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FATCA causes foreign banking and financial institutions to place priority on information sharing practices and procedures. Foreign banks, financial institutions, and U.S. taxpayers living abroad are being advised to show a strong “good faith” effort in complying with the Foreign Accounts Tax Compliance Act.  Passed in 2010, the law requires banks, investment groups, and other financial institutions to gather and disclose information on all accounts held by U.S. citizens.  Failure to comply would lead to penalties for U.S. taxpayers and a 30% tax withholding penalty on all U.S. funds for banks and other financial institutions. Putting Effective Practices into Place FATCA officially went into effect in July, 2014 and as a result many banks and overseas institutions are dealing with the real effects of meeting compliance.  For some, it can be a costly proces... (more)

Melih Oztalay of SmartFinds Internet Marketing Featured Speaker at Microsoft Dynamics Conference and Expo

Birmingham, Michigan – March 22, 2010 (SMARTFINDS INTERNET MARKETING) – Melih Oztalay of SmartFinds Internet Marketing will serve as a featured speaker at Vision 2010, The TM Group’s 11th Annual Microsoft Dynamics Conference and Expo.  The event will take place on March 23 at the MSU Management Education  Center in Troy, Michigan, and will bring together business executives with technical support teams and featured speakers for a day of learning and networking. CEO Melih Oztalay has sixteen years experience with Internet and digital services in developing strategies that utilize ... (more)

Local Business Listing Security and the Claiming Process

Security about Local Business Listings is critical to avoid local listing hijackings If you keep a eye out on Microsoft Bing’s Local Listing Center you will find that occasionally their system is backlogged and they do not accept new local business listing claiming until their backlog and issues have been resolved. When visiting the URL https://ssl.bing.com/listings/ListingCenter.aspx the following notice gets posted: “Local Listing Center Backlog: We have received a lot of feedback recently regarding issues with claiming and updating business listings using Bing Local Listing C... (more)

Local Business Marketing The Known Future

The Internet has turned into a great local business marketing tool in the past couple of years. While local businesses have not yet adopted these tools into their marketing strategies, the technologies are moving forward with or without them. The convergence of Search, Social Media and Mobile Marketing is bringing business information with products and services into the hands of the local consumers. Having had Internet business experience for the past 16 years, I can tell you that this is probably one of the few times where we can put all the local business marketing puzzle piec... (more)

Correcting the Map Marker for a Local Business Listing on Google Maps

If you have looked up your business address or company name on Google maps you may want to check if the map marker is in the right location. There are errors on maps occasionally based on oddities that may show your physical address on a map in the wrong location. Aside from claiming your business listing at Google and other geo-listing websites, Google does allow for community edits to modify the map marker to make it more accurate for everyone. If you find the map marker in the wrong physical location on the Google map, you can move it to the right location with the following ... (more)