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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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Talking Tax: How long do we have to keep these receipts?

Q: We purchased a new home in 2013 and understand that we should be OK in regards to capital gains taxes on the sale of our old home. We also, however, sold a lot in a separate location that we ...

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Take a shot at planning for the future

Does the company you work for or own hold an annual planning session or retreat? Do you write down a list of goals, action items and maybe even some performance measures for the coming year? If so, what do you ...

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It pays to understand why employees don’t show up

Do you know how much employee absences are costing you? In the U.S., the average employer cost is 8.7 percent of payroll. This is the second-highest benefit cost to employers after medical benefits. If workers don’t show up, you can’t ...

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Weighing whether to fight unemployment claims

There are a lot of misconceptions regarding unemployment claims filed by ex-employees, and this month I’ll try to shed some light on them to help answer the oft-repeated question: “Should we fight an unemployment claim?” A recent decision by the ...

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