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We’ve talked before here on the blog about how to address a planned price increase with your customers. But what about the rate hikes that weren’t your idea?

This comes to mind as Washington, DC prepares to implement a controversial new sales tax on wellness-related businesses in the District. The so-called “Yoga Tax” will add 5.75% sales tax onto the fees for businesses like gyms, yoga studios, tanning salons, and water delivery services starting October 1st, 2014. This, understandably, has business owners in DC concerned. Supporters of the new tax are quick to point out that DC is also lowering business income taxes at the same time, suggesting that what business owners may lose in memberships, they will make up for in tax savings.

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Happy Tax Day 2013! Unless you’re still frantically trying to finish up your taxes and get them in the mail — then it might not be so happy. Around midnight last night, a lot of people were asking themselves why it took them until now to do something that they’ve had months to take care of. Enter procrastination.

Very few people really enjoy doing their taxes. But this process can be especially overwhelming for small business owners, many of whom have to file taxes both as an full time employee, and for their small business. Anyone who has ever appreciated and amortized their business assets would not blame you for putting off this arduous task.

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Small businesses in the United States always have to make sure that they file taxes in a correct and legal manner. According to the latest data, the odds of being audited if you are a small business owner are against you. Small business owners are 30% more likely to be audited today than they were in 2005.

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About the Author: Irina Kabigting is Webs’ Social Media Marketing Manager. Get more from Irina on Webs’ Blog and Google+.

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