Tax uncertainty weighs on small business

In case any further indications are needed, the recent article “Mere threat of tax cliff already weighing heavily on small businesses” provides anecdotes of how expiring tax provisions affect businesses. I see small businesses that are paralyzed by uncertainty. The election-year stalemate has real consequences. For example, [a] tax planning services [firm] emphasized the “on-again,… Read More »

Cease-and-desist letters that don’t tarnish your brand name

Last week I responded to a follow-up cease-and-desist letter from a corporate legal department. The corporation’s tactics amounted to IP-bullying of the kind that only works when small businesses are not willing to seek legal advice. (The small business in question had substantially complied with the original demand—one that I’m not convinced was valid to… Read More »