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New and some existing 501(c)4 social welfare organizations can no longer self-declare exempt status using Form 990. An initial notification, user fee, and supporting information are now required.

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President Obama’s 2017 federal budget proposal would impact provisions relevant to tax-exempt entities. We look at its effect on the charitable contribution deduction, scholarship awards, and more.

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Fidelity Charitable and other organizations make it possible for donors to use bitcoins as charitable contributions. This Insight looks at tax provisions and why donors may want to use bitcoins.

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Transportation companies have a lot to gain from tax deferrals in terms of cash flow, but the liabilities they create are often mismanaged—which can spell trouble in a transaction.

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Want a more efficiently run business with greater potential profit margins? Consider a cost accounting analysis to determine the actual cost of producing or procuring a product.

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Organizations that receive federal funds must follow new processes for procurement under the uniform guidance. In this Insight, we cover the five procurement methods as well as best practices for implementing the guidance.

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Few business transactions are as complex as those involving auto dealerships. In this Insight, we examine a few of the unexpected but common pain points buyers and sellers encounter during the process.

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North Carolina tax legislation imposed a new filing requirement related to sales and apportionment data on certain C and S corporations. This one-page form is due April 15, 2016, with no extensions and a $5,000 late-filing penalty.

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Changes to the schedule of expenditures of federal awards (SEFA) are required by the uniform guidance and effective for financial statement audits of fiscal years beginning on or after December 26, 2014.

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In this first quarter 2016 update, we cover some of the most important tax issues for companies in the technology, clean technology, life sciences, and communications and media industries and touch on what your organization can do to stay ahead.

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Current-year improvements and repairs might translate to tax savings. But the opportunity is lost if you don’t claim partial disposition losses in the year of disposal.

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Oregon’s enterprise zones cover most of its cities, so odds are your business is operating or has plans to expand within one. Depending on what you do, you may qualify to offset property tax, corporate excise tax, or personal income tax.

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Wineries and vineyards have a number of tax-planning opportunities available to them—from accounting method elections to domestic international sales corporations, farming income averaging, and more. Learn more in this Insight.

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Proposed Oregon Initiative Petition 28 would impose an unlimited gross receipts tax on C corporations with Oregon sales of more than $25 million. If passed, this tax would have significant ramifications for businesses and residents in Oregon.

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The FASB’s ASU 2016—02 Leases (Topic 842) will require substantially all leases to be recognized by lessees on the balance sheet as a right-of-use asset and corresponding lease liability, including today’s operating leases, among other changes.

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US-source interest income paid to nonresidents is subject to 30 percent withholding tax, with several exceptions. Portfolio debt interest is one, but traps for the unwary make it murky territory. Details in this white paper.

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The California Supreme Court ruled that companies may not elect to apportion in-state and out-of-state income using the Multistate Tax Compact’s three-factor, evenly weighted apportionment formula. Details in this Alert.

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The IRS extended some due dates for some filings required by the ACA. Employers must provide Forms 1095-B or 1095-C to employees by March 31 and all Forms 1095 to the IRS by February 29 (if paper) or June 30 (if electronic).

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New FASB guidance enhances the reporting model for financial instruments in hopes of making information more useful to financial statement users. FASB reporters should evaluate the potential impact and potential benefits of early adoption.

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Donee organizations must provide written acknowledgment of contributions of more than $250 for their donors to claim the corresponding charitable donation deduction. Proposed regulations may formalize the process through a new filing.

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