The CBD Blog

Find peer advice, partner insights, and industry updates – all here in the CBD blog, ‘At The Helm’! With contributions from our entire team, we blog about the things that interest you.

Fiscal Year 2016 Travel Per Diem Rates Now Available

Documenting actual travel expenses causes administrative headaches for employers and employees. The IRS offers simplified methods for reimbursing employees’ out-of-town lodging, meals and incidental expenses that may be worthwhile for some companies. Here we discuss government-approved per diem rates, the mechanics of the high-low method and changes that go into effect for travel beginning October 1, 2015.

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A Recipe for Deducting Meals, Parties and Gifts Provided to Employees

As the holidays approach, food is an easy way for employers to thank their staff for another year of service or to entice them to stay late to meet year-end deadlines. But many companies are unsure about the IRS rules for deducting employer-provided meals, parties and gifts. In many cases, businesses may be able to deduct 100% of these costs. Here’s what you should know before bringing in pizza or organizing a holiday luncheon.

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Harnessing the Power of the Internet Today and Tomorrow

In the 20 years since the Federal Networking Council coined the term “Internet,” this technology has revolutionized our personal and work lives and the transformation has only begun. Here, we look at recent Internet trends, speculate about the future of the “Internet of Things” and cover the Commerce Department’s decision to renew its contract with ICANN to manage Internet domain names.

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Are Rental Properties the Next Big Investment Opportunity?

A recent study finds that a growing number of Americans are renting their homes instead of buying them. And those who do buy are likely to wait longer to own homes than previous generations. These trends are good news for investors in residential rental properties. Here are the hottest rental markets to invest in where property values are still affordable and rents are expected to rise.

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