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Federal Tax Identification Launches New Live Chat Feature

Taxes are a complex process for both individuals and businesses. Each registered business entity is given a unique, nine digit tax number for identification, called an EIN or FIEN. Federal Tax Identification provides businesses an easy way to file for an EIN number online. The site has now integrated a live chat feature that allows clients to instantly get help with the ss-4 form.

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Small Business ExpertNewsletters can be an effective way to reach your customers. Laura Wiegert explains layout, content and shortcuts for making yours a winning marketing tool.

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Important News for Small BusinessIdea Cafe is celebrating our Birthday! We've been live online since August 15, 1995! We've been gutsy, inventive and rebellious - just like you, our audience! So raise a glass for Idea Cafe... and for yourself! Have fun in your work, and in your life! Cheers!

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