MacSolutions Plus Newsletter – 12/19/09

MACSOLUTIONS PLUS NAMED BUSINESS OF THE YEAR FOR ITS COMMITMENT TO LOCAL FIRE COMPANY 

Local Apple retailer helps Newstead Fire Company keep running smoothly. 

everyone recognizes the local fire trucks. But now one Western New York business is being recognized for helping the Newstead Fire Company fight more than fires. 

MacSolutions Plus – Buffalo’s leading independent Apple Premier Partner store – has been named the 2009 Business of the Year by the Newstead Fire Company and Ladies Auxiliary. 

The award was given in recognition of the numerous contributions made by MacSolutions Plus. Throughout 2009, MacSolutions Plus provided computer equipment at cost, sponsored many of the fire company’s events, and donated computer services worth more than $2500.

“One of the reasons I own a local business is so I can give back to the local community,” said Garret Cleversley, owner and president of MacSolutions Plus. “Newstead Fire Company does so much for all of us – something that really hit home after the crash of Continental flight 3407, when they were one of the mutual aid companies on the scene. I just want to do my part.” 

Cleversley is also a member of the Newstead Fire Company. He leads their Technology Committee, and was honored as the fire company’s First Aider of the Year for 2009. 

Since 1990, MacSolutions Plus, Inc. has offered Apple sales, support and consulting to business, education and residential customers. The company, which is headquartered in West Seneca, New York, offers a broad range of services to more than 2,800 local clients. These services include desktop computer set-up, maintenance and administration, system and network administration, consulting and technology planning, Internet service and hardware set-up and troubleshooting, onsite and in-store training, emergency response and preventative maintenance. 

Newstead Fire Company is a 100% volunteer organization that provides fire protection, fire prevention, emergency medical and rescue services and disaster mitigation to the Newstead and Akron communities. Founded in 1947, Newstead Fire Company responds to more than 300 calls every year, and was one of the many responders to the crash of Continental flight 3407. The company has two stations and approximately 65 volunteers. 

For more information, or to schedule an interview with Garret Cleversley, please call 716-823-3085 or email[email protected]  

End the year with new gear and a tax savings.* When you purchase or lease before Dec. 31, 2009.

Your business may qualify for a valuable tax break for 2009. The “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act” extended the Section 179 deduction allowance increases through December 31, 2009. Section 179 of the IRS allows businesses to deduct up to $250,000 for qualifying business equipment subject to, of course, terms and conditions. And what’s more… leases may qualify too.

Here are the three things you need to do:

1) Learn more at www.IRS.gov, *

2) Check with your tax professional regarding eligibility, 

3) Hurry-in and let us help you plan your new Macintosh dream system. 

Additional reasons to upgrade

Most businesses have a lot to do before 2010 arrives. You can do it all on a brand new Mac of your choice without making a payment until after 2010 has begun. And you can use your cash for those other end-of-year purchases. 

Check with your sales consultant about about the different business lease programs available through Apple Financial Services. And check with your tax accountant regarding your potential eligibility for Section 179 deductions. Some leases qualify when equipment is installed by Dec. 31st. 

Other terms and conditions apply.

Section 179 deductions

MacSolutions Plus can help you take advantage of extended year-end tax benefits 

Take advantage of favorable 2009 tax-year benefits for businesses by purchasing new hardware and software technologies for your business from Apple before December 31. 

Section 179 of the IRS tax code allows businesses to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment purchased or financed during the tax year. Most types of business equipment qualify for this deduction, offering small businesses a great opportunity to maximize their purchasing power. 

Here are a few key points about Section 179 deductions: 
– Buying new equipment can be profitable for the tax year because the tax savings often exceed the first year’s payments (assuming a 35% tax rate). 
– Businesses can take full deductions for purchases up to $250,000 (only for 2009) if overall spending is less than $800,000. 
– Businesses can take advantage of accelerated depreciation for amounts over $250,000 in 2009. 
– Eligible property includes computer hardware and off-the-shelf (boxed) software that has been acquired by purchase for business use. 
– New and used equipment qualifies for deduction as long as it meets eligibility criteria. 

We encourage you to consult with your tax advisor to find out if your hardware and software purchases qualify for deduction under Section 179. 

As an Apple Premier Partner, we are uniquely qualified to recommend solutions based on the latest Apple technologies. Give us a call and we can: 
– Recommend purchases that support your business objectives 
– Coordinate product acquisition and services with your local Apple Retail Store or with Apple’s Business Sales team. 
– Install and integrate your systems 
– Provide personalized training 

Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server.

Easy to set up. Easy to run. And even easy to afford.

Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server is simply a Mac mini designed to be a server, with Mac OS X Server Snow Leopard preinstalled. Instead of a SuperDrive, there are two 500GB hard drives that give you the power and storage you need to help your group communicate, collaborate, and share information.* 

Now you can support Mac computers, PCs, and iPhone. Send email using your own domain name. Sync and share calendars. Swap files at lightning speed—even between Mac computers and PCs. Easily create full-featured wikis and high-quality podcasts. And automatically back up important data. All for only $999.** 

* 1GB = 1 billion bytes; actual formatted capacity less.** Prices are as of October 2009, are subject to change, and do not include taxes or shipping.