Health Care Law’s Uncertain Future Complicates Planning for Businesses

  • March 1, 2011

Many businesses are uncertain as to whether they should start preparing for health care reform in light of numerous court challenges. Since the start of 2011, several federal district courts have either upheld or struck down the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. More courts are expected to issue decisions in coming months. Health care reform may ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. In the meantime, businesses are confronted with mixed decisions.

Repeal of 1099 Business Reporting Gains Momentum in Congress

  • March 1, 2011

Before recessing for its Presidents’ Day holiday, the Senate voted to repeal the expanded business Form 1099 information reporting requirements under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The Senate vote came after the House Ways and Means Committee approved a similar repeal bill.

The Small Employer Health Insurance Premium Credit

  • March 1, 2011

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) enacted in March 2010, small employers may be eligible to claim a tax credit of 35 percent of qualified health insurance premium costs paid by a taxable employer (25 percent for tax-exempt employers). The credit is designed to encourage small employers to offer health-insurance to their employees.

President’s FY 2012 Proposals: Higher Taxes on Wealthy, Limited Tax Breaks for Businesses

  • March 1, 2011

Every federal budget proposal is just that: a proposal, or a list of recommendations from the White House to Congress. Ultimately, it is for Congress to decide whether to fund a particular government program and at what level. The same is true for tax cuts and tax increases. The final budget for FY 2012 will be a compromise. Nonetheless, President Obama's FY 2012 budget is a helpful tool to predict in what direction federal tax policy may move.

Wireless Security – How to Protect Your Network

  • March 1, 2011

Isn’t wireless technology the greatest? I think I have a total of 10 wireless devices attached to my wireless network at home. I use my notebook to browse the web, I use my phone to send emails and texts, my son’s Xbox, I even print to a wireless printer. I wonder if The Whitlock Co knows I use my notebook on this network (Oops!)? Actually, we have followed the guidelines listed below to ensure The Whitlock Company's risk is reduced to none. How many businesses have notebook computers or other wireless devices that wonder into the wireless world without so much as even a guideline for them to follow? Whether it is an employee using their notebook on their unsecured wireless network at home, using it at a public hotspot like Panera Bread or using it at a hotel when they are on the road. All of these locations are security risks.