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A third-party administrator audit, sometimes called an administrative claims review, helps tribes create accountability, measure performance, and establish processes for quality improvements.

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While initiating an estate plan can be intimidating for many reasons, it’s still important to have one in place. We give an overview of things to consider and ways to maintain your plan once it’s established.

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C corporations with a net capital gain and qualified timber gain can utilize IRC Section 1201(b) for tax years beginning after December 31, 2015. This marks the first tax rate drop in decades.

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For all but the smallest companies, investing in corporate social responsibility (CSR) reporting pays back—not only in the cost savings associated with better resource management but also with respect to their long-term business strategy.

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The 2014 revisions to Form 990 Schedule A contained a number of changes for tax-exempt entities, and Type I, II, and III supporting organizations will feel the greatest impact. We give an overview of the new classification tests.

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Charitable gifts made before year-end can provide a valuable deduction against your 2015 taxes. As the year winds down, consider gifting options beyond your checkbook to increase the tax efficiency of your gifts.

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A number of key developments and considerations came out of California’s 2015 legislative session. We cover key tax opportunities and changes for businesses and individuals for the 2016 filing season and beyond.

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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.

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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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It’s difficult to know what to do when you identify a potential instance of fraud, let alone how to address it professionally and effectively. Here’s how to set the right tone, address red flags, and aid in an investigation.

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Risk is complicated. That’s why it’s important to set up controls that also include your third-party service providers. COSO provides a framework that can help you outline and implement a plan to identify, assess, respond, and monitor your risk.

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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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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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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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The Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015 made noteworthy changes to the income tax obligations and reporting requirements for business owners and individuals that include new tax return due dates and extension periods.

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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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Acting as the trustee of a family trust is an honor. It’s also a huge responsibility. These five principles will help you fulfill your fiduciary responsibilities in a way that keeps personal risk in check and helps you create a positive impact.

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The FASB issued proposed amendments intended to improve standards for financial statement presentation by not-for-profit organizations. To review these amendments, visit the FASB Web site. The comment period ends August 20, 2015.

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When a private foundation and its disqualified persons—those closely associated with it—own too much in the same corporation, partnership, or trust, it risks having excess business holdings, which can result in a hefty excise tax.

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In the past, tax-exempt organizations were required to reapply for exempt status upon certain structural changes. But two 2014 private letter rulings indicate they may no longer need to do so. We look at the rulings in this Insight.

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