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January 4, 2012

IRS Extends Tax-Filing Deadline to April 17

Taxpayers will have until Tuesday, April 17 to file their 2011 tax returns and pay any tax due, because April 15 falls on a Sunday, and Emancipation Day, a holiday observed in the District of Columbia, falls this year on Monday, April 16. According to federal law, District of Columbia holidays affect tax deadlines in the same way that federal holidays do, giving all taxpayers two extra days to file this year.
January 2, 2012

New Tax Provisions for 2012

With the ringing in of the new year, several new tax provisions took effect. While the list of new items does not compare with the number of tax provisions that expired at the end of 2011, practitioners should be aware of what has changed.
January 2, 2012

5 Core Steps to a More Satisfying Career in 2012

People like to claim that loving your work is a pipedream – but those who defend that view are wrong. Enjoying your career and feeling there’s deep meaning and purpose in it is not just for a select, fortunate few. It’s for anyone who believes in him/herself and takes the right kind of action. There are five core steps everyone can take to identify new career paths that will align more closely with who they are, and bring more success and reward.
December 27, 2011

Transform Your Employees into Passionate Advocates

Employee happiness is becoming a hot topic among CEOs and in boardrooms, and it's about time. Happy, engaged employees are more productive and generate better outcomes for their companies.
December 12, 2011

Fair Use: What Public Media Makers are Doing Right and How They Can Do Even Better

Fair use, the right to employ copyrighted material in certain situations without licensing it, is in resurgence after two dismal decades of widespread misinterpretation — and nowhere is the right getting more exercise than in public broadcasting. Public broadcasters have been leaders in asserting their rights appropriately, and can use them even more to advance public media in a participatory and digital era.
November 29, 2011

The Rise of Cloud Accounting

As cloud-based solutions for email—and virtually every office system—have become available, accounting software packages like QuickBooks are adapting to this trend and offering cloud-based versions of their solutions.  Typically these are Software as a Service, or SaaS, subscription-based Web applications, which provide a solid subset of the standalone product functionality.  Assuming there is a reliable and always-on Internet connection, and that the accounts are kept in good standing, these online products offer key benefits versus buying and maintaining desktop versions of applications.
November 28, 2011

Public Media's Quest for Integrity

Recent controversy has hurt public broadcasting in the public eye and in the purse. Politicians have threatened to end state funding; citizens have stopped their donations.  Another reason for the controversy is decreasing levels of state funding. This means that NPR, PBS, and others have to seek funding from, and to form partnerships with, a diverse range of groups in civic society. Many of these groups have political agendas and social causes to advance. In a partisan public sphere, what happens to public broadcasting's claim to impartiality when increasing amounts of its journalism is funded by such groups?  New editorial guidelines to maintain the public's trust appear to be essential.
November 21, 2011

Fox News Viewers Uninformed, NPR Listeners Not, Poll Suggests

A poll by Farleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey showed that of all the news channels out there, Fox News viewers are the least informed.  Readers of The New York Times, USA Today and listeners to National Public Radio were better informed about international events than other media outlets.
November 21, 2011

Public Broadcasting Provides Great Value at Modest Cost

A compelling Letter to the Editor of the Washington Post from Patrick Butler, CEO of the Association of Public Television Stations, who responds to Robert Samuelson’s assertion that "federal support for public broadcasting as among 'unaffordable frills.'"
November 15, 2011

Why People Micromanage

Many managers complain that they work for micromanagers. But strangely, very few admit to being micromanagers.  Somehow this burdensome, costly culture of micromanagement happened unintentionally.  So if nobody's waking up in the morning intending to be a micromanager, then why do people still feel micromanaged.