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    1. Celebrate Memorial Day By Serving Others

      Celebrate Memorial Day By Serving Others

      Memorial Day is about honoring the men and women who died while serving in our . This three-day weekend is also the de facto celebratory kickoff to spring and summertime fun, and every veteran I know likes the idea of having a party to celebrate the fallen. Honoring and celebrating are what soldiers call Battle Buddies. They go hand-in-hand; they are teammates, and you need both to do it right. So how do we honor and celebrate those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms?

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    2. Retention rules vary for state e-file signature authorization forms

      How long should tax professionals hold onto the e-file signature authorizations of their clients? It depends on where they and their clients reside.

      Form 8879 , IRS e-file Signature Authorization, is signed by 1040 taxpayers to, among other things, authorize the Electronic Return Originator to electronically file the taxpayer’s federal tax return. EROs must retain the signed copy of the Form 8879 for three years from the return due date or date the return is filed, whichever comes later.

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    3. California Reopening Guidance | U.S. Chamber of Commerce

      California Reopening Guidance | U.S. Chamber of Commerce

      This article and link takes you to the US Chamber of Commerce web page for California's opening up information:

      To help track the differences across each state and provide the latest guidance and information to America’s employers, we have launched the following interactive state map and state guides. Below, you will find the latest guidelines, timelines and other critical information for businesses aiming to restart safely and sustainably amid the pandemic, as well as (at the bottom of each state profile) a link to the latest information for employers in that state.

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    4. Post-Quarantine Business Reopening Strategies

      Post-Quarantine Business Reopening Strategies

      With many states allowing businesses to reopen following COVID-19 shutdowns, owners have begun to implement striking changes to promote worker and customer safety and to cater to shifting preferences. These changes, designed to ease coronavirus fears, range from reducing customer contact to reconfiguring office spaces to running daily health checks.

      Businesses report they are working to navigate the challenges of balancing health concerns while still being able to generate revenue and service customers safely. Business owners are also striving to meet both state and local requirements while also being smart about keep their employees and customers safe and satisfied.

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    5. Mysterious childhood illness associated with COVID-19 being investigated in Colorado | FOX31 Denver

      Mysterious childhood illness associated with COVID-19 being investigated in Colorado | FOX31 Denver

      Three children at Children’s Hospital Colorado are now being investigated for a rare – but potentially deadly – new illness that’s associated with COVID-19.

      Doctors first noticed Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) in Europe and now there are at least 150 cases in the United States. The illness appears to have killed at least four children.

      MIS-C Symptoms

      • High fever that often lasts for several days
      • Severe stomach pain
      • Vomiting
      • Diarrhea
      • Low blood pressure
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    6. McConnell vows end to enhanced unemployment benefits

      McConnell vows end to enhanced unemployment benefits

      Mitch McConnell promised House Republicans on Wednesday that the beefed up unemployment benefits enacted earlier this spring 'will not be in the next bill.'

      The Senate majority leader told the House GOP minority in an afternoon phone call that he is comfortable waiting to see how the nearly $3 trillion in coronavirus spending previously approved plays out before moving forward on the next relief legislation. And he told them the ultimate end-product won't look anything like House Democrats' $3 trillion package passed last week, according to a person briefed on the call.

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    7. The $5,000 Stimulus Check Proposal Is Really a Social Security Cut in Disguise | The Motley Fool

      The $5,000 Stimulus Check Proposal Is Really a Social Security Cut in Disguise | The Motley Fool

      A recently published opinion piece in The Hill from Andrew Biggs of the American Enterprise Institute and Joshua Rauh of the Hoover Institution calls for stimulus checks of, say, $5,000 to be paid to workers who voluntarily want to receive them. These $5,000 checks would be treated as loans from the Social Security trust fund, with an interest rate of between 1% and 1.5%, as outlined in the article. 

      The catch is that taking this upfront loan from Social Security would mean having to delay the receipt of your initial Social Security payout, because your initial payments would go toward paying back this loan. Once your loan is paid off, your monthly benefits would be restored in full. Currently, retired workers aren't able to begin taking their Social Security benefits prior to age 62.

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    8. Lockdown Got You Feeling Low? Yoga May Help

      Lockdown Got You Feeling Low? Yoga May Help

      New research says people under stay-at-home orders turning to online yoga as a way to manage the stress may be onto something.

      Many people under stay-at-home orders have turned to online yoga as a way to manage the stress. And a new research review suggests they're onto something.

      The review, of 19 clinical trials, focused on the benefits of yoga for people with clinical mental health conditions ranging from anxiety disorders to alcohol dependence to schizophrenia. Overall, it found yoga classes helped ease those patients' depression symptoms.

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    9. Branded Covid-19 kits are a great way to help your customers stay safe!

       

      Who couldn’t use a face mask or gloves right now?
      A logoed set can be a creative way to bless your customer and it doesn’t have to bust your budget!
      Let’s look at some examples.
      ·        Consider a branded tote bag, filled with two, three, or four branded useful items your customer will love.

      ·        How about a branded mailer box, with selected branded gadgets that highlights your brand?

      ·        Specialty writing instruments gift set, both the box it comes in and the writing instruments themselves are branded.

      Any of these suggestions would make a great and unexpected gift for your customers.

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    10. Beacon Covid-19 Products - For fast delivery

       

      Beacon Sales and Marketing has created a mini web store where individuals and Small and Medium size businesses can go to buy the Covin-19 products that they need.  Fast, some times NEXT DAY delivery of these products.

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    11. Orange County coronavirus cases surge to nearly 4,000, as officials attribute the uptick to nursing homes and jails | KTLA

      Orange County coronavirus cases surge to nearly 4,000, as officials attribute the uptick to nursing homes and jails | KTLA

      Coronavirus cases in Orange County continue to surge with 229 new cases reported Thursday, bringing the countywide total to 3,968.

      The number of positive cases in the county increased over the last two weeks, as did people becoming seriously ill and hospitalized, O.C. Health Care Agency’s new director Dr. Clayton Chau said Thursday during a news briefing. However, although testing is being ramped up, the increase in cases was not attributed to the uptick in tests conducted, he said.

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    12. US retail sales plunged 16.4% in April, 2nd straight record drop - Business Insider

      US retail sales plunged 16.4% in April, 2nd straight record drop - Business Insider

      US retail sales fell a record 16.4% in April as the coronavirus outbreak spurred a economic lockdown and froze spending nationwide.
      The decline was more stark than economists expected. The median estimate compiled by Bloomberg expected a 12% drop.
      It marks the measure's second straight record contraction, after it fell 8.3% in March. At the time, that was the worst drop in the series, which began in 1992. 

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    13. Where do I need a coronavirus mask? California rules vary

      Where do I need a coronavirus mask? California rules vary

      Los Angeles city and county this week imposed stricter rules requiring the wearing of masks outdoors to continue efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

      Face coverings, experts say, are a key component in combating COVID-19 because they can help block the transmission of respiratory droplets that carry the disease.

      But the rules vary widely across Southern California. Here’s what they say:

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    14. CDC Issues Decision Tools To Guide Reopening

      CDC Issues Decision Tools To Guide Reopening

      The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a set of documents on Thursday designed to provide guidance on how child care centers, schools, restaurants and bars, and other establishments could begin the process of reopening in the face of the coronavirus. The direction comes after calls from lawmakers and state officials mounted for the CDC to weigh in on how regions should reopen their economies.

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    15. Is Your Networking a Waste of Time?

      Is Your Networking a Waste of Time?

      Do you suffer from “butterfly-itis” at the very mention of networking at business functions? If you answered yes, you are not alone. Many entrepreneurs get a bit uncomfortable when it comes right down to walking up to someone and starting a conversation. Many others are concerned about getting effective results from the time they spend networking. Leave out any of these strategies, and your networking is just a waste of time.

      My Top Ten Networking Tips:

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    16. Life After COVID-19: The Road To Recovery

      Life After COVID-19: The Road To Recovery

      Doctors are just starting to learn what recovery from COVID looks like and whether it will cause long-term damage to its survivors – both physically and mentally.

      The symptoms came suddenly but took a long time to leave.

      Akhink Omer, 31, still remembers the exact date: March 9. One day she felt perfectly fine, and the next she was hit with feverdiarrheafatiguecoughing fits, severe body aches and “the worst headache of my life for the first few days.”

      At that time, there were only two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in her home state of Tennessee.

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    17. Waiting for coronavirus stimulus check? Direct deposit information is due Wednesday, IRS says

      Waiting for coronavirus stimulus check? Direct deposit information is due Wednesday, IRS says

      Waiting for coronavirus stimulus check? Direct deposit information is due Wednesday, IRS says Megan Henney Reblog Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. Sign up here . If you're among the millions of Americans still waiting for the coronavirus stimulus payment to land in your bank account, time is running out to provide the IRS with your necessary direct deposit information.

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    18. Should I Return My Small-Business Loan?

      Should I Return My Small-Business Loan?

      Small businesses like Jimmy's Broad Street Diner in Weymouth, MA have received SBA funds to stay afloat. But should they use them? Small businesses like Jimmy's Broad Street Diner in Weymouth, MA have received SBA funds to stay afloat. But should they use them? Photo: Boston Globe | Getty Images Photo: Boston Globe | Getty Images Image 1 of / 1 1 Small businesses like Jimmy's Broad Street Diner in Weymouth, MA have received SBA funds to stay afloat. But should they use them?

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    19. Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19 | CDC

      Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19 | CDC

      The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

      Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include

      Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
      Changes in sleep or eating patterns
      Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
      Worsening of chronic health problems
      Worsening of mental health conditions
      Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs

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    20. Mysterious coronavirus-linked inflammatory condition reported in Connecticut children for the first time | Fox News

      Mysterious coronavirus-linked inflammatory condition reported in Connecticut children for the first time | Fox News

      At least three children in Connecticut are being treated for a mysterious inflammatory condition that is likely linked to the novel coronavirus. The condition has also been reported in recent weeks in pediatric coronavirus cases in a handful of U.S. states and elsewhere, raising alarm for doctors in New York and California as well as abroad in the United Kingdom.

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    21. Schumer tells Fauci before Senate coronavirus testimony: 'Let it rip'

      Schumer tells Fauci before Senate coronavirus testimony: 'Let it rip'

      In eager anticipation of the Senate's virtual hearings with four top doctors from President Trump's coronavirus task force, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., urged Dr. Anthony Fauci to 'let it rip.'

      Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is scheduled to testify for the first time before the Senate Health Committee on Tuesday about the way Trump has responded to the coronavirus pandemic.

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