Friday Five Business Briefing – April 6, 2018


A quick overview of five resources to help you run your business better – including what you and your employees need to know about changes in federal tax withholding; how to learn about AI from Google tuition-free; and what you can learn from a Lexus dealer.

  1. Paycheck checkup – The changes in federal income tax law have changed how much is taken out of paychecks. This IRS video recommends a review of W4 withholding for households with more than one wage earner; people who have more than one job; if you’ve itemized deductions before; and if you have children. You and employees can also go directly to the IRS Withholding Calculator.
  2. Get as smart as a machine – Need to get up to speed on AI? Google is offering a free Machine Learning Crash Course. The 15-hour program that includes 25 lessons and lectures from Google researchers is the same one taken by more than 18,000 Google engineers.
  3. It’s not all about the MillennialsA tighter labor market means more opportunities are available for older workers. And that’s a good thing because many want to work longer because of a lack of pensions and retirement savings. Despite the good news, CNBC reports that age discrimination is rampant.
  4. What you can learn from a Lexus dealer ­– Hospitality can mean the difference between success and failure. Plus, people are willing to pay more for courtesy and kindness. Get the whole story
  5. Death, taxes and good grooves – Tax day is coming up on April 17 and Billboard has the perfect Spotify playlist. I Need a Dollar, Taxman, Me and the I.R.S, plus 28 more tunes will get you through the 1040s, 1099s and W2s.

Thank you to our Friday Five sources: IRS, Google, The Next Web, CNBC, Entrepreneur and Billboard.

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