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How Effectively do you Manage Risk?

How Effectively do you Manage Risk?

Posted by John Schiavone on October 25, 2017

Businesses can’t eliminate risk, but they can manage it to maximize the entity’s economic return. 

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Withdrawal of Prior Guidance on Independent Contractors

Withdrawal of Prior Guidance on Independent Contractors

Posted by Sherry DelleBovi on September 21, 2017

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has begun taking steps to loosen the reins on employers, turning away from some Obama administration initiatives.

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Protect Your Company from Immigration Infractions

Protect Your Company from Immigration Infractions

Posted by Stephanie Wilkinson on September 11, 2017

Beginning September 18, 2017, the USCIS is requiring that all employers use the newly revised form and continue to follow the existing storage and retention rules.

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Former Tech Firm Officials Charged With Conspiracy to Obstruct Probe

Former Tech Firm Officials Charged With Conspiracy to Obstruct Probe

Posted by Jill Johnson on August 15, 2017

A federal grand jury indicted two former officials of a Florida technology firm with conspiring to obstruct an SEC probe into the sale of their company. The charges run parallel to allegations against two former executives of the acquiring company for accounting fraud.

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How External Auditors Can Leverage Your Internal Audit Work

How External Auditors Can Leverage Your Internal Audit Work

Posted by Sara Dayton on August 11, 2017

Got internal auditors? We may be able to work together to make your financial reporting process easier and more effective … if you meet SAS 128 requirements. 

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Know the Rules for Amending a Federal Income Tax Return

Know the Rules for Amending a Federal Income Tax Return

Posted by D’Marie Murray on July 26, 2017

Filing an amended return is relatively straightforward if you expect a refund — as long as you're within the requisite two- or three-year window of opportunity. But when you've underpaid your taxes, filing an amended return can be a dicey situation.

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Are Contingent Attorneys’ Fees Tax Deductible?

Are Contingent Attorneys’ Fees Tax Deductible?

Posted by Sherry DelleBovi on July 18, 2017

The federal income tax treatment of contingent fees paid to an attorney out of a taxable non-business judgment or settlement has been a source of confusion. Here's an overview of the outcome of litigation between individual taxpayers and the IRS, along with a taxpayer-friendly exception to the general rule.

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R&D - What Qualifies as Research?

R&D - What Qualifies as Research?

Posted by Brian Kern on July 16, 2017

To be eligible for the research credit, a business must have engaged in “qualified” research activities. To be considered “qualified,” activities must meet a four-factor test.

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Reclassifying Business Expenses as Constructive Dividends

Reclassifying Business Expenses as Constructive Dividends

Posted by on July 13, 2017

The IRS sometimes challenges deductions claimed for certain types of business expenses. In doing so, an examiner might claim that payments made by a corporation to a shareholder for personal items or that are above or below fair market value constitute “constructive dividends.” Reclassifying business expenses as dividends has adverse tax consequences, as a recent case demonstrates.

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Green Tax Breaks: Are You Claiming All the Credits You Deserve?

Green Tax Breaks: Are You Claiming All the Credits You Deserve?

Posted by Christopher Lukowski on July 12, 2017

In recent years, the IRS has offered “green” tax credits to individuals who purchase qualifying residential energy-efficient equipment and certain electric vehicles. Some of these breaks expired at the end of 2016, but others are still ripe for the taking in 2017 and beyond. Here’s what you need to know to take advantage.

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