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Posts from September 2010.

As a proud member and supporter of the Hispanic Business Council, I applaud last week's IBJ column by Greg Morrisabout the emerging Hispanic/Latino community in Indianapolis.  This article is a must-read if you are interested in doing business with the Hispanic/Latino community.  This culturally rich and vibrant community has a lot to offer.  You can connect with ...

Divorce is never easy, especially when it involves a family business. Often, it is the primary marital asset, and any settlement or award that includes a family business will rarely please everyone. But with planning and cooperation, the dissolution of your marriage may not have to necessarily adversely affect your business.

Posted in Government

Bingham Greenebaum Doll is hosting the Indy Bar Association CLE, “Indiana Property Taxation Update” on October 21. This program will cover recent developments in Indiana property taxation as well as a review of recent case law from the Indiana Board of Tax Review and Indiana Tax Court. Jeff Bennett and Brad Hasler of Bingham Greenebaum Doll will be the presenters. Topics ...

Posted in Litigation

A recent ruling of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit confirms that the crime of identity theft extends even beyond the grave. 

As further discussed in the Court’s decision in U.S. v. LaFaive, Anna LaFaive assumed the identity of her deceased sister, opened checking accounts in her name using counterfeited checks, and withdrew nearly $65,000 before being ...

By Jeremy Hill and Tonya Vachirasomboon Legislation that could help small businesses get credit is on its way to President Obama’s desk for his signature. Yesterday, the United States House of Representatives passed the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (H.R. 5297) (the Bill).  The Bill was passed by the United States Senate on September 16, 2010. It is expected that President Barack ...

The Internal Revenue Service released rules that govern the reimbursement of over the counter drugs by flexible spending and health reimbursements accounts, including cafeteria plans.  These rules are designed to raise revenue for the U.S. government to help finance the health care overall enacted by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  In general, the new rules will ...

Posted in Estate Planning

Effective January 1, 2010, the Indiana Supreme Court issued changes to the Indiana Child Support Guidelines. While the revisions affect numerous aspects of the Guidelines, perhaps the most significant change is that child support payment amounts under the revised Guidelines will increase, and in some cases very substantially, for parents earning in excess of $208,000 per year ...

In any economic climate, financial advisors switch firms.  Such moves are under constant consideration in the competitive investment world.  Unfortunately, too many advisors thinking about switching jobs fail to consider the legal implications or restrictions upon leaving.  A recent Wall Street Journal article, “How to Switch Firms…and Not Get Sued,” attempts to address the ...

Recent U.S. EPA decisions will eliminate or cutback two popular environmental leadership programs.On September 15, 2010, U.S. EPA announced that it will phase down services the agency provides to business partners participating in the Climate Leaders program during 2011.  Climate Leaders is a voluntary program started in 2002 which recognizes businesses that have completed a ...

By Andy Gruber and Matt Tait The recent story involving the New York Jets and the alleged harassment of Mexican sports reporter Ines Sainz has raised the issue of harassment in the workplace by non-employers. 

In Sainz’ situation, still under investigation, members of the Jets allegedly made cat calls and engaged in other boorish conduct towards Sainz as she watched a Jets practice.  ...

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The recent plight of Hewlett-Packard's former CEO Mark Hurd has been headline news, due to alleged improprieties arising out of his social affairs. The saga continues. Hewlett-Packard's competitor Oracle promptly hired Hurd. Even though Hurd did not have a non-compete agreement, Hewlett-Packard has now sued Oracle, claiming that Hurd misappropriated the company's trade secrets and would inevitably disclose them to Oracle. While the somewhat scandalous set of circumstances reads like a corporate soap opera, the trade secret scenario is not uncommon to manufacturers here in the Midwest. You are interested in hiring someone because you value his or her skills and experiences. But, the prospective employee previously worked for a rival - and may have had access to your competitor's trade secrets. You have confirmed that the person has no non-compete obligations. So, if you make the hire, is your company going to get sued for trade secret misappropriation?

The Kentucky CPA Journal / Issue 5 2010Tax in the BluegrassSeptember 2010

Exemptions for farmers 

When I was young, I used to visit my relatives, who I was told, “lived in the country.” Some of them grew tobacco and soybeans. Others raised cattle and chickens, and others raised pigs. I always left with an appreciation of not only how hard they worked on their farms, but also a sense of how much satisfaction they must have gotten out of that work. 

The IRS released a list of tax exempt organizations in Kentucky that are at-risk of losing their tax exempt status if they do not file a Form 990-N or Form 990-EZ (whichever is applicable) by October 15th.  If these organizations do not file the appropriate Form 990 by October 15th, their tax exempt status will be revoked and they will be required to reapply with the IRS to qualify ...

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