American law has long granted trademark protection to the shapes of products and containers. Perhaps the most famous example is the instantly recognizable Coca-Cola bottle, which is almost as important a trademark as the soft drink company's stylized name logo.
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Many people dream of making money pursuing a favorite hobby. By starting a sideline business, you could be eligible for a treasure chest of tax deductions.
Is your organization pursuing planned gifts? It should be. Research suggests that the average planned gift in the United States falls between $35,000 and $70,000 -- and the amount may increase with more Baby Boomers moving into retirement. Yet many not-for-profits, especially small and medium-sized organizations, lack formal planned giving programs.
Back-to-school season is a good time to review the federal tax breaks that are currently available if you or a loved one will be attending college or graduate school this fall. After all, a higher education degree is one of the biggest investments you'll ever make.
Unemployment tax rates for employers vary from state to state. Your unemployment tax bill may be influenced by the number of former employees who've filed unemployment claims with the state, your current number of employees and your business's age.
Get the most from Social Security. Younger retirees face a harsh penalty for working part-time. For every $2 earned over $16,920 in 2017 (up from $15,720 in 2016), you lose $1 in Social Security benefits. In the year you reach full retirement age, a higher earnings threshold applies.