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Tax Reform

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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Some out-of-state sellers with substantial economic presence in Alabama will be required to collect and remit tax on sales into the state. The standard applies to transactions occurring on or after January 1, 2016.

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The PATH Act makes many popular business tax breaks permanent while extending others through 2016 or 2019. We look at some of the provisions that may produce significant tax savings for businesses in 2015 and beyond.

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The new tax extender law makes quite a few tax breaks permanent while enhancing others. This Alert details some of these changes, including education credits, transit benefits, mortgage-related deductions, and more.

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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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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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To meet minimum distribution requirements and avoid excise tax, private foundations must grant funds to public charities with an IRS determination letter—but what if the recipient is international? New regulations help streamline the determination.

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The IRS’s Tax Exempt & Government Entities division has released its priority guidance work plan to review its activities in 2015 and communicate its areas of focus for the year ahead. We give an overview of its key areas.

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Ensuring you’ve provided donors with the proper documentation for IRS tax deduction purposes can help make sure they get the tax benefit of their donation. We review what charitable organizations need to provide in this Insight.

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The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 extends two key employment tax credits: the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) and the empowerment zone tax credit. Details on the extensions in this Alert.

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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.

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The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 extends a number of charitable giving incentives and modified other provisions relevant to not-for-profit organizations. Details in this Alert.

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Year after year, we’ve waited for Congress to extend key tax breaks before year-end. This year’s legislation does the job and more, making a number of key incentives permanent and extending others for multiple years. Details in this Alert.

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Each December, we’ve waited to hear whether Congress would again extend the R&D tax credit. It’s now permanently extended and retroactive for 2015, so you can plan multiple years’ expenses more effectively. Details in this Alert.

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Banks need to assess five risks as 2020 nears and bank directors look for ways to innovate with increasing consumer demands and competition. The risks are data security, regulatory risk, staffing, profitability, and bank survival.

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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.

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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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2015 Q4 - 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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San Francisco’s transition to a tax on gross sales has proved confusing for developers and investors who are susceptible to mistakes because of the inherent complexity of ownership structures. The multiyear phase-in is set to be complete by 2018.

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The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 modifies several provisions pertaining to partnership audits. Those with under 100 partners may opt out under two methods. We give an overview of the new law to date in this Alert.

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