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Don’t increase your odds of winning the audit lottery

This commentary addresses an issue affecting nearly any Idaho company that maintains a retirement or medical plan.  The Form 5500 is an annual federal tax filing due for most plans by July 31 (or October 15 if extended, which most ...

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This is what progress looks like

When I started working at IBR in 2010, there were so many empty parking spaces in BoDo that you could have parked a semitruck and trailer parallel to the sidewalk on Broad Street at midday. Back then, positive business stories ...

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A look at cross-plan offsetting (access required)

A federal appellate court will soon decide whether UnitedHealth’s method of reimbursing medical providers violates ERISA, which is the federal law that, among other things, governs employer-sponsored health plans. Specifically at issue in Peterson v. UnitedHealth is United’s practice of ...

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‘Wayfair:’ for small online retailers, future is uncertain (access required)

On June 21, the U.S. Supreme Court upended the online retail industry, giving states the power to force online retailers to collect sales tax from sales to consumers. The Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Wayfair overruled 50 years of precedent ...

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Law innovation demystified (access required)

I recently read that one-third of lawyers in firms of at least 50 attorneys were pessimistic about adapting to the challenges and changes facing them. Lawyers face problems generating sufficient revenue and operating efficiently, and those are difficult problems to ...

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Smoothness specifications present wake-up call for contractors (access required)

In some recent national surveys of road users, drivers have listed smooth pavements as their top preferred highway characteristic. Such road surfaces not only make for a more comfortable ride, but also provide safety and longer-lasting transportation routes. These smooth ...

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Don’t feel guilty about setting boundaries (access required)

Most professionals I coach have diverse and demanding roles. They define vision and strategy, generate and track budgets and schedules, run meetings, ensure clients are satisfied, provide subject matter expertise to solve complex issues, guide their teams, and make difficult ...

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Solutions to the affordable housing puzzle

In many resort communities there is a real need for affordable housing that serves younger and entry-level residents and new employees. Both renters and potential homebuyers are now facing an increasing affordability squeeze, and this is expected to continue. The ...

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Video in litigation: everybody’s a star (access required)

As a kid, I would shoot film of my friends playing sports at the local playground. My Kodak camera was a dinosaur by today’s standards, but it did the job at the time. Today, things are different. Video is everywhere ...

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An Eichler-inspired mid-century granny flat

Multi-generational family households are making a comeback. Now homeowners are creating a second dwelling unit on their property called an Accessory Dwelling Unit or ADU.  In most residential properties, building code allows for it. Whether that unit is separate or ...

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