Finding what you're looking for on the internet can be quite a daunting task. We've made it a little easier by selecting a few of our favorite sites.
Internal Revenue Service - Downloadable tax forms and publications as well as a lot of great tax advice.
U.S. Treasury Department - Get the latest government-issued press releases and other national budget/economy details.
Small Business Administration - You don't need an MBA to use the SBA. This site outlines everything in plain English. The SBA site contains a wealth of information for entrepreneurs and small business owners.
Federal Department of Labor - Resource for the current labor laws and workers’ rights.
Social Security Administration - Learn how the Social Security Administration can help with your retirement, medicare, disability, survivorship and other benefit questions.
U.S. Department of Commerce - A thorough overview of the Commerce Department and the organizations under its banner.
Federal Consumer Information Center - Not only a catalog of free and low-cost federal publications of consumer interest, but also a wealth of information on other subjects such as product recalls, the latest scams and frauds, and more.
New Employee Forms
W-4 - Use this form to determine employee's federal income tax withholding. This form requires Adobe PDF Reader. If you do not have it, you may download it here.
I-9 - All employees must complete this form at time of hire for the Immigration and Naturalization Service. This form requires Adobe PDF Reader. If you do not have it, you may download it here.
MSN MoneyCentral - MoneyCentral is the best source for all your personal finance needs. Get quotes, stock research, portfolio tracking, news, and online bill payment. Keep informed and on track with a broad range of personal finance topics.
Wall Street Journal MarketWatch - This investment supersite provides links to stock quotes, IRA information, financial news, mutual funds, stock recommendations, investment message boards, and much more.
Travelex - The largest airport foreign exchange, foreign currency, currency exchange, Bureau de change, and foreign money provider. Providing competitive exchange rates, travelers cheques, and online currency converters.
Consumer World - Before you purchase a product or service, spend a few minutes at Consumer World and save yourself the agony of buyer remorse. Research rates and comparison shop until you drop, for everything—cars, travel, credit cards, and much more.
ABCs of Real Estate - Ad-free, in depth, step-by-step tutorials on buying, selling, and mortgaging your home. The site includes a comprehensive glossary of Real Estate terminology. A must-visit site for homeowners or prospective home buyers!
AutoAdvice Car Buyers Guide - This site, while not ad free, has first-rate advice to car buyers. It is sponsored by a company that provides quotes on cars. Nevertheless, it is the best source of information we've been able to find on the internet for car buyers, and it is written in plain English. It includes buy vs. lease, shopping around, negotiating, top ten mistakes made by car buyers, sneaky stuff to look out for, and more.
Amazon Tax Issue
Amazon Tax Issue - If you received an email in regards to the Tennessee Consumer Use Tax, then this is for you. Amazon is not required to collect a use tax or a sales tax in Tennessee. However, online sales are not exempt from this and will still need to be reported. Unless this tax has already been paid, you will need to find the total amount of all of your purchases and use that to calculate the use tax owed. Use this link to find a Consumer Use Tax Return and instructions on how to calculate what you owe. Please contact us if you have any further questions.
HotMail - Free e-mail accounts from Microsoft.
eBay - The buy and sell all of the internet auctions, trades, and commerce. Accounts start with $10 of credit!
The Best Search Engine - Metacrawler - Named the search engine of search engines. Metacrawler provides fast and efficient searching on multiple search engines like Google, Yahoo!, Alta Vista, Excite, and more.
Ensuring Fair Insurance Rates - Quotesmith Corp.'s site provides instant rates from 375 companies in the following areas: auto, medical, Medicare supplement, life (no physical exam required), and term life. Current fixed and annuity rates are also available.
Priceline - Name your price on airplane tickets, cars, mortgages, hotel rooms, and home equity loans!
News and Magazines
CNN.com - CNN.com is the best place for up-to-the-minute news. Superb coverage of major world events as well as a link to local news.
New York Times - An eight-page digest of the New York Times, presenting the highlights of the front-page articles; the top foreign, national and business news; sports; results; the daily crossword puzzle; and a selection of editorials and commentaries.
The Newspaper Association of America - The Newspaper Association of America provides a large list of U.S. magazines with websites. Some contain the full content and back issues of the publication, and others are little more than advertising brochures. Most contain information to help an appraiser looking for locational background.
Pathfinder Site - A site created by Time Warner with access to many newspapers, bulletin boards, chat sessions, and other media material. This site is in a constant state of radical revision. Time, Time Daily, People, People Daily, Life, Nightly News, Money Daily, Asiaweek and National Review online.
Money Magazine - Money Magazine online edition is an outstanding resource for tax, real estate, insurance, and retirement information.
QuickBooks - Save up to 20% on premium business accounting software when you buy from us.
Tucows - The Internet leader in software downloads and reviews. Software for every user, Windows, Macintosh, PDAs, Unix, Linux and more.
C/Net Software - This is a huge search engine giving access to hundreds of thousands of programs plus demos, drivers, upgrades and patches.
Download.com - A C/Net-affiliated site offering shareware and freeware programs to download, including software, music, and games.
AVG Anti-Virus - AVG Anti-Virus FREE Edition is a well-known anti-virus protection tool. AVG Anti-Virus FREE is available free-of-charge to home users for the life of the product! Rapid virus database updates are available for the lifetime of the product, thereby providing the high-level of detection capability that millions of users around the world trust to protect their computers. AVG Anti-Virus FREE is easy-to-use and will not slow your system down (low system resource requirements).
Ad-Aware - A download.com 5-star resource, Ad-Aware has the ability to scan your RAM, registry, hard drives, and external storage devices for known data-mining, advertising, and tracking components, usually referred to as spyware. Ad-aware SE can easily clean your system, allowing you to maintain a higher degree of privacy while you surf the Web. Be warned that Ad-Aware may disable your file sharing software.
FilesharingPlace.com - The legality of sharing files is questionable, regardless of what the distributors of file sharing applications tell you. Also, many file sharing programs, including the most popular, often include additional applications bundled with the software's installer file. Third-party applications bundled with these programs may record your surfing habits, deliver advertising, collect private information, or modify your system settings. This site will give you the complete scoop on your alternatives in peer to peer (p2p) file sharing for personal use as well as utilities that will help remove invasive spyware that you may have inadvertently installed on your machine.
Ardamax Keylogger - Ardamax Keylogger Lite is a free keystroke recorder that captures user's activity and saves it to a log file. The log file can be viewed as a text or web page. Use this tool to find out what is happening on your computer while you are away, maintain a backup of your typed data automatically, or use it to monitor your kids. Also you can use it as a monitoring device for detecting unauthorized access.
SavingForCollege.com - Learn how to best save for your children's college education. Find out how 529 Plans and Coverdell Education Savings Accounts can help you save wisely.
U.S. News' College Center - A vast storehouse of information on higher learning. Take the College Personality Quiz, view the rankings of America's best colleges, compare several schools with customizable side-by-side comparisons, and that's just the beginning.
National Council of Higher Education - Based in Washington, DC, the National Council of Higher Education Loan Programs, Inc. (NCHELP) represents a nationwide network of guaranty agencies, secondary markets, lenders, loan servicers, collectors, schools, and other organizations involved in the administration of the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP). Since its founding, NCHELP has represented its members on public policy and regulatory issues with the legislative and executive branches of the federal government.
Just for Fun
Investopedia Stock Market Simulation Game - Sign up free, and $100,000 of virtual cash is placed in your account. Build your portfolio with any stock that trades on a major North American exchange. Your account simulates all aspects of investing with an online brokerage and tracks what happens to your investments. Continue to test investment strategies and learn advanced trading techniques such as short selling, trading with margin, and buying options. You can even create your own groups and challenge your friends.
Gazillionaire - Try the free shareware version of Gazillionaire, the award-winning game of business strategy. Become a mogul or tycoon in this out-of-this-world economic simulation game and build a financial empire. Yahoo! Computer Life Magazine declares: “If you’ve dreamed of becoming an extra-terrestrial Trump, Gazillionaire is the answer to your greedy little prayers.”
Industry Player - This is a free massive online gaming experience with more than 3,500 players worldwide. This is real competition with real business people, so be prepared for some real challenges. You start with $10 million to invest in up to five companies. Select from 150 products and begin production. A holding's rate of capital growth depends entirely on how well a player manages borrowings, product prices, profit margins, production of stock, up-sizing capacity, and liquidation to buy into more expensive licenses, as the Holding progresses up the “High Score Rankings.” Trades are in real time and can be with other players or the billions of virtual consumers.