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Email scams are getting tougher to spot

In the past, it was easy to spot fake and fraudulent emails. However, spammers and con artists have become increasingly more sophisticated in their approach. Accountants and attorneys are now being targeted by more elaborate email schemes. How do you ...

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Talking Tax: Do I have to amend my return?

Q: I didn’t file my tax return until early April because all my 1099’s and other tax documents didn’t arrive until very late. And then, two days after filing my return I received a corrected 1099 from my investment advisor. ...

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Will lawyers take advantage of wearable tech?

Wearable technology: it’s been the topic of discussion in technology circles for some time now. Pundits have forecast that in 2014 there will be a rapid uptick in the use of wearable technologies such as smart watches and Google Glass ...

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Harnessing your IT department’s full power

In the not-so-distant past, the IT department usually served as blend of fix-it shop and complaint desk. They’ve evolved since then, though many firms still underutilize their IT departments because they see technology in a reactive way. For example, associates ...

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The benefit of consolidating student loan debt

According to the Project on Student Loan Debt, 71 percent of U.S. college seniors who graduated in 2012 (the most recently posted statics) had an average of $29,400 in student loan debt. Idaho graduates in 2012 came in slightly under ...

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Lawyer licensing in Idaho

The Idaho State Bar is responsible for administering the process of licensing lawyers to practice law in Idaho. In order to be licensed to practice law in Idaho, a person must either pass the Idaho bar exam or have passed ...

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Obamacare’s net investment income tax, decoded (access required)

Changes in tax protocol often leave us, in the business community, with questions regarding our decision making and the financial impact that will follow. Such is the case with the new federal Net Investment Income Tax, or NIIT, that falls ...

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When employees leave with trade secrets

If there is reasonable suspicion that an employee may take confidential or trade secret information belonging to an employer at the time of separation – whether voluntary or involuntary – then the employer should take immediate action in order to ...

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Time management tips for the easily distracted (access required)

The truth is – and I admit it – I have trouble with focus. To me, my brain is a little like Dug’s in the movie “Up.” As Dug, a dog, is speaking, he is immediately and completely distracted by ...

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