Green is the new black, at least for clothing companies providing environmentally friendly textiles. Ingeo is a new fiber made of fermented corn sugars. Manufactured by NatureWorks, a subsidiary of agri-giant Cargill, Ingeo is now showing up in everything from socks and shirts (ecowearusa.com) to carpet tiles (interfaceflor.com).
Maybe it's time your kids started pulling their weight. With tough new kiddie tax rules, it doesn't pay to feed their savings accounts: the interest they earn is taxed at your rate until they're 18, and next year that goes up to 23, as long as they're students.
September can be a painful time for small-business owners: their quarterly estimated taxes are due on the 17th. Next year could hurt even worse. The Internal Revenue Service will scrutinize more small-business returns to try to collect more of the $68 billion in lost tax revenue created by owners who underreport income.
He's downstairs at the desk, and he looks and sounds like the hotel concierge. He even made your dinner reservations and got your clothes cleaned. But he, or she, may not be a concierge, but a ringer: a ticket broker whose company pays the hotel to let him pretend to be.Outsourcing concierges is becoming popular, especially at midtier hotels.