Online Payment Agreement tool. You can also mail Form 9465, Installment Agreement Request. The tool and form are both available on IRS.gov.
  • A refund may be waiting.  If you’re due a refund, you should file as soon as possible to get it. Even if you are not required to file, you may still get a refund. This could apply if you had taxes withheld from your wages or you qualify for certain tax credits. If you don’t file your return within three years, you could forfeit your right to the refund.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Want to Get Computer Savvy for Windows 8.1 and the Cloud?

Need to learn about Windows 8.1? Cloud computing? Security for your computer's data? Plan to attend the "Get Modern" workshop on May 8th:

Where: The Hive Business Center, 157 E. Main St., RH
When: May 8th
8:00 Registration/ Refreshments/Networking,
8:30-9:30 Seminar Presentation, Q&A to follow
Cost: $25 Chamber members, $40 non-members

RSVP Required: To register online, visit www.yorkcountychamber.com or contact the
YC Regional Chamber at (803) 324-7500.

Cancellation must be received no less than 48 hours in advance to receive a credit for advance payment. Fees will not be refunded but will be applied as credit towards future programs.

FREE Training in Transportation Careers Program

Need Training to Find a Job?   This may be helpful, and if you're living in one of the seven counties mentioned, and it's free .....

2014 Transportation Careers Training Program
Applications accepted now through May 16, 2014
Training starts June 2, 2014 at York Tech Community College

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) (South Carolina Division Office) are pleased to announce the 2014 Transportation Careers Training Program (TCTP) will be managed by Construction Solutions Team, Inc. The program will allow up to thirty-five participants to receive the National Center for Construction Education and Research certification as well as other credentials.

Pre-employment Training will include OSHA 10 Hour Construction Standards, SCDOT Flagger Certification, Construction Math, Blue Print Reading, Site Layout, Job Readiness Skills, Basic Life Skills, Construction Basics, and more.

After successfully completing Pre-employment Training, fifteen participants will transition into Heavy Equipment Operator Training and fifteen participants will transition into Commercial Driver’s License Training.

All training costs will be covered by the SCDOT/FHWA program.

Applications will be accepted from individuals residing in the following seven counties:

• Cherokee
• Chester
• Chesterfield
• Fairfield
• Lancaster
• Union
• York

Individuals must meet the following criteria:

• Unemployed, underemployed, minorities, women, and/or economically disadvantaged;
• A high school graduate or have obtained GED;
• Pass a pre-course drug test and submit to random screening;
• Have reliable transportation to and from the training site;
• Be physically able to withstand the rigors of the construction industry (this includes inclement weather, traffic, night work and heavy lifting); and
• Willing to travel at the conclusion of the program if hired by a highway construction contractor.

Get moving today! Your next job can be the start of an amazing career!!
For more about the 2014 Transportation Careers Training Program, and on Participant Responsibilities, please contact Sandy at (704) 807-2627 or e-mail at Sandy@ConstructionSolutionsTeam.com

Link for Application: http://d31hzlhk6di2h5.cloudfront.net/20140430/52/14/16/30/32a728cac39e6f9c8fdd3a21/2014_TCTP_Application.pdf?utm_campaign=SC+residents+get+your+career+moving%21&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_content=2014+TCTP+Application