Fake Online Reviews Are A Problem For Australia

Aussies like to browse the internet. They also like to look at online reviews to see which companies and brands they can trust. However, the ACCC has warned that, unlike all those King Kong agency reviews, not all reviews on the internet might be reliable.

According to Australia’s competition watchdog, there have been a lot of complaints fake negative online reviews. One particular case that the Council of Small Business dealing with a union that was trying to hurt a business.

CEO Peter Strong says that these things do happen, that people do target businesses over ideology or personality, regardless of how good that business actually is, and that’s what’s got them concerned.

Fake online reviews can be extremely problematic for the businesses that have to deal with them. One such unlucky business owner was Michael Napoli, who runs a hairdressing salon. He says that online reviews can be hard, as people put a lot of stock in King Kong agency reviews and the like; no online reviews means people just ignore you.

The problem, Napoli notes, is that you don’t know if the customer’s actually been to the business, or if it’s just a competitor looking for an underhanded advantage. And, he notes, getting rid of them is impossible.

Complaints can be filed to the ACCC, who can investigate and issue penalties of up to greater than $1mn, but that’s all they’re capable of, as it stands. Negative reviews can’t be removed by the ACCC or the government, regardless of how much damage they’re doing to undeserving businesses and their owners.

The Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia (COSBOA), is working with the ACCC to give businesses more tools to deal with fake online reviews.

A report published on the ACCC Digital Platforms Inquiry stated recommendations from the organization saying that an ombudsman should be able to investigate fake reviews, take down content whenever deemed appropriate, and be able to mandate compensation.

The Prime Minister asked AU Minister for Communications Paul Fletcher how the Government would respond to the recommendations, and stated that they’ll be looking at them, with a formal response set to come before the end of 2019.

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Four Features Of The Right Digital Compliance Solution

In the earlier days, all the contracts and financial exchanges relied on verbal promises. The increased number of transactions and the necessity of written contracts to protect your rights in the courts of law have necessitated written contracts and other supplementary evidences such as images and phone calls. To ensure that the businesses is run according to the rules and regulations, compliance is regularly monitored by regulators, auditors and courts. The written records and other audit trails such as images, phone calls etc. were inspected by courts and other regulators if any dispute or compliant against the business aroused.

Then came the digital revolution. With scores of digital transactions taking place every day, it became hard for the businesses to maintain a record of transactions on pen and paper. Most of the businesses benefitted from the lack of rules and regulations for digital transactions. This problem can be solved through effective use of digital compliance technology. This technology provides innovative solutions to record the data and replay it whenever necessary.

Here are some tips to ensure digital compliance in your business

  • Record Each Session

The first step to ensure digital compliance is to record every visitor to your website. You need not have an image or a video but record every session as data. There are many innovative tools that enable you to record every visitor to your website. While recording every session, you need to collect details such as the device used by the visitor, browser, the operating system and so on. This visitor data should be indexed in order to use it whenever the need arises. The data must be secured, encrypted and the access to the data must be controlled.

  • Monitor Each Session

Business organizations should be able to monitor each session and receive automatic alerts in case of any suspicious or unexpected activities take place. These activities vary from business to business. For example, you can red flag visitors who are going back and forth between different pages, which shows that they are confused or did not find the information they are looking for. In order to solve this issue, you can send a phone call, automated message or start a web chat.

  • Help Customers

Digital media gives business organizations, a chance to know what the customer is doing on their website in real-time. Monitoring all the sessions give you a chance to identify visitors, who are struggling and guide them.

  • Review

The need for review and investigation may arise from Government, Regulatory bodies, senior management, Compliance department or the Ombudsman. Recording and indexing all the data will help you to conduct review and investigation whenever it is demanded.

Business organizations need to engage right solutions to ensure digital compliance. The four necessary steps involved in the process are record each visitor’s session, monitor every session, help customers who are vulnerable and review the recorded whenever required.

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Communities And Employees Benefiting From Tax Reform In Colorado

According to the United States Chamber of Commerce, approximately 17,520 additional jobs will open up in Colorado because of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. It is also expected that the median income of a single household in the state will increase by $3,105 in average. This came after the increase in businesses that are processing their Colorado tax ID application in order to legally do business within the state.

Americans for Tax Reform is known for their compilation of businesses that are raising their employee’s salaries, giving out bonuses and providing other benefits and saving including their customers. The group noted that there is a positive impact brought about by the tax reform in Colorado because around 90 per cent of wage earners are now getting more take-home earnings than before.

Scott Tipton, a Republican Congressman in Colorado, said that legislation will help bring Colorado as well as the entire country into the right track because the focus is shifted to providing assistance to startup businesses as well as families who are in need. He added that the people of Colorado have the skill to spend their hard-earned money wisely and the legislation will aid them into doing just that.

Before the end of December last year, a number of companies in Colorado have already pledged that they are going to give their tax savings to their clients and their workers. One of them is Centennial Bolt, a manufacturer based in Denver, which decided that bonuses should be given to their staffs in the form of a Christmas gift. The amount they gave away is equivalent to 5 per cent of an employee’s yearly earnings. Because of the tax reform, Denver now has a new women’s shelter which can accommodate a total of 150 occupants at a time.

Employees of the company are also expecting to receive additional bonus for this month as per the announcement of the management. The tax reform has done a lot of good to businesses therefore new ones are starting their Colorado tax ID application in order to enjoy the benefits o f the new legislation.

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Why Some Customers Need To Obtain A NC Tax ID Of Your Company

If you have a new business or just had it started its operation, you need to obtain a NC tax ID number. Note that in the state of North Carolina, you need two tax ID numbers to suit your needs for taxes.

In some cases, a small or big business may be asked by their customer about their federal employer tax identification number or FEIN. However, depending on their reason, a business has no need to disclose it. It may create a possibility of identity theft which can greatly affect your business. However, this question is unavoidable especially if you’re doing business with a lot of customers. Having said that, it is still important to find out why customers are requesting for such information.

What a Business Tax ID Number Is?

The federal employer tax identification number (FEIN) or tax ID number is a combination of nine digits issued to you by the IRS. It is given to various business establishments especially operating in the North Carolina area. This will determine the business and its employer/employee reporting. It has a similar role to the social security number; however, it is most appropriate for tax purposes. Some banks and financial institutions request for these numbers to open new accounts. However, if you obtain a NC tax ID number, there is difficulty in using it especially for sensitive information.

Is There a Need to Share Tax ID Number?

Going back to the question mentioned above, will this really concern the business if a customer asks for their FEIN? Good news is it cannot affect the business especially when it’s used for public information. These numbers are found in some search websites that focus on getting details about FEIN owners.

If the business is offering a service, the company may need FEIN to issue the form 1099-MISC for payments ranging from $600 and up. This form is necessary for payments made by the independent contractor for services costing $600 and more. If this was for a corporation, the 1099-MISC may not be necessary. However, it is still important to know why the customer needs your FEIN and how they plan to use it.

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Bangkok Police Braced Itself Post-Songkran

In response to the increase of people using the bus to Bangkok from Chiang Mai following the Songkran Festival, which runs annually from April 13-15, the Royal Thai Police responded by doubling down on security precautions. This is in order to support the thousands upon thousands of people returning to the capital, as well as to maintain order, curb crime and to stop the trafficking of illegal paraphernalia.

The RTP released a statement following the Songkran Festival, via their Deputy Spokesman Police Colonel KrissanaPatanacharoen, which revealed that the RTP expected at least 120,000 travellers heading into the capital by train alone, with more taking the plane and the bus to Bangkok from Chiang Mai. And, in response to these expectations, the police beefed up security at the capital’s travel hubs in order to control traffic and to keep an eye on transport operators.

Traffic headed towards the capital saw a boost thanks to people heading back for work following Songkran, with Lampang’s Provincial Disaster Prevention Office reporting that one day say approximately 2,040 vehicles crammed into a single road headed for the capital within an hour. Chiang Mai, meanwhile, added 30 additional 30 buses to run for the 112,600 tavellers that wished to take the bus to Bangkok from Chiang Mai following the national holiday. However, ChanchaiKilapaeng said that the number of people travelling back to the capital by bus was actually down from last year by about 20% thanks to many opting to travel via the low-cost flights.

The KhlongLuang district’s Paholyothin Road saw an surge in cars travelling its length to the capital, though the traffic was still moving around the usual rate of 80kph. NakhonRatchasima province’s Mitraparp Highway saw a bit of congestion at its bottlenecks and intersections, which made the local police open the special lanes located in Noen Sung and Pak Chong in order to alleviate the traffic.

Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith paid a visit to the Highway No. 3263 in the Bang Ban district, following an incident of a vehicular pile-up on the 15th of April that lead to 26 injured and 3 dead. The Highway Department already has plans set up to deal with the problem, Arkhom says.

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