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The use of trusts in estate planning continues to be a hot topic among estate planning professionals and their clients. For example, whether or not to use a revocable living trust to avoid probate continues to be a widely discussed option. The purpose here, however, is to discuss trusts in another arena of estate planning.… Continue Reading Trusts can make a big difference in estate planning

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Other Voices

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Supporting new chamber idea In response to “Let’s hear Chamber ideas,” the editorial in the Dec. 6 Business Journal: My experience of being the director of membership sales and selling memberships for organizations has been some of my most enjoyable work. The chamber of commerce division of our Regional Business Alliance (RBA) is floundering with… Continue Reading Other Voices

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Editor’s Note: CSBJ is partnering with AdvocacyDenver to bring our readers interviews with some of the state’s prominent leaders and policy makers in health care. AdvocacyDenver is a nonprofit, civil rights advocacy organization serving children, teens and adults with developmental or intellectual disabilities — and their families. The interviews are conducted by Health Care Policy… Continue Reading Local nonprofit CEO fights for accessible services

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Medicare surtax planning for high incomes

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As the year comes to a close, there’s little time left to be sure your investments are tax-smart. The Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, creates additional Medicare taxes for high-income taxpayers. There are two new Medicare tax increases: (1) a 3.8 percent tax on “net investment income,” and (2) a 0.9 percent Medicare… Continue Reading Medicare surtax planning for high incomes

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Inflation is the bane of wealth accumulation. Over time, it reduces buying power. This is why people, especially retirees, are always searching for ways to keep inflation from whittling away at their money. In 1997, the U.S. government introduced a new variety of Treasury bond that was welcomed by investors as a solution to the… Continue Reading TIPS: They’re not the silver bullet to fight inflation

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Diversity issues in the workplace have existed for decades. It isn’t uncommon to associate diversity with ethnicity, religion or gender. Workplace diversity, however, encompasses additional characteristics, such as age, tenure, experience, education and work styles. Corporate America is faced with balancing all types of diversity, but it has reached historic precedence when it comes to… Continue Reading Mind the gap: managing multiple generations

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Whatever happened to Silicon Mountain? I will just touch the surface. There have been several threads running mostly in parallel. First thread: Mostek was founded in Dallas with Texas money, and was in the semiconductor memory business. Plans for the Colorado Springs facility were finalized in 1979. Mostek was purchased by United Technologies (UTC), and… Continue Reading Silicon Mountain gone: City requires clear path

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Social media: Join the evolution, not revolution

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Since the days of cavemen, we’ve always communicated. Whether by drawings on a cave wall, telegraph messages or, now, texting. All that has changed over time are the ways we communicate. Because of advances in technology, not only can we interact with the person next to us but now we can chat live with someone… Continue Reading Social media: Join the evolution, not revolution

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(Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series on the guest column page, with the conclusion next week.) What makes a city entrepreneurial? Entrepreneurial cultures, once underway, tend to have positive feedback loops (such as entrepreneurial recycling) to further enhance the culture. As such, it’s sometimes hard to identify what the original initiating… Continue Reading Creating an entrepreneurial culture for city

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What if you didn’t have to pay employment tax, workers compensation, unemployment, payroll processing fees, and all the other costs of having employees? Sounds good, right? It’s a risky bet many employers have taken in recent years, calling some or all of their employees independent contractors to avoid employment costs. Maybe it was advice given… Continue Reading Employers must be sure to classify workers properly

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