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Here are your articles for Dec 22, 2016.
CDL recently becameinvolved with the Center for Child Counseling, a wonderful organization helpingchildren who are entering foster care. CDL's Community Service Committee,comprised of 8 employees of the Firm, organized a Firm-wide effort to collecttoys and "comfort kits" to be given to the children. The kitsinclude books, stuffed animals, and small blankets to provide a little bit ofcomfort to babies and young children recovering from the trauma of enteringfoster care. We were able to donate 49 comfort kits, along with toys for theorganization's play therapy rooms.


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Have you hired any new workers this year? What are your hiring plans for 2018? New hires from certain economically disadvantaged "targeted" groups may qualify your business for the Work Opportunity tax credit (WOTC). Here's an overview of this potentially lucrative tax break, including an example of how it's calculated.



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Installment sales are often used to help complete a deal between a buyer and seller of real property. As an added bonus, they also offer three tax advantages to the seller. Here are the tax rules for installment sales, details on how this deal structure can sometimes save taxes when one is selling real estate, and reasons why installment sale treatment might not be the best option for every transaction.


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Laws, regulations and court precedents involving discrimination against pregnant employees have been on the books for years. But that doesn't prevent some employers and managers from fumbling the issue today, with regrettable consequences. Here are a few practical pointers.




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Long-standing IRS guidance says a partner can't also be an employee of the same partnership. Unless the IRS makes some exceptions to this guidance, taxpayers with even a small ownership interest in a partnership will be classified as partners. Here, we discuss these rules and highlight two recent cases that support the IRS's hard-line stance on recognizing partnership income. (Warning to LLC members: This IRS guidance also extends to you.)
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An old form of fraud, called a "bust-out," has become popular in the Internet age. Electronics and tech companies are common targets although any company that sells goods can become a victim. Learn how these scams work and how to prevent your company from being conned by a legitimate-seeming customer that is, in reality, out to steal your products.
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A trustee is required by law to act prudently. He or she must be able to account for all transactions. If you are the beneficiary of a trust and you suspect -- or know that the trustee has committed fraud -- there are steps you can take to protect your interests. This article explains some of the duties of a trustee and what a beneficiary can do if he or she believes malfeasance or fraud has occurred.
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Many engaged couples purchase a home before they get married. It makes sense to them to get the home purchase out of the way and get moved into the property before the wedding. But what are the legal implications? This article explains some of the basic issues to consider.
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