Business Costs & Regulation

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
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
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
Laura Tyson Pushes a Corporate Tax Break
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Laura Tyson Pushes a Corporate Tax Break

How one former official with a vested interest is pressing fellow Democrats to help corporations.
October 25, 2011
A La Carte Pricing Spreads to More Industries
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A La Carte Pricing Spreads to More Industries

It’s not just airlines and hotels who are finding profit in splitting services up into a variety of fees.
October 25, 2011
Extending the Payroll Tax Cut Is a Cop-out
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Extending the Payroll Tax Cut Is a Cop-out

Shell-shocked consumers aren’t putting the money into the economy, and neither would firms.
September 2, 2011
Debit-Card Swipe Fees Costing You?
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Debit-Card Swipe Fees Costing You?

We could end up paying higher bank fees without seeing a reduction in retail store prices.
August 8, 2011
James Angel: Missed Financial Reform Deadlines Not All Bad
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James Angel: Missed Financial Reform Deadlines Not All Bad

A year after Dodd-Frank became law, missed deadlines pile up.
August 8, 2011
Should Online Retailers Collect Sales Taxes?
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Should Online Retailers Collect Sales Taxes?

To me, the fundamental principle of ethical taxation is equal treatment of similar transactions.
August 5, 2011
Obama Extends Helping Hand to Businesses
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Obama Extends Helping Hand to Businesses

As the 2012 election looms, the White House tries to mend fences by delaying government rules that might lead to layoffs and cut investment.
June 28, 2011
Cut Costs With Independent Contractors?
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Cut Costs With Independent Contractors?

It's appropriate for a business owner to try to lower prices to customers, but fattening the bottom line at the employees' expense is not ethical.
April 11, 2011
Failed CEOs Should Take Their Lumps
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Failed CEOs Should Take Their Lumps

When top executives make a mess of their companies -- and share prices -- they should be embarrassed to accept lavish severance packages.
March 31, 2011
A Higher Standard for Brokers -- But Not Yet
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A Higher Standard for Brokers -- But Not Yet

Like investment advisers, they'll have to put the best interest of clients first.
March 14, 2011
A Uniform Standard for Financial Professionals
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A Uniform Standard for Financial Professionals

Securities regulators have a chance to stand for average investors.
February 4, 2011
GDP Recovers Its Recession Losses
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GDP Recovers Its Recession Losses

Although there’s no more talk of a double dip, even stronger economic growth is required to pull down the unemployment rate
January 28, 2011
Retailers Bank on In-Store Wi-Fi
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Retailers Bank on In-Store Wi-Fi

Go ahead and check out our competition, they say, betting that you won’t bother schlepping to another store after all.
January 6, 2011
Better Your Odds in Arbitration?
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Better Your Odds in Arbitration?

You may get to choose a panel without brokerage reps.
January 3, 2011
Make Way for Generation Y
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Make Way for Generation Y

How the 77-million-strong Millennials will reshape workplaces and marketplaces in the decades to come.
January 3, 2011
Is It Price Gouging or Good Business?
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Is It Price Gouging or Good Business?

Economics follows the amoral laws of supply and demand. And seemingly ethical behavior can have unintended consequences.
January 3, 2011
Retaliation Claims Skyrocketing
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Retaliation Claims Skyrocketing

Bosses need to train managers frequently and have an effective process for investigating charges.
December 8, 2010
Government to Put Product Safety Info Online
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Government to Put Product Safety Info Online

Manufacturers worry that a new government information bank could become a gold mine of information for class action suits.
November 30, 2010
Whose Investment Advice Can You Trust?
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Whose Investment Advice Can You Trust?

The Feds want to level the playing field between brokers and advisers. It may not make a difference.
November 8, 2010
End of Year Business Tax Planning Tips for 2010
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End of Year Business Tax Planning Tips for 2010

There are several ways businesses can save big by acting before the year ends.
November 1, 2010