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Department of Labor not just for the unemployed

I wrote a column a few weeks back about how my husband and I expected he would be underemployed in his first post-graduation job. I’m happy to report that he’s actually been hired in a position that takes advantage of ...

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Self-employed must withhold their own taxes

Q: I am starting a new sales job and I am being treated as an “independent contractor.” I’ve been told I will now be subject to SE tax. What exactly is SE tax and how do I pay it? A: ...

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Moving training from ‘expense’ to ‘profit center’

Some people view training only as an expense. On the other hand, most executives intuitively know that training has value, yet few MBA programs teach how to calculate it. We know training can improve productivity, customer satisfaction and sales, but ...

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How to fail as a boss

You may think you’re the smartest person in the room, but it’s almost guaranteed you’re not. And holding the title of “boss” doesn’t mean you have the right to act like a dictator. Besides, a bully mentality might impress a ...

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Talking Tax: Employee discounts can be taxable income

Q: I have a small dental practice in Twin Falls. One of my dentist friends was recently audited by the IRS, and she and her employees had to pay additional tax because the employees and their families paid less than ...

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Brazil, an emerging market

Brazil has gotten a lot of investor attention during the last few years as its economy has boomed and millions of Brazilians have moved into the middle class. Foreign investors have poured tens of billions of dollars into the country ...

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Five principles to help your sales

When sales stop, so does your business. And regardless of your organization’s structure, those who perform the sales function must be nurtured because the activity of sales is wrought with failure, rejection and frustration. To keep salespeople engaged, they must ...

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Employers should adjust high-income withholding

Q: Your column a few weeks ago mentioned the new 0.9 percent Medicare tax that will begin next year. Our company has a number of employees who have salaries near or more than the $200,000 threshold and some that are ...

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Changes to patent laws make it easier for companies to file for patents

Ask any fifth grader, “Who invented the light bulb?” and they will typically respond, “Thomas Edison.” They may not know, however, that Edison worked for the company that eventually became General Electric. New patent laws allowing companies to file patent ...

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Umbrella policies are often misunderstood

One night on the way home from work, one of my sons called me to tell me that his brother had just been in an auto accident. I asked him where it happened, and drove off in that direction. As ...

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