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Nailing down IRS rules for the real estate industry (access required)

As year end approaches, there are new tax rules that affect every business entity and may necessitate accounting method changes. One of these tax rules is repair and maintenance regulations, and like most tax rule changes, it provides an opportunity ...

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With same-sex marriage the law, employers must adjust retirement plans (access required)

Recent court decisions that require same-sex marriages to be recognized like opposite-sex marriages have a profound impact on an employer’s employee benefits. In a guest column Nov. 7, I discussed the impact of these developments on employers in Idaho with ...

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Same-gender marriage is good business for Idaho

The recent legalization of same gender marriages in Idaho will be an economic boon to wedding-related businesses around the state. The nation’s wedding market is not robust. Yes, there will always be people tying the knot, but overall marriages have ...

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Keeping up with federal labor laws (access required)

As the public has come to understand in the post-election flurry of political maneuvering, the president of the United States has (arguably) broad power to act via executive order so long as it does not violate the Constitution or statutory ...

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What drives your decision-making process? (access required)

Business leaders make decisions every day, all day long. Some decisions are made in split seconds; others are agonized over for weeks or months. The act of decision-making is a cognitive process resulting in a selection of a belief or ...

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Spotify is center stage in digital music debate (access required)

When Taylor Swift released her latest album, 1989, at the end of October, she also took that opportunity to announce that she was removing her entire song catalog from Spotify, a popular digital music streaming service. Swift justified her stance ...

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How to recover from a business disaster

Most businesses are taken by surprise when a disaster hits. Why? Is it because it’s a new type of disaster? Not typically. Is it because they never could have anticipated it? Not really. It is a result of a failure ...

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Seven strategies for effective IT communication (access required)

The speed of technology can seem like a blur at times — is the iPhone 7 really so far away? — and because of that pace, IT communication can be a particularly tough challenge. People who are bombarded with information ...

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Employees and social media posts: Issues for employers

Social media has tremendous implications for even the smallest Idaho business. It is immediate, it is cheap (or free), it has a potentially huge reach and it is friendly to that typically desirable demographic, adults 18-35. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest ...

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Small business, meet your newest productivity tools (access required)

For most small businesses – especially startups, fast-growing firms and others facing the fiercest competition – operating at peak efficiency is vital. That includes finding and using the latest technological tools and solutions to make the lives of business owners, ...

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