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Staying Safe From Tax Season Scams

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Thomas F. Duffy, Chair Multi-State ISAC

CautionNow that W-2’s are arriving, it’s time to consider how to stay safe from tax season scams. Every year, unfortunate taxpayers go to file their returns and are shocked to find that someone else has filed a fraudulent one in their name! Some innocent people also receive fraudulent phone calls from criminals impersonating tax officials. Sadly, tax fraud has only become more widespread and digital communication has opened new ways for it to happen.

While the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reports on multiple tax-payer related scams, and even publishes a "Dirty Dozen" list, three scams variants are worth highlighting: Phishing and Malware Schemes; Identity Theft and Falsely Filed Tax Returns; and Impersonation Scams. Once criminals have your information, they can also continue to commit identity theft well beyond tax season. Here are some details on each of these scams, along with how to identify them and seek help in case of identity theft.

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Four Tips for Optimizing Millennials in the Workplace

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Business owners are always looking for opportunities to expand resources and increase revenue. One of the ways to do this is to hire Millennials as entry-level employees, give them experience, and train them to maximize your bottom line.

But as promising as this young talent may be, there are generational nuances, including high turnover and work-life balance, that business owners struggle with compared to their Baby Boomer and Gen X colleagues. According to Pew Research, Millennials make up the largest share of the workforce – surpassing Baby Boomers and Gen Xers.

Millennials employees

Feb. 11 is National Inventor's Day: Eight Steps to Secure Your Patent

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U.S. Patent and Trade Office

InventorsSaturday, Feb. 11 is National Inventor's Day according to - what better time to research what you need to get that brilliant idea patented and business started - here's how to get started:

Step 1: Determine the type of Intellectual Property protection that you need - To protect your invention, you may need a patent, trademark, copyright, marketing plan, trade secrets, or some combination of these. 

Contracting Webinars

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Multiple Webinars happening on February 7

Five Tips: How to Pick Your Next Leadership Successors

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1. Education vs Experience

In this case, experience trumps education. When choosing your successor, look for candidates who have real world experience. The appropriate experience allows for impromptu mitigation for any crises, budget cuts, and managing overall workplace culture.  These individuals are solution-oriented and will be able to resolve issues without extensive oversight.

2. Look from Within

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