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UPDATES: SMALL BUSINESS ADVISOR SOFTWARE AND THE "STARTING AND OPERATING" A BUSINESS IN ...(STATE)" BOOK SERIES

Welcome to the update information page for The Small Business Advisor (for Windows versions from Win 98 through Win 7) and the Starting and Operating a Business in ... (state) accompanying books, which were re-released, (in electronic format only) several years ago. The 17 "national" chapters of the book are all updated, on a rotating basis, every 12 months, so that no part of the book ever goes more than 12 months without being updated. 1 to 3 chapters are revised and updated each month, according to the following annual schedule:

  • Chapter 1 (Deciding to Go into Business) -- January
  • Chapter 2 (Choosing the Legal Form of the Business) -- January
  • Chapter 3 (Buying an Existing Business) -- February
  • Chapter 4 (Selecting the Right Location) -- February
  • Chapter 5 (A Trip Through the Red Tape Jungle: Requirements that Apply To Nearly All New Businesses) -- March
  • Chapter 6 (The Thicket Thickens: Additional Requirements for Businesses with Employees) -- April
  • Chapter 7 (Environmental Laws Affecting Your Business) -- May
  • Chapter 8 (Technology and Your Business) -- May
  • Chapter 9 (Miscellaneous Business Problems and Pointers) -- June
  • Chapter 10 (Financing Your Business) -- June
  • Chapter 11 (Accounting Basics) -- June
  • Chapter 12 (Employee Fringe Benefits and Stock Options) -- July
  • Chapter 13 (Business Expense Tax Deductions and Tax Credits) -- August
  • Chapter 14 (Additional Tax Savings Strategies) -- September
  • Chapter 15 (Excise Taxes, and Estate Planning and Your Business: The Basics) -- November
  • Appendix A (Business Startup Checklist) -- Updated every week, for any federal or state law changes noted in any edition of the series
  • Appendix C (Commonly Used Tax and Other Forms) -- December

Immediate (interim) updating of all affected portions of the books is also done after any major federal tax legislation is enacted, as soon as details become available, as for example:

  • In December, 2014, amendment of Federal Trade Commission Rule 435 regarding mail order sales of merchandise, which is now extended to apply to sales over the Internet as well.
  • In January, 2015, updated for the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, enacted by Congress in December, 2014.
  • In August 2015, updated for the federal tax provisions included in the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015, which greatly increased penalties for businesses that fail to file Form 1099 information returns on time or at all.
  • In June, 2015, SEC changes to Regulation A and proposed October, 2015 regulations that would modify and liberalize Rule 147 and Rule 504, all of which would make it easier to raise capital through "crowdfunding" on the Internet.
  • In October, 2015, updated for inflation-adjusted federal income tax rates and various IRA and pension plan limitations that go into effect in 2016.
  • In October, 2015, updated for the federal tax provisions that were added to the Surface Transportation and Veterans Choice Improvements Act of 2015, which has changed the long-standing (nearly a century) filing due dates for both C corporation and partnership tax returns.
  • In January, 2016, updated throughout for the sweeping tax changes in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016.
  • In May, 2016, updated for the dramatic changes in the overtime pay regulations, adopted by the U.S. Department of Labor, which will require employers to pay time-and-a-half for overtime hours worked by many white-collar salaried employees earning up to nearly $50,000. Employers have been given a few months to update their payroll systems, before these regulations go into effect in December, 2016.

State information in the series is updated on a different schedule, but each state chapter is also revised in full once each 12 to 24 months. Because our Small Business Advisor software mechanically weaves in appropriate segments of the state chapter text into each "national chapter" (chapters 1 to 17) where appropriate, all state information that appears anywhere in a particular state edition is automatically updated when the state chapter is updated.

Dates of recent complete updates/revisions of the state information for the various state editions are listed below:

  • Updated and revised in January, 2017: Georgia edition;
  • Updated and revised in December, 2016: Pennsylvania and Vermont editions;
  • Updated and revised in November, 2016: Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Nebraska editions;
  • Updated and revised in September, 2016: South Carolina edition;
  • Updated and revised in August, 2016: District of Columbia, Texas, New York, and Florida editions;
  • Updated and revised in July, 2016: New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Wyoming editions;
  • Updated and revised in June, 2016: New Mexico edition;
  • Updated and revised in May, 2016: Nevada edition;
  • Updated and revised in April, 2016: Connecticut, Maine, and Missouri editions;
  • Updated and revised in March, 2016: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Hawaii, Michigan, Washington, and West Virginia editions;
  • Updated and revised in February, 2016: Delaware edition;
  • Updated and revised in October, 2015: Alabama, Arizona, and Colorado editions.

  • THE FOLLOWING STATE EDITIONS ARE NO LONGER BEING UPDATED, AND ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE AS KINDLE BOOKS ON AMAZON.COM:
  • Last updated and revised in September, 2013: Rhode Island* and Utah* editions;
  • Last updated and last revised in August, 2013: Illinois,* Indiana,* Iowa,* Kentucky,* Kansas,* Louisiana,* and Maryland* editions;
  • Last updated and revised in July, 2013: Idaho* edition;
  • Last updated and revised in June, 2013: Ohio,* Tennessee,* Oklahoma,* Virginia,* and Wisconsin* editions;
  • Last updated and revised in May, 2013: Mississippi,* Montana,* and Oregon* editions.
(* Editions that are no longer available for Kindle and no longer being updated)

For ordering information on updates or upgrades for your state or multiple states, click here to go to our ordering page, for secure ordering through SWREG.ORG, the oldest software seller on the Internet. Or click here to select and order a Kindle Edition for any state, through Amazon.com.


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