Double the chocolate and add bacon.

I’m still looking into ways to increase productivity at work, and I found something interesting.  Apparently chocolate really is the answer. Fast Company says that the polyphenols found in chocolate can relax you and improve your mood (duh!), which can make you more creative.  It appears that polyphenols are “a group of badass antioxidants” as […]

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They’re Just Not That into Doing Business with You: 6 Dating Tips to Improve Sales

Dating and sales both require social skills, being vulnerable to rejection, and putting yourself outside your comfort zone. The biggest difference between the two is that in dating you only need to find one person with whom you truly connect. Those who work in sales have to nurture existing relationships and find new ones every […]

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How Do You Stay Productive and Mindful?

The concept of mindfulness is a hot topic these days, but it’s not just a trendy fad, it’s a centuries-old practice rooted in Buddhist Meditation and made popular in 1979, thanks to Jon Kabat-Zinn and his Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program. Plainly put, mindfulness is the practice of focusing intently on one thing at a time […]

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33 Smart Ways to Cut Your Taxes Right Now

Preparing your 2016 tax return may feel a lot like filing last year’s did, because there are very few changes in the rules. But you’re completing this annual chore against a backdrop of uncertainty, as President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans contemplate a sweeping overhaul of U.S. tax laws. How to proceed? Keep an eye […]

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Important Information on W-2/SSN Data Theft Scam

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) sent this bulletin at 03/28/2017 04:08 PM EDT Tax Exempt Government Entities March 28, 2017 Useful Links TE/GE at a Glance TE/GE contacts Exempt Organizations Retirement Plans Federal State & Local Governments Tax Exempt Bonds Indian Tribal Governments Other IRS Resources Compliance & Enforcement Contact My Local Office Filing Options Forms […]

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How to Actually Follow-Up With Networking Contacts

In this week’s edition of Things I Wish I Knew, New York lawyer Joleena Louis gives insight into her follow-up strategy that has dramatically improved her networking ROI. I often preach about networking being the key to growing your law practice. But once you go to a networking event and come home with a hand […]

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Doing business with the government from Mass.Gov

Whether you need training, counseling, or just general information related to doing business with the government, you’re in the right place. Join Your Company to the COMMBUYS Market Center Free access to an online market center that helps to connect companies with the branches of government looking to purchase their goods or services. Businesses Registered […]

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Choose a Tax Preparer Wisely

Protect yourself by choosing a paid tax preparer who meets IRS requirements. For more information, go to www.irs.gov/chooseataxpro. With the right help, you are more likely to succeed. The attorneys at Shoffner & Associates will be happy to help you. Give us a call at (617) 369-0111 or email law@shoffnerassociates.com

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Is Your Digital Life Ready for Your Death?

You’ve probably thought about what will happen to your finances, your possessions and maybe even your real estate when you die. But what about your Facebook account? Or your hard-drive backups? For the past two decades, most of us in the modern world have gradually shifted our central living space online. That’s 20-ish years of […]

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2017 Standard Mileage Rates for Business, Medical and Moving Announced

IR-2016-169, Dec.13, 2016 WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2017 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2017, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) […]

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