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How to get more work done Hang up a Do Not Disturb sign.

Saturday 15:26 GMT

Dedicated Talk Spaces and Do Not Disturb Sign are low- or no-cost solutions that can be rolled out today to help everyone on your team communicate better immediately.

Once the brainstorms are done, however, everyone needs to get their individual pieces of the creative puzzle done as effectively and efficiently as possible. Of course, internal communication needs arise along the way — and it’s so tempting to just pop by someone’s desk to get a quick answer.

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Alimony payments will no longer be tax deductible for the payee.

Saturday 16:22 GMT

“Alimony payments are no longer income to the person who receives it and no longer deductible to the person who pays them,” said Michele Schlereth, partner with Schlereth Tax and Accounting Group. “That’s definitely a planning opportunity — the thing is, you have competing interests,” she said.

Under the current rules, the IRS nets about 25 percent less, since the spouse paying alimony and then deducting those payments is almost always in a higher tax bracket than the recipient spouse, said Jeffrey Cohen, partner and tax practice leader at accounting firm Grassi & Co.. “One of the benefits of the alimony tax deduction is what we call income shifting… It frees up more money for the entire family,” Vertz said. “If the payor earns enough money to be in the 35 percent bracket, they’re going to offer an alimony that’s 35 percent less than they would have paid if they were getting a deduction,” he said, adding that the recipient spouse also loses out because that reduction is likely to be greater than the 15 or 20 percent they pay on gross alimony under the current system.

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Source: Common Domain

Smart investors do these 5 things before retiring

Friday 14:32 GMT

Here are the five things I recommend people do to boost their own confidence in retirement:. Too many people go by the old “run out of month before you run out of money” way of managing expenses.

The two big mistakes retirement investors make, in my experience, are that they invest too conservatively for their age, and they spend far too much in fees on actively managed investment funds.

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Source: The Guradian

'France is no longer free': Marine Le Pen's niece brings French far right to CPAC

Friday 19:11 GMT

Maréchal-Le Pen is the granddaughter of Jean-Marie Le Pen, the founder of the far right National Front and the niece of the party’s current leader Marine Le Pen.

Far right French politician Marion Maréchal-Le Pen addressed a leading conservative conference outside Washington DC on Thursday as part of growing effort by those on the right to link the rise of Donald Trump in the United States with populist nationalism across Europe.

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Source: Global News

Twitter to no longer allow people to post identical messages from multiple accounts

Friday 02:27 GMT

Twitter Inc said on Wednesday it would no longer allow people to post identical messages from multiple accounts, cracking down on a tactic that Russian agents and others have allegedly used to make tweets or topics go viral.

Twitter suspends 1,062 accounts linked to Russian election-meddling campaign. Twitter, known for freewheeling discussions in short messages, is under pressure from users and Western govern1ments to stem the spread of false news and foreign propaganda, often done with the help of automated accounts known as bots.

“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets...” ― Napoléon Bonaparte