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As 2014 comes to a close, NASE would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season.

As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the NASE OutFront Weekly a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Tuesday, Jan. 6.


12 expenses that aren't tax deductions for most taxpayers
Forbes
From July 12: "Can I deduct the cost of taking care of my cat? She's like a member of the family." Over the course of the year, I've received a bunch of questions – like the one above – about deductions, writes Kelly Phillips Erb, a Forbes contributor. My answer is often, "It depends."
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8 business expenses you should stop paying for
The Young Entrepreneur Council via Small Business Trends
Aug. 13: In the excitement of starting up, it can be tempting to invest in things you don’t really need. When was the last time you took a step back, examined your business expenses and figured out where your money could best be used?
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3 accounting mistakes that small-business owners commonly make
Business 2 Community
From Jan. 19: Accounting can be tedious and when you’re not meticulous, mistakes can happen. When accounting mistakes occur, it can give you an inaccurate view of your company finances that lead to misinformed business decisions. Most importantly, accounting mistakes may have serious financial implications that can prevent your business from growing.
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7 killer quotes from Shark Tank's Barbara Corcoran
Inc.
From Sept. 30: "Don't you dare underestimate the power of your own instinct." Instinct is a lifesaver for sharks and entrepreneurs alike. Most people can recall times they ignored their gut only to regret it later. Learning to actually listen to your instinct is a great form of self-preservation. It's both incredibly easy and tough at the same time, but worth the effort to master.
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How should I handle customers who say my prices are too high?
AllBusiness
From July 20: Taking your customer’s statements at face value when you are trying to sell can often lead to trouble. For one reason or another, customers often tell salespeople one thing when they mean something entirely different. Their motives are not always sinister — indeed, sometimes customers are only trying to spare a salesperson’s feelings — but regardless of the motivation, success in sales requires one to root out the real message.
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A dozen deductions for your small business
Nasdaq
From March 14: Small-business tax rule No. 1: Don't mess with the IRS. But that doesn't mean you should cheat yourself. Take every legal deduction you can. Here are a dozen that even savvy small-business owners and entrepreneurs sometimes forget.
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What you need to know about taxes in 2014
Forbes
From Jan. 5: A lot of taxpayers will be taken by surprise. Despite all of those “no new taxes” type promises, tax bills are expected to edge higher for a number of taxpayers for the 2013 tax year. And 2014 holds even more surprises. Here’s a quick look at what to expect.
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7 body-language mistakes you never want to make
Business Insider
From July 7: Most people read your body language to decide whether you're likeable, trustworthy, and competent, among other things, within one second of meeting you. "You may have heard that you only have a few seconds to make a first impression," says Bernard Marr, an author and global enterprise performance expert, in a recent LinkedIn post.
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Top 5 reasons why 'the customer is always right' is wrong
The Huffington Post
From April 15: One woman who frequently flew on Southwest was constantly disappointed with every aspect of the company's operation. In fact, she became known as the "Pen Pal" because after every flight she wrote in with a complaint. She didn't like the fact that the company didn't assign seats; she didn't like the absence of a first-class section; she didn't like not having a meal in flight; she didn't like Southwest's boarding procedure; she didn't like the flight attendants' sporty uniforms and the casual atmosphere
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7 unusual business write-offs
FOX Business
From Aug. 22: Business owners should strive to take advantage of every possible deduction in order to minimize their tax liability. While the IRS provides a short list of don’ts (for example, you cannot deduct anything illegal such as traffic tickets), it doesn’t offer a definitive list of tax deductions available to businesses.
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