First-time home buyer

  • January 26, 2004

Tap into your IRA without penalty pain Give boost to house-buying child   Unlock tax break for Roth IRAs

Tax basis on Prudential stock giveaway

  • January 26, 2004

Q: I received shares of Prudential stock a few years ago because I had converted a group policy to a personal policy. If I sell the shares now, do I have to pay tax on...

Request an itemized invoice

  • December 01, 2003

Request an itemized invoice from your attorney when updating your will as part of your estate plan.

9 ways to improve collections, speed pay-ups

  • December 01, 2003

Making a sale is worthless if you never receive payment. Many companies make the fatal mistake in their collection process of either letting debtors off too easily or...

Sharing pay data can violate antitrust laws

  • May 01, 2002

Employees sued 14 major oil companies, claiming that the firms swapped employee salary information to hold down pay levels in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act. A...

Defuse a domineering boss

  • July 01, 2001

A manager wrote to ask us how to deal with an aggressive boss who interrupts constantly, uses foul language and loves to give quizzes that put people on the defensive.

I’m going to write you up …

  • August 01, 1999

Laura learned that one of her employees had said, “Laura is really screwing us. She’s a liar. Let’s go over her head.”

Handling an obstructionist

  • December 01, 1998

You know you’ve got a great team when employees act selflessly to make others look good. If they spread credit around and coach each other to improve, then...

Sick of junk e-mail?

  • August 01, 1997

Beware of responding to the return address to request removal of your e-mail address for future mailings.