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Under increasing regulatory and budgetary pressure, not-for-profits and governments are pressing internal auditors for solutions, not only findings. Here’s how such a partnership can create a culture of transparency, efficiency, and safety.

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2015 Q3 - Get ahead of current tax updates with this review of five issues affecting technology, clean technology, life sciences, and communications and media companies.

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SEATTLE, Sept. 16, 2015—As the health care industry continues to experience rapid change, the Health Care Next conference is focused on the future delivery of care. Hosted by Moss Adams, one of the largest accounting and business consulting firms in the nation, Health Ca...

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An amendment to FASB accounting standards eliminates the requirement to categorize certain investments within the fair-value hierarchy when fair value is measured using the practical expedient. This Alert covers the details and effective dates.

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An employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) motivates, retains, and rewards employees who help make a business successful. It serves as a great exit strategy with some fantastic tax benefits, but it’s also a retirement benefit for your employees.

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The Office of Management and Budget recently released its 2015 compliance supplement. A number of changes will affect states, local governments, Indian tribal governments, and not-for-profit organizations that receive federal funding or grants.

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In 2016, multinational enterprises with 750 million euro or more in annual revenue will be subject to new reporting requirements under a base erosion and profit shifting project aimed at preventing double nontaxation. Details in this Insight.

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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.

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Who’d guess a one-page, biennial filing could cause so much trouble for California corporations? As the secretary of state and Franchise Tax Board take steps to penalize organizations that fail to file, we look at what’s required.

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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.

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ASU 2015-07 aims to standardize how entities classify certain kinds of investments on their financial statements. If you use the net-asset-value per share practical expedient, your financial statements may be impacted. Details in this Insight.

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For the last several years, applications for tax-exempt status sat in a seeming black hole of IRS backlog and political maneuvering. We look at what’s happening now, including 1023-EZ applications, 501(c)(4) exemption applications, and more.

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A US appellate court upheld California’s requirement that charitable organizations soliciting donations within the state provide a list of significant donors’ names and addresses to the California attorney general. Details in this Insight.

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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.

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The FASB’s Topic 330 simplifies the subsequent measurement of inventory. This amendment is effective for public business entities fiscal years beginning after Dec. 15, 2016, and fiscal years beginning after Dec. 15, 2017 for all other entities.

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The Financial Accounting Standards Board has deferred the effective date of the new revenue recognition standard—a paradigm shift in accounting for revenue from contracts with customers, from industry-based to a single principles-based guidance—for one year.

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Effective July 1, 2015, business entities with Nevada annual gross revenue in excess of $4 million are subject to a new commerce tax that Governor Brian Sandoval signed into law in early June.

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(Run time: 64:00) During this webcast, topics that will be discussed by our experts are project risk factors, common construction exposures, contractor profit centers and contract controls.

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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.

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Companies that provide cloud computing services or software as a service must sort through a tangle of state tax laws and definitions to determine whether their transactions with customers in the state are subject to sales and use tax.

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