Seven Time-tested Year-end Tax Tactics

Practical approaches for individuals At this point, it is still uncertain whether any significant tax reform will be enacted this year. Keeping that in mind, individual taxpayers may stick with “tried-and-true” methods to reduce taxes owed at year-end. Here are seven prime examples: 1. Harvest capital gains or losses. Typically, you might realize capital gains or
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New Cases Concerning Family Medical Leave

Three recent rulings focus on key issues The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) concerns when an employee can take extended time off from work. Three new cases point out the need for both employers and employees to understand the rules. Background: Under the FMLA, an eligible employee is entitled to take up to 12 weeks
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Five Year-end Moves for Small Businesses

Top ideas for your business operation As with individuals, year-end tax planning for businesses remains somewhat uncertain. However, the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015 preserved certain tax benefits that can be incorporated into a logical year-end plan. Here are five ideas for small-business owners to consider: 1. Speed up equipment deductions. Under
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Minding Your Business Manners

Steps to improve workplace etiquette All too often these days, workers exhibit rude, inappropriate or self-absorbed behavior. Sadly, in many places of business across the country—including boardrooms, offices and plant floors—appropriate business etiquette is not being observed. What’s more, bad behavior might lead to confrontation and even violence that can threaten someone’s well-being and the
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