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Business Costs & Regulation

Mergers Designed to Avoid U.S. Taxes: Is This Ethical?
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Mergers Designed to Avoid U.S. Taxes: Is This Ethical?

Firms should stay and fight for comprehensive tax simplification that would lower the top C-corp rate.
August 28, 2014
Government Reparations for Oppressive Acts
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Government Reparations for Oppressive Acts

It is ethically dubious for descendants of oppressed peoples to seek reparations for wrongs done to their forebears, to be paid by contemporaries not …
April 8, 2014
Uncle Sam’s Big Push into the Digital Era
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Uncle Sam’s Big Push into the Digital Era

Look for many changes—from faster wireless service to more football on TV.
March 31, 2014
Should News Organizations Pay Their Sources?
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Should News Organizations Pay Their Sources?

Checkbook journalism is on the rise among mainstream broadcast networks and Internet media sites. It is a disturbing trend.
February 3, 2014
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The Cost of Washington’s Dithering over the Budget
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The Cost of Washington’s Dithering over the Budget

If businesses and consumers had a clearer idea of federal policies, the unemployment rate would be 1.3 percentage points lower.
September 13, 2013
Business Costs in 2014
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Business Costs in 2014

We've got guidance on what firms can expect to pay next year for health care, salaries, borrowing, fuel, rent, shipping and more.
September 13, 2013
What the Supreme Court’s DOMA Ruling Means for Employers
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What the Supreme Court’s DOMA Ruling Means for Employers

In states that allow same-sex marriage, businesses should prepare for sweeping changes to benefits administration.
June 27, 2013
Ferreting Out Fraud at Your Company
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Ferreting Out Fraud at Your Company

What you should know about blowing the whistle on an employer.
May 6, 2013
How to Start Your Business with Crowdfunding
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How to Start Your Business with Crowdfunding

Use sites such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Peerbackers to make your big idea a reality.
April 10, 2013
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New Rules Will Clarify 401(k) Fees
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New Rules Will Clarify 401(k) Fees

Forthcoming reforms from the Employee Benefits Security Administation should help employees make better-informed 401(k) choices.
March 13, 2013
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Should Creative Property Be Free Online?
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Should Creative Property Be Free Online?

Creative people should get paid for their talent in a variety of ways, especially by consumers of their work.
March 5, 2013
Why Charities Should Operate More Like For-Profit Businesses
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Why Charities Should Operate More Like For-Profit Businesses

Nonprofits would get more done with a for-profit toolbox.
December 3, 2012
Office, Other Commercial Property Rents to Rise in 2013
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Office, Other Commercial Property Rents to Rise in 2013

Like the economy as a whole, the commercial real estate market will strengthen over the coming year.
November 27, 2012
Should Execs Return Bonuses They Don’t Merit?
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Should Execs Return Bonuses They Don’t Merit?

Getting ill-gotten gains returned to shareholders remains the exception, not the rule.
October 9, 2012
Get Ready to Pay Taxes on Online Purchases
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Get Ready to Pay Taxes on Online Purchases

More states, and Amazon, are collecting from online shoppers.
October 5, 2012
A Push for New Labor Concessions -- Now?
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A Push for New Labor Concessions -- Now?

U.S. steelmakers and Caterpillar want steep concessions from their unions. If they succeed, will other big manufacturing firms follow?
August 13, 2012
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Class-Action Lawsuit or Shakedown?
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Class-Action Lawsuit or Shakedown?

Too many of these lawsuits are based on nit-picking offenses, with negligible compensation for the "injured" consumers.
August 6, 2012
Investors Will Make Big Banks Safer
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Investors Will Make Big Banks Safer

The cloud hanging over bank stocks this year has a silver lining.
July 11, 2012
Arizona Immigration Ruling Means More State Fights
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Arizona Immigration Ruling Means More State Fights

In the absence of a uniform federal policy, fights over state laws will linger for years.
June 25, 2012
What Should CEOs Earn?
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What Should CEOs Earn?

CEO pay will keep rising sharply, partly because Americans aren't close to agreeing on what bosses should be paid.
June 12, 2012
Health Care Reform: 13 Tax Changes on the Way
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Health Care Reform: 13 Tax Changes on the Way

Here are 13 changes in the massive overhaul that could impact your tax bill, for better or worse.
February 6, 2012
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Obama vs. Romney on Taxes
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Obama vs. Romney on Taxes

Both candidates for the White House are spewing a lot of rhetoric on taxes. But what exactly do the buzzwords mean and how would their proposals affec…
January 1, 2012
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Truck Manufacturers Going Electric
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Truck Manufacturers Going Electric

Government carrots and sticks are fueling the push to put more truckers on battery power.
January 1, 2012
Should a Hot Division Get a Bigger Bonus?
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Should a Hot Division Get a Bigger Bonus?

Q: I’m 25.
January 1, 2012
Don't Make a Deal You Don't Intend to Honor
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Don't Make a Deal You Don't Intend to Honor

An ethical businessman bids what he truly believes an asset is worth and what he's fully committed to paying.
December 2, 2011
Business Lending to Rise in 2012
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Business Lending to Rise in 2012

Banks have healed from the financial crisis. They might even find themselves competing for customers.
November 7, 2011