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Tax rule lets employers encourage education for employees (access required)

Q: We have two employees who would like to pursue their masters of business administration and another who has asked if we would help out with some additional training. As an employer we would like to help them achieve their ...

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Communication is key to organizational success

Increasing business is the top priority of companies, whether large or small. Just as important, but often overlooked, is preparing a workforce for that growth. As smaller companies increase in workforce size, they face issues aligning their teams to their ...

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Withholding rules may induce headaches (access required)

Q: One of the partners in our real estate partnership just moved to Utah. I understand we may now be required to withhold taxes on her share of the partnership income before we distribute money to her. I really don’t ...

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Universities in the hot seat over health care

Across the country, university administrators are feeling the heat about a health care reform requirement that goes into effect Jan. 1, 2014. On that day, or the next plan year after the deadline, any employee who works 30 hours or ...

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A first-time homebuyer takes the plunge

Holy cow, I just bought a house. I’ve always wanted to buy a home, to have a place where I don’t have to worry about the rent going up or sharing a wall with too-loud neighbors, where I can plant ...

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HR needs a seat at the merger table

A Society for Human Resources study shows the greatest obstacles for success following a merger and acquisition are HR-related. They include a loss of productivity, a loss of key talent and aligning incompatible cultures. Despite this fact, dealmakers continue to ...

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Do your research when hiring a tax preparer (access required)

Q: I have always prepared my own tax return, but this year I am pretty confused. My return seems to get more complicated every year. I am thinking I need to use a professional preparer this year. How do I ...

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Talent management is a critical strategy

Talent management continues to be a top concern for organizational success. In previous columns I’ve explained why retiring baby boomers and an unskilled workforce are putting pressures on businesses to become more sophisticated in how they not only attract, but ...

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Tax software is OK, but only if your taxes are simple (access required)

Q: I have been preparing my tax return for the past few years using tax software I found online. Do you think the low-cost tax return preparation packages do a decent job, or am I asking for trouble? I really ...

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What will employers do with the insurance exchange?

When President Barack Obama laid out his agenda for the next four years during his State of the Union address, he barely mentioned the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, his legacy legislation from his first term. But it is ...

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