RangeMe – A Great Way to Connect? Or Buyer Beware?

RangeMe is a service that specializes in helping connect wholesalers to buyers. They offer their services with two different perspectives: sServices for the buyers, and services for the wholesalers.

Buyers are of course offered accounts for free. It’s a great way to browse products and find connections to new providers you may not have had dealings with before, all at your fingertips. The wholesaler side of the business is a bit darker though.

IRS Reminds Taxpayers of the Home Office Deduction Rules During Small Business Week

During Small Business Week, Sept. 22-24, the Internal Revenue Service wants individuals to consider taking the home office deduction if they qualify. The benefit may allow taxpayers working from home to deduct certain expenses on their tax return.

The home office deduction is available to qualifying self-employed taxpayers, independent contractors and those working in the gig economy. However, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act suspended the business use of home deduction from 2018 through 2025 for employees. Employees who receive a paycheck or a W-2 exclusively from an employer are not eligible for the deduction, even if they are currently working from home.

11 Interview Tips You Wish You Knew Before Your Last Job Interview

COVID knocked us for a loop. While there’s always been stiff competition when interviewing for a job, recently, the competition has gotten stiffer. Too many people lost their gainful employment with the pandemic’s crushing blow. This means even more people will be vying for the same position and hoping to land the job. Are you ready to up your game?

IRS Highlights Online Resources During Small Business Week – Many Resources Available in Multiple Languages

In support of National Small Business Week – Sept. 22 to 24 – the Internal Revenue Service is emphasizing the many IRS online resources available to help small business owners and self-employed individuals needing to handle the tax aspects of their business.

Resources in multiple languages

The IRS has a long history of providing resources in Spanish and commonly provides products in Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Russian, such as the Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center.

Bangladesh is Growing Their Export Opportunities

Bangladesh is the largest textile and garment manufacturer in the world today. But Bangladesh is struggling to keep pace with fast growing Vietnam, a country with many strategic advantages.  Vietnam has a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the European Union. Vietnam also has a closer proximity and relationship with China and has many cities with deep water ports.

The Importance of Opening Schools During Corona Pandemic

The Talmud teaches the world only exists because of the pure breath of children without sin in elementary school that learn the Torah. It is even more important the learning of children in Elementary school than any other level of education.  The world was created for the sake of the learning of these children who are without sin. According to the Bible even if opening up schools in September may be dangerous for some people who are in the ages of danger from Corona, schools must open. The Talmud teaches, the learning of children whose breath is pure without sin, is greater than the learning of adults. Elementary schools in throughout the world, in America and Israel must open for the fall term. Opening the schools will bring the blessing that the Corona Pandemic will end soon.

IRS – Drought-stricken Farmers, Ranchers Have More Time to Replace Livestock

Farmers and ranchers who were forced to sell livestock due to drought may have an additional year to replace the livestock and defer tax on any gains from the forced sales, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

To qualify for relief, the farm or ranch must be in an applicable region. This is a county or other jurisdiction designated as eligible for federal assistance plus counties contiguous to it. Notice 2020-74, posted today on IRS.gov, lists applicable regions in 46 states, the District of Columbia and four U.S. territories.

Chinese University Students Confined Since Back At College

Covid-19 continues to be rampant in many countries, except where it broke out first: China. According to the latest statistics, on September 18, there were only 18 new confirmed patients, all travelers from other countries. Even so, the Chinese government is extremely careful with these imported cases. On September 13, in Ruili, two illegal travelers from Myanmar were reported to be infected. The next day, the local government quarantined the entire city and started to carry out massive PCR testing. In just three days, they’ve already completed 95,362 tests (all negative), and more underway.

Pandemic Hunger Pangs

The pandemic has completely upended lives across the planet, restricting movement, shutting schools and forcing millions to work from home.Being cooped up at home with an immense amount of downtime means tending to the bottomless pit called stomach.  Snacking and family meals increase; family members search for a new snack to devour every few hours. Eating food affects an individual’s levels of dopamine—a neurotransmitter in the brain that plays a major role in reward-motivated behavior. To put it simply, dopamine is the brain’s “desire” chemical associated with the feeling you get when achieving a goal.

Google Ads vs SEO – Which One to Choose?

Technological progress has brought radical changes in the modern world. The new-age businesses need to adopt these changes to sustain in the modern world. Proper marketing is very important to make your target customer know your product details and specifications. The latest trends that are prevailing in the world of both local and international marketing helps to manage the businesses efficiently.

Will Voters Allow the Corrupt Biased Media to Steal Another Election?

The media is left leaning and has been for decades. According to The Washington Post,: “Just 7% of journalists are Republican. That’s far fewer than a decade ago.” The corrupt biased media stole the 2016 midterm election by lying about President Trump’s collusion with Russian. This led to Democratic members of the House of Representatives, voting strictly along party lines, to impeach the president.

IRS Releases State-by-state Breakdown of Nearly 9 Million Non-Filers Who Will Be Mailed Letters About Economic Impact Payments

The Internal Revenue Service today released a state-by-state breakdown of the roughly nine million people receiving a special mailing this month encouraging them to see if they’re eligible to claim an Economic Impact Payment.

The IRS will mail the letters to people who typically aren’t required to file federal income tax returns but may qualify for an Economic Impact Payment. The letter urges recipients to visit the special Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info tool on IRS.gov before the Oct. 15 deadline to register for an Economic Impact Payment.

A New Alternative to Trade Shows for Wholesalers and Producers  

My experience in business is that almost every company not only wants but really needs more sales. Companies want to expand sales and to do it with limited or no out of pocket costs. Due to the retail Internet migration and COVID-19 we are seeing a massive change in the wholesale market and one of the biggest changes is that there are almost no traditional trade shows.  You must also know that the traditional trade shows might not come back!

Chinese Hard Candy: A Pedophile Lawyer or a Lying Girl?

For five months, internet users in China have been waiting for the result of a special case. On April 9, Yantai Police Department announced that they were officially investigating an alleged statutory rape. A girl, Li Xingxing, claimed that her foster father, Bao Yuming, had been raping her for the past three years. The news heated up when people found out that Bao is a board member of the ZTE Corporation (he was kicked out right after the news).

Do You Listen or Look the Other Way?

Listening, rather than simply half hearing what is said and giving a stock answer – how common is this scenario? “Right…” “Uh-huh…” “Eh…” These stock replies indicate people aren’t interested in listening. This is essentially how life goes. People don’t want to listen because they only care about themselves; hyper-selfishness, especially in current generation. The limits of the human attention span can interfere with listening, but listeners and speakers can use strategies to prevent this interference.

IRS Reminds Taxpayers Who Filed an Extension That Oct. 15 Due Date Approaches – File and Pay Electronically, Request Direct Deposit for Refunds

The Internal Revenue Service today reminds taxpayers who filed an extension that the Oct. 15 due date to file 2019 tax returns is approaching. Taxpayers should complete their tax returns and file on or before the Oct. 15 deadline.

Convenient electronic filing options, including IRS Free File, are still available. Taxpayers and tax professionals should continue to use electronic options to support social distancing and speed the processing of tax returns, refunds and payments.

IRS Highlights Higher Penalties for Some Tax Returns Filed After Sept. 14

The Internal Revenue Service urges individuals who owe taxes but have not yet filed for 2019 to act now to avoid larger penalties that, by law, start after Sept. 14.

The tax deadline was July 15 this year. Taxpayers who submitted an extension have until Oct. 15 to file and do not face the failure to file penalty if they file their taxes by that deadline. But taxpayers need to remember that an extension to file is not an extension to pay. Any taxes they owed after the July 15 deadline are subject to the failure to pay penalty and interest.

Why Your Job Search Strategy After Age 50 Isn’t Landing You Interviews

A lot of job opportunities never see the light of day. Sure, there might be the requirement to post about it somewhere, but the employer is probably hiring within and already has a candidate lined up.

And what about the 70% of jobs that are never posted unless you know where to look? Then there’s the fact that some companies use scanners and trackers to weed out 75% of applicants before a person actually sees them.

Californian Skies – A Cauldron of Chemical Soup

As a resident of Southern California, the first thing you note is the smoky, hazy, grayish-orange tinged skies. The overcast clouds might deceive you into thinking they are rain clouds; but they are not! They are smoke-filled clouds caused by the raging Californian fires. To my utter horror, I found soot filled particles coating my car. The weather folk on T.V channels continuously warn about the unhealthy air.

Remembering John Hagans, 50, Struck During Hit-and-Run and Moments Later Run Over By NJ Transit Driver

According to other online articles, it is said that a 50-year-old Bayonne man by the name of John Hagans was allegedly hit when he attempted to cross Avenue C near 25th Street at approximately 10:20 p.m. Friday, September 11. The driver, identified as James Nichols, fled the scene, and then a NJ transit bus ran over the pedestrian while he was on the ground. The driver of the bus notified the police.

Mass Ballot Mailings May be the Death of Democracy

Republicans don’t have a problem with absentee ballots being mailed out to everyone who requests one. However, mass ballot mailings are a potential for all kinds of election fraud. Mailing hundreds of millions of presidential ballots to everyone on the voter rolls could delay election results for months, as in a local election in New York State several months ago. In addition, mass voter fraud could easily change the results in a Presidential election, destroying what confidence was left in our democracy.

Third Quarter Estimated Tax Payments Due Sept. 15

The Internal Revenue Service today reminded the self-employed, investors, retirees and others with income not subject to withholding that third quarter estimated tax payments for 2020 are due Sept. 15.

Taxes are paid as income is received during the year through withholding from pay, pension or certain government payments such as Social Security or unemployment; and/or making quarterly estimated tax payments.

Global Manufacturing Storefront – Does Your Company Need One?

We are seeing a massive migration to the internet for our business needs. This has been one of the largest business migrations the world has ever seen, but many small manufacturing companies have not even updated their websites in years, not to mention expanded and leveraged a more efficient online capability.

Is it now time for small manufacturing to enter the world markets? 

IRS Expands Tax Help Into More Languages – Form 1040 Offered in Spanish and More Services, Information Available in Multiple Languages

As part of a larger effort to reach underserved communities, the Internal Revenue Service is taking a number of aggressive steps to expand information and assistance available to taxpayers in additional languages, including providing the Form 1040 in Spanish for the first time.

In addition to being available in English and Spanish, the 2020 Form 1040 will also give taxpayers the opportunity to indicate whether they wish to be contacted in a language other than English. This is a new feature available for the first time this coming filing season.

IRS to Mail Special Letter to Estimated 9 Million Non-filers, Urging Them to Claim Economic Impact Payment by Oct. 15 at IRS.gov

Later this month, the Internal Revenue Service will start mailing letters to roughly 9 million Americans who typically don’t file federal income tax returns who may be eligible for, but have not registered to claim, an Economic Impact Payment.

The letters will urge recipients to register at IRS.gov by Oct. 15 in order to receive their payment by the end of the year. Individuals can receive up to $1,200, and married couples can receive up to $2,400. People with qualifying children under age 17 at the end of 2019 can get up to an additional $500 for each qualifying child.

It’s Time for Both a Quarterly and Dow Rebalancing                             

On unique advantage to Durig’s Dogs of the Dow is our quarterly rebalance, but even more important is the Dow Jones Industrial Average is going to remove both Exxon Mobil and Pfizer from the Dow. We also have already removed those two companies from our Dogs portfolio. Even though we are still down year-to-date, our three year and lifetime numbers are pretty good at 6.83 for 3 years and lifetime of 7.03.  These numbers, even though in a little disappointing, still greatly outperform the static Elements Dogs of the Dow.

Real Estate Ponzi Schemes Are a Real Problem in China

On August 9, Mrs. Wu from Hangzhou authorized a real estate agent to rent her apartment to a tenant for $880 per month. On August 28, the agent told her that his company was abandoning Hangzhou and that he had resigned the same day. Mrs. Wu has only received the rent for August. She got in touch with the tenant and was informed that he had paid upfront almost $6,000 for a whole year’s rent to the agent plus deposits. That is, the agent company charges the tenant less than $600 a month while paying the owner almost $900. Something doesn’t add up here.

Numbify Numbing for Many Uses

Numbify is a wonderful product for a wide variety of numbing purposes. It is designed as a general topical anesthetic, and it also has a 5% Lidocaine version that was designed for Anorectal Hemorrhoids.

Normally a general use anesthetic is used for first aid situations where pain and/or itch relief is desired such as cuts, scrapes, minor burns, insect bites, and even tattoos. However in recent years many people have taken to using Lidocaine products for off label purposes, and we wanted to talk a bit today about some of the ones we thought were pretty great.

Right of Self-Defense in China – Law and Social Conventions

After 11 months of suspension, 16-year-old student Jiang is going to a school in Shaodong to continue his studies on September 3. He is also a released suspect under investigation. It all began with an intentional aggression.

On May 17, 2019, at the Jishou No.2 High School, 15 students beat Jiang up in the bathroom. During the chaos, Jiang took out a knife and stabbed three of them. One was mildly injured while the other two were gravely hurt. Jiang got arrested on August 7 on charges of intentional aggression.

The Privilege Pushers Are the Most Privileged

After receiving our most recent letter, we decided to examine the top leadership of Gateway Technical College. This includes President Bryan Albrecht, Provost Zina Haywood, Senior VP William Whyte, VP of Community Relations Stephanie Sklba, VP of Workforce Solutions Matt Janisin, VP of Administration Sharon Johnson, VP of HR Jacqueline Morris, VP of Learning Innovation Jeffrey Robshaw, Assistant Provost John Thibodeau, and VP of Student Services Stacy Riley.

Does Every Wholesale Company Need a Global Storefront?

The internet and business landscape are changing at rates not seen before.  With this incredible change occurring right in front of us, why hasn’t the online wholesale industry adapted and become more efficient? Instead, there seems to be very little change and increased efficiency over many years.

For example:  We believe each wholesale company today should have their own global storefront.  

The Invisible But Invincible Ghostwriter

No, a ghost writer doesn’t write about ghosts. He or She is just invisible like a ghost; a ghost with a pen. Ghostwriting is a lucrative business. If your ego is super-big, then it is not for you; you toil and sweat and someone else gets the credit, but you don’t go empty handed, that bulky check will compensate for your effort. Of course, that feeling of pride hovers, because you have helped someone share their life message, which they probably couldn’t have done without you.

The Girl Who Cried Wolf

Recently, a Weibo account posted a long article titled “Loving You, Hence Raping You.” In this article, the poster, Liang Ying, accused her ex-boyfriend, Luo Guanjun, of raping her on their first date.

According to Liang, after Luo raped her, she felt shame and fear. But considering that Luo had a decent job, she became his girlfriend, unwillingly. Later, she found out that Luo had raped other girls before and had been visiting prostitutes. She also had an abortion for him, which she buried alone next to a temple.

Murderer’s Survival Manual in China: How to Skip Prison and Become an Official

In another article I talked about Zhang Yuhuan, who served 26 years before being sentenced not guilty. The protagonist of today has enjoyed the opposite fate.

In 1993, Batu Menghe was sentenced to 15 years for murdering his friend Bai Yongchun the year before. Bai’s mother, Han Jie, was expecting a severer sentence. But Batu was only 17 years old by then and turned himself in after the crime, so he didn’t receive the death penalty. However, to Han’s surprise, Batu didn’t even fulfill this lighter punishment.

US Open 2020: Tough Draw for Dominic Thiem

Despite the global coronavirus pandemic putting an end to much of this year’s Tennis tour, including Wimbledon – which was cancelled for the first time since World War II – the US Open is underway at the illustrious Flushing Meadows, albeit behind closed doors, due to several COVID-19 restrictions being still in place.

The draw for the North American Grand Slam, which is held in New York, took place last week ahead of the tournament, and it’s safe to say that it didn’t go in second seed Dominic Theim’s favour.