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Tax Law Under Trump

The new tax reform law, known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, was signed by President Trump on December 22, 2017. It represents the most sweeping rewrite of federal tax code in more than 30 years. Visit our dedicated tax reform page to learn more about implications for you and your business.

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Two Defense Contract Audit Agency memorandums indicate an increasing focus on expressly unallowable costs—not all of which must be stated in direct terms in a federal contract. Details in this Insight.

Alert
The IRS increased the de minimis safe harbor expensing threshold for taxpayers without an applicable financial statement from $500 to $2,500 per invoice or item. The increase is generally effective for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2016.

Article
Under the new uniform guidance for federal awards, organizations that pass federal funds through to subrecipients are required to monitor the use of those funds. We cover key aspects of this requirement and provide best practices.

Article
Mergers and acquisitions for the US wine industry by China-based investors have been slow to take off. This is in part because of the Chinese domestic economy, but it’s also due to a cultural divide between how the East and West conduct business.

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In 2014, government entities experienced the second highest rate of fraud of any industry. That goes for tribal governments, too. These top five tips will help your tribe reduce the opportunities for fraud and the risk of it happening.

Press Release
SEATTLE, Oct. 5, 2015—Moss Adams, one of the largest accounting and business consulting firms in the nation, is pleased to announce the addition of 11 certified public accountants and consulting professionals to its partnership.  “We’re proud to recog...

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Private foundations need to be wary of transactions that could constitute self-dealing, since they can result in hefty excise taxes and other ramifications. Marisa Meltebeke of the law firm Davis Wright Tremaine LLP provides a legal perspective.

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The OMB issued a notice extending the procurement implementation grace period and making other technical corrections to the uniform guidance. Additionally, the Council on Financial Assistance Reform released an update to its FAQ document.

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Split-dollar life insurance plans are becoming popular among health care organizations because they offer tax-advantaged retirement benefits and can qualify for loan accounting treatment. The catch? Loan treatment doesn’t always apply.

Article
Our corporate landscape is increasingly global, making it challenging and complex for sponsors to organize benefit and retirement plans. Companies must diligently follow employment laws domestically and in foreign countries in which they operate.

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What do you pay a not-for-profit’s executives? Attracting and retaining talent is vital, but you can’t risk tarnishing your reputation with regulators, government funding sources, contributors, members, or the media. This Insight gives an overview.

Article
California has revoked Blue Shield of California’s status as a tax-exempt organization, a change that could mean a massive tax bill plus interest. We give an overview of the situation and what tax-exempt organizations need to do to reduce risk.

Alert
The FASB recently issued ASU 2015-12, which will simplify financial reporting for employee benefit plans. Though the amendments aren’t effective until fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2015, earlier adoption is permitted.

Webcast
(Run time: 71:00) Join us for an informative webcast as we discuss changes resulting from GASB 68: Accounting and Financial Reporting for Pensions.

Alert
The Supreme Court’s ruling that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry has implications on couples’ tax and financial planning as well as on employers in states that didn’t previously recognize these marriages. Details in this Insight.

Alert
A US Court of Federal Claims judge ruled that engineering firm Dynetics didn’t bear the financial risk of failure under R&D contracts it performed for its customers. As a result, it wasn’t eligible to claim R&D tax credits. Details in this Alert.

Article
Organizations of all sizes have risk—whether it’s in their operations, compliance, or financial reporting. We give an overview of these three main risk areas to help you find out where your risks are lurking so you can move on to correcting them.

Article
Tribes are wrestling with the Department of Treasury’s final guidance on general welfare benefits for tribal members. In this issue of Tribal Finance Quarterly, John Saltmarsh from the IRS discusses three important issues for tribes.

Article
Just in the final quarter of 2014 and the first of 2015, we’ve seen some fairly noteworthy legislative developments impacting not-for-profits. From last-minute tax extenders to the IRS priority guidance plan and the GAO’s report on IRS oversight, here’s what’s happening.

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Employers that didn’t screen 2014 new hires for Work Opportunity Tax Credit eligibility within 28 days of their start date are in luck: New IRS guidance allows employers to retroactively screen hires and apply for the credit by submitting the qualified forms by April 30.

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