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  • Tax Court finds property owner wasn’t a “real estate professional”

    November / December 2013
    Newsletter: Real Estate Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 909

    Abstract: A property owner who qualifies as a “real estate professional” stands to reap more tax benefits than ever these days. Those who satisfy the requirements may be able to offset some nonrental income with rental losses, as well as avoid the new 3.8% Medicare tax on net investment income. Satisfying the requirements, though, is no small task. This article looks at a court case in which the owner and manager of rental units recently learned that lesson the hard way. A sidebar discusses the tax penalty he had to pay.

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  • Barter for business — How to exchange services while growing your company

    June / July 2012
    Newsletter: Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 909

    Abstract: According to the International Reciprocal Trade Association, in 2011 some 400,000 businesses around the world traded about $12 billion worth of goods and services on barter exchanges. This article explains how they work and how they can save money and grow a business’s customer base. It also discusses tax reporting issues, while a sidebar looks at community barter networks that neighborhoods around the country have formed.

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  • You leave, you pay – Employer tries to recoup training costs from departing staff

    May / June 2011
    Newsletter: Employment Law Briefing

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 909

    Abstract: Training is an essential part of any job. But is it a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to require employees to pay back training costs if they resign their positions within a certain time frame? The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said “no” in regard to a former police officer who filed a lawsuit on behalf of herself and others similarly situated. But a sidebar discusses another case in which certain employer deductions were judged to be a kickback. Gordon v. City of Oakland, No. 09-16167, Nov. 19, 2010 (9th Cir.) Cao v. Wu Liang Ye Lexington Restaurant Inc., 1:2008cv03725, April 18, 2008 (N.Y. Southern District)

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  • Plug up those revenue drains – Internal billing and coding audits can help

    Winter 2009
    Newsletter: Rx for Practice Management / Practice Management Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 909

    Abstract: Are you losing money because of holes in your billing and coding process? Conducting an internal billing and coding audit will help you plug up these potential revenue drains before your cash flow dries up. This article explains how an internal billing and coding audit can help identify whether physicians are submitting accurate claims for reimbursement — that is, coded according to CPT codes, guidelines and conventions and as required by payor payment policies.

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