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Talking Tax: Charitable deductions depend on type of gift (access required)

Q: I recently volunteered at a gala event that benefited a Boise area arts group. I made a cash donation, but also bought a few tickets to the event for some friends, donated a case of wine for the silent ...

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Idaho zip lines need no jungle (access required)

I made an interesting discovery the other day: Idaho has seven zip line companies. The number surprised me a bit. I had heard of one in Horseshoe Bend, but seven seemed like kind of a lot. I’ve been zip lining ...

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Use objective measures when hiring salespeople (access required)

Identifying top-performing salespeople is like searching for the sharpest needles – in a pile of needles. Without a good process, you’ll likely get poked a few times. Unfortunately, the result of using “gut instinct” as a hiring strategy is often ...

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Commentary: Market slumps amid economic slowdown (access required)

A dramatic slowdown in Europe caused by credit issues there has brought the global economy to stall speed. European unemployment has reached all-time highs during the euro era. Manufacturing in the euro zone has fallen further. The Chinese economy has ...

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Commentary: Landscape for health care is changing

In the coming few months the Supreme Court is likely to rule on the constitutionality of federal health care reform passed in 2010. But regardless of whether insurance purchase mandates or other rules stay or go, for most of us ...

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Five unconventional ways to build better teams

Sometimes it’s an unusual activity that brings people together. My challenge to you is to go out on a limb and try something different. Might your effort fall flat? Sure, but it might get great results, too. You won’t know ...

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Plan now for health insurance rebate distribution

Idaho individual and small group health plans could be eligible to receive nearly $3 million in rebates from health insurers. As a part of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as health care reform, insurers are ...

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Too many regulations stifle hiring

If governments everywhere would cease burdening employers with more regulations and bureaucratic hoops, the economy might actually turn around. Everywhere I go, employers confide that their plates are full trying to keep up with “compliance” issues. Many say they’re not ...

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Talking Tax: AMT can apply to businesses

Q: I received a letter from the IRS saying the small lumberyard I own owes some AMT tax. My company has struggled a bit during this down economy and I don’t understand why I would owe more. Can this be ...

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