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I recently invested in several bond funds. These funds pay out dividends before the end of the year. Are the dividends tax-free? C.W., Portland, Ore.
Contrary to popular belief, credit unions aren’t just for unions, governments or Fortune 500 companies.
Are dividends earned from bond funds taxable?
How can you save for retirement while you’re operating your own business? At one time, small business owners were often left out in the cold. But saving for retirement isn’t just for the “big boys,” anymore.
Some employees can quietly listen to music at their workstation with no disruption to co-workers and no damage to their productivity. But with the explosion of new media outlets—such as iPods, Internet music and satellite radio like Sirius and XM—people can now listen to what they want, when they want and where they want.
How can you save for retirement while operating your business? At one time, small business owners were often left out in the cold. But retirement savings isn’t just for the “big boys,” anymore.
Monitoring employees with video cameras probably doesn't violate employee privacy rights, but employers should make sure they don't step over the line of reasonable privacy concerns, such as monitoring dressing rooms ...
It’s been going on for years: Business owners frequently clash with the IRS over worker classifications.
Here's a true story that should put a good scare in managers who think they're doing every­thing right and underestimate their chances of legal exposure:
The IRS can hit you with dozens of different penalties if you fail to follow the letter of the tax law. They’re often arcane and difficult to understand. And although many of the penalties are relatively small on their own, they can add up quickly. So, a single mistake could snowball into hundreds or thousands of dollars.