Repealing Net Neutrality Could Hurt Online Entrepreneurs

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If you don’t use social media, you may not have heard about Chopping Block Barbershop on the South End of Stratford, Connecticut. Its owner, Percy Craig, advertises on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Booksy. Like his Facebook page, and you will find photos of fresh haircuts, “barbers wanted” ads and five-star reviews. Walk inside, and you will find Craig sitting across from his barbers, wearing a fitted cap with the brim low and texting on his phone. Craig, 34, from Bridgepor ...read more

GOP Love Of 'Small Business' Set To Pay Off Big For Our Small Businessman-In-Chief

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WASHINGTON ― Republican lawmakers, who promised all year to help “small businesses,” have settled on a final tax bill with a last-minute addition that appears to benefit one particular small businessman: Donald J. Trump. The president ― who reported income of at least $200 million from the companies running his residential buildings, hotels and golf courses last year ― might have lost out on millions of dollars had House and Senate negotiators failed to insert ...read more

Rich Fraud, Poor Fraud: The GOP's Double Standard On Tax Mistakes

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WASHINGTON ― The Republican tax bill would provide new tax breaks for businesses ― many of which already shirk taxes on a massive scale. At the same time, in the name of fraud prevention, the bill could create new obstacles for poor people who claim a tax credit designed to boost their pay and nudge them out of poverty. The IRS already audits poor people quite often. Of the 1.2 million audits the IRS conducted last year, more than 400,000 targeted filers with annual incomes of less ...read more

Small Businesses Struggle With Year-End Payment Problems, Survey Shows

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By Rieva Lesonsky The end of the year is a good time for small and midsize business owners who benefit from U.S. consumers’ holiday spending spree. Twenty percent of the annual revenues the average small and midsize business earns comes in between Thanksgiving and Dec. 31, the second national SMB & Money Survey reports. For companies that sell products, this time of year is even more profitable; they earn an average of 28 percent of their annual revenues at year-end. But it’s not ...read more

How A Tough Year For Women Became A Great Year For Feminist Etsy

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If the bleak and oftentimes overwhelming news cycle has given us nothing but anxiety over the past year, it’s also produced an onslaught of feminist slogans and mantras ― often driven by that same news cycle ― to keep in our arsenal.  In 2017, women from all walks of life accused powerful men of sexual assault.  The government made personal decisions regarding women’s bodies. Regardless of who you voted for in the 2016 election, it hasn’t be ...read more