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With April 15th just behind us, thoughts of taxes and what we might have done differently to ‘lessen the blow’ of 2013 are common right now. With that in mind, we thought that NOW was the perfect time to call upon one of our friends and local expert – Mike Tonthat, Tax Partner of Hedman Partners – to share his Top Tax Tips for 2014.
With more than 18 years of public accounting experience, Mike has served a wide range of industries including aerospace, machine shops, manufacturers, distributors, software developers, real estate developers and a variety of other closely held businesses. We’re inviting a select group of area business owners and managers to be our guests Wednesday, April 30th at Angeles National Golf Club for …
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In a recent twist, scam artists are using the phone to try to break into your computer. They call, claiming to be computer techs associated with well-known companies like Microsoft. They say that they’ve detected viruses or other malware on your computer to trick you into giving them remote access or paying for software you don’t need.
These scammers take advantage of your reasonable concerns about viruses and other threats. They know that computer users have heard time and again that it’s important to install security software. But the purpose behind their elaborate scheme isn’t to protect your computer; it’s to make money.…
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Businesses across all industries are increasingly optimistic about the future. For the first time in quite a while, companies are refocused on growth as opposed to survival. As this confidence continues to build, equipment acquisition will play an important role in meeting and stimulating market demand, and for many companies financing is an essential piece of the equipment acquisition process.
In fact, industry experts predict that seven out of every ten businesses (planning to purchase equipment this year) will use some form of financing to do so. This projected increase in equipment acquisition equates to businesses have a growing need for quick, convenient and smart equipment financing.…
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What is the Heartbleed Bug?
Heartbleed is a flaw in the programming on secure websites that could put your personal information at risk, including passwords, credit card information and e-mails. The Heartbleed Bug is a defect in encryption technology – called Open SSL – used by most Web servers to secure users’ personal or financial information. It is behind many “https” sites that collect personal or financial information. Basically, it provides a secure connection when you are conducting a transaction or sending an e-mail online. Experts discovered the bug recently and warned that cybercriminals could exploit it to access visitors’ personal data or to impersonate a website and collect even more information.
Am I affected?
Most active users of the Internet have likely been exposed, …
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About Chip-based Payment Cards (from the American Bankers Association)
A chip card is a standard-size credit card plastic with an embedded microprocessor chip that stores and protects cardholder data. If your card is lost, stolen or compromised in a data breach, the embedded microchip makes the card extremely difficult to counterfeit or copy. Although chip cards are not yet common in the U.S., this technology has been used around the world for many years and some U.S. banks already issue chip cards. The global standard is called EMV, short for Europay, MasterCard, Visa. There are currently more than 1.5 billion chip-enabled cards issued across the world.…
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• Report any suspected fraud to your bank immediately.
• Use online banking to protect yourself. Monitor your financial accounts regularly for fraudulent transactions.
• Sign up for text or e-mail alerts from your bank for certain types of transactions, such as online purchases or transactions of more than $500.
• Beware of phishing scams. Never give out personal financial information in an e-mail or over the phone unless you have initiated the contact.
• Monitor your credit report. Order a free copy of your credit report every four months from one of the three credit reporting agencies at annualcreditreport.com.
• Check your monthly banking and credit card statements carefully as soon as they arrive – report any questionable activity immediately.
If You …
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The Federal Trade Commission is warning small businesses that an email with a subject line “NOTIFICATION OF CONSUMER COMPLAINT” is not from the FTC. The email falsely states that a complaint has been filed with the agency against their company. The FTC advises recipients not to click on any of the links or attachments with the email. Clicking on the links may install a virus or other spyware on the computer. …
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Most businesses prepare for crises of the corporate sort – contracts, worker’s compensation insurance, financial pitfalls, bankruptcy protection. What many businesses, particularly small businesses, aren’t ready for is natural or man-made disasters. Any event that causes serious loss, destruction, hardship or death – whether it’s natural or man-made, can destroy or decimate your business. Earthquakes, fires, electricity outages, floods, influenza outbreaks, terror attacks – your business is as susceptible to these types of emergencies as you are.…
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Even though the first two months of the year are already in the rearview mirror, it’s not too late to ring out the old and ring in the new, to ditch bad habits and replace them with good ones. We can’t guarantee you’ll lose weight, or become a better human being, but we can give you some suggestions to help you whip your finances into shape. Here are some tips for the rest of 2014:…
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We recommend you closely review the information provided in this letter for some important steps that you may take to protect yourself against potential misuse of your credit and debit information.
As reported in the news, Target reported a breach to their security that resulted in unauthorized access to Target payment card data. This includes both credit and debit cards used to make purchases in its stores from November 27, 2013 through December 15, 2013. Protecting customer and account information is a top priority for Mission Valley Bank that we take very seriously. As such, we are taking extra precautions to try and keep your accounts safe.
If you made purchases at Target during the affected dates, we ask that you monitor your accounts more …
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Sun Valley, California – November 21, 2013 – Mission Valley Bancorp (OTCBB: MVLY.OB) President & CEO Tamara Gurney announced today that the company achieved record third quarter year-to-date net earnings of $1,195,000 for the period ended September 30, 2013, up more than 240% from September 30, 2012.
President and CEO Tamara Gurney stated, “I am pleased to report that 2013 continues to be a strong year for Mission Valley Bancorp. Net income of $1,195,000 (after provision for income taxes) represents the best September 30th close in the history of our company, marking our second consecutive record quarter for the year.” …
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By Chuck Kiskaden, CHC
A lot has happened regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) since our last report. In this column, we will look at the roll out of Covered California and touch on the key points that will affect California employers.
1. Employers with 50 or fewer full time equivalent (FTE) “benefits eligible” employees know they do not have a requirement to provide benefits or pay a penalty. What they may not be aware of is the responsibility to provide a notification to each employee of the availability of the insurance exchange. There is a federally approved letter of notification that must be used for this communication and beginning in 2015, a financial penalty if the employees do not receive this communication. …
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Using a bank or a money transfer company to “wire” funds electronically is an easy and convenient way to send cash to someone. And when consumers wire money to people they know, the transaction typically takes place without a problem. But wiring money to strangers — in the U.S. but especially in another country — is risky because often they could be scam artists.
“Crooks like their victims to use wire transfers because the money moves fast and they can take the money and run before the victim discovers the truth,” explained Michael Benardo, manager of the FDIC’s Cyber Fraud and Financial Crimes Section. “Con artists also know that the transaction is difficult to reverse, and the money is difficult to get back. That’s why …
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Cybercriminals are targeting small businesses with increasingly sophisticated attacks. Criminals use spoofed emails, malicious software and online social networks to obtain login credentials to businesses’ accounts, transfer funds from the accounts and steal private information, a fraud referred to as “corporate account takeover.”
Combating account takeover is a shared responsibility between businesses and financial institutions. Bankers can explain the safeguards small businesses need and the numerous programs available that help ensure fund transfers, payroll requests and withdrawals are legitimate and accurate. Companies should train employees about safe internet use and the warning signs of this fraud, because they are the first line of defense.
As part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month coming in October, Mission Valley Bank offers small businesses these tips to help …
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At Mission Valley Bank we are well aware of the complexity (and resulting confusion) of the health reform act that is officially called The Affordable Care Act and unofficially known as “ObamaCare”. To better understand how this law will affect you and your employees, we believe that you need to receive timely & direct information. To this end, we have called upon Chuck Kiskaden – an expert in the health insurance industry to contribute columns and updates on the latest ACA news for our monthly eNews. Additionally, Mission Valley Bank will be hosting a complimentary Breakfast Seminar on Wednesday, October 30th wherein you and your guests will get an in-depth view of the ACA and how it will affect you & your business (please see …
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