Is Your Company Doing Its Part To “Go Green”?

As the country recognizes today as Earth Day, it’s a good time to reflect and ask the question: Is my company doing everything possible to help the environment and “Go Green”?

By taking an active role in cutting down on wasteful practices in your office and recycling whenever possible, there are numerous ways you and your coworkers can do your part to become responsible stewards of our Mother Earth.

This year’s Earth Day theme is The Face of Climate Change and there are a lot of steps you can take immediately to start reducing your “Carbon Footprint” (an estimate of the impact your consumption is having on the planet).

It should be no surprise that one of the hottest job sectors and specialized industries over the past 5 years has been “green companies” – those businesses committed to the prevention of pollution, protection of natural resources, waste reduction and the production of earth-friendly products.

Even if your company isn’t directly involved in environmental issues, every worker in the country can do his or her part to recycle and reduce waste.

The following 10 tips can not only help to reduce your “Carbon Footprint” on the planet but can also help your office cut down on waste and encourage recycling:

  1. Studies show that by simply providing various recycling bins in the office, employees are encouraged to be more waste conscious. Ensure that each bin is labeled correctly and be sure to have a bin with a slit on the top that you can secure with a padlock for those documents that contain sensitive information and need to be shredded.
  2. Avoid the use of bottled water – either use a plumbed-in water chiller or chill re-usable bottles in your fridge.
  3. Use mugs and glasses instead of plastic cups.
  4. Don’t put paper recycling trays on desks, as evidence shows people use less paper if the recycling facilities are not so convenient.
  5. Encourage the use of scrap paper for making notes and taking messages, instead of Post-it notes and memo pads.
  6. Use a Cloud Server or online database for HR documents to avoid massive printing jobs (cuts down on toner and paper consumption, energy, cost, and allows employees convenience of being able to access documents when needed).
  7. Archiving software and electronic document management solutions can greatly reduce the need for paper in the office.
  8. Encourage your customers and suppliers to accept invoices by email and payments online.
  9. Send out digital marketing material (PDF brochures, datasheets, newsletters, etc.) instead of glossy printed ones.
  10. Encourage staff to use environmentally-friendly commuting methods (public transportation, carpooling, etc.) and offer incentives for those who participate.

By focusing your efforts on these tips you’ll be taking a great step towards doing your part to help the environment. Not only will you be doing your part to reduce your Carbon Footprint, but you’ll also be sending an important message to your clients about how much you care about the environment.

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Only A Few Days Left To File Your Taxes

Time is not on your side if you have not yet filed your 2012 taxes, as Monday, April 15th is the fast-approaching deadline.

In fact, as of the date of this post, only 5 business days remain. So unless you plan on filing for an extension, you could find yourself in the cross hairs of the IRS and possibly some face some fines, penalties, or worse.

As humans, we all have those bizarre, unexpected or difficult times in our lives which seem to occur at precisely the wrong time (like losing your W2 or even just needing time to consult with a tax specialist). For that reason, the IRS allows the option of requesting a six-month extension.

Form 4868 is the document you’re going to need in order to extend the deadline by six months. You can access the 4868 at the IRS’ Web site as well as a variety of other helpful resources. If you’re doing the math, that’s going to make your new deadline October 15, 2013 to file a tax return. However, to avoid any possible penalties and interest, you’re still going to need to pay your taxes by the April 15th deadline. The extension doesn’t push back the date that any money is due to the IRS (if it appears that you owe money).

If filing after October 15th, you’ll need to mail in your tax return for processing.

Important: this extension is for filing personal tax returns. If you’re a business owner in need of professional tax help or if you have questions about filing this year, contact Padgett Payroll Services. To avoid a dreaded audit, and to ensure you’re taking advantage of all the possible deductions you’re entitled to, their seasoned tax specialists can provide the guidance you need in order to make sure everything is being filed correctly.

Padgett also offers the following services:

  • Contract payroll outsourcing
  • Employee payroll
  • Direct deposit
  • Workers’ compensation
  • Payroll tax filing
  • Payroll withholding
  • Online payroll entry
  • IRS form 941 filing

For more than 40 years, Padgett Payroll Services® has been a partner for business owners in all kinds of industries. Our Payroll Specialists serve their clients from more than 400 offices all over the United States and Canada. Let Padgett handle your company’s bookkeeping, tax preparation, financial planning, payroll and financial reporting needs. Call us today at 800 PADGETT (723-4388).