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“World Expo Dubai” Webinar

September 14, 2020, 10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. ET

This is a free webinar.

Learn how U.S. companies can promote their products and services at the World Expo in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022).

Expo 2020 Dubai is the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region and is the largest event ever held in the Arab world.

Millions of visitors from around the globe will visit this mega event. Participants include over 190 nations as well as businesses, multilateral organizations, and educational institutions. 

Join experts who will provide critical information for U.S. companies interested in taking advantage of Expo 2020 to develop their business in the region. John Rakolta Jr., the U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates and the Commissioner General of the U.S. Pavilion​, will be giving special remarks.  

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Why should U.S. exporters look to Africa for their next market opportunity

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Africa is home to six of the fastest growing economies in the world with a rapidly growing middle class.  The continent holds great opportunities for U.S. innovative products and proven solutions. 
Join the U.S. Commercial Service for a four part Why Africa? webinar series to learn why U.S. exporters should look to Africa for their next market opportunity.

Register Here – September 9 – Angola / Democratic Republic of Congo
Register Here – September 22 – Nigeria / Senegal
Register Here – September 24 – Mozambique / South Africa 
Register Here – September 29 – Morocco / Egypt / Algeria / Tunisia
Participants must register. There is no fee for this series. Contact Aisha Jones@trade.gov.

新冠肺炎疫情對各種產業的衝擊影響持續發酵,面對高度不確定的新常態,北美台商該如何化危機為轉機?如何在這波疫情下,一起共創未來?

從9月起,北美台商聯合總會將不再提供講堂後製錄影節目。

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僑委會代購活動已於六月底截止,若您或其他鄉親朋友仍有需求,可直接向國內通路直接訂購,茲彙整臺灣醫療口罩國內外銷管道一覽表,可轉傳分享給其他鄉親了解,謝謝

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SPEXSHOP 臺灣集貨代運網

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7 Steps to Help Business Transition from Brick and Mortar to a Profitable Online Store

Restrictions due to COVID-19 and the rise of e-commerce has forced many small business owners to close their brick and mortar stores and sell online.

If you know what it takes for an online store to be profitable, you can keep existing clients and attract new ones. In this article we will share with seven of the most important steps to help your clients transition from a physical store to a profitable online store.

Step #1: Select an e-commerce platform that fits the client’s needs and budget

Choosing an ecommerce platform is a long-term commitment for your client. According to Growcode, the most important factors to consider when choosing a platform include:

  • Mobile friendliness
  • Security features
  • Product management system
  • Order management system
  • Return management system
  • Multi-channel integration

The two main types of platforms are Saas-based eCommerce platforms, and open-source eCommerce platforms. Saas-based eCommerce platforms, such as ShopifyBigCommerce, and Squarespace, are popular among new ecommerce merchants as they can be setup in a few hours.

Open-source eCommerce platforms, such as  PrestaShopMagento, and WooCommerce, require development, and are a good option for business owners who are willing to invest more work upfront to customize their online stores. As your business grows, you can customize your online store at the same time.

According to Ecommerce Guide, there are additional hidden costs that need to be considered when deciding what’s the best fit for your client’s budget: the cost of the platform, development costs, maintenance fees and transaction fees, just to name a few.

Step #2: Decide whether QuickBooks Online or Desktop is a better fit

QuickBooks Desktop offers more financial reports, support for sales orders, and is a better inventory management solution. QuickBooks Online is cloud-based, integrates with hundreds of apps, and your clients will be able to login from anywhere and run their business on-the-go from any device.

If your clients value mobility, QuickBooks Online is a better choice. Intuit will perform all the updates automatically for QuickBooks Online users. If mobility is not a priority (or your clients don’t have a reliable internet connection), then QuickBooks Desktop is a better fit. QuickBooks Desktop version is considered more secure because there is no direct access to the internet.

Step #3: Mark Up Pricing to Cover Shipping and Merchant Fees For Each Selling Channel

Not only do ecommerce merchants have to pay a variety of fees, they need to pay different fees on different channels, such as processing fees, hosting fees, inventory fees, and listing fees. When pricing their products, your clients will need to mark up their product and shipping to include all of their costs.

Step #4: Match Product Names in Online Store and QuickBooks

A common reason that businesses struggle with bookkeeping is their products in QuickBooks and their website fail to match, making integration almost impossible. Your product SKU should match your QuickBooks item name, so inventory can properly sync between the two systems.

Step #5: Map Tax Codes Correctly

Sales tax is levied at different rates in different states , since some counties and cities add tax. If a merchant is audited and if tax is incorrect, then the seller could be heavy fines. By integrating with tools such as Avalara, your clients can automate tax compliance and avoid getting audited.

Step #6: Set up Deposit Matching

Payment processors charge processing fees that need to be reconciled when matching deposits to sales. If the deposits are unmatched, then the books cannot be reconciled and the business will pay taxes on merchant fees. To avoid paying taxes on expenses, your clients need an automated system to map fees to QuickBooks and match deposits.

Step #7: Integrate Online Store with QuickBooks to Track Inventory and Sales

Mismanaging online inventory can lead to overselling and refunds. When inventory is not up to date in QuickBooks, their COGS is incorrect. As a significant portion of capital is tied up inventory, it is essential that online business owners manage their inventories. By having a system that automatically syncs their online sales and inventory with QuickBooks, your clients can make informed decisions and run profitable businesses.  

 Summary:

With the right infrastructure for an online store in place, your clients can:

  • Ship products on time, receive good customer reviews, and increase seller ratings;
  • Track cash flow and make informed business decisions about staffing, marketing and partnerships;
  • Comply with taxes and keep their books up to date;
  • Use automation to save time and labor costs, and finally
  • Expand to multiple selling channels and increase profitability.

The more systems and automations your clients incorporate into their business workflow, the easier it will be to transition to the online selling space, stay up to date with bookkeeping, and generate new revenue streams.  

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Dora Farkas, Ph.D., is Marketing Manager for Sync with Connex. Sync with Connex, founded in 2010, automatically sync sales, inventory, customers, sales tax, and fees from ecommerce platforms with QuickBooks Online and Desktop.  With over 30 integrations, and a 100% US-based support, Sync with Connex has helped thousands of small business owners automate data entry into QuickBooks, grow their online sales, and expand to multi-channel sales.

IRS updates annual Dirty Dozen tax schemes for 2020

The IRS on Thursday issued its “Dirty Dozen” tax scams for 2020, pointing out that it was placing special emphasis on aggressive and evolving schemes related to coronavirus tax relief, including economic impact payments (IR-2020-160).

“Tax scams tend to rise during tax season or during times of crisis, and scam artists are using pandemic to try stealing money and information from honest taxpayers,” IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said.

New to the 2020 list are “offer-in-compromise mills” and ransomware.

Here are the 2020 scams:

Phishing: This scam involves fake emails or websites aiming to steal personal information. The IRS emphasizes that it will never initiate contact with taxpayers using email about a tax bill, refund, or economic impact payment. The IRS warns taxpayers not to click on links claiming to be from the IRS and to be alert that emails and websites may be nothing more than scams to steal personal information.

The IRS Criminal Investigation division has seen a tremendous increase in phishing schemes using emails, letters, texts, and links. Taxpayers should be especially wary of keywords, such as “coronavirus,” “COVID-19,” and “Stimulus.”

Fake charities: This scam makes the list every year. Criminals frequently exploit natural disasters and other situations such as the current COVID-19 pandemic by setting up fake charities to steal from well-meaning people who want to help in times of need. Unfortunately, fake charities often increase during these times.

Fraudulent charity schemes usually start with unsolicited contact by telephone, text, social media, email, or in person. Bogus websites often use names similar to legitimate charities to trick people into sending money or providing personal financial information. Some even claim to be working on behalf of the IRS to help victims file casualty loss claims and get tax refunds.

The IRS explains that legitimate charities will provide their employer identification number (EIN), if requested, which can be used to verify their legitimacy. Taxpayers can protect themselves and find legitimate, qualified charities with the search tool on irs.gov.

Threatening impersonator phone calls: Although IRS impersonation scams come in many forms, a common one is bogus threatening phone calls from a criminal claiming to be with the IRS. The scammer attempts to instill fear and urgency in the potential victim. In fact, the IRS will never threaten a taxpayer or surprise him or her with a demand for immediate payment. 

Phone scams or “vishing” (voice phishing) pose a major threat. Scam phone calls, including those threatening arrest, deportation, or license revocation if the victim does not pay a bogus tax bill, are reported to occur year-round.

The IRS explains that it will never demand immediate payment, threaten, ask for financial information over the phone, or call about an unexpected refund or economic impact payment. The IRS urges taxpayers to contact the real IRS if they worry about having a tax problem.

Social media scams: Also new to the list, social media scams frequently use events like COVID-19 to try to trick people. Scammers use information people share on social media for a wide variety of scams, including to send emails impersonating a person’s family, friends, or co-workers.

Social media scams have also led to tax-related identity theft. The basic element of social media scams is convincing a potential victim that he or she is dealing with a person close to them that they trust via email, text, or social media messaging.

Economic impact payment or refund theft: Criminals this year also turned their attention to stealing economic impact payments. These schemes involve criminals’ filing false tax returns or supplying other bogus information to the IRS to divert refunds to wrong addresses or bank accounts.

In particular, the IRS recently warned nursing homes and other care facilities that economic impact payments generally belong to the recipients, not the organizations, because people and businesses may be taking advantage of vulnerable populations who received the payments. These payments do not count as a resource or as income for determining eligibility for Medicaid and other federal programs.

Senior fraud: Senior citizens and their caregivers need to be on alert for tax scams targeting older Americans.

Seniors are more likely to be targeted and victimized by scammers than any other segment of society. Seniors may be victims of financial abuse in many of their personal and professional relationships. Elder fraud seems to be substantially reduced when the service provider knows a trusted friend or family member takes an interest in the senior’s affairs.

Scams targeting non-English speakers: IRS impersonators and other scammers also target groups with limited English proficiency and are often threatening. Many of the scams also target those potentially receiving an economic impact payment and request personal or financial information from the taxpayer.

A common scam aimed at a non-English speaker involves the taxpayer’s receiving a telephone call from someone claiming to be with the IRS who threatens jail time, deportation, or revocation of a driver’s license. Recent immigrants are often the most vulnerable to these scams.

Unscrupulous return preparers: This is another recurring item on the list. The IRS emphasizes that selecting the right return preparer is important because preparers have taxpayers’ personal data. Although most tax professionals provide honest, high-quality service, dishonest preparers are around every filing season.

Taxpayers should avoid “ghost” preparers who expose their clients to potentially serious filing mistakes as well as possible tax fraud and risk of losing their refunds. With many tax professionals’ offices closed, the IRS warns taxpayers to be especially careful in selecting an honest tax preparer.

A ghost preparer does not sign the tax returns he or she prepares, but prints it and tells the taxpayer to sign and mail it to the IRS. For e-filed returns, the ghost preparer will prepare but not digitally sign as the paid preparer. Anyone who is paid to prepare or assists in preparing federal tax returns must have a preparer tax identification number (PTIN) and must sign and include the PTIN on returns.

Offer-in-compromise mills: New to the list this year is a warning about misleading tax debt resolution companies that exaggerate their ability to settle tax debts for “pennies on the dollar” through an offer in compromise (OIC). These offers require taxpayers to meet specific legal criteria to qualify. Unscrupulous companies try to enroll unqualified candidates to collect hefty fees from taxpayers who are already struggling with debt.

Fake payments with repayment demands: In this scam, criminals trick taxpayers into sending them their refund. The criminal steals or obtains a taxpayer’s personal data including their Social Security number or individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) and bank account information and then files a bogus tax return and has the refund deposited into the taxpayer’s checking or savings account. Once the money is in the taxpayer’s bank account, the criminal calls the taxpayer, posing as an IRS employee who tells the taxpayer that there has been an error and that the IRS needs the money returned immediately or penalties and interest will result. This scheme often involves the taxpayer’s being told to buy specific gift cards in the amount of the refund.

The IRS never demands payment of taxes using a specific method. Taxpayers also have the right to question the amount of tax the IRS says they owe. Taxpayers who receive an unexpected refund and a call demanding a refund repayment should reach out to their banking institution and to the IRS.

Payroll and HR scams: Tax professionals, employers, and taxpayers need to be on guard against phishing designed to steal Forms W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, and other tax information. The IRS calls these scams business email compromise (BEC) or business email spoofing (BES). Two of the most common types of these scams are a gift card scam and a direct deposit scam.

The gift card scam uses a compromised email account to send a request to purchase gift cards in various denominations. In the direct deposit scheme, the criminal may have access to the victim’s email account (also known as an email account compromise). The scammer may also impersonate the potential victim to have the organization change the employee’s direct deposit information to reroute their deposit to an account the scammer controls.

The IRS asks that the direct deposit and other BEC/BES variations be reported to the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Centerhttps://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx. Form W-2 scams should be reported to phishing@irs.gov (Subject: W-2 Scam).

Ransomware: Also new to the list, ransomware takes advantage of human and technical weaknesses to infect a victim’s computer, network, or server. Malware, a form of invasive software that the user inadvertently downloads, tracks keystrokes and other computer activity. Once a computer or network is infected, ransomware looks for and locks critical or sensitive data with its own encryption. In some cases, entire computer networks can be shut down.

Victims often are unaware of the attack until they try to access their data, or they receive a ransom request in a pop-up window. The criminals usually use anonymous messaging platforms and demand payment in virtual currency such as bitcoin.

Intelligent Manufacturing in Europe Coffee Chat Series

The U.S. Commercial Service’s Global Advanced Manufacturing Team and Europe Team invite American exporters to join us for “virtual coffee chats” with our U.S. Embassy colleagues across Europe. These informal video discussions are through Microsoft Teams. Each session will cover the current status of the advanced manufacturing sector in the region and include a brief regional overview.

Register Here – July 30 – Germany / Austria / Belgium
Register Here – August 13 – Italy / Turkey
Register Here – August 27 – Sweden / Denmark / UK

Participants must register. There is no fee for this series. Contact Pam.Plagens@trade.gov or Anastasia.Xenias@trade.gov

北美洲台灣商會聯合總會第三十屆第三次理監事會議邀請函

北美洲台灣商會聯合總會謹訂於2018621日至24The Westin Galleria Houston Hotel召開第30屆年會暨第3次理監事聯席會議,敬請踴躍參加,期待您的出席。詳細內容(包含會後旅遊行程和報名表如附件,或參北美洲台灣商會聯合總會網站www.tccna.org報名截止日為2018331日。
如有任何疑問,歡迎與總會秘書處聯繫。

 

北美洲台灣商會聯合總會秘書處:
Terry Hou (侯秀宜) 713-596-6848
Michelle Huang (黃詩喬) 713-596-6872
Ambrosia Chuang (莊雅玲) 713-596-6904
Bill Chen (陳啟輝) 713-596-6968
總會秘書處 Email: tccna30@gmail.com

 

2018年僑務委員會僑臺商投資台灣邀訪團​-智慧機械產業,開放報名!

為配合政府投資臺灣產業政策並結合海外僑臺商力量,期透過拜會國內經貿事務機關、參訪相關產業及辦理商機媒合洽談等活動,促進與國內產業績優廠商商機交流與技術合作,以帶動投資及產業發展。僑委會訂於2018521日(星期一)至526日(星期六)舉辦旨揭邀訪活動,若有意願參加者,惠請於2018330日前,填妥遴薦表,並Emaimiaocac@gmail.com

2018年僑務委員會智慧機械產業僑臺商邀訪團」預定日程表

活動日期:107年5月21日至5月26日(6天5夜)

日期 行程摘要 備註
5月21日

(星期一)

上午 一、   團員報到

二、   僑務簡介、僑胞卡/海外信用保證基金說明及行程介紹

三、   歡迎午宴

臺北報到
下午 一、拜會我國經貿事務機關:安排拜會如經濟部工業局、智慧機械推動辦公室等,介紹我國當前技術現況及未來發展。

二、產業參訪及商機洽談:安排參觀3-6家國內智慧機械產業績優企業或育成中心,由專業顧問陪同,實地參訪企業營運,並由負責人或專人就經營實務或合作項目進行交流。

5月22日

(星期二)

全日
5月23日

(星期三)

全日
5月24日

(星期四)

全日
5月25日

(星期五)

上午 商機媒合洽談會

邀請國內15-20家智慧機械相關產業績優廠商,介紹可引資、採購、代理或合作項目,媒促海外僑臺商與國內業者商機交流與合作。

綜合座談

邀請國家發展委員會、經濟部、科技部等相關機構代表共同與會座談。

中午 惜別午宴
下午 專題演講或企業參訪

邀請相關產業之學者專家或企業人士向僑臺商說明產業發展現況及特色,或安排相關產業企業進行實地參訪。

5月26日

(星期六)

全日 文化參訪~賦歸(含午晚餐,晚餐後賦歸)

由專業導遊及工作人員陪同,安排近郊文化參訪一日遊活動。

注意事項:此邀訪團行程及內容為暫訂,僑委會保留依實際執行情形調整之權利。