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Revenue Recognition

The new Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) Topic 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, fundamentally changes how companies across nearly every industry will recognize revenue. Learn more about how this affects you and your business as well as what’s required and the effective dates.

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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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Will you meet your minimum distribution requirement this year? Can you carry net operating losses over from previous years? How can you reduce the tax rate on net investment income? Our year-end guide addresses all this and more.

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Interest-charge domestic international sales corporations have waned now that the tax rate on qualified dividends has increased. But combined with an accounts receivable factoring arrangement, they still deliver substantial tax benefits.

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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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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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A Washington Court of Appeals decision affects two types of sales, along with final delivery, by an out-of-state taxpayer with some Washington activities not related to processing or shipping orders. Dissociation also is no longer applicable.

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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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Technology companies hoping to get in on the M&A boom will want to first maximize their valuations. We look at some of the complex areas where tech companies’ tax assets and liabilities can impact value.

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Tax-exempt organizations often operate gift shops as a part of their ongoing operations, raising questions on whether that income constitutes unrelated business income, which would be subject to income tax despite the organization’s status. We look at the issue in detail in this Insight.

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Crowdfunding has become ubiquitous in recent years, and for not-for-profits, it can be a gold mine. Still, depending on what you offer your backers as an incentive, you’ll need to pay close attention to whether Washington State B&O or sales tax apply.

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Generally life insurance benefits at death are not subject to income tax except in a few key circumstances. We look at some of these situations and other ways in which your life insurance could impact your tax liability.

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By March 2, 2015, taxpayers will need to submit their statement and payment of San Francisco’s new gross receipts tax, which began its phase-in period in June 2014. We cover what taxpayers need to know to pay the tax and avoid penalties in this Alert.

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