With tax time upon us, it seems fitting to discuss tax audits.
Whether you are being audited personally or as a business owner, it can be an intimidating process. There is a right way and a wrong way to handle an audit by a state or federal taxing authority. It is easy to dig a hole for yourself, but awfully hard to get out of it. Continue Reading Surviving a tax audit takes help from a professional
America Online, the largest instant messaging provider, opened its source code up last week for developers around the world to write add-on components and additional functionality.
This move toward open source coding is fairly common in the software arena. Proponents say that having an unlimited number of developers working with software will create modifications that will speed new and innovative uses of the software to market. Continue Reading AOL throws open the IM door
Those who clamor loudest against the taint of special interests and the undue influence of lobbyists and money within the halls of government would make lousy doctors.
With stunning regularity, they ignore the disease while prescribing amputation of the symptoms. Continue Reading Remedy for corruption is limited government
For those of you who might not have kept track of the daily reports on www.csbj.com about the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce’s Washington Legislative Action Mission, the information will continue to be available on the Web site.
This will let us track some of the possible initiatives for the community that resulted from the trip. Continue Reading Washington trip: we are missing out on funding
During the last year, the Colorado Springs Young Professionals has become much more than just a social group that gets together for drinks a few times a month.
We have members in the group who really want to get involved in this town. I thought I’d take the time to highlight the organizations that the group works with and why we think it’s important. Continue Reading Giving back is a worthy year-round investment
The delivery will be videotaped and “choice segments” will be available online – because there is no doubt that people will log on to watch, because we’ve become a voyeuristic society. Continue Reading Back in the day, we called these people sell-outsContinue reading …
The best-selling book, “Freakonomics,” explores the hidden side of everything. I was dazzled! The authors examine the beauty of incentives, as well as their dark side.
They note “nothing is more powerful than information, especially when it is abused.”
My profession, financial planning, is no different. MarketWatch columnist Paul Farrell says that “Freakonomic research shows experts have an ‘informational advantage,’ and use it against their clients.” Continue Reading Top ten pieces of freakonomically awful financial advice
Right now in the United States, there are few issues more important than health care. In his State of the Union address, President George Bush stressed the need to confront the rising cost of health care.
Spiraling medical costs are forcing many businesses, especially smaller companies, to stop offering health insurance. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, in 2005, just 59 percent of small firms nationwide offered employee health benefits; among the smallest employers (fewer than 10 workers), the percentage falls to 47 percent. Alarmingly, these percentages are dropping annually by nearly 5 percent. Continue Reading Solutions to national problems begin at home
On April 1, I will retire after more than 37 years of active duty service. During that time, the nation’s space capabilities have become integral to our economic livelihood and central to our defense structure.
As warfighters, we in the military rely increasingly on space to provide a critical asymmetric advantage for U.S. and allied forces. Fundamental to delivering this advantage is a space acquisition system that consistently delivers the world’s most effective and reliable space systems. Continue Reading Space capabilities integral to economic livelihood
During the last year, we have been seeking to educate the public about the current state of our stormwater drainage system and the needs that exist within that system.
City staff and resident task forces have been looking for ways to fund those needs for several years. With a backlog of almost $300 million in capital improvement project needs, including $66.5 million in critical needs, it was clear that the general fund could not properly address the problems. Continue Reading Businesses need to address stormwater enterprise