Senate passes bill to repeal 1099 reporting requirement
The Senate voted 87-12 to repeal the so-called 1099 tax provision after months of loud complaints from groups representing small business, including RVDA. The provision would have required small businesses to file a tax form for any company from which it bought more than $600 in goods or services in a single year. The provision was set to take effect in 2012. The legislation now goes to President Barack Obama for signing. More
RVDA's pioneering Virtual Expo sparks dealer, exhibitor interest
Dealers are giving RVDA's first Virtual Expo a thumbs up for its ease of navigation and forward-looking concept. The free online event is available on demand through April 15, and can be accessed by a quick sign-up process. Although few visitors have been to a Virtual Expo before, they're finding the format fun and easy to use. Curiosity is a draw for many dealers. "I hadn't been to one before and wanted to see what it was all about," says Jeff Gibson, fleet sales manager, El Monte RV, Castle Rock, Colo. Once in the expo, he adds, "I found it easy to navigate." To access the Virtual Expo, click here.
Study: Best time to use Go RVing leads extends through October
The research behind Go RVing's new Leads-Plus Program, designed to deliver more highly qualified leads to dealers, shows that the best time to use the program is from spring through October. And the study also shows that 1 of 5 Go RVing leads purchases a new or used RV after becoming a lead. Dealers still have time to get the most out of the 2011 Go RVing Leads-Plus Program. Click here to sign up.
Presidential candidate plans RV tour of early primary states
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Presidential candidates' modes of transportation are the stuff of legends—Think of Harry Truman and the "Ferdinand Magellan," or John McCain and his "Straight Talk Express." Now add to that list the Buddy Roemer Winnebago. The former Louisiana governor plans to live full-time in his RV as he drives up and down the eastern seaboard exploring a long-shot presidential bid. He'll invite reporters on board for some scrabble and campfire coffee. More
Tax tips for small businesses
Several pieces of federal legislation passed recently could help small businesses save money come tax time. These include new tax credits resulting from health care reform and a federal initiative to boost hiring. More
How Google's search engine changes affect your rankings: 4 tips for you
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What happens when Google alters its search-ranking algorithms–which it does often– and you find your website and business are now collateral damage? According to Google, its "Panda update" improved search quality by going after content farms and aggregator/spam sites. These sites feature short, poorly written articles no better than ads, and frequently scraped from other sites. But some high-quality sites were lumped together with the content farms, and now their small business owners have no idea how to fix things. More
Most small-business banking fraud occurs online
Three out of four small and midsize businesses that encountered banking fraud were victimized online, according to a new study. Well over half–56 percent–of those companies experienced some form of banking-related scam during the previous 12 months, according to the report. About 75 percent of those cases involved online account takeovers or other Web-based fraud. More