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Internal fraud drains approximately $4 trillion annually from global businesses, according to recent estimates, and not-for-profit organizations are not exempt.
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First the bad news: Despite passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), the individual alternative minimum tax (AMT) is still in place. But there's some good news: The law has made AMT rules more taxpayer-friendly for 2018 through 2025. In addition, other TCJA changes reduce the odds that you'll owe the AMT for those years. Even so, you may still benefit from taking steps now to avoid or minimize it.
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The term "stormwater" refers to any runoff after rain or snow from a barren piece of land, an area with vegetation, or constructed areas such as paved streets and rooftops. Stormwater discharges can contain pollutants in large enough quantities to contaminate a water supply. If a construction project will disturb one or more acres, you may be required to obtain a stormwater permit under the federal Clean Water Act. Even if a project will disturb less than one acre, you may need a stormwater permit if it is part of a larger development plan.
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Many people have long recognized and cherished the emotional support available from their pets. That's what pets are for, largely, unless they serve double duty such as providing physical security or herding sheep. There are also bona fide service animals, most commonly in the form of Seeing Eye dogs.
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When a loved one who was "financially comfortable" passes away, his or her family must deal with the emotional issues that come with the loss — as well as winding up the decedent's financial affairs.
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No matter how careful your manufacturing company is, accidents and injuries can still happen. When they do, responding properly is an important factor in keeping your Workers' Compensation insurance costs under control. Here are six steps to take in the event an injury occurs:
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Are you planning to make substantial renovations to your home? You may be adding a deck or patio, finishing a basement or attic or installing a pool. Despite some changes in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) that may discourage homeowners, you can still realize generous tax benefits for home improvements.
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American law has long granted trademark protection to the shapes of products and containers. Perhaps the most famous example is the instantly recognizable Coca-Cola bottle, which is almost as important a trademark as the soft drink company's stylized name logo. (Trademark protection for the product shapes and containers should not be confused with the safeguards afforded by design patents).
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Games of chance like bingo and raffles are often synonymous with tax-exempt organizations. However, the income from such "gaming" activities operated by charities is not automatically tax-free. The IRS has provided more insight into the key rules in this area in its Publication 3079, Tax-Exempt Organizations and Gaming.
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Studies show that only a handful of adults are visiting and using information from websites that rate physicians. For example, more than 80 percent of California-based adults say they use the Internet for health-related information, such as medical symptoms and diagnoses, according to a Harris Interactive poll commissioned by the California HealthCare Foundation. But less than 25 percent of those surveyed say they have visited physician ratings sites, and only 2 percent of those actually made a physician change based on the information they found. Even fewer, less than 1 percent, say they made a hospital or health plan switch based on online ratings.

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