Monthly Archives: July 2011

Non-work or Work? When are employees owed pay?

July 30th, 2011

Published July 2011 A recently filed class-action lawsuit against Huffington Post asserts that up to 9,000 unpaid bloggers for the Web site are illegally being denied pay. This class-action lawsuit raises an important question for all employers: When is work, work? When is activity – and even inactivity – by individuals work that legally requires...

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A Blended Rate for this Year

July 30th, 2011

Published July 2011 The IRS has just announced it increased the standard mileage rate for qualified business drivers for the second half of 2011. The adjustment reflects rising costs at the gas pumps this year. It is accompanied by a hike in the standard mileage rate for medical and job-related moving expenses. (IRS Announcement 2011-40)...

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Get More than Mileage Out of Your Vehicles

July 30th, 2011

Published August 2011  Q.  I’m using my personal car in my business. How much can I deduct on my tax return for the car? A. There are two basic ways to write off expenses for business-related travel:   The standard mileage method. This provides a basic deduction for mileage and provides built-in depreciation. For 2011, the...

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Common COBRA Compliance Question, Answered

July 27th, 2011

Larry Grudzien July 27, 2011     When any qualified beneficiary (including the covered employee) first becomes entitled to Medicare after electing COBRA coverage, his or her COBRA coverage can be terminated early (i.e., before the end of the maximum coverage period). This rule does not, however, affect the COBRA rights of other qualified beneficiaries in...

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