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QUICKBOOKS ONLINE With Intuit QuickBooks, through
Costco Services, there is an easy, cost-
effective solution to find the answer.
It’s called the 1099 & W- 2 Wizard.
Simply answer 10 short questions about
a given worker and you’ll receive a
classification recommendation based
on IRS guidelines.
For more information on QuickBooks
Online and how it can help your business, or to sign up for a free trial, go to
Costco.com and search “QuickBooks
Online,” or call 1-800-624-0745.
To learn more about our complete suite of Costco services,
click on the “Services” link at Costco.com or call toll-free 1-800-220-6000.
Terms and conditions apply. See “Services” at Costco.com for details. All services are provided by third parties and may not be available in all areas. Services and offers are subject to change without notice.
RESIDENTS OF FLORIDA, Texas and
Louisiana know all about hurricanes because
they live in the most vulnerable—and volatile—region for them, according to the National
Hurricane Center. But you don’t have to live
in those states to feel the effects of these
colossal ocean storms. Hurricanes can
travel hundreds of miles inland with
excessive rainfall, high winds, severe
thunderstorms, potential tornadic
activity and high risks of flooding. If you are in a region that
gets hurricane watches or
warnings, use these tips to
protect your home.
glass can better withstand direct force and
protect your home from pressure changes and
Shutter windows and doors with
impact-resistant shutters or board them with
marine plywood. A more permanent option is
to install roll-up or accordion shutters that
attach to your home.
Reinforce your roof or invest in
higher-quality shingles as a way to help protect it even in gale-force winds.
Elevate appliances, such as washers,
dryers and water heaters, higher than water
levels may rise.
Protect against sea surges.;If you
live on or very close to the shore, consider raising the ground floor of your house to mitigate
damage. If you are farther from the shore, you
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may still want to make some modifications in
the event of high water and/or a flash flood.
Have an in-home safe room.; As
with tornados, the Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA) recommends
in-home or underground shelters. In-home
safe rooms are engineered to be indepen-
dent of the original construction of the
house. The shell should be impact-
resistant so as to sustain repeated
blows by debris.
Despite the best precautions,
volatile weather may some-
times win. For more informa-
tion on adequately protecting
your home, check with
Costco’s service provider, Ameriprise Auto &
Home Insurance, go to Costco.com and
search “protect”, or call 1-888-404-5365.
AMERIPRISE AUTO & HOME INSURANCE
THE COSTCO AUTO Program is celebrating
the holiday season with incredible deals
through the GM Holiday Sales Event. From
October 2, 2015, through January 4, 2016,
Costco members can access an exclusive
package of incentives not available to the
general public on a collection of new 2015
and 2016 Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC
models. The featured lineup includes a selection of pickup trucks, SUVs, crossovers,
sedans, coupes and hybrid vehicles.
Through this special offer, Costco members will receive GM Supplier Pricing on any
eligible model, plus any available manufacturer rebates or incentives that apply. As an
added benefit, Executive members will
receive a $700 Costco Cash card; Gold Star
and Business members will receive a $300
Costco Cash card.
For a list of eligible models, offer details
and registration requirements, or to locate a
participating GM dealership near you, visit
Costco.com and search “GMOffer” or call
1-800-895-0971 (beginning October 2).
Ask the Wizard
IS BUSINESS BOOMING? Are you
ready to hire?;You may have been
thinking about it for a while and now
you’re ready to staff up. However,
recent breaking news stories about
lawsuits for misclassified employees
have put a spotlight on an interesting
dilemma: Should you hire someone as
a 1099 or a W- 2 employee? It may not
Don’t forget to use
your Reward on your
next trip to Costco.