Cost to do business extends far beyond the standard fix costs of rent, utilities, insurance, etc. Recently, I read of these two business costs:

$ 7,647 regulatory cost per employee (Source: SBA)
$ 767,000 annual payroll cost for absenteeism for largest employers (Source: CCH Inc)

From the 30,000 viewpoint, many of the costs within these two figures can be attributed to taxes in some form or another. The word tax has Latin origins and means to determine the value of something. Unfortunately today, taxes have gone beyond appraisal and now extend into all aspects of business.

Are all taxes necessary? The answer to this is No. Yes, some taxes are vital to ensure the necessary public services including law enforcement, fire protection, road repair, education, etc. However, many taxes are a way for government to fund itself, as government does not make money. It must redistribute the dollars generated by the productivity of businesses and individuals through a process called taxation.

For many firms, especially small businesses, taxes are viewed as a necessary evil. Hence, efforts to increase sales and profitability are not necessarily embraced with enthusiasm. The real issue of taxes is probably fourfold:

The first issue is that taxes are viewed as an unlimited resource. When government fails to act responsibly, its first action is to raise taxes.

Issue number two is the actual use of taxes. Is government using the taxes both efficiently and effectively? Waste in government from local to national has been documented over and over again.

Especially in difficult economic times, businesses are continually being forced to reduce or cut costs to stay afloat. Yet, government continues to expand. No wonder so many business owners have resentment regarding taxes.

Third, taxes negatively affect productivity. When taxes become oppressive, individuals start rethinking why should they be working so hard while others are not?

Also, business productivity research suggests that only 25% of the employees are actively engaged on the job. The other 75% are disengaged to actively disengaged on the job. When employees do not provide an hour’s worth of work for an hour’s work of pay, the taxes from payroll to regulations still must be paid.

Fourth, the public views taxes for businesses differently. There exists an almost “They (Corporate America) can afford taxes, but I cannot” belief. In the book “Corporate Canaries,” the author makes a very valuable point: When businesses make profits, they are paying taxes. Payment of taxes is corporate citizenship.

Taxes contribute to the cost of doing business and can dramatically affect productivity. To remain profitable, businesses must look at future growth (productivity) and balance it against increased taxes.

Bottom line is that in many instances businesses are today’s real tax collectors. Unfortunately, many citizens do not understand that when corporate taxes are raised, the customers will be the ones paying the taxes and productivity will suffer because businesses will engage in reduction in force to outright terminations.

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Title: The Menominee Iron Range : its cities, their industries and resources, being a sketch of the discovery and development of the great iron ore beds of the North, situated within portions of the States of Michigan and Wisconsin south of Lake Superior : submitted as a hand-book for the information of those seeking a profitable field for labor and investment
Year: 1891 (1890s)
Authors: Nursey, Walter R., 1847-1927
Subjects: Iron mines and mining Iron mines and mining
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fer afree site for the establishment of such an industry, and are ready in every legitimate wayto encourage business enterprises and they invite capital to consider the nature of thebusiness benefits the) feel they are justified in promising. The Aragon Mine.The Aragon mine is located on N. ^ of N. E. ^, Sec. 8, leased from estate of H.Seager, S. L. Smith, T. L. Chadbourne and J. A. Hubbell; also on N. y2 of N. W. %,Sec. 9, leased from Brier Hill Mining Co. It employs about 264 men. It is equippedwith two hoisting shafts, one 6×14 feet with double skip-road and one 7×15 with doublecage-road, and a timber shaft 5×10, 340 feet deep. The ore is first mined in roomsacross formation, with pillars of ore left standing. Pillars and rooms are about 20 feet wide. All openingsfilled with rock orwater from swampfrom breaking intoore was found onlevels, but the de-creased from thirdprincipal ore bodyup to 150 in width,hoisting plantsfoot drums, made& Lane of Akron,and one Norwalk30 No. 3 Rand

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Aside from these objectives, the system should also provide a guaranteed option for lifetime income due to the disjoint between the average payout from Social Security (around $ 1,600) and the average monthly expenses for retirees over 65 (over $ 3,000). Ferguson also observed the inclusion of these objectives or features in the model for defined contributions known by workers who’ve reached higher education. More than 75% of all employees who have attained higher levels of education are confident that they will have enough resources to live their retirement comfortably, compared to 54% of all workers in the country, the institute’s report shows.

Ferguson said that the any new approach to retirement plans in the public center still need to focus on financial security in retirement. He referred to the TIAA-CREF’s agreement with the Orange County government, which allowed an optional retirement account funded by defined contributions to help a recently added bracket in the area’s program of defined benefits.

This plan permits new employees in the county to take reduced defined benefits, wherein the local government will match some of the savings in an employer-sponsored worker’s account. It also includes options for fixed annuities, which can supplement guaranteed income from a defined benefit plan. These guarantees, which Ferguson notes, will buffer against investment and longevity risks usually involved with defined contribution plans.

The executive, who represents an organization backed by more than $ 400 billion in managed assets, provides government and non-profit fields with retirement services.

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