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New 2009 W-4

Payroll Tips
As a business owner thinking of hiring new employees in 2009, you need to be aware that there is a new IRS form W-4 that must be completed.   Additionally, employees who claimed "exempt" in 2008 and want to again for 2009 must submit a new W-4 by Friday, February 13, 2009 AND the employee's 2009 income cannot exceed $950.00, cannot include more than $300.00 in unearned income such as interest and dividends - AND the employee must be eligible to be claimed as a dependent on someone else's tax return. Obtain the new form from the following url - https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw4.pdf?portlet=3
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My Living Will (Cartoon/Joke)

"Maad" Rants & Other Stuff
[caption id="attachment_113" align="aligncenter" width="479" caption="My Living Will (Cartoon/Joke)"][/caption] Last night, my friend and I were sitting in the living room and I said to her, "I never want to live in a vegetative state, dependent on some machine and fluids from a bottle.  If that ever happens, just pull the plug!" She got up, unplugged my computer, and threw out my wine! She's such a b****!
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New & Updated “Certified Payroll Solution” Audio/Video Training

The "Sunburst" Website
With all of the enhancements (new features, forms, functionality) that we've made to Certified Payroll Solution in the last 1/2 years - not to mention the release of the new Federal WH-347 Certified payroll report and reporting requirements.....I decided it was time to get off my duff and update some of our training videos. After nearly 4 days of screen capture, audio recording, and editing I'm happy to announce that two of the video's (totally a little over 1 hour of viewing time) are now available in the Certified Payroll Solution Training, Support & Resource Center - in the Free Training Category. The video's that have been updated are the "Certified Payroll Solution Initial Setup Video" and the "Running Certified Payroll Solution Video". Updated videos are available in their original…
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Intuit Launches “Small Business United” program

QuickBooks Corner
Intuit has launched a "Small Business Untied" program which provides Small Business Solutions to Help Entrepreneurs Thrive. On the heels of announcements by other companies of massive layoffs, Intuit is doing it's part to help stimulate the economy be offering over $350,000.00 in small business grants and free software. Intuit's Small Business United program is a multi-phase initiative that will bring a much needed stimulus package to more than 27 million small businesses in the country. This stimulus package includes more than $350,000.00 in small business grants and donations, plus free business tolls and products from Intuit. For additional information about the Small Business United program, visit https://smallbusiness.intuit.com/
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Press Release

Construction News, The "Sunburst" Website
PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release Contact Nancy Smyth Sunburst Software Solutions, Inc. (888) 348-2877 phone (866) 684-5157 fax sales@sunburstsoftwaresolutions.com https://www.sunburstsoftwaresolutions.com SUNBURST SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS, INC. RELEASES FEDERAL WH-347 COMPLIANCE UPDATE FOR "CERTIFIED PAYROLL SOLUTION" AND CONTRACTORS USING QUICKBOOKS. "Certified Payroll Solution" Integrates with QuickBooks to Help Contractors Working on Government Funded Construction Projects Comply With Certified Payroll Reporting Requirements, Saving Them Time And Money. West Charleston, VT - January 16, 2009 Sunburst Software Solutions, Inc., an Intuit Gold Developer, is pleased to announce the release of a compliance update, on January 14, 2009, for their flagship QuickBooks integrated application "Certified Payroll Solution."  This compliance update meets new Federal WH-347 certified payroll reporting requirements which become effective January 18, 2009, as mandated by the U.S. Department of Labor on December 18, 2008.…
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Hawaiian rail construction bids to be up for grabs

Construction News
From the AGC SmartBrief Newsletter dated 1/12/09. Honolulu officials hope to start construction on an elevated commuter train in December of this year. The first of four contracts worth about $1 billion is expected to be awarded in February. Later this year, it will award a contract worth up to $600 million to a firm selected to design and build an elevated six-mile guideway, as well as one worth $120 million to build a maintenance storage facility. Read the entire article here.
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Army Announces plans for $4B in storm-protection contracts

Construction News
From the AGC SmartBrief Newsletter dated 1/12/09. Contracts worth $4 billion for levee and drainage projects in New Orleans will be offered by the Army Corps of Engineers. "The 113 contracts for the hurricane and storm-damage risk-reduction system will be the largest number we award in any given year," said Col. Gregory Gunter, operations officer for Task Force Hope. "It's going to be a huge year." Projects involve bringing structures up to 100-year flood levels, improving drainage and adding a new pumping station. The Web site, https://www.FedBizOps.gov, will advertise the contracts. Read the full article
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New Federal WH-347 Reporting Mandates Effective 1/18/09

Construction News, The "Sunburst" Website
IMPORTANT Revisions to U.S. Department of Labor/Federal WH-347 Reporting Mandates Regarding Protecting the Privacy of Workers. January 9, 2009 Affected Audience: All prime/general contractors and subcontractors required to file the Federal WH-347 Certified Payroll form on prevailing wage projects. Background: On October 20, 2008 the U.S. Department of Labor published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register (73 FR 62229) which invited comments until November 19, 2008, on proposed revisions to update current regulatory standards in order to better protect worker privacy for contracts covering federally financed and federally-assisted construction contracts.  Specifically the proposed revisions affect the reporting of employee addresses and social security numbers on the Federal WH-347 certified payroll reports. Effective Date: According to recent information released in the Federal Register (73 FR 77504) published on…
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ProAdvisor Certification “testing”

"Stuff" that drives me insane
Well, I've finally found some quite time to go take my ProAdvisor Certification "test" - I've been a certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor since 2000, when the program first was established by Intuit. I've taken this test 8 years in a row now, and I swear it's changed little - oh sure, they do put in a few questions about new features found in QuickBooks each year, but overall it's the same darn test I've taken since the inception.  How sad! I "used" to think that being a "Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor" actually meant something, now I feel that it means that somebody was able to pass the test (open book format), with less than 20 attempts.  Yup, that's right, you can take this open book test 20 times before you absolutely, positively…
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Christmas Carols for the Psychiatrically Challenged

"Maad" Rants & Other Stuff
Hopefully this will brighten your day! Schizophrenia - Do you hear what I hear? Multiple Personality Disorder - We Three Queens Disoriented Are Dementia - I think I'll be home for Christmas Narcissistic - Hark the Herald Angels Sing About Me Manic - Deck the halls and walls and house and lawn and streets and stores and office and town and cars and buses and trucks and trees and fire hydrants and..... Paranoid - Santa Claus is Coming to Get Me Borderline Personality Disorder - Thoughts of Roasting on a Open Fire Personality Disorder - You better watch out, I'm gonna cry, I'm gonna Pout, Maybe I'll tell you why Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - Jingle bells, Jingle bells, Jingle bells,Jingle bells, Jingle bells, Jingle bells, Jingle bells, Jingle bells, Jingle…
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