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Do Employers Have to Compensate Hourly Technicians for Travel Time?

In a new Opinion Letter, the U.S. Department of Labor answered a company's questions about whether it had to pay technicians for travel time to and from jobs and training courses. The company was told that the federal Fair Labor Standards Act requires it to compensate much, but not all, of the technicians' travel time. This article details the Opinion Letter.
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Capital Gains Rates Before and After the New Tax Law

The tax brackets for long-term capital gains and qualified dividends are changing under the new tax law. For 2018 through 2025, these brackets aren't linked to the ordinary-income tax brackets for individuals. Here are the new cutoffs, along with 1) how the brackets have changed for trusts, estates and dependents subject to the kiddie tax, 2) what's happened to the 3.8% net investment income tax, and 3) how short-term capital gains are taxed.
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Save or Shred? Follow These Recordkeeping Guidelines

When tax season ends, many individuals and businesses are unsure which records they should retain and which ones can be thrown in the shredder. Here are some best practices to prevent your paper and digital records from mounting up, while retaining them long enough to prove your tax return information in the event of an audit or to file an amended return if you overlook tax breaks.
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